Survey Finds 92% of IT in Schools Worldwide Believe High Quality Wi-Fi Positively Impacts the Learning Experience
78% of School IT Decision Makers Need Wi-Fi Updates Within a Year to Stay Competitive
London, UK — February 18, 2016 — Aerohive Networks® (NYSE:HIVE) and Loudhouse, a London-based independent research agency, today announced The Unknown Network, a survey of 560 IT decision makers in schools around the world.
Loudhouse’s findings show that 92% of IT decision makers in schools recognize the benefits of high quality Wi-Fi in education, but it also found widespread dissatisfaction in the current deployment of Wi-Fi services to meet the needs of students and teachers. In fact, only 41% of respondents feel they have Wi-Fi infrastructure that provides enough visibility and control to support student learning. According to the study, while access to budgets remains a challenge, investment in Wi-Fi and Bring Your Own Device (BYOD) connectivity solutions will be a major priority for a large proportion of IT managers in 2016.
- The Unknown Network report confirms that devices and mobile technology permeate the teaching environment. Schools have invested heavily in laptops and tablets to enrich the learning experience. 75% of schools and other educational institutions have embraced and actively encourage BYOD.
- Respondents believe high-quality Wi-Fi will most likely improve learning outcomes for IT/technology, science, and math which is significant as demand for a workforce skilled in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics) subjects continues to grow.
- But only 42% of IT managers feel they have the controls in place to manage this influx of new devices and a lack of network intelligence means many do not have the tools to meet their school’s Wi-Fi demands. This has created what Aerohive terms as the ‘network of the unknown,’ preventing schools from fulfilling their duty of care to students and providing the best learning experience.
- Consequently, almost all (95%) IT managers feel teachers and students aren’t satisfied with school Wi-Fi systems. The underlying problem is revealed to be poor visibility into the devices being used and how they are being used, leading to a lack of control. Without this intelligence, IT managers say they are unable to plan for Wi-Fi demand to meet the teaching needs of their schools.
- For schools to achieve their learning outcomes and remain competitive, futureproofed technology is crucial. 78% of respondents said they would need to review and update their Wi-Fi provision within the next year to compete with the best schools in their area. For some the need is even more pressing: 48% think that this review needs to happen now or within the next 6 months.
- By using network intelligence to respond to these changes, schools have a better chance to mitigate duty-of-care concerns, reduce improper use of bandwidth, and ensure Wi-Fi provision fulfils its purpose – improving learning outcomes.
- A total of 560 IT decision makers with ultimate responsibility for the delivery of IT within their educational establishments were surveyed in December 2015. Respondents were from eight global regions including the UK, France, Netherlands, Germany, Spain, Italy, Nordics, Australia, and New Zealand. The survey included schools of various sizes, ownership models, and IT budgets. The research was commissioned by Aerohive, and conducted by Loudhouse, a London-based independent research agency.
- Aerohive is dedicated to delivering school-optimized and mobile-friendly cloud networking solutions. With easy onboarding, streamlined user experience, simplified troubleshooting, and extensive network visibility, Aerohive solutions are ideal for education customers yet powerful enough for any enterprise
“The internet provides schools with an invaluable resource for teaching and learning, but without effective Wi-Fi it can’t be used to its full potential,” said Paul Hennin, senior director, international marketing, Aerohive Networks. “When teaching resources can’t be loaded, or programs stall and crash, this eats into children’s learning time. Schools cannot afford to fall behind in digital learning.”
“This research demonstrates that better connectivity improves the learning experience for students and provides a more personalized approach to teaching. Having uninterrupted access to educational tools and apps provides teachers with the ability to have full visibility and control over students’ online activity and keep them focused at the task at hand. Wi-Fi and the internet are central to this and should be of high quality to give teachers the platforms they need to teach and the children the best opportunity to learn.”
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