How to use Uzity flawlessly to increase its effectiveness in your institution?

Uzity is a learning management software that can be used by educational institutions and organizations to automate their e-learning activities.

Because of its simplicity, Uzity can be used by faculties in schools, colleges, higher education and business organizations. If your organization is planning to digitize the entire learning process for the first time, Uzity is the right software for you to digitize the learning content and automate the learning process.

This article is an introduction to Uzity’s features, which will help your team to increase the effectiveness of Uzity implementation in your institution.

1. Organization features & privacy

Uzity allows you to create the organization and showcase the courses under your own name and brand. You can decide who will join your organization by adjusting the privacy settings. If the organization is configured as hidden, it will be visible only to members and if configured as closed, it will be visible to everyone and they can join only with an invitation.

2. Increase productivity through efficient user management and user groups

The user management features in Uzity helps to increase productivity through well-defined user roles. The available user roles are Administrator, Instructor, Co-instructor and learner. While administrators can manage the organization, its people and courses, instructors can build, teach and manage courses. While learners can join and participate in courses, co-instructors can help instructors to manage courses. You can create learner groups and instructor groups for quick course enrollment and easy communication. 

3. Create engaging courses with the easy-to-use course editor

You can create course content using the easy-to-use course editor available in Uzity.  You can insert various forms of content like videos, audios, images, text, presentations and documents. This will keep the learners engaged with the course material. Uzity supports high definition(HD) videos and audios. The auto-save feature of Uzity saves the course creation in progress and so you do not have to worry about losing the content. Also, you can reuse the content uploaded once to one course to all courses across the organization. Uzity also has a powerful equation editor to help with scientific content creation.

4. Efficient management of created courses

Similar to the privacy settings of organizations, a course can be configured as open, closed and hidden. The course privacy along with the hierarchy of sections and topics with the drag and drop tools let you organize the course quickly and effectively. In Uzity, you can make changes to a course in real-time. The changes will be published instantly without interrupting the learners. There is a version history feature of course that helps you track changes made to the course and restore past versions at any time. Instructors can also view the course progress by learners and the learners preview feature helps the course creators get a preview of how the course will appear to learners.

5. Learner Experience in Uzity

You can control how learners navigate your course by configuring either as progressive or collateral. In progress, learners complete and navigate courses topic by topic. In collateral, learners can quickly jump to any topic listed in the sidebar. Learners can also keep track of their course progress any time and resume learning from where they left-off. Uzity provides a distraction-free course reader enabling learners to immerse themselves in the content. With the discussions feature learners can collaborate, pose questions, and exchange ideas about course material, assignments, and projects with other learners and instructors.

6. Manage communication

Stay updated about what is going on in your organization and courses using the email and in-app notifications within Uzity. In Uzity, you can keep the discussions going even after classes are over. You can also use the announcement feature for communicating to multiple users at the same time. There is an option to communicate to all learners of a course through course announcements and all the learners within the organization through organization announcements. The in-app messaging feature of Uzity helps in effective communication between the learners of a course. There is no need for an external email or another communication platform. All the discussions can be done within Uzity itself.

7. Manage assessments & quizzes

The assessments and quizzes feature within Uzity helps the instructors to measure the course progress by setting up different types of assessments for courses. The assessments can be graded or non-graded assessments. The question types in assessments can be short answer, descriptive answer, multiple choice questions, fill in the blanks and file attachment types. The features included in the assessment functionality include scheduling of assessment, auto evaluation, keyword highlighting for evaluators, negative scoring, grading system, gpa, timed assessments, self paced assessments, and import and reuse of assessment questions. There are also detailed reports available to measure and compare the performance of learners.

8. iOS & Android apps to boost the e-learning process

Uzity’s mobile app can help you to optimize the e-learning activity in your organization by allowing most of the above features to be accessed from the individual’s mobile phone. 

Conclusion

As you have just read, the different features available within Uzity helps the organization to implement LMS(Learning Management System) flawlessly to increase effectiveness in your organization. If you are looking to implement an LMS for the first time, or planning to replace the existing LMS of your organization, give Uzity demo a try or contact us.

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Advantages and Disadvantages Of Online Learning

One of the most oft-used terms after the pandemic is the term “New Normal.”

The new normal in education is increased use of online learning tools. The COVID-19 pandemic has triggered new ways of learning. All around the world, educational institutions, are looking towards online learning platforms, to continue with the process of educating the students. 

The New Normal now is a transformed concept of education with online learning at the core of this transformation. Today, digital learning has emerged as a necessary resource for students and schools all over the world. Not just school and classes but even 

For many education institutes, this is an entirely new way of education that they have had to adopt. Online learning is now applicable not just to learn academics but it also extends to learning extra-curricular activities for students. In recent months, the demand for online learning has risen significantly, and it will continue doing so in the future. 

As with most teaching methods, online learning also has its own set of positives and negatives. Decoding and understanding these positives and negatives will help institutes in creating strategies for more efficient delivery of the lessons, ensuring an uninterrupted learning journey for the students. 

What are the advantages of online learning?

1. Efficiency

Online learning offers teachers an efficient way to deliver lessons to the students. Online learning has a number of tools such as videos, pdfs, podcasts, and teachers can use all these tools as part of their lesson plans. By extending the lesson plan beyond traditional textbooks to include online resources, the teachers are able to become more efficient educators.

2. Accessibility of time and place

Another advantage of online education is that it allows students to attend classes from any location of their choice. It also allows the schools to reach out to a more extensive network of students, instead of staying restricted by the geographical boundaries. Additionally, online lectures can be recorded, archived, and shared for future reference. This allows the students to access the learning material at a time of their comfort.

Thus, online learning offers the students accessibility of time and place in education.

3. Affordability 

Another advantage of online learning is reduced financial costs. Online education is far more affordable as compared to physical learning. This is because online learning eliminates the cost points of student transportation, student meals, and most importantly, real estate. Additionally, all the course or study material is all available online, thus creating a paperless learning environment which is more affordable, while also being beneficial to the environment.

4. Improved student attendance  

With online classes, since the classes can be taken from home or location of choice, there are fewer chances of students missing out on lessons. 

5. Suits a variety of learning styles 

Every student has a different learning journey and a different learning style. Some students are visual learners, while some students prefer to learn through audio. Similarly, some students thrive in the classroom, and other students are solo learners who get distracted by large groups. 

The online learning system, with its range of options and resources, can be personalized in many ways. It is the best way to create a perfect learning environment suited to the needs of each student. 

