Conduct Online Class

Essential Tips To Conduct Online Class Effectively

The year 2020 completed changed the way schools had been functioning and the concept of education. As a result schools across the world made monumental changes to adapt to this new model of education. Schools and educational institutions across the world began to completely integrate online classes into their systems this past, and these changes were further consolidated in 2021.

The transition to digital learning has been especially challenging to schools because they had to change their entire learning system – almost overnight. Almost all aspects of learning – from school management, attendance, assignments, teaching to even exams and assessments can now be done online. 

The decisive action to move instruction online has enabled flexibility in teaching and learning anytime, anywhere, but the pace at which it has happened is has been staggering. This has also caused inevitable teething problems. But there have also been effective tips and solutions to help schools overcome these.

In this article, we will explore essential tips to conduct online classes effectively.

  1. Invest in digital tools to keep your students engaged

One of the most important considerations for schools to conduct online classes effectively is to invest in technologies and school ERP systems that will help keep the students engaged in the online session. Using technology such as Fedena Learn schools can change their teaching system from obsolete textbooks to more digital-friendly content that will include videos, audio, images, podcasts, and more.  

Investing in technology and upgrading the classroom to be more digital will enable schools to record lectures, stream recorded lectures, conduct assessments, check student progress, and even stay connected with parents with ease. 

  1. Integrate technology to help students collaborate

Online classes may be isolating and mechanical for many students. This environment may not be conducive to effective teaching. For a complete learning experience, students need to interact with each other so that they can learn from each other’s mistakes, doubts, questions. Working and learning together in a group not only adds to the fun but through collaborative experiences such as group assignments, group discussions, brainstorm sessions, group presentations, peer reviews – there is deeper and more enhanced learning that takes place. 

Using online tools such as collaborative breakout rooms, group slides are an effective solution to breaking the isolation barrier. It helps the students connect with each other and helps the online class be more effective.

  1. Set Clear Instructions and Ground Rules For the Student and Teachers

Online learning is a paradigm shift for teachers and students – both of whom have been accustomed to face-to-face learning. This new ground, therefore, needs a clear set of instructions to help the learning process happen seamlessly. These rules could include instructions on staying muted, keeping cameras on, limiting the use of unnecessary distractions like background screens, and strict restrictions on using the chat functionality. Setting these clear instructions are the foundation of an effective and distraction-free online class. 

These instructions can be easily communicated to the parents, teachers, and the students using email, SMS, and other communication tools on Fedena. 

  1. Explore Online Tools and Gamification to Make Learning More Effective

One of the key challenges with online learning is disengaged students who may not interact much in class. To help all students engage better, educators can look for online tools that help implement game mechanics in the classroom. Research has proven the benefits of gamification as a useful tool in online learning. Using online tools such as leaderboards, virtual badges can help students stay motivated to interact in the classroom. Using quizzes, polls and learning games not only captures the student’s attention but also enhances the learning experience.

  1. Incorporate Student Feedback

In a traditional classroom, it is often easy to gauge the student learning from their body language, their level of interaction in the classroom. However, to conduct an online class effectively, it is important to take student feedback into consideration. This helps to ensure that your teaching plan and online class strategy is working effectively.  For instance, incorporating heavy videos in the classroom, which the student may not be able to stream, or even tips on improving teacher audio and video quality. While these may seem small, these minute pointers and suggestions go a long way in helping to conduct online classes effectively. 

One of the best ways to invite feedback from online students is by conducting regular polls and surveys. The Fedena polling feature allows teachers to create polls and helps the students share their honest opinions. 

In conclusion,

Adapting to the digital revolution and making the switch to online classes can be a bit daunting. Students and teachers may find that the move from face-to-face classrooms to online video conferences is challenging. In this new scenario, teachers must make extra effort to engage students, which means using new teaching methods and techniques that will appeal to students. Making online classes more effective is a challenge.

As we step into the new year of 2022, schools have become aware that online classes are the way forward in this world of constant pandemic-driven uncertainty. However, with Fedena there are easy answers to the many obstacles that schools need to overcome.

Fedena Learn is an integrated online learning solution that will help you create a better online learning experience for your students by transforming your institute’s traditional academic experience into digital learning that will engage your students and help you conduct online classes with ease and effectiveness. From enrolling the students online to conducting live classes with the Zoom Integration, from online collaboration to easy parent, student, teacher communication, from online exams to online attendance – Fedena makes the transition from offline teaching to online education easier than ever before.

Fedena 4.0

Fedena 4.0 with 6 New Features and 8 Enhancements

With 2022 is officially underway, we are super excited to kickstart this year with our latest release i.e Fedena 4.0. Fedena 4.0 is now live and this time we have named our release Titania, after the moon of Uranus.

In this release, we are featuring GPA & Transcripts, Programs & Program Batches, Online Exam Reset Log Details, Admin Reports in Mobile App, Cumulative Fine Calculation, and Missing Attendance features in Mobile App in Fedena.  Besides this, there are 8 feature enhancements and 70+ bugs fixed.  

We are dedicating this release to “John Holt” who was an American author, educator and, one of the most prominent advocates of homeschooling.

After a six-year stint teaching elementary school in the 1950s, Holt wrote the book How Children Fail (1964), which cataloged the problems he saw with the American school system. He followed it up with How Children Learn (1967). Both books were popular and started Holt’s career as a consultant to American schools.

By the 1970s he decided he would try reforming the school system and began to advocate homeschooling, and later the form of homeschooling known as unschooling.

He wrote a total of 11 books on the subject of schooling, as well as starting the newsletter Growing Without Schooling (GWS)

What is new in Fedena 4.0 Release?

New Features:

1. GPA & Transcripts:

You can now use Gradebook to calculate GPA for GPA courses. GPA can be calculated at the term level and planner level of the planner.

Transcripts: Link the transcript templates with published GPA reports and generate transcripts with just a click.

Note: In case you need to add subjects and scores of some of the missing batches/ inactive batches, you can do so using the Back data import option in Gradebook.

2. Programs & Programs Batches:

Before in Fedena while creating a transcript, the system doesn’t know how many semesters are available for a particular batch. To overcome this issue we have introduced a new Program module in Configuration Settings.

What are Programs?

Programs are like new groups where you can link the courses as semester or session-wise.

Example:

Higher-eds offer multiple programs such as Mechanical Engg, Computer Science Engg, and more. Now with the Programs Module, these courses can be easily created.

What are Program Batches?

When programs get divided into batches based on program duration that is known as Program Batches.

Example: 

Programs like Mechanical Engg have multiple batches such as the 2014-2018 batch or 2016-2020 batch. Within the Program Batch Module such batches can be created.   

3. Online Exam Reset Log Details:

All new online exam reset logs feature shows when an online exam was reset, by whom it was reset, and for whom it was done. You can search the reset logs details for a specific duration as well.

Read the complete support article here – http://support.fedena.com/support/solutions/articles/253163-online-exam-reset-log-details

4. Admin Reports in Mobile App:

All the important reports related to attendance, admission, fees, and income have been brought together under a single tab called ‘Analytics and Reports’ in Fedena mobile app. You get an overview and detailed report in each category.

Read the complete support article here – http://support.fedena.com/support/solutions/articles/253146-admin-reports-analytics-and-reports-

5. Attendance Features in Mobile App:

The attendance module in the mobile app has been updated with all the features as that of the web app. Features like the open/Lock mode, bell icon for notifying, and notification status page. You can see some significant changes in the UI as well. Attendance settings can only be configured from the web app.

