Higher Education and Cloud Computing

Cloud computing in itself is not easily understood. Yet its concept is that when this method of flexible learning is employed, learning of difficult subjects will be more easily accomplished. The first hurdle to overcome when attempting to describe the concept is to see it as something almost as whimsical and fleeting as a cloud that floats overhead. Clouds, by their very nature, change in shape and structure as befitting the needs of the climate  they represent. Consequently, so do the methods of using the computer as referred to by clouds and their particular software inventions that make it possible.

Supposedly it takes the problem of education and throws it to the wind. Translation: The saving of the work, the research, investigations, and whatever else is necessary to cloud compute successfully, is no longer confined to  desktop files but are saved on the web. As a forerunner of this type of computing, Google’s docs came into being. With its entrance,a document can be written and saved on the web with no overloading of one’s own computer’s hardware.  

Furthering the description of cloud computing and its importance in making higher education easier – and more elusive – it is in reality, a form of Internet computing as opposed to using one’s own computer. How is that possible, one can ask? A computer, an actual piece of equipment with a hard drive, appropriate software, ample memory, and association with a service provider, is still needed to get to the web. but the difference is, once that bridge has been crossed, then the web takes over and from there one can float into a computerized heaven.

One can also say that cloud computing is simply an illusory dream something like walking on the moon once was thought to be, now now has proven to be a reality. Walking on the moon is not for everyone, nor is cloud computing. How then does it work and what is its future?  It works like Facebook works, like Twitter works, like You-tube, like Flickr, and like a host of other web features that allow so many earthy creatures to shed the confines of the earth and dwell among the clouds whenever they choose to dislodge themselves from their earthy chores.

It’s future looks bright.  Rainbows will be more common when sunshine and rain get together to brighten the picture of computing and when they bridge the gap of higher education’s yearning’s. Even then, in 2020, as the year predicted to have cloud computing more of a reality, cloud computing will be known as something more than a flimsy cloud, It will probably be something concrete resembling a human, with a head no longer detached and floating in the clouds, but on the shoulders it was designed to sit on and will have feet standing on solid ground.

Controversy surround much of the speculation about future cloud computing, and whether it will still be as popular as it is now. People being people, they often grow tired of novelties, and certainly to some extent, the Internet, in order to keep its momentum and to continue to fascinate, has had to keep improving with more and better, faster and easier to use features. But as clouds dissipate and return to the earth, so will users who simply have tired of the wonders of the continuing wonders of the World Wide Web and will want computers that can stand the test of time.

When you’ve seen and done it all, what’s left? Good old fashioned truthful information when you need it without having to swim oceans or fly thousands of miles to get it. The Internet and the WWW is a good thing, why attempt to blow it all away?