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What are the disadvantages of online learning?

1. Inability to focus on screens

For many students, one of the biggest challenges of online learning is the struggle with focusing on the screen for long periods of time. With online learning, there is also a greater chance for the students to get distracted easily with social media or other sites. Therefore it is  imperative for the teachers to keep their online classes crisp, engaging and interactive to help students stay focused on the lesson.    

2. Technology issues 

Another key challenge of online classes is internet connectivity. While internet penetration has grown in leaps and bounds over the past few years, however in smaller cities and town, a consistent connection with a decent speed is a problem. Without a consistent internet connection for students or teachers there can be a lack of continuity in the learning for the child. This is detrimental to the education process. 

3. Sense of isolation 

Students can learn a lot from being in the company of their peers. However, in an online class, there is minimal physical interactions that students and teachers. This often results in a sense of isolation for the students. 

In this situation, it is imperative that the school allow for other forms of communication between the students, peers and teachers. This can include online messages, emails and video conferencing that will allow for face-to-face interaction and reduce the sense of isolation. 

4. Teacher training 

Online learning demands the teachers to be technology-friendly and have a basic understanding of using digital forms of learning. However, this is not the case always. Very often, the teachers have a very basic understanding of technology. Sometimes, they don’t even have the necessary resources and tools to conducts online classes. 

To combat this, it is important for schools to invest in training the teachers with the latest technology updates so that they can conduct their online classes seamlessly. 

5. Manage screen time

Many parents are concerned about the health hazards of having their children spend so many hours staring at a screen. This increase in screen time is one of the biggest concerns and disadvantages of online learning, Sometimes the students also develop a bad posture  bad posture, and other physical problems due to staying hunched in front of a screen. 

A good solution to this would be to give the student’s plenty of breaks from the screen to refresh their mind and their body. 

What do you think are the other advantages and disadvantages of online learning Do share your thoughts in the comments below. 

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11 Trends in Online Video Teaching that is defining K12 education in 2020

It is more than a decade now after the online learning tools started penetrating the K12 market. Started with free learning management systems like Moodle which helped the teachers to create lesson plans and content for their subject topic to share with the learners in advance. Uploading video tutorials started recently with the availability of high speed internet globally.

Now in the present COVID crisis, we also saw the rise of live video teaching and learning using different video conference tools. 

There are various methods to teach students while teaching online. This includes digital textbooks to animations to game-based environments.

Online video teaching is the most popular and easiest method for the majority of teachers to implement as part of their online teaching strategy. All it requires are some good quality video lectures prepared in advance.

The following are some trends in online video teaching that is defining K12 education in 2020:

1. Recorded lectures

Recorded lectures help students to revise the topics later and is also helpful to the students who missed the live class. Also equally helpful to the students who attended the class but didn’t get time to take notes of all points discussed during the class. Recorded lectures also helps students with learning difficulties. Those who have dyslexia find it easy to learn from recorded lectures than from live classes. Recorded lectures are also a great way to access the lectures of previous years and also helps the institution to show the lectures from teachers who are no more working in the institution.

2. Augmented Reality

Augmented reality provides interactive animations embedded within the environment with the help of devices that can be worn by the users. Augmented reality teaching is different from virtual reality teaching. This method is costly at the moment because of the requirement of hardware devices for each user. But this has not stopped teachers from trying it in their online video teaching. Even teachers in remote villages of India had tried implementing augmented reality in their classrooms. The augmented reality method also provides students an opportunity to create their own content.

3. Artificial Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is now everywhere including classrooms. By integrating artificial intelligence with video teaching, the videos can be delivered in a more impactful way to the learners. The AI will learn which videos students are watching, which videos they are skipping and within videos, the specific content and time the students are focusing on, etc. All these observations by AI provide feedback to teachers for improving video creation and also helps the learners automatically based on their individual learning methods.

4. Personalized learning modules

Each student learns in their own unique method and pace. It is impossible for teachers to manually give individualized attention to each of these students. But with the basic knowledge in student psychology, teachers can personalize the learning modules by broad student categories and with the help of AI it becomes further easy to personalize the learning modules to different students. The AI learns automatically when the student learns and improvises the personalizations on the go.

5. Gaming based learning

Usually, it is boring and difficult for learners to sit through hours of video lectures in a single day. But if a game-based approach is given, the same students who stopped learning after a few minutes will sit for hours on the topic of learning and participating in tests for the learning outcomes. This method has its own advantages and disadvantages. Teachers are anyhow implementing game-based learning in their online video teaching strategies. Game-based learnings also train the students to collaborate, communicate, interact, and work in teams. What really happens in online video teaching is not game-based learning, but gamification of the video and other content being delivered by the teachers and consumed by the students.

6. Promote self-directed learning

The nature of learning from online video classes promotes more self-directed learning. The video lectures are uploaded in the learning management systems and students are advised to explore and learn in their own preferred time and location. Students start learning at their own pace and soon finds out their own best learning methods. The AI integrated into the tools also keeps a note of the same and starts delivering videos optimized to the learning methods of students. The self-directed learning method also prepares the students for their future higher education, where self-directed learning is the key.

7. Evolution in examination methods and process

Online video teaching and implementation of AI have changed the way examinations are conducted. Examinations methods and process are always evolving and that too on the go. “Proctoring” of exams based on AI is the new standards because logistics and infrastructure are no longer a limit to conduct examinations. The intelligence embedded in to the examination tool makes sure that the examination is conducted fairly. This allows students to take the examination even while at their home and can still make the results fair.

8. Evolution of LMS to LXS

Learning Experience Systems(LXS) is the new favorite phrase of educators and ed-tech companies. LXS provides rich learning experience systems for students to learn by interacting with rich and embedded media. In earlier days, the Learning Management System(LMS) included only content as it is. Text, Video, and animations used to explain topic after topic. With LXS more interactivity is given to the overall content. The help from experts are required to create content for LXS and may be costly to be implemented by all schools. But this trend is going to stay here.

9. 5G led immersive solutions for teaching

5G haven’t reached all parts of the world. With the kind of upload/download speeds 5G provides and the power of 5G this is going to change the way video teaching and other forms of online learning presently happening across the globe. Even though the 5G handheld devices are going to be costly initially, it will be implemented and tested by a few teaching experts as the future of online teaching. 2020 is a year of demonstration of 5G led learning possibilities. Many of us will have to wait before we access true 5G in our every day life.