6. Cumulative Fine Calculation:

With this new feature, the fine will be calculated based on the pending amount, the fine calculated on each day after the due date will be stored separately. Fine will be deducted only after the principal amount is paid completely. Read the complete support article here – http://support.fedena.com/support/solutions/articles/253157-cumulative-fine-calculation

Enhancements in Fedena 4.0 Release :

  • Add payment mode details for an application in Applicant Registration
  • Revert paid fees in the Applicant Registration
  • Filter internal messages by the user name along with the user type
  • Online Exam start & end time logic modification
  • Finance Transactions Report with settlement data
  • Filter attendance report and discount report Academic Year Wise  

We’re continuously adding new features to Fedena, fixing issues we learn about, and making changes based on your feedback. Kindly share what would you like us to improve next and for a better Fedena experience try our free demo. Also, check the complete release note here – https://fedena.com/blog/2022/01/titania-fedena-4-0-release-note.htmlhttps://fedena.com/blog/2022/01/titania-fedena-4-0-release-note.html

edtech market trends in 2022

Top EdTech Market Trends That Will Continue In 2022

Technology has disrupted our everyday lives in ways that are beyond comprehension. From the way we shop to the way we look at education – technology has caused a seismic shift is in our society and the way we conduct our lives.

As we prepare to step into 2022 and also the third year of a global pandemic there are several innovations that we have seen in the classroom that will continue to trend in the year 2022. 

In the past few years, various EdTech product interventions, combined with the latest technology-led solutions have transformed education and redefined the concept of classroom learning. This includes not only the application of new learning technologies but also classroom management solutions that will enhance and simplify day-to-day operations in schools. This is especially important because education is expected to change and develop rapidly over the next few years. 

In fact, according to the RBSA Advisors in their report, ‘Unleashing EdTech Potential in India’, India’s Edtech industry is poised to become $30 billion in size in the next ten years. Another report titled “Online Education Market in India 2021-2025” concludes that the online education market in India is poised to grow by $ 2.28 bn during 2021-2025, progressing at a CAGR of 20% during the forecast period.

The increased penetration of the Internet and smartphones combined with the increased digitization in education is driving this growth in India.

Here are the top 7 education technologies that all progressive schools consider adopting for 2022:

1. The Use of School ERP Systems

Many schools are opting for a school ERP that will help them to ensure efficiency in daily school operations. A school ERP – Enterprise Resource Planning is an especially designed software that not just helps to manage daily operations but it also helps to create reports, predict trends and make strategic plans for the smooth operation of the school. Using the School ERP Solution schools have been able to simplify the way they function so that the resources are then channeled towards providing students with an enriched learning experience.

2. Digital Data Management In Schools

Earlier schools managed daily operations tasks such as attendance management, timetable management, school admission, fee records, alumni data, and other tasks with the school administration team. However, today there is a rising surge in student data in schools and the need for instant access to the data. Digital data management and Student Information Management tools solution that will continue in 2022. This not only automates this complex data management but also helps to improve the efficiency of planning, designing various classroom operations. 

3. Increasing Use of Technology To Stream Live Classes

The year 2020 and 2021 have taught us that learning can also happen beyond that traditional brick-and-mortar classrooms. Progressive classrooms are increasingly opting for Edtech solutions that help students watch live classes or recorded versions later. 

Online Classes and Live Lessons ensure that learning continues even when students are forced to stay home. Technologies that allow for live classes have also opened doors to students to access courses from across the world. 

For schools, can now have access to a global data pool of students, offer these courses at competitive prices, and build their reputation and credibility as a global institution that is ready for the future of education.

4. The Rise Of Online Examinations And Assessment

One of the other major shifts that are anticipated in 2022 is the increased penetration of software and digital solutions for Online Exams and Assessments. This software ensured that even during periods of social isolation and lockdowns, all exams were held as per schedule. And their success has heralded an era where an increasing number of classroom assessments will be shifted online. These not only reduce the paper trail and related costs but also marking these assessments and generating reports is a lot easier for the teachers. 

In the current scenario, there are a lot of national entrance level exams that students need to sit for as they make important career choices, and with the ongoing pandemic, the global education system is preparing for a transition to online testing. This is not just because of the pandemic and the resultant need for social distancing, but also due to the automation, ease of operations, and instant results. 

5. Innovative Online Learning Platform

Online learning has been steadily growing over the years. The growth has been accelerated in the past year and it is expected to grow more in the coming year. Accordingly, there is a growing demand for Online Learning Platforms that offer teachers innovative tools that include visuals as well as other interactive simulations that keep the students engaged and interested in classroom activities. 

6. Immersive Learning With Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR)

Online reports have estimated that the use of AR and VR in education may surpass $5.3 billion by 2023. When compared to the traditional form of textbook-driven education, which is mostly passive, using AR and VR makes the classroom experience more engaging for the students.  It helps bring challenging concepts to life, such as ushering human anatomy or complex engineering diagrams. Additionally, the use of smartphones and the easy availability of VR headgears are making it easier for teachers to bring this technology into the classroom. 

In conclusion, 

These are just a glimpse of the market trends that will take over schools in the year 2022. Experts believe that the coming year will also see the rise of many other classroom tools that will change the face of education. From the use of gamification in the classroom, artificial learning, analytical learning–there is a lot that educators can look forward to in 2022. These new tools and trends will give educators an opportunity to focus on new classrooms skills, equip students with wider learning goals.

Rewind 2021

Fedena Rewind 2021: A Year in Review

Wait, 2021 is gone and it’s rewind time again. We’re back to round out the year 2021.

There’s no denying that it’s been a difficult year – for economies, businesses, communities, and families. COVID-19 has impacted all of us in some way or the other. Despite all the ups and downs, we did our best not just to stay afloat but to support educational institutes so that they can easily manage online learning & daily operations remotely.

Now we’re much closer to knocking on 2022’s door. But before we proceed, we would like to thank all of our customers for trusting us with the School ERP platform and being a part of the Fedena family during this critical time. Also a big thank you to all our readers, followers, and anyone who engages with us on different channels.

There were some pretty fantastic highlights and awesome achievements we made in 2021.

So let’s see really cool stats about Fedena in the year 2021.

Ready? Let’s jump in!

New Features and Functionalities:

We released various features and functionalities to simplify the day to day operations of institutes:

Fedena Learn

Fedena Learn – A combination of School ERP & Online Learning Platform, to simplify online learning and daily operations management from a single platform.

Assignment revamp

Assignment Revamp In this module, we have introduced a lot of new features such as Assignment logs, Graphical reports, and other additional settings.

Gate Management

Gate Management Introduced new mobile-first features i.e Gate Management, to record the entry and exit of different users from various locations of the institution.

Integration

Integration with Quickbook, Paybooks Fedena introduced integration with various platforms to simplify institute daily operations. 

Fedena 2021 Statistics:

New Fedena Users – 423,319

Total Happy Interaction with Customers – 17,561

New Parents Introduced to Fedena – 148,595

New Students Admitted to Schools Running Fedena – 253,972

New Teachers Introduced to Fedena – 20,759

Fedena Server recorded the Highest Visibility – 99.99%

Total Countries from where we On-boarded our Paid Customers  – 17

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In April, Foradian turned 12:

Foradian celebrated 12 years of innovation, success & growth in education technology

New Member Joined Foradian Team:

New badges earned in 2021:

With this, we bid adieu to 2021 and welcome 2022, a year with unlimited possibilities, opportunities, and growth. Here’s wishing everybody a very Happy New Year!

hybrid learning

What Is Hybrid Learning And Why Schools Are Using It?

Hybrid learning has become a buzzword in educational jargon, especially after the ongoing pandemic forced schools to reformat and restructure the way they conduct classes. With the pandemic – there is an element of uncertainty in all of our daily lives. Circumstances change every week. While many countries have begun offline classes for students, but any surge in cases, call for immediate school closures. In this situation, many schools, colleges, and educational institutions are opting for Hybrid Learning as a solution to the challenges, and to make online learning more effective.

