7 Things You Should Know About Organizing Files in the Cloud

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Author(s)EDUCAUSE Learning Initiative (ELI)
Type of mediaPDF download
Estimated study timeEstimated study time 20 minutes

File storage and management has become a potentially limiting factor in the usefulness of new technologies, and cloud-based file services such as Dropbox, SugarSync, AeroFS, and Box.net attempt to fill that need. With these services, files are stored “in the cloud,” and each time the user accesses the service, the files are synced with whatever device is currently being used. Many students have found that cloud-based file management provides the convenience and flexibility needed for their mobile, always-connected lifestyles, and growing numbers of them show up at college having used such services in high school. The seamless, cross-platform functionality of cloud-based file services provides high levels of access and flexibility, though education and awareness are necessary to minimize activities that could expose private information. Cloud storage offers students and faculty the option to work in real time more effectively because it increases the range of files available for on-the-spot access.

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The briefs in the “7 Things You Should Know About…” series describe emerging learning technologies  in 7 questions: 'What is it?', 'How does it work? ', 'Who is doing it?', 'Why is it significant?', 'What are the downsides? ', 'Where is it going?' and 'What are the implications for teaching and learning?'. They are excellent if you are looking for a quick and easy-to-understand overview of a particular e-learning tool.  If you are pressed for time, the scenarios that introduce each pdf are well worth the five minutes you’ll need to read them. You will find similar resources on the Educause website.

LicenceCreative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported
TimestampThis information table was last updated on 27 June 2012

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