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Learning in the cloud: a new challenge for a global teaching system in optics and photonics
Author(s): Razia Sultana; Andreas Christ; Markus Feisst; Dan Curticapean

Paper Abstract

Nowadays, it is assumed of many applications, companies and parts of the society to be always available online. However, according to [Times, Oct, 31 2011], 73% of the world population do not use the internet and thus aren't “online” at all. The most common reasons for not being “online” are expensive personal computer equipment and high costs for data connections, especially in developing countries that comprise most of the world’s population (e.g. parts of Africa, Asia, Central and South America). However it seems that these countries are leap-frogging the “PC and landline” age and moving directly to the “mobile” age. Decreasing prices for smart phones with internet connectivity and PC-like operating systems make it more affordable for these parts of the world population to join the “always-online” community. Storing learning content in a way accessible to everyone, including mobile and smart phones, seems therefore to be beneficial. This way, learning content can be accessed by personal computers as well as by mobile and smart phones and thus be accessible for a big range of devices and users. A new trend in the Internet technologies is to go to “the cloud”. This paper discusses the changes, challenges and risks of storing learning content in the “cloud”. The experiences were gathered during the evaluation of the necessary changes in order to make our solutions and systems “cloud-ready”.

Paper Details

Date Published: 17 July 2014
PDF: 7 pages
Proc. SPIE 9289, 12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference, 92891R (17 July 2014); doi: 10.1117/12.2070558
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Razia Sultana, Hochschule Offenburg (Germany)
Andreas Christ, Hochschule Offenburg (Germany)
Markus Feisst, Meyle+Müller GmbH+Co. KG (Germany)
Dan Curticapean, Hochschule Offenburg (Germany)

Published in SPIE Proceedings Vol. 9289:
12th Education and Training in Optics and Photonics Conference
Manuel F. P. C. Martins Costa; Mourad Zghal, Editor(s)

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