What Is Hybrid Learning?

The dictionary defines the word Hybrid as “a thing made by combining two different elements.” Hybrid learning is a pedagogical approach that combines online education with traditional in-person classroom learning. In a hybrid learning model, students learn through a blend of physical classroom instructions as well as online activities. In this approach, students spend time in the classroom when possible, but they also explore web-based activities and online lessons to complement the learning process.

Benefits Of Hybrid Learning For Students

  1. Flexibility In Learning

A big advantage of hybrid learning is that it gives students the flexibility to learn at their convenience – especially if they are juggling multiple courses or responsibilities. Additionally, rather than commuting to school multiple times a week, individuals can complete their coursework from a more convenient location.

  1. Increased Access To Learning

Hybrid learning with its array of web-based, online learning tools has the potential to transform access to education for many students who are eager to learn. Students from all over the world and from different time zones can learn – without the challenges of physical migration.

  1. Students Get Ownership Of Their Learning

Combining traditional and online courses allows students to set their own goals, track their progress, and find resources that best fit their needs. Developing such self-motivational skills is vital to success in the workplace.

  1. Improves Student Discipline

For any degree of success, students must become better time managers. Online learning tools usually have strict submission time. This forces students to work in accordance with the stringent deadlines and helps improve student discipline.

  1. Reduced Student Absenteeism

With a hybrid learning model, if a student is unable to attend class, instead of completely missing a session, the student can participate in the course via online learning. Additionally, many hybrid learning sessions are recorded and subsequently published online, where they can be accessed or viewed later.

 Benefits Of Hybrid Learning For Teachers And Schools

  1. Create A Safe Environment

Institutions can create a safe learning environment by having students complete much of their coursework at home and having them attend class only a few times per week. With fewer students present at a time, schools and colleges can realistically practice social distancing as well as ensure that common areas are clean and disinfected between classes.

  1. Allows Schools To Be Prepared For Any New Pandemic Wave

 One of the advantages of hybrid learning is that institutions can be prepared in the event that a pandemic wave occurs in the city. Using a hybrid learning framework allow institutions to provide fully online courses until it is safe for the students and staff to return to campus.

  1. Teachers Can Keep The Students More Engaged

In a hybrid learning environment, as opposed to reading text off a slide over video software, teachers can create a more fun and engaging learning environment by using web-based tools.

  1. Teachers Can Instant Data To Gauge Student Understanding

Class teachers can analyze trends by gathering data about student comprehension, engagement, and attendance. Students that may need extra help or reminders of their standing can be contacted, or administrators can adjust classes to review the material a majority of students missed.

  1. Enroll More Students

With the help of hybrid learning, schools can reach out to a larger number of learners from across the world. They can also get expert teachers to be part of the staff and give the students a more enhanced learning experience. 

Challenges of Hybrid Learning

  1. Access To Technology

One of the biggest barriers to a hybrid classroom is that not all the students and teachers would have access to smart devices or fast-speed internet–which is one of the key requirements for hybrid learning. The reason for this might be due to a lack of internet access in a remote location or simply because of financial reasons.

  1. Easy Distractions

The web world has many distractions – from online games to social media and with hybrid learning, the students need to be monitored so that they do not get carried away with online temptations. 

  1. Some Students May Feel Isolated

While hybrid learning does offer a large element of peer collaboration, but since there is no direct contact, some students may feel lonely and disconnected from peers and tutors.

  1. Schools Lacking The Technological Infrastructure

The transition to a blended learning model may be complicated for organizations without the necessary technology or infrastructure in place. Shifting to a blended learning approach can take time and resources, particularly when it comes to updating technology.

In conclusion,

Fedena offers solutions for integrating technology into the classroom. With Fedena Learn, teachers are able to deliver multimedia-rich customized courses, promote an interactive learning environment beyond classroom boundaries, and upgrade their technology and create a hybrid learning environment that is vital for schools around the world.

Through Fedena Learn, schools can not only create engaging online courses, but they can also stream recorded lectures, track student and course progress, as well as collaborate by allowing instructors to communicate with learners in real-time. 

To know more visit: https://fedena.com/online-learning-platform-for-schools

NEP 2020

A Quick Guide To The NEP (National Education Policy) 2020

What is NEP?

The Union Cabinet passed an ambitious National Education Policy (NEP) in the year 2020 that proposes sweeping changes to the Indian education system. The policy was designed to create a progressive pathway for students and institutions of learning and to transform India into a vibrant knowledge hub. It was built on the pillars of “Accessibility, Equity, Quality, Affordability, Accountability.”

This is the first education policy of the 21st century, replacing the NEP of 1986. After 34 years, the NEP was revised to reflect the changing needs of Indian students and to meet international educational standards.

NEP 2020 is a vast policy with many features and action points. Below are some of the key features of this extensive policy –

  1. According to NEP 2020, the existing 10+2 structure in school education will be replaced by the system 5+3+3+4, covering ages 3-18 years. This means that the initial five years of school, including three years of pre-primary school as well as classes 1 and 2 will be the foundation stage. The next three years – classes 3 to 5 will be the preparatory stage, from classes 6 to 8 are the middle stage, and classes 9 to 12 are the secondary stage.
  1. The program of basic learning will be made available to parents of young children up to age three at home, and preschool programs will be offered for children aged three to six.
  1. Starting in Class 6, students will be exposed to vocational training at a young age.
  1. Each student will have the opportunity to choose their favorite subjects from Class 8 through Class 12 and this will allow them to specialize in the subjects they have chosen.
  1. All graduation courses would be four years long, which will allow students ample time to master their respective subjects.
  1. There will be one major course for all graduate courses that will be their core subject and one minor course that will be added to increase students’ interest in the subjects. Students whose major is math can take music as a minor, for example.
  1. Academic Credit Banks (ABCs) shall be established that would digitally store the student academic credits earned from recognized Higher Education Institutions (HEIs).
  1. As of 2040, all higher education institutions will be multidisciplinary institutions, with a student body of 3,000 or more.
  1. The same grading patterns and regulations are to be applied to all universities, whether they are public, private, deemed/deemed to be, or open universities.
  1.  Higher education institutions should also shift away from high-stakes tests towards continuous and comprehensive evaluations through the year. 
  1. Multiple entries and exits from the chosen course are possible for the students. 
  1. After completing one year of a graduation course, a student will receive the basic education certificate or diploma certificate upon completion of the second year and a degree upon completion of the entire course. The student will not lose any time if he drops out in between.
  1. The campus to offer students a wide range of athletic, cultural, arts, environmental, and community service clubs.
  1. Stress and emotional adjustment counselling will be made be available in every educational institution.
  1. Several initiatives are being devised to ensure the survival, growth, and vibrancy of all Indian languages. In higher education, there will be more programs using the mother tongue or local language as the medium of instruction.
  1. HEIs are to become multidisciplinary institutions by 2040, with each aiming to have 3,000 students or more.
  1.  Indian universities with high academic performance will be encouraged to set up campuses abroad. 
  1. Universities from among the top 100 universities in the world will also be permitted to operate in India.
  1. There should be access to the latest educational technology in every classroom to improve learning.
  1. The policy aims to achieve 100% literacy among youth and adults.

Advantages of NEP 2020 

  • The new 5+3+3+4 structure has a strong emphasis on early childhood education since early childhood care and education from age 3 is also included in the policy.
  • The policy is focused on promoting practical and application-based knowledge for learners.
  • The policy aims to bring approximately two crore school students back to educational institutes through this new approach.
  • The NEP 2020 will establish multidisciplinary educational and research universities at par with IITs and IIMs in India. These universities will introduce multidisciplinary academic programs.

