For the past eight centuries, the University’s of Cambridge has been home to eminent mathematicians, scientists, philosophers, and heads of state. Plenty of things might have changed from those days until now, but The University of Cambridge is still proudly at the forefront of progress in so many different fields.
Obviously, education is in the middle of a big change right now, with a huge push towards studying and teaching remotely, but The University of Cambridge have been looking into and adopting collaborative working for a few years now.
When they conducted an audit back in 2017, it uncovered over 250 unique use cases of staff and students needing a collaboration tool, which made it a priority solution to be implemented, to ensure staff and students have access to everything they beed at their fingertips. That’s when they teamed up with Dropbox to create a new system of collaborative work for their students and staff. We can’t help but think that that list must have expanded now, so a head start on collaborative work must have made the shift easier in recent weeks and months.
While a lot of us are moving to remote work and study as a matter of public health, there are opportunities in higher education for collaboration that makes a whole new way of work possible. Considering Cambridge has been an institution of further education long before and after Galileo’s lifetime, it’s fascinating to see that Prof. Richard G. McMahon and his team at the Institute of Astronomy adopted Dropbox for its ease of use and sharing abilities for modern astronomy. Currently looking for quasars using telescopes from across the world, Professor McMahon is often remote, working from different time zones and collaborating with his Cambridge researchers back on campus.
"Its scalability and ease of use are key factors in us making Dropbox available to everyone at the University. We want to offer the best choice of collaboration tools for our staff and students so they can focus on their important work, and Dropbox fits perfectly into this." Ferrar stated.
There is a lot of change coming quickly in the education space, and it’s opening a lot of options that were previously not possible, like online learning for the majority, collaboration spanning beyond one campus and more.
What do you think will be the biggest change in education in the near future?