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How the Cloud Propels Higher Education to New Heights

Despite being criticized by older generations for its excessive nonchalance today’s youth is eager to study even despite it often requires solid funding. Lots of school graduates face serious constrictions when applying for becoming university or college student: relocation related burdens caused by the necessity to move to another place, pricey life when living in a big city and so on. In addition, sometimes in certain countries, the level of higher education is not complying with student’s potential, therefore, they start searching learning opportunities abroad that is a huge challenge in terms of accompanying expenditures.

However, the aforementioned list of restrictions can’t be full without paying attention to the problem of debts when the students in certain countries have to take a loan for education. The worst part is that students get a debt accumulated a long time before they receive any practical occupation or skills to repay it. Indeed, it negatively influences student’s ability to buy a house after graduation from the university since two loans will be too much. At this point, the problem becomes social affecting the entire generations such as millennials and even Generation Z.

How universities and colleges see this problem

The higher educational institutions have already explored the situation and in order to assist those students who can hardly afford the education they start reducing the cost of services provided or if cost decrease is impossible, they aspire to maintain the current costs without an annual increase. However, decreasing educational and tuition costs along with a lack of funding from public budgets put the universities and the colleges in a tough situation. In order to help students to afford to learn and to be able to provide blue-chip education at the same time, the universities are thinking how to become more efficient in terms of resources allocation and administration. Here the cutting-edge digital technologies come in handy.

What is the role of the cloud in the educational sector

Five years ago, or even earlier, the majority of end users and clients were poorly familiar with the concept of cloud technology. These days system administrators at universities and colleges are well aware of the potential benefits of cloud deployment being considered as a safe and advanced innovation which may facilitate distribution of data and knowledge among students in multiple remote locations via digital communication channels. In turn, such advantage will make the entire education more convenient, affordable and more entertaining if you like. Thus, the college system administrators don’t need to utilize regular information systems anymore since more productive and innovative solution has become available. In fact, cloud tech deployment shifts the educational ecosystem concept from system-oriented to student-oriented.

Open and distributed character of the cloud tech enables universities to deploy a consolidated model of education. Moreover, since the university’s subdivisions and departments mostly apply separate unidirectional approaches in communicating with a student, the entire educational institution doesn’t see the big picture. Besides, when using different technologies to interact with the students, there is no chance to ensure the integrity of the learning process. Many students are confused with such an eclectic set of paradigms to deal with on a daily basis, especially when they have already experienced the convenience of digital data navigation by using the Internet of Things. In contrast, by using cloud the college can review the educational system as seen by the eyes of a student and this is a huge move forward comparing to the past.

Creating a cloud provides the university with the possibility to bundle all interaction points with each student during years of study and long after that. It is important to ensure a connection between a higher education institution and a student will be maintained after graduation since alumni are still contributing to the university’s bank of knowledge and progress. The patterns of involvement are different: from collecting applicants’ opinions before admission to getting responses from alumni about the university after graduation and starting a career in a company. Involvement in communication with the student may comprise various areas, namely, facilitating admission procedures, addressing urgent matters etc. The information about students collected at any point of interaction will increase the degree of engagement in the form of substantive discussions on the essence of being a student and alumni. Based on active cloud deployment in the educational area we may count on making processes of applicants’ enrolment, admission, and related operations as simple as starting the application on your mobile phone.

The benefits of using the cloud in education

Deployment of cloud and IoT in the education-based undertakings is the ground-breaking move to innovate the approaches of students’ collaboration with the university and to enhance the entire perception of the learning process.

Nevertheless, the role of the cloud can’t be narrowed down simply to make the education process more technically comprehensive and computerized. In fact, the cloud is called to reinforce the education services supplying standards. In other words, when cloud deployment in the university, the main task is to allow personnel and students concentrating more on the educational process itself instead of expanding information systems infrastructure. At the same time, the polarization of educational system has to be transferred from accentuating the institution and the facilities to development of more student-centric approach.

The individualization delivered by cloud contributes to more convenient and accentuated assigning study materials to each student. In practice using Artificial Intelligence allows the university selection and delivery of the exclusive pieces of coursework to each student based on his or her current level of knowledge. This situation drastically differs from the times when the cloud was not familiar to educational institutions: earlier, same study materials were distributed to all students with paying no attention to the fact that each of them has different memorizing and analytical capabilities. Moreover, Artificial Intelligence can help to detect the areas of expertise where a specific student is most interested in, so he or she can be provided with deeper information on that topic.

Cloud transforming the entire landscape

When techie representatives of Generation Z enter the universities and demand in education funding reaches critical points, the higher educational institutions have to be ready to acquire cloud technology to keep abreast with the times and to allow students affording education. The universities and the colleges will need to collect information about their students and alumni, analyze it and develop cutting-edge educational approaches based on digital transformation in order to supply a bigger number of students with the quality knowledge and practical experiences. By using cloud tech, the universities will find more individualized communication channels to approach each student exclusively with a suitable portion of information and training which in turn may provoke the alumni to come back to their college to share experiences with those who have just been accepted.

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