10. Learning becoming more optimized

Learning is becoming more optimized with the implementation of online learning tools. With the methods explaining above like the impact of AI, the teachers across the globe can provide optimized learning experiences to their students even with the difference of resource availability across different schools and geographies.

11. The emergence of more ethical and privacy issues

With the penetration of online teaching and learning everywhere and the speeds at which these contents are delivered, more concerns are expressed by experts regarding the ethics and privacy of these advanced technologies in the learning activities of students. As the technologies are getting implemented at a faster pace, there is not much time left to discuss these concerns in advance. The concerns arise and are expressed once the technology is implemented and students start using the same.

With the availability of high-speed internet and smartphones everywhere, all teachers and students across the globe are enjoying the benefits of online video teaching. Even during the recent pandemic crisis, online video teaching proven to be a savior to teachers and students. The benefits of online video teaching are much more than support during the pandemic. Contact an expert in your network to know more.

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Impact of COVID on Education System

The Pandemic Transformed The Education Sector Across The World. Here Is A Glimpse Of All The Changes Covid-19 Has Triggered In The Education System.

March 2020 will forever be remembered in history as a time when all the school, colleges and educational institutes across the world shut down. 

While no one was prepared for the pandemic that hit the world, the education system was one of the most disrupted sectors. 

According to a report by the United Nations, the closure of schools and other learning spaces impacted 94 percent of the world’s student population. It affected nearly 1.6 billion learners in more than 190 countries and all continents.

However, it is commendable how quickly and efficiently the global education sector adapted to the new normal.

On one hand, this crisis has stimulated unprecedented innovation within the education sector and given us all newfound appreciation for the role of teachers and educators. On the other hand, the pandemic has highlighted the extreme economic and social inequality between students. It has brought to attention the need for better training for the teachers in new methods of education delivery.

Here are some ways the pandemic has transformed the education sector across the world:

1. A wide range of distance learning tools

As soon as the pandemic struck, one of the key priorities for schools became to ensure learning continuity for the students. During this time, many schools shifted online using tools such as Google Meet, Microsoft Meeting etc. to ensure that the classes could continue without disruption. In areas with limited internet connectivity, local governments launched radio and television programs, together with the distribution on print materials to ensure uninterrupted learning.

2. New methods of assessment with learning management software

While many schools closed or canceled exams, many institutes also opted for alternative modalities, such as online testing and exams. In online testing, the students’ progress is monitored with the help of learning management systems and apps. This ensures rapid learning assessments and helps to identify learning gaps faster than the traditional methods.

3. Development of new tools and resources to promote inclusive learning

As countries adopted distance learning practices, students with disabilities faced and struggled with many barriers. This prompted many organized to innovate and develop tools and technological resources for learners with disabilities and their parents. This included enhancing accessibility features, such as audio narration, sign language video, and simplified text to ensure that learners with disabilities could continue their studies. 

4. Support for the teacher’s needs

From the onset of the pandemic, teachers were immediately tasked with implementing online classes without sufficient guidance, training, or resources. Teachers across the globe were largely unprepared to support this continuity of learning. They were forced to adapt to new teaching methodologies overnight. This highlighted the need to give teachers training in basic digital skills and alternative methods of education delivery. 

5. Online appreciation for teachers and educators

As students continued to struggle to learn from home, across the world, there was an outpouring of parents’ gratitude for teachers, their skills, and their invaluable role in student well-being. Traditionally, the teacher’s role in the student’s life was rarely recognized. The pandemic forced society at large to recognize that schools and teachers play an important role in the student’s academic life, helping them form bonds with their peers, build confidence and help them fulfill hopes and dreams.

6. The changing role of parents in education

For decades parents played the role of mere spectators in the education of students. However, the pandemic has forced many parents to take a more active role in the education of their students. Whether it is supervising the students during online classes or simply homeschooling the students, the pandemic has made parents and teachers allies as they work together to meets the students’ pedological goals. 

7. Increasing disparity between students

The current crisis has exacerbated the pre-existing education disparities by reducing the opportunities for many of the most vulnerable children, and students, especially those living in poor or rural areas. The lack of smartphones and devices for online education, especially amongst the underprivileged has led to a loss in education for many. These learning losses threaten to extend beyond this generation and erase decades of progress, especially in the case of girls and women’s education. 

The Covid-19 pandemic has had a major impact on education – both positive as well as negative. 

But these changes have also highlighted the promising future of learning. Today, the need of the hour is to accelerated changes in modes of delivering quality education, through the use of digital resources such as learning management software. However, it is also imperative that children and youth affected by a lack of resources or enabling the environment not to be left behind and get access to learning.  Another key learning is the need to give the teaching profession better training in new methods of education delivery, as well as support. 

Last but not least, we must not forget that the COVID-19 crisis and the unparalleled education disruption is far from over. 

As schools contemplate reopening themselves for traditional classes, there will be a new set of changes made in the way schools approach classroom education while maintaining the norms of safety and social distancing. 

These decisions made by schools and governments with regard to education during the pandemic will have enormous social and economic consequences. These implications will have lasting effects on educators, children, youth, and societies as a whole.

Google Meet App Safe

Is Google Meet App safe for Online Classes?

As of today, 120 million students and educators all around the world are using Google’s “G Suite for Education” to create, collaborate, and communicate despite school closures during this COVID pandemic crisis. Recently Google made their virtual meeting and collaboration platform “Google Meet” to work even better for schools and colleges by improving safety and security features considering the needs of schools and colleges.

Google Meet + Classroom for Schools and Colleges

For decades schools and colleges have used traditional and complex learning management systems(LMS) to manage online class content. With the recent digital transformation trends, more educational institutions have started implementing advanced LMS and video conferencing tools. Along with startups, technology giants like Microsoft and Google also started promoting their digital teaching and learning tools. Google recently integrated Google Classroom with Google Meet so that teachers and students find it easy to access and join the meeting directly from their online classroom.

The COVID pandemic impact exponentially increased the interest and demand in online classroom and video conference tools. Google Classroom integrated with Google Meet was the default choice for many educators in schools and colleges. And above all, educators liked the fact that Google Meet is a free tool. Anyone with a Google Account can create a video meeting, invite participants, and meet for up to 60 minutes per meeting for free. 

Advantages of Google Meet for Schools and College

Google Meet contains features to simplify the video conferencing needs of schools and colleges. The features include scheduling and recording of meetings, screen share to share desktop and presentations, ability to conduct large meetings with up to 250 participants, and Livestream of events where you can allow up to 100,000 viewers to watch the live broadcast of the event.