Disadvantages of NEP 202

  • Some experts believe that in most countries, the ideal age to start school in most countries is anywhere between 4 to 6 years of age and starting school at 3 years can be challenging for kids.
  • Due to the lack of teachers, introducing mother languages for each subject in academic institutes can be a problem.
  • Exams for grades 3,5 and 8 can be a cause of stress for the students
  • Increasing the graduation, age may cause students to lose motivation and quit the course.

Implementation Of NEP 2020

NEP 2020 is an ambitious reform plan that will take time to realize. However, according to the Indian government, NEP 2020 should be operational by 2040. To reach the target year, the major points of the initiative must be applied one by one. Further, the proposed reforms would be implemented through a partnership between the federal and state governments and to ensure that the federal and state governments would form subject-specific committees to examine the implementation plans.

In Conclusion,

NEP 2020 aims to transform the country’s current learning infrastructure and raise it to international academic standards, making India a vibrant knowledge hub. The policy not only aims to recognize, identify, and foster the unique capabilities of each student but also aims to provide high-quality education to every child and adult, thereby making India a global knowledge superpower.

Online Schooling

Complete Guide To Online Schooling And Decoding Its Future

During the last few years, schooling practices have undergone rapid changes. With the covid-19 pandemic as the catalyst, online education has grown rapidly, demonstrating the importance of online learning not only for adult students in training programs, colleges, and universities but also for younger students in preprimary and primary grades.

The growth of online learning has transcended all previous boundaries. With the easy availability of smart devices, high-speed internet, and new technologies such as 5G, online schooling is on the rise.

According to the “Global Online Education Market – Forecasts From 2020 To 2025” released in February 2020, the global online education market is projected to witness a CAGR of 9.23% increasing from US$187.877 billion to US$319.167 billion in 2025. Experts believe that in the coming years, the next wave of growth will come from emerging markets like India. In fact, according to the  “Online Education Market in India 2019”, Indian Online Schooling is expected to grow at a CAGR of ~43.85% during the 2019-2024 period with the value increasing from at I NR 39 billion in 2018 and to reach INR 360.3 billion by 2024.

What Is Online Schooling?

An online school establishes the traditional classroom using the internet and other tools, including a computer or smart device in the virtual world. The student and teacher can access the online school from any location as it does not restrict the learning space to the four walls of the classroom. 

Online School is also referred to as a virtual school, where teachers and staff members can work remotely and students can access the professionally developed online school curriculum and excellent learning materials beyond traditional classroom boundaries.

With Online school, students are enrolled just as they would be at regular school except their learning and academic progress happen online and they can interact with their peers through online class discussions and build friendships in the online school community.

It is a wonderful alternative to homeschooling, as students get support from teachers, access to various educational resources, and parents can supervise their child’s learning.

Online Vs Offline Schooling Vs Homeschooling

Online Schooling Offline Schooling Homeschooling
Qualified InstructorsYes YesParents act as teachers
Personalized LearningYesNoYes
CollaborationYesNoStudents learn in isolation
Variety Learning ToolsYesNoYes
Flexibility Of LocationYesNoyes
Improved Digital Skills For StudentsYesNo No
Diversity In Students And TeachersYesNo. No
Student CollaborationYesNetworking is limited to the classroomNo
PaperlessYesNoNo

How does Fedena transform Traditional School into Online School?

 You can transform your traditional school into an online school with Fedena Learn. Fedena Learn is a combination of School ERP & Online Learning Platform for schools and colleges. It allows institutions to manage online learning and daily academic and administrative activities from a single platform. Using these platforms, teachers can deliver media-rich customized courses, promote an interactive learning environment beyond classroom boundaries and provide better operations controls for admin from a single platform.

 Some ways Fedena transforms your traditional school into an online school:

  • Instructors can create customized and engaging courses by adding teaching materials using their mediums such as videos, audio, images, text, presentations, and documents.
  • The teachers can record and share the lectures with the students. Students are notified of updates and can view recorded lectures at their convenience.
  • Students can download educational resources on the mobile app and then watch the lectures in an offline mode
  • Easily connect with classmates and instructors to clarify the doubts regarding courses and assignments
  • Additionally, students can collaborate, share ideas, and interact with their classmates in real-time in a digital environment
  • Teachers can make MCQs and descriptive quizzes part of the course and use them to assess students as they progress through it.
  • Institute can manage daily operations such as attendance, admission, online fees collection, student data management, e-exam, timetable, employees payroll management and many other features from a single dashboard.

What Are The Features Of Online Schools?

  • Online Learning 

One of the most prominent benefits of online schools is that they allow students to learn online, thus removing the limitations imposed by the physical classroom. A student can learn either from home or from anywhere by taking advantage of online learning

  • Digitized Academic and Administrative Operations

The smooth functioning of a school depends on the efficient management of administrative duties. The school ERP software allows the school to digitize & automate manual tasks such as student enrollment, admission management, online fees collection, and much more just in a click. Teachers can also use the online system to conduct online exams as well as assignments and homework.

  • Live Classes

The ability to attend online classes through the use of a smartphone, tablet, or computer at a fixed time is one of the most appealing aspects of online schooling. Live classes mimic an actual classroom, where the teachers teach and students learn at the same time. During live classes, students have the opportunity to interact with the teachers and their peers as they normally would, clarifying doubts and asking questions. 

  • Functionality Accessible via Mobile App

One of the key features of online schooling is that the daily functionality of the institute is not only accessible by desktop devices but also from mobile devices as well. Online School App brings all processes under one application and allows school admin, teachers, students, and parents to get track of daily operations on the go. The app allows students to stream and downloads the class content while teachers can conduct online exams, mark the daily attendance, and share assignments with the students directly via mobile app

  • Data-Driven

With Online Schooling, institutes can move from traditional paper-based data management to digital data management. In this way, privileged employees can organize, manage, and access the data from anywhere at any time. Thus minimize data discrepancies and enhance the institute’s data security. This system enables authorities to track data such as pending fees, student attendance, track students’ grades, admission enquires, and much more in real-time and help in making data-backed decisions.

  • Real-time Communication 

Online Schooling simplifies communication between the student, the teacher, and the parents in real-time. Parents can attend online PTA meetings without being physically present on school premises and discuss their child’s progress with teachers. Additionally, students can also connect with teachers can ask questions, clear their doubts, and work collaboratively with their peers.

What Are The Benefits of Online Schooling?

  • Increased Collaboration Between Students

The online learning environment is designed to encourage students to communicate and work with each other through break-out rooms, emails, chats, group discussions, and other convenient methods. Students can reach out to each other at any time. Students can communicate with one another outside of school hours. By doing this, the students can collaborate, connect, and learn from one another.

  • Improvements in learning outcomes for students

Several tools are available to students that aren’t available in a traditional classroom, such as video, text, podcasts, games, etc. It is easier for students to learn online because it accommodates their learning style and speed.

  • Better Classroom Management For The Teachers

Online students remain unaffected by their fellow students because they are not confined to a single room.

Also, teachers can take advantage of a variety of tools, including quizzes, polls, games, videos, and other tools to keep students engaged.

  • Improved Technical Skills For the Students

Traditional learning environments give students limited access to computers and smart devices. Online learning, however, allows students to use a range of devices, from laptops to smartphones. By learning new software suites, they can improve their technical skills. The students learn essential skills in digital literacy so that they can communicate effectively and safely in a variety of formats, including discussion forums. The workplace of the 21st century requires these skills.

  • Diversity In Students And Teaching Staff

Physical schools have a limited number of students and teachers due to geography.

As an alternative, schools can expand their reach by providing online education to students and teachers throughout the world. Therefore, they are not only able to attract students from a larger base, but also to offer them access to some of the best teachers worldwide.

  • Enhanced Networking Opportunities For The Students

The sessions of a traditional classroom generally limit students’ networking to their peers in the same class or a higher or lower section.

