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Cloud Computing: What is cloud computing and why is it important for Adult Literacy?

A report on how cloud computing can contribute to literacy in Canada.

Click here to access a podcast, in which the co-author, Rory McGreal, reflects on the benefits of cloud computing, issues of security and privacy, strong and weak Internet connections, and the role of governments and literacy organizations to seize on the opportunities cloud computing offers.

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Cloud Computing: What is cloud computing and why is it important for Adult Literacy?” is the first of its kind and details how cloud computing can contribute to literacy in Canada. The opportunities cited in the report include:

  • Powerful computing infrastructure and the ability to buy computing software, as needed, over the Internet.
  • For educators and learners, cloud computing can help centralize and connect e-learning materials and literacy communities interspersed throughout the internet, and lead to the creation of a centralized online platform, enabling adult educators and learners to share and collaborate on resources, tools, forums and more.
  • Literacy funders and organizations will be better able to design and operate e-learning software based on users’ online habits and performance.

In addition, the report suggests that, as we enter the "smart" age, where free Internet is becoming available in many public places, literacy organizations and researchers can collaborate on cloud computing services, creating synergy and great potential for service.