Even though Google Meet is primarily used by businesses, it carries many advantages for users from schools and colleges. The teachers, students, and parents involved in the school and college operations think and behave differently from the professionals who use Google Meet for business-related conferences. The advantages for schools and colleges include:

  • The simplicity of Google user experience for teachers and parents

All the teachers and parents have some basic experience in using Google tools and they like the simplicity of Google interface when compared to other advanced video conferencing and online classroom tools.

  • Meet with everyone with a Google ID

Compared to other platforms, Google Meet doesn’t require you to create a different username and password. Anyone with a Google/Gmail id can start using the platform. This makes it easy for users to join a Google Meet.

  • Quality 

Google Meet is optimized for speed and quality by the Google engineering standards. The video and audio are of high quality even on low bandwidth.

  • Security, Safety & Privacy

Google Meet is built by following the best security, safety, and privacy standards. As schools and colleges are more concerned with the privacy and safety of their data, Google Meet is one tool in the market that you can trust to use for online classrooms and video conferences.

The safety features of Google Meet App for Online Classes

Safety by Technology

  • Encryption – Encryption is used to prevent unauthorized access to communications happening over the internet. There are different encryption standards and technologies available to prevent unauthorized third parties from stealing your data. All data in Meet is encrypted in transit by default between the client and Google for video meetings on a web browser, on the Android and iOS apps, and in meeting rooms with Google meeting room hardware.
  • Cloud Servers of Google – Google Meet is powered by the latest cloud technology standards and this helps the institutions to collaborate with the parents and students safely because whichever location or device the users are accessing the platform, one can trust the Google technology to safeguard their data. The benefits of Google’s defense-in-depth approach are available to the schools and colleges also while using Google Meet and Google Classrooms. The defense-in-depth approach includes purpose-built infrastructure, Google-controlled hardware stack, private and encrypted global network, layered data center security, internal privacy and security expertise, and robust security auditing/certification program. Read more on Google’s security here.

Safety by Standards

  • Data privacy standards – Google not only follows data privacy standards but also actively push for more and improved data privacy measures. Also G Suite for Education, which includes Meet, does not use customer data for advertising. Google Cloud does not sell customer data to third parties. Meet does not have user attention-tracking features or software. Read more about Meet security and privacy for education

Safety by Best Practices

  • Counter-abuse measures – Google Meet also follows the best counter-abuse measures. This includes approval required for external participants to join the meeting. Also Google Meet has Improved meeting moderation controls and protection against reusing finished meetings.

Fedena Google Meet integration

Fedena is now integrated with Google Meet so that the teaching and learning practices can be continued without interrupting the administrative features available in Fedena. Once you have enabled Google SSO to your Fedena instance, added Google Calendar API to your Gsuite account, and enabled the GMEET plugin, your Fedena instance is ready to create virtual meetings using Google Meet. You can access the Google Meet from the collaboration menu in Fedena.

Conclusion

Along with Google Meet, Fedena is also integrated with other popular video conferencing tools like Zoom and Big Blue Button. Here is the blog post explaining how Fedena helps in conducting and coordinating online classes in your institution. If you liked the Google Meet features for schools and colleges and are already interested to implement Fedena in your institutions, contact us today.

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Must-Have Features Of Virtual Classroom Solution

Top features of virtual classroom solution to help students engage and learn better 

Schools and educational institutes across the world are adopting and adapting to virtual online classes. One of the most significant considerations for schools and educational institutes while selecting a virtual classroom solution are the features offered by the various platforms. 

What virtual classroom solution will enable my students to learn most effectively?” 

“What platform offers the best features that simplify the teaching process for my teachers?” 

“Which virtual classroom software has the best features will meet the various needs of all my students, without being too intimidating for teaching and learning?”

These are essential questions that every school management team ponders over when deciding on the best virtual classroom solution.

We have compiled a list of some of the best features that are a must-have for every online classroom to be effective and help the students learn in the best possible manner:

  • Compatible Across Devices

Students and teachers engaging from home will access an array of devices. While some students will be able to use the latest smartphones and tablets, others will use older laptops and computers. Hence the virtual classroom solution must be compatible across all devices and on all platforms including Android, iOS and Windows.

  • HD And Live Video Streaming Capability

Learning online or in the virtual classroom is not merely offering the students recorded videos and prerecorded lectures. The best way to stimulate a traditional classroom is to allow the teachers to live-stream their lectures in a way that the students can see the teacher and vice versa in real-time. Real-time video and audio streaming give a real look and feel to virtual classrooms. Here students can use the web camera and the microphone to interact with the teacher and clear their doubts. Live-streaming of the classroom lecture will help the teachers understand how the students will are understanding the concepts being taught.

  • Grid View  

The grid view feature of a virtual classroom solution allows the students and teachers to view each other on one centralized screen. This enables the teachers to view the students all at once and evaluate their response to the teachings, as they would in a traditional classroom, with no extra visual distraction. 

  • Security

Another important feature for the virtual classroom is the security and the ability to ensure that no outsiders can join the session. It is therefore essential that all users be authenticated before joining a virtual classroom. This can be done through passwords and private meeting links. Additionally, students and teachers should have access to the class content such as subjects, assignments, exams etc. According to their authorization privileges. Also, any communication that reveals personal information of the teachers or the students should be encrypted.

  • Screen Sharing and Live Presentations

Screen sharing and live presentations allow the teachers to share their on-screen activity in real-time with all participants in the virtual classroom. With the help of the share screen feature, the teachers can physically demonstrate activities and concepts to the students. This facilitates problem-solving capabilities and enhances the learning of the students.

  • Controls for Meeting Hosts

Irrespective of whether it is a traditional classroom or a new virtual classroom, it is essential for the teacher to manage the class effectively as a poorly managed class can break the learning experience. In a virtual classroom, an essential feature is the ability to restrict access to functionality when needed. This will prevent the students from talking over one another and facilitate engagement and learning. Some functions that can help manage the class are muting participants, hand-raising, and the ability to turn functions and features on and off for either one student or for the entire class. 

  • Interactive Digital Whiteboard and Other collaborative tools

A digital white can be compared to a traditional marker board or chalkboard in the classroom. The teachers can use to teach using equations or diagrams. But in the virtual classroom, the interactive digital whiteboard has a broader scope. It serves as a virtual collaboration tool where participants can draw, sketch, and write together to share thoughts, ideas and conclusion. The digital whiteboard is available to all participants in the classroom, and they are a great way to keep the learners engaged and help them collaborate.