In contrast, online schooling allows students to network with students around the world. Through this collaboration, there may be an opportunity to create new projects, learn new skills, or even find a new job.

  • Going Paperless

Schools typically store their documents and records in physical files through a traditional system.

Online schooling has the advantage of making schools paperless, which is one of its biggest benefits. All school-related documents, training manuals, alumni records, and other details will be stored safely in an online database. Keeping documents online means that their security is guaranteed and they have user-specific access when needed.

The Bottom Line

As online schools witness faster and wider adoption around the world, it is easy to conclude that the future of education is fast moving to the digital space.

Best School ERP Software

List of 10 Best School ERP Software in 2021

10 Best School ERP Software that Institutes Actually Use in 2021

The best school ERP software makes it simpler and easier for your institute to effortlessly administer day-to-day academic and administrative activities from a single platform. From student enrollment, online fees, attendance, to online classes, digital assignments & eLearning, all school-related activities can be easily managed from the school ERP platform.  

At its core, the school ERP system helps in automating the management process while reducing the burden of administration and faculties and at the same time helps the students and parents. So that the institute can focus on delivering quality education to students. 

But selecting the right school ERP software for your institution is not an easy task. As there are a sheer number of school ERP platforms available in the market which might seem a bit overwhelming. You have to invest considerable amounts of time in optimizing which ERP platform is suitable for your institute and how it will be helpful for them in the long run. 

Fortunately, in this article, we have compiled the most used school ERP platform around the world. After going through multiple market research reports we have shortlisted the top 10 best school ERP software that educational institutes actually using in 2021.  

According to various market research reports it has forecasted that from 2021 to 2028 the growth rate of school management software will increase by 17%.  

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10 Best School ERP Software to enhance the growth of your Institute

  1. Fedena by Foradian Technologies
  2. Classter
  3. Knewton
  4. WebSchool ERP
  5. Gibbon
  6. Ellucian
  7. Jenzabar
  8. PowerSchool
  9. Blackbaud
  10. Capita SIMS

Factors to consider while selecting right School ERP Software for your institution

School ERP Software is an information management system for an educational institute that helps in automating the regular academic and administrative activity of your institution. Functionalities like students admission, fees collection, attendance management, assignment submission, online classes, student/staff record management, timetable scheduling, exam data management, e-learning, student performance, and many other activities can be managed effortlessly. Additionally, this application provides user logins to teachers, students, parents, administrators, principals, and managers so that they can easily community with each other.

Every institute has there own criteria when it comes to School ERP. Therefore, below we have highlighted the selected factors which we feel institutes must look at when they make a purchase decision:

  • Assess your institute’s requirements and based on that select the solution. List down what all features selected solution is offering and whether those features are meeting your institute need or not.
  • Customizable Platform – Check with the vendor whether the solution can be customized according to your institution’s requirements. Learn how customization packages work and understand pricing strategy.
  • End User Training – If you want that your institute stakeholders use the solution effectiviely, hence make sure that your vendor provide detailed training session or instruction manuals so that the software can be used to its full capacity.
  • 100% Data Security – Complete data security of students and school staff members. Also, crosscheck data back facility must be availiable.

Let’s get started to find out the one that fits right for your educational institutes:

We have divided the category into 2 parts :

School ERP Software : Offer Free Trial

1. Fedena by Foradian Technologies-

Fedena School ERP Software

Fedena is a school management software designed by the world’s most trusted education ERP vendor that is Foradian Technologies. Fedena is an end-to-end school and online learning management solution. Fedena School ERP platform helps in automating and streamlining the day-to-day academic and administrative operation of your institution. On the other hand, the Fedena Online Learning Module covers the course creation and online learning part. Using Fedena Learn, institutes can create online courses and share them with students beyond the classroom boundaries. It is a complete ERP solution that can be used by all types of institutions such as K12, Higher eds, Universities, Vocational institutes, and more.

Features like Students Admission, Assignment Management, Timetable Tracking, Course and Batches, Online Exam, Attendance Management, School Database, Visitors Management, Online Learning and Classes for Students, Fees Tracking and Collection, Gradebook, Communication Management, and many other features can be easily managed from Fedena Platform. Fedena’s add-on features like Mobile App, Multi-School Management Solution and School Learning Management System make Fedena one of the most preferable software among all other platforms. 

Fedena is trusted by 40K+ institutions worldwide and is available in 20+ languages. Not only this Fedena easily integrates with various ranges of software such as Quickbooks, Paybooks, Google Meet, Zoom, Bharat Bill Pay (BBPS), Big Blue Button, and many others to enhance your institute day to day productivity.

Additionally, Fedena offers OEM Partner Program as well, which allows partners to resell Fedena in their geography under their own pricing & terms. 

Reason to Buy – Offer a free trial, customizable, affordable pricing, complete school & academic administration system, web and mobile app, multi-school solution, online learning module, great features for teacher, parent, and student, excellent customer support, generate graphical reports

Fedena also offers 14 days free demo. Pricing Model – Module Based. Check out the Pricing and Plan here 

Best for – K12, Higher-Eds, Group of Institutions, Vocational Institutes  

Academics Features 

  • Assignment  
  • Attendance 
  • Online Learning 
  • Admission
  • Examination 
  • Gradebook
  • Timetable
  • Courses & Batches 
  • Applicant Enquiry 
  • Student Management 
  • Certificate Generator
  • ID Card 
  • Library  
  • Events & Academic Calendar 

Collaboration Features

  • Messaging System
  • Online Classes/Meetings 
  • Online Discussion 
  • Documents 
  • Polls
  • Tasks
  • Alumni  
  • News
  • Gallery 
  • Blog 

Data and Reports Features 

  • Custom Import  
  • Custom Reports 
  • Data Export 
  • Data Management
  • Reports 

Administration Features

  • Finance 
  • Gate Management 
  • Hostel 
  • Human Resource 
  • Inventory
  • Online Payment 
  • Reminder 
  • Transport  
  • Multi User

Add-ons Features 

  • Mobile App 
  • Multi-School Management 
  • 20+ Integration 

2. Classter

Classter
https://www.classter.com/

Classter is an all-in-one student and learning management system. It is an end-to-end solution using which the institute can effectively manage administration, student management, billing, registration, reports, communication, and CRM. Classter can support all institution types such as K-12 private or public district schools, colleges & universities, vocational schools, language centers, music schools, and academies of any type. It provides integration with Microsoft Office 365, Zoom, WebEx, Moodle LMS, Ministry education database, G-suite, and more. 

Reason to Buy – Offer a free trial, customizable, affordable pricing, complete school & academic administration System, great features for teacher, parent, and student.

Classter offers a free trial.

Best for – K-12 private or public district schools, colleges & universities, vocational schools, language centers, music schools, and academies of any type

3. Knewton, inc

Knewton is a fully-featured School Management Software designed to serve Enterprises, Agencies. This online School Management system offers Financial Management, Online Calendar, Bookstore Management, Curriculum Management, K-12 in one place.

Reason to Buy – Portals for different users manage academic and administrative tasks

Knewton offers a free trial.

Best for – Colleges, workforce educational programs, churches, non-profit organizations, and other institutes

4. WebSchool ERP

WebSchool ERP
https://web-school.in/

WebSchool ERP offers a comprehensive school management and administration software package. Both Web and Mobile applications are available to make the management of schools easier.  Using this, institutes can manage attendance, class schedule, grading, absenteeism, assessments, eliminating lateness subject notices, creating monthly reports, and administrative duties with ease. It is specially designed for school managers and teaching staff, this specialized school management software tool is a great help as they save effort and energy and give the teacher time back to students.

Reason to Buy – Great support, web and mobile app, customizable feature, academic backup, personalized data

WebSchool ERP offers a free trial.  

