The Indian education sector is rapidly embracing digital technologies going on a Digital Transformation journey. The technological innovations have taken the Indian education sector by storm. It has a transformation journey of the Indian education sector from physical classrooms to virtual labs has been remarkable. Today the digital technologies have made it possible to reach out to maximum students with limited infrastructure and skilled professors.
The educational institutions and organizations have reaped the benefits of cloud computing with 60% of organizations storing their confidential data on the cloud.
Cloud computing has enhanced the education sector by drastically transforming it from student email and mission-critical business to distance learning platforms and ERP portals. In the recent decade, the learning institutions have fostered a unique culture of faculty, students and administrative staff collaboration within the geographically dispersed campus. With the education sector becoming more crucial in India, cloud computing is adopted to ease information sharing and learning process across the campus.
According to a survey, cloud computing in the education sector will grow to 26% by 2021.
Let’s see how the education sector is embracing Cloud Computing:
- Cost Saving:
The university-level textbooks and reference books are expensive. Surprisingly, textbooks have beaten the cost of all the other learning elements including tuition fees. The expenses discourage the students from buying them affecting their academics.
The technological era projects the cloud-based textbooks as a solution to this problem. Cloud computing offers the learning material to be easily accessible to students with lower income. This encourages them to download digital textbooks and study. In addition, the cloud-based system reduces the on-premise data storage cost eliminating the expenses associated with a server room, electric and maintenance. Also, cloud computing bridges the gap between educational needs and technological innovations reducing the infrastructure cost. Students can download the applications and get live updates on the syllabus and exams.
- Easy Accessibility:
Cloud applications running on internet browsers allow easy access to learning tutorials irrespective of the system. The cloud applications can be downloaded on the tablets or smartphones and the digital content can be accessed from anywhere and at any time.
The labs, grades, notes and PowerPoint slides of each lesson are uploaded on the cloud applications in the computerized form, which can be accessed at any time, and anywhere by students and professors. The teachers enjoy the liberty to work from home and finish their tasks with the cloud-based education system. With cloud-based systems, teachers can conveniently upload the homework and test grades from the comfort of their homes. In addition, according to a survey, attending physical lectures brings heavy stress for teachers; cloud applications prove helpful in relieving the stress.
The cloud applications are highly secure where the education content, information, pictures can be accessed only after verifying the user. The cloud application normally requests for verification Id and password protecting the administrative and learning data. Every student and professor is provided with unique identification credentials without which access to the portal is not possible.
- Raising Quality:
Currently, the Indian education sector is facing the challenge of providing quality education. Cloud computing addresses these challenges by optimizing the delivery of courses from a central location to multiple classrooms. It ensures seamless updates of course content depending on the requirement delivering it to multiple locations simultaneously with agility.
- Improving Reach:
The cloud-computing infrastructure enhances the learning process at multiple classrooms simultaneously with a small set of teachers. It overcomes the challenge absence of skilled teachers or lack of school infrastructure in remote areas. Seamless collaboration between professors and students for lectures, studies, projects at the same time irrespective of location enables the teachers to reach out to students in remote areas. It helps the teachers to reach out to students not only across states but also across countries.
Cloud infrastructure is addressing the challenges of the Indian education sector offering a seamless collaboration between students and teachers. It is also enhancing the quality of education helping the institutions to become the global education providers. The adoption of cloud computing with other cutting-edge technologies in the sector is an inevitable trend enabling the sector to pick up the pace.