  • Communication tools such as group chats and break out rooms

Collaboration is essential to help learners stay engaged and interested in the classroom. Tools like group chats, group messaging and breakout rooms help the students stay connected with their peers and help initiate the feeling on an actual classroom collaboration. These tools help the teacher divide the class into groups and assign individual and group tasks.

  • Recorded and Archived lessons

Online sessions can be recorded and archived for students to revisit the lessons as needed. These also help the students who were absent to catch up on class.

  • Cloud Storage and Backup

Cloud storage solutions are an excellent aid for teachers who want to store their classroom data and access it from any location. It also helps teachers to store and distribute the study among many students. Students too can access their class data, assessments from any location of their choice.

Conclusion

Virtual classrooms are a boom for schools as they allow the teachers and students to engage and interact online in a way similar to the traditional classroom. Students can continue their learning journey without any disruption or interruption in their education. With the above-listed features, schools can select a virtual classroom solution perfect for their learning needs. 

Fedena offers integration with various video conferencing platforms such as – Google Meet, Zoom & Big Blue Button. Using which institute can easily conduct online classes and web meetings. To learn more about the integration, follow the link – https://fedena.com/erp/video-conferencing-app-integration-fedena

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Top Advantages Of Virtual Classroom During Lockdown Time

Virtual Classroom – The Best Solution During Periods Of Lockdown

Understanding The Top Advantages Of Virtual Classroom During Lockdown Time

2020 has been an unprecedented year for every person across the world. 

One of the most affected sectors has been educational institutes schools, colleges and universities had to grapple with being closed overnight. The imposed lockdowns in various parts of the world disrupted the learning process. Many schools shut down physical classes, forcing students to stay home. 

This sudden closure had emotional and psychological repercussions for families. Many parents and students continue to struggle with the new challenges of staying at home and adjusting to a new normal. 

It is often said that ‘Necessity is the mother of all Invention’. 

And accordingly, the education sector evolved to accommodate the new government regulations of safety and staying at home. Today, most schools and educational institutions offer online classes for their students to help them continue their learning journey. 

The Importance Of Virtual Classes

Research suggests the importance of a routine for kids. A fixed routine gives kids a sense of security, it helps them to develop discipline, confidence, and self-esteem. For students, a daily routine includes school, homework, and co-curricular activities. However, with schools shutting down, many students have found their lives turned upside down. The boundaries between study time, playtime, and hobby time are blurred. This has left students stressed and their sense of security diminished.

A virtual classroom or online school helps recreate a routine for kids. It keeps them engaged and ensures that they continue to learn despite the schools shutting down. The daily routine on morning classes, online homework, online assessments ensures that the students stay committed and disciplined towards learning. 

But Besides Uninterrupted Learning And Setting A Routine For Students, What Are The Other Advantages Of Virtual Classroom During Lockdown Time?

  •  Easy Access Through Devices

Virtual classrooms are easy to access as the students only need an internet connection with good speed and a computer, tablet or smartphone to attend class. Instead of the daily hassles of commuting to school through busses or carpools, now students only need to open their devices and it connects them to their classroom. 

  • Learn From The Convenience Of Place And Time

Since online classes allow for archiving lessons as well as recording the class, students have the option of revisiting the lesson at any time of their convenience. Furthermore, all the lessons are stored in the cloud. Thus, students are not tied to one single location or single device for their virtual class.

Virtual classes give the students plenty of time to digest the information learned, practice it, do their own research, and enhance their understanding of the subject. They can learn at their pace, instead of constantly struggling to keep pace with their peers.

  •  Around The Clock Learning

Virtual classroom solutions have an option for messaging the teachers and lecturers. This option allows the students to interact with their teachers at any time, to clear doubts, or ask questions. This however is subject to the time to convenience to all the teachers. 

  • Opportunity to Learn New Technology

Virtual classroom solutions such as Google Meet, BigBlueButton, Zoom etc. gives an opportunity for the students to explore and learn new digital tools. From creating PowerPoint for assignments to researching online, one of the biggest advantages of online classrooms is the digital proficiency and skill that the students are learning.

  • Interaction With Friends And Peers

Due to the strict lockdown and rules regarding social distancing, many students are struggling with isolation and feelings of loneliness. If left unchecked, these feelings can escalate to anxiety and depression. With virtual classes, students can interact with their friends and their peers. The sense of connection and camaraderie now continues in an online space. 

  • Can be Personalized

In the virtual classroom, the content can be personalized to meet the learning need and method of the students. For instance, visual learners can be directed toward learning videos. From online audiobooks to various other personalization tools, students can customize how they consume the lessons. This enhances and improves learning outcomes. 

  • Improved Attendance 

Since the students no longer have to travel to attend class, there is a considerable improvement in the attendance of students. There is a significant improvement in participation and interaction in the class as many shy students feel safer interacting with teachers behind a screen. 

  • Trackable Learning

The performance of students is easily trackable in online classes. In virtual classes, the data of every student including attendance records, test scores, exam results in stored online. This enables teachers to track students and understanding their learning curve easily. It helps the teachers to create online classes according to the learning patterns and the learning needs of students. 

  • Fun And Exciting

Most importantly, online virtual classes are a fun and exciting experience for students. The generation today is proficient at digital technology and have a good understanding of various devices from a young age. Thus, adapting to online classes in an easy and comfortable change for them. It breaks the monotony of traditional learning. Additionally, with an array of tools, even the most tedious topic can be made fun and exciting for the students.

In Conclusion 

Long before the pandemic prohibited face-to-face gatherings, many schools keen to maximize learning opportunities and improve their efficiency were benefiting from cloud-based solutions school management software. Schools need to invest in such technologies. There are many reasons for this. We live in an ever-changing world, and during any unexpected crisis, we must equip schools to function with compromising the education of the students. 

Virtual classrooms are not just the need of the hour today. They are the way of the future, and an increasing number of schools will look towards online school management software to ensure they are prepared for a brighter and better tomorrow.

NEP 2020

INFOGRAPHIC: Highlights from India’s National Education Policy NEP 2020

Recently the prime minister of India – Narendra Modi promulgated the new national education policy 2020. The national education policy directs the promotions and innovations in education amongst the people of India. The first education policy of India was promulgated in 1968 by the prime minister Indira Gandhi and the second one by prime minister Rajiv Gandhi in 1986. The second policy was modified in 1992 and it was almost three decades since a new education policy was introduced in India. The national education policy of 2020 is ambitious in its goals and can catalyze India’s development goals by educating the future citizens of the nation. 