Best for – School managers and teaching staff

5. Gibbon

Gibbon
https://gibbonedu.org/

If you’re looking for an open-source platform then Gibbon is the right solution for your educational institute. It is a flexible, open-source school management system that helps educators plan and share lessons, allocate resources and manage students. It is primarily used for Library Management, Financial Management, Timetable entry/schedule, Students, Attendance Management, and Tracking. It has an intuitive interface and is simple to use. You can check the installation guide, system requirements, and other instructions from their website.

Reason to Buy – Opensource, multi-language, community support

Gibbon offers a free version. 

Best for – Educational institutions and teachers.

Paid School ERP Platforms

6. Ellucian

Ellucian
https://www.ellucian.com/

Ellucian is built for higher education institutes. It is a professional campus ERP solution that boosts campus productivity and provides deeper insights on day-to-day activity which helps in achieving better outcomes. Designed for universities of all sizes, the platform provides solutions for departments such as finance, IT, student services, human resources, recruiting, and admissions. From student recruitment to workforce analytics; from fundraising opportunities to alumni engagement all can be managed within Ellucian.

Reason to Buy – Cloud-based, community support, analytic tools, offer CRM suite, customizable, financial aid management 

Ellucian does not offer a free trial.

Best for – Higher education institutions of all types.

The key features of Ellucian Education ERP are as follows:

  • Admissions Management
  • Assessment Management
  • Curriculum Management
  • Facility Management
  • Student Information / Records

7. Jenzabar

Jenzabar
https://jenzabar.com/

Jenzabar is a comprehensive, fully scalable administrative platform designed specifically for use in Higher Education. It is a leading provider of software, strategies, and services developed exclusively for higher education. They deliver front and backend solutions to increase student enrollment, retention, and student success. Additionally, help in delivering academics online, achieve fundraising goals, boost operational efficiency, and community support. Jenzabar connects your entire institution through an integrated database. Their mobile-first approach provides students a simple hub for connecting with faculty and for accessing the course, registration, and student life resources. Additionally, it improves the efficiencies of your administrative processes by automating, aligning, and connecting them.

Reason to Buy – Customizable features, cloud-based solution, integrate well with Learning Management Software and Imaging Software,  fundraising solution, mobile app, community support

Jenzabar does not offer a free trial.

Best for – Higher education institutions of all types.

8. PowerSchool

PowerSchool
https://www.powerschool.com/

PowerSchool is the most widely used student information system in K12 education. It powers the education ecosystem with unified technology that helps educators and students realize their potential, in their way. From the front office to the classroom to the home, it helps schools and districts efficiently manage instruction, learning, grading, attendance, assessment, analytics, state reporting, special education, student registration, talent, finance, and human resources.

Reason to Buy – Great communication tool, real-time students performance update, web, and mobile app, community support 

PowerSchool does not offer a free trial.

Best for – K12 education institutes of all types.

9. Blackbaud

Blackbaud
https://www.blackbaud.com/who-we-serve/k-12-schools

Blackbaud focuses on K-12 private or independent schools. It helps institutes in education management, fundraising and relationship management, financial, payment services, analytics, and marketing and engagement activities. Blackbaud enable your institute to retain and attract families by offering a superior parent experience, improve learning outcomes for students by equipping teachers with innovative education and communication tools, and much more

Reason to Buy – Web and Mobile app, easy to use, access to students data in real-time, LMS functionality 

Blackbaud doesn’t offer a free trial.

Best for – Independent (private schools)

10. Capita SIMS

Capita SIMS
https://www.ess-sims.co.uk/

Capita SIMS is an education ERP system that covers the administrative needs of schools through financial management and engaging the entire school community. Key features of SIMS are insight and analytics, parent app, teacher’s app, payment, financial management, admission, attendance, and many more.

Reason to Buy – Great parents engagement solution, cost-effective solution, easily manage school finances

Capita SIMS doesn’t offer a free trial.

Best for – K12, Higher-Ed, Independent schools, International schools, Special schools, and Multi-academy trusts.

Conclusion

This is not a complete list, but these are some of the best School ERP Software available on the market today. 

Which school ERP tools are best for your educational institute ultimately comes down to what your educational institute needs are.

Before making a final call, make sure to conduct your own research and try the different tools to truly understand what all features you need to grow your institution to the next level.

Looking for a combined LMS & ERP solution? Fedena is the most trusted school ERP and Online learning management solution. Along with automating daily academic operations, Fedena also offer an online learning module so that your institute can deliver education outside classroom boundaries. Reach out today and see how we can help Ignite Your Potential! Contact Us

Payment Gateways in Online Fee Management System

Importance of Payment Gateways in Online Fee Management System

Manually tracking the fees collection for a number of students, is a common challenge for schools, colleges, and other educational institutes. In recent times, many schools are looking to integrate payment gateways into their system to simplify fee payment for parents, donors, and the school administration team. 

In this article, we will explore the advantages of payment gateways in an online fee management system.

What Is A Payment Gateway?

In the most basic definition, a payment gateway is the online transfer of payment. A payment gateway is the simplest way for a merchant to process payments electronically through different channels.

However, a payment gateway does more than simply process an online payment. It captures and transfers payment data from the customer to the merchant’s bank account. It encrypts sensitive card information, validates the customer’s payment details securely, ensures that funds are available and enables the payment to the merchant. It transfers the payment acceptance or decline status to the customer. And all this is done in a matter of a few seconds – with just one click. 

What Are The Advantages Of Payment Gateway In An Online Fee Management System

1. Payment Of Fees From Any Location

One of the most significant advantages of using a payment gateway is an online fee management system in schools is the fact that it allows parents and donors to make a payment at any time and from any location across the world. All they need is a smart device with an internet connection and a valid bank account that is compatible with the payment gateway.

Previously, parents would have to queue up on the days for fee payment. The use of a payment gateway simplifies this process for parents. Additionally, the traditional fee and payment collection system were operational only during office hours.  The payment gateway is flexible and allows for payments to be made around the clock. 

2. Instant Transfer Of Fees

For schools and educational institutes collecting cash, cheques or demand drafts, there is a lot of manual intervention required. This wastes the precious time of both the school administration team as well as the time of the parents. Additionally, there can be risks of bounced checks, counterfeit currency etc. On the other hand, the use of a payment gateway is an online fee management system not only eliminates this risk but also ensures the instant transfer of fees and speeds up the entire process, making funds accessible to school faster.

3. Security

One of the significant advantages of using a digital payment gateway in is the built-in security that it provides. Payment gateways use encryption to protect sensitive data. This ensures that that the financial details of both the school and the parents are protected from fraud.

4. Cashless Transactions

The use of a payment gateway ensures that all financial transactions are cashless. Cashless transactions eliminate several risks such as theft of cash or counterfeit money. It is also faster and saves schools time as they do not have to sift through hefty books, receipts and paperwork to find transactions. They can just refer to the automated reports generated by the payment gateway. Not only are cashless transaction more convenient for the school but it also offers benefits to the school parents as they no longer have to spend time commuting to the payment centre or standing in long queues.

5. Faster Processing Of Payment

Payment gateways in an online fee management system can ensure that the faster process of payments as compared to cheques or cash that need to be deposited in the bank, and then get processed in a few days, A payment gateway transfers the payment in a few hours ensuring a quicker flow of incoming cash into the school’s account which can be utilized to planned activities and events. The faster processing ensures that daily accounting is a seamless process.

6. Storage Of Payment Information For Easy Payment

Payment gateways encrypt and store the payment information in a secure manner. This makes it faster and easier when processing future payments to the school. Since it is encrypted, the information cannot be accessed by any fraudsters. 

