A cloud computing implementation has become synonymous with the enterprises. Now, it is also gaining momentum in higher education institutions. It becomes even more integral especially because of the diverse audiences — students, teachers, administrators and other staff. These are the people that rely on being able to access information, collaborate on projects and create and deliver content at any time from any place on any device, from smartphones to laptops to tablets.
What makes cloud computing important in education is the need to meeting the on-demand scalability needs for applications such as learning management systems or prospect management software. Cloud-based commercial applications give schools the agility they need to support new educational or business requirements as they tend to evolve more quickly.
Cloud computing helps education IT save time and labour on maintenance and upgrades and disaster recovery. It helps to redirect its resources to innovative projects like homework tracking or student intervention. It also enables students and faculty to participate in cutting-edge Learning Management Service (LMS) services that focus on real-time assessments and increased learning personalization. Cloud implementation helps in driving collaboration on a global scale among increasingly geographically scattered teams of all the entities involved in the educational system.
If higher education institutions successfully develop a cloud implementation strategy that works for them, IT, school administrators and students will all benefit from improvements in learning, collaboration and productivity.