Critical Review on the Challenges of Cloud Computing Implementation in Indian Education
M.Sc., M.Ed., JRF & NET
Assistant Professor in Physical Science, Arafa Institute for Teacher Education
(Abstract of my research paper published in i-manager journal of cloud computing.)
Rapid advancement in technology has revolutionized the teaching-learning process to an extent of rethinking on the delivery of education to meet the goals. Cloud computing, the latest emerging technology, refers to the web-based computing services that allows the users to access hardware and software applications operated and governed by an institution or organization in far-off areas. Cloud computing necessities the storing of data, user applications and sharing of information and computer resources. This technology is considered as boon, especially to the educational institutions as these institutions can streamline their administrative functions, mend the communication process among their staff members, afford global partnership and also reduce the IT infrastructure cost. Besides these multitudes of benefits, the educational institutions can also launch their own Learning Management Systems (LMS) which can be accessed by other educational institutions facing issues with proper infrastructure facilities. Various scholarly articles are available regarding the adoption and benefits of cloud computing in educational institutions, the major focus being laid on the deployment models, service providers, the educational platforms and also the efficiency of cloud computing in e-learning process. Some studies also give an insight about implementation of these services in Indian Universities. However, there are very few studies which discuss the barriers in implementing cloud computing in educational institutions and hence the scope for further empirical study is needed in this perspective. Therefore, this paper critically reviews the key benefits of deploying cloud computing in education and the major challenges in implementation and the possible measures to overcome the identified barriers.
(Paper published in I-manager journal of cloud computing Volume: 1 No. 3 Issue : May-Jul 2014 Pages : 1-7 with ISBN)