7. Automated Receipt Generation

In a traditional payment system, the school administration team has to generate receipts for every fee transaction and send the same to the parents. On the other hand, a digital payment gateway creates fee receipts for online transactions instantly. Once the transaction is successfully completed, the parents or fee payers receive communication in the form of an instant message and email. Additionally, if any transaction fails, the parent is immediately notified so that they can retry the payment.

8. Automated And Detailed Report Generation

With the integration of a payment gateway in your school, the admin will be get automated and detailed reports regarding fee transactions. The payment gateway records every transaction and creates reports for the same. They will be able to view the fees collected for a specific period, class or any other category at a single dashboard. These reports will be generated automatically and can be accessed within a few seconds.

Conclusion 

One of the key features of the Fedena fee management module is the fully functional payment gateway. This empowers your school to stay updated and accept payments through online credit cards. Parents can enable payment for their annual fees, admission fees, hostel fees, transport fees – in fact any fees or payments that have to be made to the school can be made through the payment gateway that offers numerous benefits to your schools and the parents.

homeschooling

What Is Homeschooling? Pros, Cons, And More.

What Is Homeschooling?

As the name suggests, homeschooling is when the child learns at home, under the guidance of parents, instead of a formal classroom environment. Parents who choose to homeschool their kids follow a less formal curriculum – often using daily life, nature, travels as their guide for daily lessons. 

There are many reasons that parents choose to homeschool their children from dissatisfaction with the school teaching methods to want to give a more personalized one-on-one learning experience to their children. Often parents homeschool their children to give them instruction from a specific moral or religious point or to ensure protect their child from bullying, racism, and more. Sometimes parents opt for homeschooling so that their child can devote more time to non-academic interests such as pursuing sports, music, etc. 

What Are The Advantages Of Homeschooling?

1. Innovative learning methodologies

Homeschooling allows parents to use innovative teaching methodologies. Instead of following a strict classroom styled format, parents can use ‘teachable moments’ all through the day – from a nature walk, a trip to the market, museum visits, online games, podcasts, roleplay etc. As a homeschooling family, parents have to flexibility to choose learning approaches based on the interest of the child – going as deep into the subject as the child wishes to.

2. No Academic Pressure

Since there is no fixed curriculum to follow, or exam to give homeschool parents can set a learning schedule so that there is no academic pressure on the child. Without the pressure, learning is more fun and shields the mental and emotional health of the child. 

Homeschooling recognizes that every child is different. In a traditional school set-up with a large group of students and a single teacher, it is not always possible for the teacher to tailor lessons based on the learning goals and learning style of every student. 

3. Personal Attention

On the other hand, homeschooling parents can customize lessons according to the particular interests of each student. The parents can vary their approach for each learning in terms of learning styles or expertise levels. 

4. Academic Flexibility to choose curriculum

With homeschooling parents have the choice to choose any curriculum based on the interest of the child. The flexibility of homeschooling allows parents to try out different workbooks, curricula, and teaching approaches. This enables them to determine those that work best with each child. 

5. Flexible Pace of Learning

Often, students experience a lot of frustration when forced to work at a pace they are not comfortable with. For easy topics, students can get bored with repetitive reviews and extra pages of practice. On the other hand, they can get upset when they cannot keep up with their peers.

With homeschooling, a child can go slower in the challenging subjects and can speed up on easy subjects. Homeschooling also allows students to learn more than they would in a regular classroom because if they excel at something, they can keep learning more at their own pace.

6. No peer pressure or fear of bullying

Homeschooling shields children from the pressures of racism, bullying, sexual stereotyping, over-sexualization, alcohol and drugs. It protects them from peer pressure and allows them to develop emotionally in an unthreatening environment until they are ready. 

7. The choice to focus on other interests and pursue opportunities

Homeschooling allows for a flexible place and pace of learning. This is why students who learn from home have the time to pursue further studies in arts, sports, music – which is often sidelined in mainstream school.

What Are The Disadvantages Of Homeschooling?

1. Added pressure on parents

Homeschooling parents feel the pressure of teaching their children. They need to set aside time from their daily schedule, or perhaps even put aside career goals so that they can give their children the time and attention that homeschooling demands.

2. The student may feel isolated

Home educated children miss out on the opportunity to socialize with children from different backgrounds. As a result, they may feel disconnected and isolated from their peer. This is one of the main disadvantages of homeschooling.

3. Face Judgment From other parents who may not understand the concept

Since homeschooling is not a very common concept, other parents may not understand this mode of learning. Many times, parents may struggle against biases related to homeschooling, especially with society questioning their choice and if their children are learning anything. 

4. Parental limitations

Teachers undergo years of training to equip themselves with the skills needed to impart education. Parents may lack the knowledge, the patience or the skills to teach their children. There will also be days when they cannot give attention to kids, thus hampering the learning journey.

5. Limited social skills

Students who are homeschooled do not get to learn conflict resolution skills or negotiation skills to the same extent as children attending regular schools. They are also limited in their worldviews and coping mechanisms.

6. No access to student enrichment facilities (library, lab, art studio)

One of the advantages of a traditional school system is the state-of-the-art computer labs, science labs, gymnasiums, school pools, art centres and libraries that a school has. On the other hand, a child who is homeschooled doesn’t have the convenience of these facilities – which are an essential part of a complete education. 

7. May not be recognized by universities 

Many colleges, universities and government regulations do not recognize homeschooling as a legitimate form of schooling. Colleges request schooling certificates when seeking admissions. This puts homeschooled students at a disadvantage.

In conclusion,

Homeschooling or traditional schooling is a personal choice for each family. However, if you are confused about choosing between the two, a good option is online learning that takes place over the internet, but in the comfort of the home. Schools with online learning offer access to qualified teachers who are qualified to teach your students. One of the best features of online learning is the opportunity to collaborate with other students for assignments and projects–thus ensuring that the students are connected with peers at all times. Online learning is also recognized by learning boards and universities from across the world. Online learning not only allows students to unlearn unhindered, but it equips them with lifelong learning skills.

School ERP FAQs

15 Frequently Asked Questions About School ERP

A school ERP is a software application that digitizes the day-to-day operations of a school. The software application provides user logins to teachers, students, parents, administrators, principals, and managers of the school. These users can access the school ERP from their computer or mobile device through the internet. A good school ERP can add a lot of value to the school by generating different reports that can save the time of teachers and administrators and can help the leadership to take better and faster decisions.

Below we have highlighted the most frequently asked questions (FAQs) in School ERP, read and understand how school ERP help in improving your institute productivity:

1. Can a school ERP system automate the entire school processes and operations?

A school ERP automates the most important systems and processes like attendance management, timetable generation, fee collection, parent-teacher communication, etc. 

It is also possible to automate “almost all” the school processes and operations using a school ERP. And this requires a lot of customization and implementation efforts. A dedicated team of developers and project managers can help you automate the entire school processes and operations.

2. How institute can manage online learning using School ERP?

Nowadays School ERP system offers an inbuilt online learning feature so that institutes can deliver online learning and customized courses to students even outside the classroom boundaries. Fedena has recently launched “Learn Moduleusing which the institute can create various types of courses and share them with students so that students can continue their learning without any disruption.

Fedena Learn banner

3. How error-free the data, reports, and information that an ERP provides?

The data, reports, and information that an ERP provides are designed and developed to be error-free. During and after the development of the school ERP software, the software goes through multiple quality assurance tests to ensure that the reports and data outputs are error-free. Also, the computer software follows the GIGO(garbage in, garbage out) concept. In computer science, garbage in, garbage out is the concept that flawed, or nonsense input data produces nonsense output or “garbage”.

4. Does it require any manual intervention? If so, why should schools go for it?

A software always requires manual intervention to ensure its proper functioning. The software requires the data to be entered into it manually. Maybe with the advancements presently happening in AI, the ERPs of future schools can operate without any manual intervention.

