The need for more learner-centred systems (over institution and educator dictated systems) is growing. After all, digital natives demand flexible and tailored services – their apps and lifestyle tools are increasingly 24/7 and accessible from smart devices. Cloud-based apps are loved by resident students, blended students and distance students alike: students are empowered.
Smartphones have given them constant access to resources as well as the ability to submit materials. Meanwhile, educators can safely and securely deliver these resources and content - campus-wide, on any number of devices, in real-time. (No longer having to rely on large facilities, cumbersome paper-based documents and hard-drive hogging programs to enhance collaboration.)
And now advances in technology are also enabling new teaching methodologies – and one of the hottest examples is video. The quality of your average Skype/FaceTime call of a decade ago (patchy 3G and paid WiFi services) has been superseded by 4G and strong, free broadband connections, facilitating a significant rise in the adoption of video conferencing. Teaching is no longer restrained to the classroom.
"Cloud-based apps are loved by resident students, blended students and distance students alike"
According to a 2017 report by Kaltura, in which they surveyed over 1000 teachers, IT professionals and students from all levels of education around the globe, emerging video technology has made leaps and bounds to empower teaching and learning:
On video in the classroom:
- 99% of institutions report they have teachers regularly incorporating video in their curriculum.
- 73% of higher education institutions use video for remote teaching and learning.
On advanced video features
- More than 50% are using video to feature remote presenters.
- More than 50% express an interest in additional video features:
- in-video quizzing with grading and analytics (63%)
- synchronized slides in which a presentation is uploaded and synchronized to the video (61%)
- in-video search (60%)
- running polls in the classroom (54%), as well as closed captions (52%) and
live public broadcast of features (52%)
The tech infrastructure required to deliver these advanced features and further shake up non-dynamic and antiquated modes of teaching is cheaper and easier to implement than ever before. The sheer investment and transformation rate of businesses and institutions turning to the cloud over the past decade is a testament to its utility. It’s becoming the new normal.
So now that the wheels are in motion it’s time for institutions to push funding into these new delivery models that facilitate more accessible, flexible learning (including part-time and distance learning) and utilise up-to-date cloud infrastructure and blended learning technology.
For more insight into how the cloud is enabling educators to transform operations and tailor Student Experience with cloud-enabled collaboration and analytics – you might want to check out this whitepaper on the subject