The key highlight of national education policy 2020 in school education is the plan to achieve 100% GER in school education by 2030 with the reforms from preschool to secondary level from the present highest GER of 56% in grades 11-12. That is bringing 20 million(2 Crore) children back into the mainstream! Other highlights of the policy include replacing 10+2 with 5+3+3+4, focus on early Childhood Care & Education (ECCE), improving foundational literacy & numeracy, promotion of multilingualism, exam reforms, equitable & inclusive education, teacher recruitment and career path, vocational education, bagless days, etc. Check the infographics and read the policy document for details.

NOTE: Gross Enrolment Ratio (GER) or Gross Enrolment Index (GEI) is a statistical measure used in the education sector.  It shows the total enrolment in primary education, regardless of age, expressed as a percentage of the eligible official primary school-age population in a given school year.

NEP 2020

Effective Measures to take when School Reopen After COVID-19 Closure

The Covid-19 pandemic has changed the world for the foreseeable future.  For many schools and colleges, the new academic year has begun and, online classes and virtual learning sessions are in full swing.  

For those locations where the curve of COVID-19 cases is slowly flattening, reopening schools is at the forefront. At the same time, the opening of school has the risk of viral resurgence and is a matter of much public debate. 

Therefore no one can say for sure when schools will be open again. The only thing one can be particular about is that schools need to be prepared to reopen safely when the time comes and when the government regulations relax.

Given this current pandemic situation, how can schools reopen keeping the safety of the students and teachers in mind?

1. Ensuring Social Distancing in the Classrooms

The World Health Organisation ( WHO) recommends social distancing to prevent the natural spread of the virus. While this is difficult to maintain in a school set up, they can do the following to ensure students and staff manage to keep a safe distance from each other. 

  • Social distancing floor stickers are a great way of helping students adhere to the 6 feet rule.

 Best Practices – In Taiwan, students as young as kindergarten wear masks supplied by the government, and desks are separated from one another using dividers. 

  • The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) also recommends spacing the school desks so that the distance norms are maintained, and all the students face the same direction. 

Best Practices – In Singapore, students are assigned seats in rows as if they are taking examinations, and they are not permitted to move around.

  • In many schools, the class sizes have also been considered as students were broken up into smaller groups with alternate day classes.

Best Practice – In Denmark the class size is limited to 15 students per class in primary school and 20 students in middle school.

  • Avoiding school assemblies and large gatherings in a small space, including libraries, labs, etc. These can be conducted with small batches of students.
  • Staggering the opening and closing hours of school instead of the school at the same time will avoid an influx of parents and students at the gates.

2. Teaching and Promoting Healthy Hygiene Practices

Another critical recommendation by doctors and scientists in regular handwashing, sanitizing and disinfecting to avoid the spread of the virus in public places

  • Regularly teach the students the correct way to wash their hands and dispose of tissues, paper towels, etc.

Best Practices – In South Korea, students participate in online classes related to personal hygiene and health and safety measures the week before they return to school. 

  • Keep reminders for the students to wash their hands at regular intervals and have an adequate supply of soaps and hand sanitizers, paper towels, tissues, and no-touch trash cans for the students and the staff. 

Best Practices – In Norway, students wipe their desks every two hours. 

  •  Encourage the use of face masks and face shields for kids older than three years.

Best Practices – In Austria, students and teachers must wear face masks and wash their hands as they enter the building. 

  • Regular disinfecting of frequently touched surfaces within the school such as desks, doorknobs, playground equipment.

Best Practices – In Singapore, schools follow a staggered timing for recess for different groups.

  • Temperature checks for anyone entering a school campus may be a sensible option, but this is not always foolproof. This is especially so for those who would have taken a prior medication or for asymptomatic patients.

Best Practice – In Denmark, children who come to school with symptoms are sent home immediately for 48 hours. Additionally, students who live with a COVID-19 positive family member are not allowed to come to school.

3. Ventilation Systems

Poor ventilation in confined indoor spaces is associated with increased transmission of respiratory infections. While the role of ventilation in preventing COVID-19 transmission is not well-defined, schools can follow guidelines for the safety of their students.

  • Increase the circulation of outdoor air as much as possible by opening windows and doors. 

Best Practices – In Norway, windows and doors in classrooms are left open as much as possible to maintain ventilation.

4. Transport and Cafeteria Facilities

The school bus and the school cafeteria are typically locales in the school that witness a high influx of footfalls. These are also places where the students and the staff sit close to each other. Therefore, schools need to pay special attention to the cleaning and disinfection of these facilities.

Best Practices – In South Korea, schools recommend wiping or spraying chlorine dioxide concentrations of 500 mg/L on furniture, door frames, doorknobs, sinks, and floors.

  • Additionally, it is also recommended that students are encouraged to use their personal transport as far as possible, and school systems can also consider offering incentives for private transportation. 

Best Practices – In China, School buses are encouraged to work at half capacity. 

  • In the cafeteria, students can be offered staggered lunchtimes with full compliance with physical distancing and hygiene may not be attainable.
  • Students can also be encouraged to eat in their classrooms using their home-made lunch boxes. 

 Best Practice – In Norway, library books can be used after students wash their hands.  

5. Protect Vulnerable Students And Staff

The Coronavirus poses a threat to all those with comorbidities, are older, or struggle with respiratory diseases.

  •  Therefore schools need to allow students and staff who are high-risk to continue teaching or learning from home. 

6. Hire A Designated Person And A School Nurse 

  •  Experts recommend that every school have at least one registered contact person to update the parents on various initiatives and address their concerns.  
  • Also, it is wise to hire a school nurse to monitor students’ symptoms regularly and isolate any sick students from the rest of the school.

When and how to reopen schools, schools will have to take one of the toughest and most difficult decisions in the future. As the virus evolves and transmits in a non-linear fashion, schools will ensure that they open and provide a safe environment for their students by keeping all safeguards in place. 

University management system

How to choose right University Management System?

Universities operate completely different from schools and colleges. Usually, there will be multiple colleges under one university. This complexity of multi-layered management with multiple colleges under the same organization demands an enterprise-level solution to be implemented as the university management system. There are many providers in the ERP software market who provide university management software solutions with prices varying from thousands of dollars to a million dollar plus.