5. What can the school’s top management expect from a school ERP?

The top management of a school can expect the school ERP to generate various reports to help in compliance and decision-making. The top management can also expect the school ERP to improve the communication between teachers and parents. There are also many other expectations of top management that can be achieved with a school ERP like instant notifications to students and parents, fee due to alerts and fee collection, transportation management, grade-book generation, etc.

6. What is the role of a school ERP in improving the academic performance of students and the pedagogical skills of teachers? 

Improving the pedagogical skills of teachers and improving the academic performance of students do not come directly under the scope of a school ERP software. But a school ERP can help to achieve these goals through the various data it collects which can be analyzed to understand the academic performance and pedagogical skills of a school.

7. Will the teachers or school staff need to visit the school to access any information or feed data into the ERP system? 

The teachers and school staff can access information from the school ERP and feed data from their homes. There is no need to visit the school premises to do the same. The teachers require only a computer with a good internet connection. 

8. Can a school ERP system help in making decisions at various levels?

Yes. A school ERP can help the leaders and teachers in making decisions at various levels. The various reports generated in school ERP starting with the grade book reports of students to the finance reports help the leaders in making the right decisions. The multischool dashboard of school ERP provider various reports to the school owners and board of directors to take decisions from a bird’s eye view.

9. Will the use of an ERP system be a burden for the teachers and the other staff?

The use of an ERP system will not be a burden for the teachers and the other staff if implemented properly and enough resources are kept on the payroll to manage the ERP software. There should be dedicated resources working on the ERP software management to make sure it is running properly. These resources can stay updated about the new features and functionalities in the school ERP software and implement the same in their schools.

10. How much does a school ERP cost? 

A school ERP can cost zero dollars to a million dollars depending on the software provider. There is free and open-source school ERP software available in the market and there are multinational software companies providing ERP software for schools. A good School ERP like Fedena’s price starts in the range of $1299 per year per institution.

11. Is it fair that the school ERP providers charge according to the number of students in the schools?

Not all school ERP software providers charge the schools according to the number of students. If there are features that are used by all the students in real-time like an online examination or online classroom, these features demand a lot of server resources and can increase the hosting and maintenance costs. In such a case the school ERP providers will have to charge the school based on the number of students.

12. How can institutes conduct online classes using school ERP?

Most of the school ERP software contains an online classroom module or will be integrated to another online class software like Google Meet. This functionality can be used by schools to conduct online classes using school ERP.

13. Is it safe to upload the users’ data onto a school ERP system, especially when hosted on the cloud?

Yes, it is equally safe to upload the users’ data onto a school ERP system even while it is hosted on the cloud instead of hosting in a computer in your school. A determined hacker can access the data even if you are hosting the school ERP on your school premises. A cloud hosting can ensure better security as there are data from many schools hosted in the same server.

14. What are the different factors that one should consider when opting for a school ERP?


While opting for a school ERP, the school leadership must consider the following factors.
1. Does the school require a school ERP or a learning management system(LMS) or both?
2. Does the school have resources to take leadership of the implementation and management of school ERP?
3. Have you calculated the total cost of ownership(TCO) of the school ERP and prepared a budget?
4. Have you enquired about the ERPs used in nearby schools in your network?
To know more read “How to choose the best School Administrative Software for your institute?

15. What is Fedena School ERP and how it is different from other ERPs?

Fedena ERP Software provides user-friendly dashboards with login access for teachers, non-teaching staff, students, parents, and management personnel of your institution. There are various modules available in Fedena school ERP which streamline all the processes of your institution. From the admission of new students to generating transfer certificates when students complete their studies, all can be managed within Fedena. Fedena is in development since 2009 and has helped hundreds of schools to automate their system and process. To know more read 101 reasons to select Fedena School ERP for your school.

Asynchronous Online Learning

Benefits of Asynchronous Online Learning for Students

Online learning in educational institutes can be divided into a triad of three distinct environments –  

  • Synchronous learning 
  • Asynchronous Learning 
  • A hybrid model

Asynchronous online learning allows students to continue learning and access the course material at their own pace and time. This type of learning comes in many forms, including recorded video lectures, video demonstrations, discussion boards, research projects, etc. Communication between student and teacher takes place in many ways including email, discussion boards, and chats.

On the other hand, Synchronous learning is based on real-time interaction between student and teacher using video-conferencing, live-streamed videos, live chats more. 

A hybrid model follows a mix of both synchronous learning and asynchronous learning based on the learning needs of the students. 

In this article, we will take a deeper look at the top benefits of asynchronous online learning in an educational institution:

Top benefits of asynchronous online learning in an educational institution

1. Flexibility Of Learning

One of the most talked-about benefits of asynchronous online learning in an educational institution is the flexibility it offers learners. It allows students the opportunity to learn at any place of their choice, and at a time that is best suited for them. Since most of the content is available online either through virtual libraries, podcasts or other recorded content, the students can choose to access and engage with the learning material according to their schedule, priorities and convenience.

2. Self Paced Learning

Asynchronous online allows the learners to pace out their learning (within classroom set deadlines) based on their ability and schedule. Unlike a fast-paced classroom in an asynchronous learning environment, slower learners can keep reading and reflecting on the material until they are able to grasp the textbook concepts. They can review the information and keep practising without the worry of falling behind classmates.

On the other hand, a fast learner can power through learning materials and absorb new knowledge at their speed. 

In a live online class, if the student is absent for a day, then they miss the content taught. However, in an asynchronous online learning environment, the students do not have the pressure of attending class. They can pace out their learning based on their schedule. 

3. Deepens Learning

Asynchronous online learning gives students the opportunity to constantly revisit their lessons as needed. Students can revise the lessons at their pace. This constant revision helps to improve comprehension, boosts retention and deepens the learning for the students.

4. Development of Superior Thinking Skills

In an asynchronous online learning environment, the students are responsible for their own learning rather than relying on the teacher. This method requires the students to reflect upon the material and complete their research by integrating and synthesizing information from a variety of online resources. The students connect various ideas and this helps them to students to build higher-order thinking skills. It also deepens the learning for the students. 

5. Highly Motivated Students

Asynchronous online learning is a student-centred approach that requires students to be actively involved with and take more responsibility for their own learning. It is the student’s responsibility to learn, reflect, and research the content to develop proficiency in the topic. In addition to their normal assignments and duties as learners, the students are also required to become proficient with the technology required for the course and find methods of communication that will strengthen their collaborative interdependence with peers and instructors. 

This gives rise to a group of highly motivated learners in charge of their own learning experience. 

6. Improved Communication Skills

In a live synchronous classroom, the communication is mostly oral and face-to-face. On the other hand, in an asynchronous classroom, the communication is written. This written communication gives the students a better chance to reflect and express ideas more freely. They get ample time to compose their communication to reflect their skills with precision rather than to be put on a spot to answer a question or make a comment on a topic.

7. More Beneficial Shy And Timid Students

Very often in a live synchronous classroom, the shyer and more timid students are unable to muster up the courage or share their learning or ask questions to the instructor. On the other hand, in an asynchronous classroom, the communication is mostly written. Here the students can freely voice their options, clear their doubts, and even engage in dialogue with their peers through online discussion boards.

8. Affordability

Asynchronous online learning is also often more affordable than a synchronous program. Since the students are required to work through the content themselves, they don’t require daily attention from instructors. This helps to keep down the costs of the course and makes it more affordable for the students. 

In conclusion, 

Asynchronous online learning allows students to transcend the limitations of time and space. It gives them an opportunity to learn at their own pace, own speed and at their convenience. Very often, busy schedules, geographical limitations can put a halt to the learning process. Asynchronous online learning is the best solution that helps with continuous collective learning among the students. It allows for a deeper learning experience that enriches and empowers the students with knowledge.