Rory McGreal, Associate Vice President of Research at Athabasca University and UNESCO/COL Chairholder in Open Educational Resources, discusses the report What is cloud computing and why is it important for Adult Literacy. Rory co-authored this recent AlphaPlus publication with Griff Richards, Associate Professor of Distance Education and Director of the Technology Enhanced Learning Research Institute at Athabasca University, and Brian Steward, Vice President Information Technology at Athabasca University.
Cloud computing could make a real difference to the adult literacy field in Ontario and across Canada. One of the strongest arguments the report makes is related to cost – in a cloud computing environment organizations and programs could potentially realize significant savings, and pay only for the computing power they actually use. In our conversation with Rory, we ask him to reflect 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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