Now a days there are various options are available in the market, but how do you know that which ERP solution fits best in your organization. Well to clear this confusion below we have highlighted few points, let’s see what to considered before selecting a right university management system:

Choosing the Right University Management System

To select the right software for your university it can take months or even years as the selection process is usually a long and detailed process for universities. This upfront effort ensures that you are selecting and implementing software that can provide value to the university for the next 5 to 10 years.

For a school and college, it will be easy to replace the existing management system with new software with the help of data export tools. For universities, the replacement process will take some time as a fresh implementation because of the complexity of data and the upfront customization required.

What are the steps to follow?

  1. Form an a-team for the purpose of software selection and implementation. This team can include teachers, administrators, management, and parents. The a-team must contain a maximum of 6 or 8 members. It is preferable to select parents from IT or software background. You can include a member of alumni also. The a-team can be given the complete responsibility of shortlisting, purchasing, and implementing the software. The leadership and management have to provide complete support to the a-team.
  2. The a-team can then start the process by studying the software used in other universities. This is a critical step as you will come to know the different software available in the market and the challenges and advantages faced by other universities while using this software. Document all observations to be referred to while selecting and purchasing the new university management system for your university.
  3. Make a 5 year Total Cost of Ownership(TCO) plan. In TCO, you can include all possible costs expected to purchase and maintain the software for the next 5 or 10 years. This must include all different types of expenses like hardware cost, maintenance cost, salaries of dedicated/part-time resources, customization cost, etc. Check with the vendor for further details of TCO and make sure the vendor also agrees to the same.
  4. After this, you can go ahead with demos from different vendors and accept estimates and quotations for the software and implementation. Based on the points given to the software and its vendor and the budget available, you can choose the university management system to be purchased.

Features To Consider

  • Admission Management

University admissions are a complex process that involves multiple steps from the student and university side. The application for different courses will vary and can be configured online for collecting applications. Most of the time it also involves reference checking and due diligence for the applications to be shortlisted. All these can be automated using the university management system.

  • Attendance Management

Recording and managing attendance of university students is a primary function of the university management system. This is achieved through the integration of devices like RFID, Biometric, IoT, etc. Attendance is a major element in the grades of university students and only a university management system can automate the linking of attendance with grade books and at the same time reduce the complaints from students and parents.

  • Online Examination

With UMS, universities can computerize the total examination work. Conduct descriptive or MCQ type questions such as admission entrance test, employee recruitment test, surprise classroom test, subject or topic wise test and more.  After evaluating the examination teachers can publish the result, and instantly a notification is sent to students/parents.

  • Online Learning Management

To simplifies the online learning and teaching Fedena now integrate with various video conferencing system such as Zoom & Big Blue Button; (soon integration with Google Meets and Microsoft Teams is coming in Fedena). This let universities to seamlessly deliver quality-education to students’ without any halt.

  • Human Resource Management

The human resource modules inside UMS helps the university to manage the teachers and faculty by taking care of leave management, payroll generation, payslip generation, certificate storage, etc.

  • Fee Management

Even if state-funded, the universities will have to manage the fee collections from students. For private universities, this is one of the primary requirements. To collect fees online and offline and record the transactions in a single system for future audits.

  • Placement Management

Job placements for all students is a preferred target of all universities. This can be automated through the placement module in UMS. The placement module let coordinators to organize and conduct placement effortlessly, also, students can apply for the placement event online and can check status.

Future of University Management System

A lot of new technologies are emerging like Artificial Intelligence(AI), Internet of Things (IoT), Robotics, etc. These technologies will play a major role in how universities are digitizing their operations in the future. The university campus will become responsive and smarter. The workload of teachers and administrators will be reduced manifold and we can expect the academic goals to be achieved faster and with reduced expense. 

Online learning challenges

Master Online Learning Challenges With These Simple Solutions

Online learning has become increasingly popular with the advent of new technological tools. However, the recent pandemic has accelerated the adoption of online education in schools and educational institutes across the world.

Today, online learning, web-based learning, and mobile classes are not just futuristic terms, but they have become part of everyday vocabulary for schools, students, and parents.

Let’s have an overview on day to day online learning challenges and their solutions:

1. CHALLENGE- The hesitation of making the initial transition and adapting to online learning

Change is always difficult. For many educational institutions, the initial decision to transition to online classes can be challenging and even intimidating.  Even after the switch from traditional classroom and face to face learning to computer-based training has been made, it takes the students and teachers time to adapt to the new environment. 

SOLUTION:

One of the best ways to deal with a traditional mindset that is blocked to online learning is to discuss with the students and teachers about the various benefits of online learning. From the convenience of any time learning to a variety of tools and learning techniques, online learning offers multiple benefits. The initial hesitation can be dealt with by informing and educating about the various benefits.

EXPERT TIP: The fastest way to transition to online learning is to opt for an easy-to-use and affordable school management software & learning management system as it simplifies the online learning & communication process for the students with its variety of features.

2. CHALLENGE – Dealing with isolation due to the lack of interpersonal connection with the teachers and peers

A traditional classroom is characterised by lots of interaction in the classroom, which may be difficult to replicate in online classes. For many students, this interaction is a critical component that impacts their learning and motivation. Often without this interaction, the students can struggle with feelings of isolation, unsatisfying learning. Social interaction in the classroom also helps to keep the students accountable and engaged. 

SOLUTION:

Contrary to this belief, online learning is brimming with opportunities for the students to interact with each other. From online discussion forums, emails, messages, SMS. etc students can stay connected in a number of ways. Additionally, with online learning, the classroom interaction is not only limited to classroom hours, and students have the option to reach out to the teachers and peers beyond classroom hours. 

EXPERT TIP: School management software allows students to use the messaging system to send instant notifications or messages to a large, pre-decided audience. Additionally, the software has a school news management module to send the latest news and school-related information to the student and always keep them up to date. This ensures that the students are in constant connection with the school are updated and motivated to continue their learning journey.

3. CHALLENGE – Struggling with the lack of motivation in online learning 

One of the other common challenges of online learning is the lack of motivation that the students face. The transition from classrooms that have been designed and decorated for the explicit purpose of learning to dining tables and bedrooms can cause a loss of motivation in students. 

SOLUTION:

One of the best ways to deal with this lack of motivation is to encourage group work and group assignments so that students can connect with each other. This method will also help the students to motivate each other towards achieving common learning goals. 

