Use of New Technology in Higher Education: A Migration to a Cloud-Based Learning Platform

  • Ema KusenEmail author
  • Natasa Hoic-Bozic
Conference paper
Part of the Springer Proceedings in Complexity book series (SPCOM)


Advances in technology brought changes to many sectors, including education. With the development of mobile devices and availability of low cost or free online services and applications, the content-centric course design approach and the standard LMS are no longer meeting the student’s preferences and needs. The development of cloud computing and its pay-as-you-go paradigm are a potential solution to the problems which higher education presently has to face—low budget and lack of computing power for researching. Despite the advantages of cloud computing, the universities are late in its adoption due to the security issues. This paper describes the situation at the University of Rijeka, Department of Informatics, and the process of migration to a new cloud-based learning platform.


Mobile Device Cloud Computing Cloud Service Homework Assignment Learning Platform 
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Authors and Affiliations

  1. 1.Department of InformaticsUniversity of RijekaRijekaCroatia

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