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Solutions That Scale: How Universities Small and Large Leverage NET+ Box, Partners, and Each Other

Time 05/18/16 03:00PM-04:00PM

Room Great America 1&2 (6th Floor)

Session Abstract

The growth of the NET+ Box program has demonstrated the collaborate power of the higher education community working together and partnering with industry. The NET+ Box community includes a large and diverse group of universities – representing large and small; public and private higher ed institutions. As the program has developed, the community has also looked at add-on services to provide additional value or overcome challenges. These experiences have led to case studies investigating how universities can work together among themselves, partner with industry, and how internal projects may leverage this platform.

For instance, Internet2 member Morehouse College has taken a cloud-first approach to campus IT, transitioning from a local, network-attached storage system to enterprise-wide Cloud storage. Morehouse CIO Clifford Russell will provide insights on his team’s quick solution to decommission their on-premises servers and deploy NET+ Box, increasing mobility and collaboration among students and faculty across campus. Discovering SkySync as a tool to seamlessly integrate Box with its existing storage platform, Morehouse later recommended the software as an addition to the Internet2 NET+ portfolio. Having passed the peer-driven Internet2 NET+ services validation process, SkySync is now available to all Internet2 members.

In contrast, the University of Michigan was looking to overcome a logistics hurdle presented by paper exams for 1300 students in a class. While online exams may be an option for some courses, many courses - especially those that require complicated equations and hand drawn solutions - still need pencil and paper based exams. But once instructors have graded the paper exams, how do they efficiently return them to students? Prevent cheating through altered graded exams? And be able to access graded individual exams as necessary?

The University of Michigan's largest college approached their Teaching and Learning team looking for a solution. While this team did not have a ready made solution to the problem, they didn't stop there. They reached out to colleagues on other teams to co-develop a pilot of an LMS-independent process. Student exams are scanned by the document imaging service, stored in Box, where files are sorted, and permissions applied by a script utilizing the Box API to give instructors access to all graded exams and students only their own.

Morehouse College and the University of Michigan are just two examples of how the Internet2 community is working together to leverage scalable cloud-based technologies to solve problems and improve the user experience on campus.

Speakers

Speaker Clifford Russell Morehouse College

Speaker MaryBeth Stuenkel University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Speaker Victoria Green University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Presentation Media

media item thumbnail Solutions That Scale: How Universities Small and Large Leverage NET+ Box, Partners, and Each Other

Speaker Victoria Green University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Speaker Clifford Russell Morehouse College

Speaker MaryBeth Stuenkel University of Michigan - Ann Arbor

Primary track Cloud Based Research, Education and Service Missions

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