Educational Technology

July 7, 2018

Universities Look to Improve Bandwidth as Streaming Demand Rises

Filed under: Educational Technology — admin @ 12:38 am

by Eli Zimmerman, EdTech
Campus IT teams need to get ahead of the coming bandwidth demand as growing trends in video use extend beyond entertainment and into the classroom. The streaming revolution is showing no sign of slowing down. Sixty-one percent of Americans between 18 and 29 years old use streaming services as their primary way to watch TV, according to a recent report from the Pew Research Center. New ventures, such as the recent purchase of MTV campus networks by streaming service Chedder, show companies are embracing the new wave of online viewership. Beyond entertainment, college students are finding videos to be an optimal way to learn. A student survey at the University of Maryland School of Dentistry found 97 percent of students felt videos of lectures helped them learn, and 98 percent watched these videos online. As online video viewing grows at an exponential rate each year, universities need to update their networks to stay ahead of the accelerating consumption in and out of the classroom.

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