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


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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.

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