Will post-lockdown student accommodation be ready for Blended Learning?



According to the latest Class of 2020 Industry Report, 82.03% of student accommodation providers surveyed believe that when universities open in Autumn 2020, classes will be taught through a mix of virtual and face-to-face learning - otherwise known as ‘blended learning.’

There are numerous types of blended learning, involving digital seminars, videos of lectures, virtual classrooms - but they all have one thing in common: the need for reliable, ultrafast internet to support online learning.

On a typical day, student accommodation operators see hundreds of thousands of connected user devices. With universities turning to blended learning, the usage is only set to increase - so operators need to make sure they have bandwidth to support their residents’ needs. By making building connectivity and infrastructure future-proof, student accommodation developers and building operators can meet their objective - they can continue to be at the forefront of constantly shifting technologies and focus on meeting the demands of a modern high bandwidth student community.

It is the duty of those shaping student experience to provide no barriers to learning and to meet the demands of increasingly more sophisticated entertainment and learning technologies. As early-adopters, students are a strong indicator of the future of technology. If education and accommodation institutions don't start to evolve and break down technological boundaries they will miss out on the next generation of applications. The students of the future will demand competitive pricing with no data usage caps and high bandwidth from a low latency wireless infrastructure.

Dependency on fast, reliable, pervasive and high-speed Wi-Fi will only increase as students need higher bandwidth. Forecasts indicate that 8K streaming will become mainstream by 2023 and with more and more applications moving to the cloud bandwidth requirements for students, particularly of creative and media courses, are set to increase significantly. Glide Gigabit is future-proof to the rise of Ultra High Definition (UHD), empowering students to explore new technology with high bandwidth learning and research without limitations.

Blended learning also means more collaboration - cloud storage and editing allows students to come together virtually to work on a piece of work. To do this effectively, students will need to be able to load many files simultaneously and reliably - the last thing any conscientious student wants is to wait for a file to load when they’re on a deadline.

Processing massive video files in the cloud rather than a laptop means all the number crunching is done by a more powerful computer. Aspiring content creators don’t have to spend loads of money on a high power PC to edit videos - all they need is a laptop or smartphone powerful enough to run a web browser and log in to the cloud. The cloud is perfect for collaboration with all the files available remotely so teams of content creators can combine their skills to add audio or effects to videos and streamline the production process and the final product can be shared directly with YouTube. As video editing technology evolves it will increasingly depend on a high bandwidth, low latency broadband connection.

Glide Gigabit technology will deliver hyperfast broadband to every student in a Purpose Built Student Accommodation development to satisfy demand and ensure sufficient bandwidth for everyone to attend virtual classes, collaborate online with peers and access whatever entertainment they need - even if that includes streaming 8K. Student entertainment, gaming and learning expectations will be met for the foreseeable future with broadband and capacity for state-of-art streaming and any media format downloaded in minutes.

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