Four Benefits of Cloud Computing in Education

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Those born on the front end of the millennial generation likely have fond memories of playing The Oregon Trail and learning how to type with Mavis Beacon. The marriage between technology and education began with simple games and tutorials, however it quickly transformed educational needs with new platforms, software, and portals. Now surrounded by technology, educators and administrators desire simpler options for managing their environment. This need has led many to cloud computing, which reduces siloed environments, simplifies processes, and provides tremendous cost savings to already budget-strapped education systems. 

Are you taking advantage of these groundbreaking trends?

Virtual Collaboration and Monitoring

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Video capabilities are transforming traditional education with the ability to further collaborate, attend classes, and ask questions virtually. It is no longer necessary to physically be in a classroom to meet with students and educators. IP cameras are also making it possible to monitor safety during and after hours by syncing with security systems across campus.

Scaling for Temporary Needs

Administrators and Registrars appreciate the ease of online testing and registration in the cloud. Schools can also scale up resources with AWS’ pay-as-you-go model for occasional needs, like registration and testing, without committing to increased spend year-round.

Automated Student Onboarding

Automating student onboarding assists administrators as well as new or transferring students. A MeriTalk survey found that “39 percent of applications at college today are cloud-based and by 2021 that number is expected to climb to 62 percent.” The integration acclimates students to systems and all necessary documents while providing them direct contact with an administrator for questions. What better way to conduct a smooth, on-demand onboarding process than to automate it with cloud computing? It’s also possible for IT departments to create mass user records for new student applications. Administrators can use such tools to remove these records. 

Big Data for Student Success

Educators are now able to share instructions, manage quizzes and exams, and gather student assignments by a designated due date through cloud computing. They are also able to navigate to a full list of attendance records, see how many times each student logs into the system, and analyze how much time is spent on each question, assignment, or test. This improves an instructor’s ability to tailor lessons to the questions that took the most time for students. Cloud computing is enabling personalized learning from anywhere on the planet.

In addition to the trends listed above, educators are actively incorporating cloud-based learning applications into the curriculum. It’s now possible for students to virtually collaborate and compete in real time. Are you utilizing cloud computing in your educational institution? What perks have you realized through the transition? Share your thoughts in the comments below!

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