How is Academia Adapting to the Internet of Things

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Universities Get a Tech Education

The digital revolution has transformed the way people live their lives. From smart phones to using computer analytics to predict political elections, the economy is being reshaped daily by technological advances. To both capitalize and further nurture this movement, current and future generations of American students will need to expand their approach to education with an eye toward digital applications. Academic institutions, subsequently, are implementing and expanding innovation through their classroom practices and field research to address the lack of qualified human resources to meet the demands of the digital age.

Areas such as data analytics are suffering from a lack of talent. As a response, universities in the United States are introducing courses and curriculum to help prepare a generation of students to enter and excel in this lucrative and evolving field. Current estimates place the need of analytics specialists in the hundreds of thousands. This lack of human capital has impeded the growth of many companies and initiatives, furthermore crippling their ability to capitalize on global market opportunities.

In addition to analytics courses, universities are providing training and education in machine-to-machine technology and communication. These institutions have partnered with government institutions to further nurture the development and awareness around developing a workforce equipped with the necessary skills and expertise the thrive in the digital economy.

As a result of this collaboration, new patented innovations and technologies have developed as well as enterprises that are helping to transform the global marketplace. Such innovations include social media applications as well as cloud computing technological advances.

These programs are not just teaching technical skills, but nurturing in students the curiosity and entrepreneurial skills to capitalize on new trends in the industry. Open source applications and machine-to-machine technology have benefited particularly from this approach. In addition, advances in controls and sensors for residential and industrial applications have been refined through university initiatives.

Green technology and sustainability have also become growing fields of study for university students and researchers. Given the demand from industrial institutions and consumers for more environmentally-conscious processes and products, human assets are needed to help meet the demands of this sector. Schools have introduced green technology course work at an engineering and science level, while also incorporating green approaches to design and computer application courses.

Ultimately, institutions of higher learning will have to continue to evolve and respond to the ever morphing demands of the digital age to justify their value to students across the country.