Education and cloud computing go hand in hand because of the demand for new ways of learning, not to mention the need to drive down the costs of computing for students, teachers, and administrators.
The most popular cloud applications in the educational space include online virtual classrooms, a centralized library database, information podcasting, and online productivity applications. These types of applications demonstrate the benefits of cloud computing, and are enabling educational institutions to move to the clouds with very little investment. The major benefits of cloud solutions in educational institutions are:
- Major savings – Moving to the clouds is inexpensive. No server hardware is required, which means no support to maintain hardware is needed. Additionally, pricing plans are much more flexible and generally less expensive that traditional licensing models.
- Connectivity – The cloud will have the institution’s wealth of knowledge available to the students all the time. Irrespective of where they are or what device they use, students will be able to access the data and applications they need in the cloud.
- Collaboration – A major area of emphasis (especially in higher education) is team collaboration. Cloud computing offers innovative ways to share information on the internet with video conferencing, multiple access to documents and spreadsheets with online productivity suites, and live notifications. In the cloud, students can collaborate and work together more efficiently as a team.
- Maintenance free – Cloud solutions are entirely maintenance free since your cloud provider will take care of all software and hardware maintenance. All that’s needed is an internet connection to access the applications and information.
All these benefits make cloud computing and education gel together really well. They truly go hand in hand!