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Peter in the cloud of education Cloud computing in education at FINKI. Katerina Zdravkova University Sts Cyril and Methodius Faculty of Computer Science and Engineering Contents. Introduction Milestones of cloud computing - PowerPoint PPT Presentation


  • Peter in the cloud of educationCloud computing in education at FINKIKaterina ZdravkovaUniversity Sts Cyril and MethodiusFaculty of Computer Science and

  • ContentsIntroductionMilestones of cloud computingCloud computing in education and in researchPeters fascinationFINKIs cloudsSystems integration


  • Who is Peter?Young and ambitious student attracted by ICTsSuccessful competitor at international informatics competitionsHe is aware that:In the new hi-tech era it is more than ever inevitable to learn and acquire new knowledge in order to survive and progress in the present-day worldThe increased demand for learning entails that the educational process should have the most important role

  • The challenge Transformation of the educational system seems to be very slowAny new technology introduced in education soon becomes obsolete and ineffective, often causing confusion among teachers and students, instead of offering better education

  • Peters first contact with FINKIHis home school was similar to Platos AcademiaExperience with MENDO

  • August 2012, Peters enrolmentEnrolment coincided with BOI 2012Will he be able to enroll?His colleagues statement:While iKnow exists, you should not worry.eStudent Information System iKnow

  • Peters first classesHe entered the amphitheatre trying to be closer to the blackboardBut, there was no blackboard there Teacher uncovered the whiteboard and made a cable channels news presentation

  • First brunchFirst visit to the labsComputers local storage was almost emptyBut, there were several Internet browsersHe twitted a short message with his first impressions: The Faculty I chose must be in the clouds

  • Peters researchWhat is cloud computing?Cloud computing and educationCloud computing and research

  • Milestones of cloud computingEarly 1960s, MIT: Compatible Time-Sharing System (CTSS) Invented:MultitaskingTime-sharing2006, Amazon Web Services Initial aim: to create a balanced triangle between software, infrastructure and platform

  • New devices haveaffected learning as welle-Learning, m-Learning, s-LearningCloud computing in educationKey players: Amazon, Google, IBM, Intel, Microsoft and Oracle

  • Cloudy education2004, North Carolina State University: Virtual Computing Lab (VCL) powered by Apache Software Applications like Matlab, Maple, SAS, SPSS offered to more than 40000 students Oracle: Sun Cloud 2009, IBM: Cloud Academy (ICA)Sun Cloud retired, Exalogic Elastic Cloud and Exadata Database Machine were bornGoogle Apps: Google Docs/ Drive, Google Talk, Google Video and Google Sites

  • Cloudy Learning Management SystemsBlackBoard/WebCT: xpLor Moodle + Amazon Web Services + BitNami Cloud Hosting: BitNami Moodle 2.4 Cisco Networking Academy + Canvas: Cisco NetSpace

  • Cloudy researchIBM and Google Cloud Computing University Initiative launched Cluster Exploratory (CluE) programMassive cloud cluster Hadoop performed more than 120 million computing tasks The mission accomplished: research and education of outstanding universities had enormously benefited from this program

  • The transformationTraditional blackboards Interactive whiteboardsTextbooks Digital contentsBooks Tablets, smartphonesInternet cable connection Wireless InternetStatic E-learning 1.0 Dynamic E-learning 0.2

  • Peters new smartphoneA tool for ubiquitous access to:e-mailsFacebook profileInternetCan he access something else?

  • FINKI in Microsofts clouds2012/13: more than 3000 studentsPartnership with Microsoft:Office 365Microsoft Live accounts / FINKI Live accounts Access to Microsoft software for educational purposes Microsoft SkyDrive

  • Peters fascinationBlockbuster movies Computer Animation Club Cloud solutions used:File sharing: Adrive, FilesFINKI, DropboxAsset management system: Tactic Version control management: GitHub, BitBucket, Google Project Hosting and SVNAntivirus: Panda Cloud Antivirus

  • Tactic and Bitbucket/Github

  • Online communication

  • Peters privacy concern

    To join or not to join?

  • FINKI in social mediaEnrolment procedure on YouTube: on LinkedIn diploma: Flickr

  • Systems integrationCentral Authentication System (CAS) CAS functionalities currently provided only to FINKI students and staff e-Student Information System iKnow Provided to University students and staff e-Learning systems: Moodle, LEe-Testing system: eTest and cloudy e-Assesment e-Assesment currently implemented in primary and secondary schools in MacedoniaOnline testing and laboratory exercises system eLab

  • FINKIs HPCHigh Performance Computing supercomputer:84 serversEach server using 2 microprocessors (168 in total)Each processor having 6 cores (1008 cores in total)2016 logical processorsThe bladeservers are interconnected through Infiniband84 separate links

  • The ambitionSimultaneous implementation of all services by thousands of FINKI users proved their scalabilityThe ambition: to successfully extend services from Faculty to University and in perspective from University to national level

  • Cloud computing in educationFew years ago, cloud computing in education was ante portas Nowadays, many cloud services have already become an ordinary solution FINKI uses many software solutions and various platforms as a service

  • Is the perspective so pink?It can bePrerequisite: standardizationTo speed up important activities and functions, human beings standardise themWe live in standard rooms, houses and cities, we transport using standard vehicles: cars, trains, boats or planesBut, we still learn in traditional classrooms with chalks and blackboards

  • Inspiration for the paperThe intention to improve the learning process in line with new trendsIt is not exactly Peters experience, but rather the teachers challenge to prove that education can enormously benefit from new technologiesThe examples of recent modifications done at our Faculty are a significant contribution to education reconstruction and innovationStudents favourable feedback encourages us to go further

  • ConclusionEmerging technologies and plentiful opportunities that they trigger dont let us standardize learning and educationPossibility to learn always, everywhere and by everyone makes standardization of the learning process easier said than doneWe should try to make it possible

  • Thank you for your attention