Is Education Cloud about education for the cloud or education on the cloud?
Surely, I anticipated such questions when I decided to sell solutions to Higher Education institutions.
Besides, while the question may itself be unexpected, it has a rather predictable answer.
Both, and more.
Education Cloud is to be Education on the Cloud, for preparing the learners for the workplaces on the cloud. It is also about education by being on the Cloud itself.
Only thing I did not expect it to be is Cloudy Education. We can't afford that: Clarity and Confidence is absolutely essential if one has to be successful on the Workplaces on the Cloud, because remoteness demands greater communication and collaboration skills, not less.
Indeed, Cloud is a well publicised technical term now and Education Cloud would immediately appear like another Cloud Solution for Education. But the essential idea is not just to be the 'technical solution'.
Workplace success needs both the technical and tacit knowledge. One without the other is meaningless: Technical knowledge without the soft skills makes a social misfit unlike to thrive anywhere other than in a role purely confined to a workstation; tacit knowledge without technical expertise is style without substance, and makes for those used-car salesmen who we bump into from time to time and love to distrust.
And, this is also the reason why we can't educate people to be on the Cloud by confining them into classrooms and giving them lectures on Cloud Computing. The whole educational project has to be THERE - on the Cloud - and the learners need to be doing stuff remotely, talking to each other and working together.
Therefore, we are about Education For the Cloud, By the Cloud, On the Cloud.