For individual goals, one of the most recommended methods is to set up clear, measurable goals instead of open-ended tasks. Many educators also suggest gamified apps, programs, and assignments to help motivate the students. Gamified tasks allow the students to earns points or badges for every task completed on time. They are specially designed for student engagement in independent environments and encourage them to push themselves towards personal learning goals.

EXPERT TIPS:  With school software allows teacher to set up tasks and assignments for the students. Customized tasks and assignments keep the students committed towards the learning journey and help the teachers understand how much learning has happened and if there is a need to modify the learning journey.

4. CHALLENGE – Improper Time Management And Online Distractions

With the vast number of social media sites, streaming channels, it is easy to get lost in the rabbit hole of online resources, thus wasting time and getting distracted instead of learning

While a traditional classroom follows a strict timetable, the lack of timetables in online learning can cause the learner to procrastinate. Thus, another common challenge to learning online is learning time management so as to use one’s time wisely. 

SOLUTION: 

Educators can schedule multiple assessments and assignments at regular intervals to help infuse a sense of responsibility within the students to work and teach them to meet their deadlines. Similarly setting a schedule plan for the students would help them set reminders for the courses and the assignments. 

EXPERT TIPS: Educators can create a timetable for their online learning students using the Fedena software. This timetable will help the students stay focused, thus avoiding distractions and delays. 

Conclusion

Keeping online learners engaged and enrolled is a one of the biggest challenges in an online learning scenario. Online learning calls for a higher degree of self-motivation, self-directed learning, and greater persistence and commitment from the learner. One of the best ways to guide the students is to use tools, resources and software that are easy to use and enable the teacher to customize the learning experience to the needs of the students. The use of the Fedena software allows the educators to improve the learning outcome by adapting to the students, aptitude, expectations, and personality. 

Today, we live in an age in which online learning and virtual classrooms are becoming more common. Many students even find this method to be more effective than traditional classroom as it is more engaging, with a number of learning tools, suited to each learning style. However, online learning has its own set of challenges and educators need to look for innovative methods to meet and surpass these learning challenges. 

Role Of ICT In Higher Education

Role Of Information and Communication Technology (ICT) In Higher Education

ICT – Information and Communications Technology has the proven power to change the world.

This acronym  refers to the merging of audiovisual and telephone networks with the computer single unified system of cabling. Thus, ICT includes any communication device – including radio, television, cell phones, computer and network hardware, satellite systems, etc. 

Today, ICT technologies have embedded themselves as commonplace entities in all aspects of life. This gives us further evidence that the world is rapidly moving towards increased adoption of digital technology. 

The role of ICTs in education is becoming more and more critical. The higher education sector has advanced with the help of various ICT tools such as smart devices, smartboards, online classrooms, digital cameras, projectors, video conferencing tools, audio recording tools, and many more.

However, ICT has benefited the higher education sector in more than just new tools.

Let’s see how Information and Communication Technology (ICT) evolved the Higher Education system:

1. The Role Of ICT In WHAT IS LEARNED In Higher Education

Traditional teaching has revolved around content with great emphasis laid on textbook-based learning. The teachers headed the classroom and used lectures, tutorials, and presentations to help the students understand the material being taught. 

With the introduction of ICT and various EdTech tools, students are no longer restricted to learning from the textbook, class lectures, and presentations. With the help of the internet and ICT tools, higher education learners can access a variety of sources for information, including videos, documentaries, podcasts, and speeches by experts.

The sources of learning are endless. 

The onus of learning has also shifted from teachers to the students as there is an increased focus on student-centered learning that is based on the access of information. This has also changed the role of the teachers from being content experts to being guides and mentors for the students. 

It is opined that as students and teachers gain access to higher bandwidths on internet connectivity and more direct forms of communication, the trend of student-driven learning will continue to grow in higher education institutes.

2. The Role Of ICT On HOW STUDENTS LEARN In Higher Education

ICT is not only influencing, changing, and supporting the content that is being learned in higher education institutes but also changing the way students are learning. 

There has been a systematic movement from content-centered curricula to a competency-based curricula with the aid of various ICT tools. 

Similarly, there is a movement away from teacher-centered learning to student-centered forms of knowledge. ICT has facilitated a modern learning approach where students are encouraged to take responsibility for their own learning.

Students are increasingly turning towards the web and online subject matter experts from who they will learn, thus creating an environment of independent learning. 

3. The Role Of ICT On WHEN STUDENTS LEARN in Higher Education

In traditional high schools, colleges and universities, institutions provided minimal choice for students for when the learning would take place. Typically, the students would accept the learning schedule prepared by the institute and follow the same

The use of ICT tools allows students to optimize their learning experience by choosing when they wish to study based on their routine or body clock. Learners are free to participate in learning activities when time permits or be assured of no interruption. This freedom and flexibility have significantly increased the opportunities for many students to participate in formal programs.

 It has also provided learning opportunities for many more learners who previously were constrained by other commitments.

The use of online technology learning has enabled learning to become an activity that is no longer set within programmed schedules and slots. 

The various technologies can provide asynchronous support for learning so that the need for real-time participation is avoided while the students can benefit from the communication and collaboration that the online system provides.

It is not only students, but even teachers benefit from these tools as they can decide what periods in the 24X7 envelope can be utilized for teaching and interacting with the students?

4. The Role Of ICT In WHERE STUDENTS LEARN In Higher Education

The continued and increased use of ICTs has also changed where the students learn. 

While the concept of flexibility in the location of education is not new to the prevalence of distance education programs for years. Yet,  for most institutes, students do not choose the place of their location.

With ICT and advancements in EdTech tools, off-campus delivery of courses is an option for students who were unable to attend the class for any number of reasons.

Additionally, the use of ICT tools instead of a traditional classroom setting has given way to learning in work-based settings with students able to access courses and programs from their workplace. 

The advantages of education at the location of choice is not only increased convenience to the students but also financial savings and time-related savings with travel.

The concept of technology powered ‘any place learning’ also ensures that learners enroll in courses offered by any institute across the world rather than only applying for local educational institutes. The advantages of this include extended course offerings and the opportunity to digitally interact with co-learners and students from differing backgrounds, cultures, and perspectives.

Conclusion

In conclusion, Higher education systems have grown exponentially in the past few decades to meet the increasing demands of quality education.  The swift advancements in ICT have also helped to propel the higher education sector to serve the students and teachers better.

Today, ICT applications can provide many options and choices and for the students and institutes can create competitive edges by offering these choices to their students.