The education industry constantly tries to improve by updating teaching practices and adopting technology to remain competitive and meet current demands. This is why more and more academic institutions are utilizing the latest technology, including cloud computing.
It has become essential for teachers and students to be supported by reliable technology. Here are 4 key reasons why today’s educational institutions move to the cloud:
No need for expensive, printed textbooks
Physical textbooks, however valuable, have become a bane to students because they are expensive and difficult to lug around. They also tend to be outdated — not as a medium, but because on average, textbooks tend to be several years old, and can often contain outdated or disproved information. New editions are reprinted regularly because once the actual textbook is out in the market, its contents can no longer be fixed or updated.
Cloud-based textbooks are a great workaround for these and other issues with traditional textbooks. With digital textbooks or eBooks, you only need to carry your electronic reading device. Furthermore, digital content is easier to amend should the need arise. And because they require no physical production, they tend to cost much less.
Reduced need for expensive hardware
To raise the level of academic quality, schools traditionally acquire educational assets such as models, presentation materials, instruments, and the like. These materials on their own can get expensive, even more so when you factor in upkeep and special storage costs. For instance, schools that provide medical and allied medical courses spend more on anatomical models than most of us spend on a new car!
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On the other hand, digital versions of these materials, which may be contained in the cloud, are cheaper and more accessible substitutes. Students can store or access software and digital material on their own laptops, smartphones, or tablets. This way, they can spend as much time as they need with virtual models, as opposed to having to rely on physical models that they can only use while on school premises for a limited amount of time.
Students are expected to find ways to collaborate with fellow students, but many don’t realize that even administrators and faculty members can benefit from the collaborative features of cloud-based management software. Cloud storage makes data accessible from different parts of the campus. As long as there is internet access within the school, students, teaching staff, and administrators will have secure and reliable access to that data.
And because changes and updates to information are synced in real-time, different members of the school community can work together on the same documents any time, anywhere, not just when they are on campus.
Eliminates paper costs
Lastly, by shifting to a fully electronic and cloud-powered information framework, schools can reduce their use of paper products and further improve their carbon footprint. As a bonus, the school also saves on costs associated with printing and the like.
Going paperless also helps eliminate the risk of loss or damage to files, a normal downside of paper-based products.
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