Have you considered moving your higher education course onto the cloud? While integration and other challenges may initially arise, the long-term benefits grossly outweigh any difficulties you might face. Modern universities and colleges now recognize the usefulness of the cloud and schools are quickly adopting this type of digital learning environment. Many use cloud computing for IT services like email, student recruitment, administrative activities, new employee training, course archiving and more.
- The cloud allows for easy updating and scalability. A detrimental problem with software is that it’s expensive and often clunky to update. As a result, institutions will stick with outdated software rather than invest time and money to update effectively to newer technologies. Cloud computing eliminates this problem by offering much greater flexibility in updating systems and programs. Administrators utilize the cloud’s scalability based on factors important to them. For example, if class size and enrollment need to be a priority in the system, that can be adapted easily and customized to your needs since storage space is rarely an issue in the cloud.
- The cloud provides students with access to storage, collaborative spaces, educational resources and more – all at once. The cloud leads to greater accessibility for students as well as instructors. Students can collaborate with each other through a shared cloud space, upload and exchange files and more. Professors also have the option to upload things like syllabi, assignments, supplementary materials and videos. Cloud computing then allows students to access – and comment on – these shared files 24/7.
- The cloud satisfies an increasingly technology-driven generation. According to the Pearson Student Mobile Device Survey 2015, 85% of college students report owning a smartphone, while 52% own a tablet, and 10% own a two-in-one or hybrid computer. Nine out of ten students said they use a laptop computer to complete schoolwork. Millennials automatically incorporate technology into their lives. Providing learning opportunities on the cloud satisfies this generation’s preferred way of obtaining and digesting information.
- The cloud comes with numerous options for customization. Higher education institutions must balance a variety of factors and needs when establishing their Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as its financial structure (tuition, public funding, grants), student enrollment and the other important school needs. Cloud computing allows for the quick and efficient establishment of new technologies and the flexibility of incorporating several different types of technology into one overall learning system. This flexibility allows institutions of higher education to make adjustments based on their unique needs at any given moment.
Online learning and learning management courses connected to the cloud allow you to increase the number of students taking classes without losing the educational quality of the course. It’s a new frontier!
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