How AWS Cloud Is Changing The Way Higher Education Institutions Are Managed

As virtual education takes centre stage, cloud computing is being preferred by educational institutions. With loads of crucial data, cloud usage seems to be the best option to securely save everything digitally.

It has significantly changed the way universities manage their online resources. Cloud technology has become an integral part of universities as it offers flexibility, easy access, security and cost reduction by eliminating the need for specialised software and hardware on individual terminals. It’s a boon for students and teachers too, as they can access their data and material online, exchange notes and assignments and virtually stay in the loop regarding their work requirements with quick sharing and collaboration.

As the higher education sector moves toward digital transformation amid and after the pandemic, Amazon Web Services’ state of the art technology and platform are a go-to solution for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) for all educational and administrative needs. The AWS Cloud platform offers broad choices and multiple tools that can cater to the varied needs of learning, teaching, campus management, and university operations.

Here are a few case studies that prove how institutes have benefitted from the educational solutions running on AWS Cloud to combat the key challenges.

Simplifying school-parent communications

School-parent communications can be challenging, especially for students in higher education. Virtual solutions can be of great help, and app-based solutions are changing the game. For instance, Bathurst South Public School switched from traditional paper newsletters to a virtual app-based communication solution. With AWS Cloud, Bathurst South Public School opted for School Stream EdTech provider to connect with parents. This switch from offline information sharing to online informing the parents resulted in reduced responsibility of students, transparent communication between institution and parents, and ease of conveying targeted content such as permission notes, absenteeism reports, and canteen orders. So far, they have delivered over 22,000 notifications, providing the school significant savings in paper resources.

Helping educators through Artificial Intelligence

Since educators are teaching students in big batches in Higher Ed, it could be challenging to understand individual needs and ensure their learning goals are met personally. Modern digital solutions can take care of this concern. In the absence of in-person monitoring, educators need to do more to protect the well-being of learners. With AWS Cloud solutions, St. Philip’s Christian College Cessnock and Korowa Anglican Girls’ School used AI-powered mobile app “Pulse” from EdTech provider Educator Impact, helping learners provide regular feedback in real-time through its communication solutions. The tool is ideal for empowering front-line educators from both schools to intervene early while assisting learners in understanding that their well-being is supported. This brings students into an active role, engages them, and help them in managing their well-being.

AWS through its cloud services and partners is changing Higher Ed institutions from a regular campus to a “ Smart Campus” by helping them embrace the changes and deliver better outcomes. With supporting policies for online education, rapid smart device and internet penetration in place and the pandemic that brought edtech awareness, edtech adoption in India is booming. It is estimated to grow 3.7 times in the next five years in India, from $2.8 Billion in 2020 to $10.4 Billion in 2025. Especially in the last 18 months, all higher ed institutes have been continuously exploring ways to shift to remote learning with a focus to ensure that the medium of instruction doesn’t alter the quality of education. Online or offline, students must experience a healthy and engaging learning environment.

AWS Cloud solutions cater to this need of universities by eradicating the challenges and providing a smooth learning environment. Read these case studies to know-how:

Conquering challenges in EdTech adoption

EdTech adoption in India usually faces three key challenges: convincing teachers to come on board, finding the right EdTech provider, and keeping costs manageable.

Yashwantrao Chavan Maharashtra Open University (YCMOU) and Manipal University Jaipur had a similar experience before they started working with EdTech provider MeritTrac.

MeritTrac offers an easy-to-use campus digitisation solution running on AWS Cloud that eases teachers’ fears of new, unfamiliar technology and gives them the confidence to use it regularly. AWS with its scale, solution diversity and cost effectiveness ensures that EdTech providers engage educational institutions in a collaborative process and help them manage costs by using automation to reduce person-hours.

Another critical challenge is campus-wide IT management. Automating institution workflow to boost efficiency and productivity in a virtual learning environment is prime to keep things moving smoothly. OP Jindal Global University (JGU) case study is an example of efficient campus-wide IT management with EdTech provider CollPoll’s LMS. The company has enabled JGU to manage its on-campus IT operations efficiently.

Now, it no longer needs to fret over the distribution and engagement issues of its course materials. The LMS ensures that all students can access course materials quickly and engage in online lessons. Since JGU is a residential university with over 5,100 students, the university has digitised its workflows reducing its reliance on manual management, and facilitating meal registrations and crowd management tasks.

Collpoll has also helped MIT Academy of Engineering (MITAOE) move to a cloud LMS. Fill this from to learn more about the case study and how AWS Cloud can help you.

Providing platform and tools needed for remote learning

The Covid-19 pandemic has surfaced many shortcomings in the remote learning space, and edtech solutions are in a race to develop innovative solutions to ensure quality remote learning and bridge the gaps. Asia Pacific University’s (APU) case study is a perfect example to understand the case scenario and AWS Cloud’s solutions, making it seamless.

APU worked with AWS to accelerate its IT modernisation journey and serve its ~12,000 students. Previously, the university was using an old infrastructure, which was inefficient pertaining to cost and performance. After moving its development, security, and operations onto the AWS Cloud, the university shifted its focus from resolving issues to innovation and automation. This ease of working in a digital environment enabled the university to connect business value to innovation and generate the buy-in needed to drive digital transformation.

Similarly, Graphic Era University started its digital transformation journey with Moodle on AWS Cloud. This allowed the university to quickly provide the platform and tools needed for remote learning while adhering closely to strict academic timelines.

Moodle is an open-source LMS and is highly popular within the teaching (digital education) community. It is popular for being packed with features that can make educator’s work efficient while being user-friendly and flexible. It offers a wide range of teaching tools without having to worry about the licencing cost.

The future of higher education is driven by technology. Institutes have identified the need and importance to have reliable teaching solutions in place. AWS and its solutions partners offer cloud-based EdTech solutions capable of managing all kinds of educational requirements in the digital age.

About the Author
Author: Priyanka Gupta
Priyanka is a blogger by profession and has an increasing interest to write about the edtech space. While writing she keeps in mind the educators to come up with right resources and ideas which might be relevant for them in relation to effective use of technology in their profession and institutions/classrooms.
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