Trends in Higher Education

INFOGRAPHIC: Top Trends In Higher Education

The Higher education sector is always evolving with innovations in education and technology. There are plenty of challenges too. Also with the impact of the recent COVID pandemic, there are many new trends happening in this sector.

Here are some curated trends in the higher education sector. These trends will give you an overview of what is happening in the higher education sector in year 2020: 

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The trends in Higher Education system & process include:

1. Increase Acceptance of Online Learning

With the availability of fast and cheap internet everywhere, more and more institutions are implementing fully online education. The decreasing cost of hardware like laptops and student licensing of software is also helping this trend. With this, you can expect all institutions switching to flip class concept where students learn from home and practice in class.

TRY THESE TRENDS
• Video conference • Virtual Whiteboard
For an effective online teaching experience

2. Content Innovations

The e-learning content providers and platforms are coming up with innovations in the way content is created and shared, to keep the learners engaged and track progress in realtime.

CONTENT TRENDS
• Short Videos • Interactive contents
The major challenge in online learning is the attention span of students and making the content itself keep the students engaged for learning.

3. Online ERP

Higher Educational institutions can no longer operate without a fully Online ERP Solution.

ERP Software solutions help in the efficient operations of higher educational institutions by digitizing the day to day operations of the college and universities.

Online ERP solutions save the time of faculty and reduce the cost of administration.

RECOMMENDED TOOL
Fedena ERP – Starting from admission management to finance management, Fedena has got 50+ modules to take care of all the systems and processes in a college or university. The SaaS model provides instant signup and implementation of the ERP. fedena.com

4. Better LMS

Learning Management Systems are innovating from traditional standalone platforms to userfriendly interfaces.

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Uzity Everything you will ever need in a perfect e-learning software for a college or university. uzity.com

5. Artifical Intelligence

Artificial intelligence is the intelligence of machines that can be used to catalyze the operational activities of colleges and universities.

Al is connecting all the different digital tools in a higher educational institution to provide a single streamlined experience for the different stakeholders – teachers, students, parents, administrators, and leadership.

BENEFITS FOR HIGHER ED
• Automation of administration • Assist in teaching • Assist in learning • Smart content creation • Inclusion and diversity • Collective knowledge • Universal access • Speed in decision making • Saves time & reduce cost

6. Learning Analytics

Higher educations are implementing specialized analytical tools for studying the patterns in academic performance to guide the different activities in academics.

TRY OUT THESE TOOLS
• Existing LMS & ERP • BIRT • Tableau • ELK Stack • ClicData

7. Data Driven Decisions

In DDDM or Data-Driven Decision Making, decisions are made based on factual, verifiable information.

DDDM ‘supplements’ intuition with past trends and future projections. Here the software(machine) and management(human) works together to make decisions that can help the institution achieve the academic and business goals faster.

ERP FOR DDDM ERP is the go to tool for decision making by the leadership. Only in the absence of sensible reports, they look for alternate solutions to analyze the data. Online ERP provides enough reporting tools to help colleges and universities in decision making.

8. Augmented Reality

Augmented reality(AR) technology helps colleges and universities add layers of digital view on top of the real-time physical view.

This is achieved with the help of specialized tools for creating augmented reality.

Once the augmented reality is created, the users can navigate the augmented reality using digital tools like a smartphone or a tablet.
This is most widely used for creating real-time campus navigation maps.

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Monado – Monado hopes to jump-start development of an open-source XP ecosystem and provide the fundamental building blocks for device vendors to target the GNU/Linux platform.

9. Virtual Reality

The virtual reality(VR) is an immersive simulation of digital reality that is completely separated from physical reality.

This is used for creating virtual campus tours from the browser. The students and parents seeking admission to the institution can use this simulation to know about the campus. VR is also widely used in e-learning content and activities.

10. Diversity & Inclusion

Diversity and Inclusion is a hot topic for discussion in higher education leadership.

We are now witnessing how technology can help to overcome the challenges in diversity and learning faced by students joining the campus from various backgrounds.

The leadership is aware of how diversity & inclusion enrich the educational experience and promotes best practices for a healthy society.

RECOMMENDED TECHNOLOGY
Al & MACHINE LEARNING
Al is catalyzing the inclusion and diversity initiatives across the globe. Al-enabled digital technologies can overcome the barriers of languages and minor learning difficulties.

11. Internet of Things

loT (Internet of Things) is the network of interconnected devices spread across the different locations on the campus.

loT is found helpful in improving the learning outcomes, operational efficiency, and safety of the campus. loT is expected to bring paradigm shift in higher education.

12. Privacy

Privacy is the fundamental right of all the users of campus digital technology tools. The users include students, parents, teachers, and other faculty.

Privacy can not be achieved with technology alone. Privacy includes the protection of personal data and ensuring that the users have control over their personal data. It is about policies and the system & process put in place to ensure the policies are followed.

Conclusion

The training initiatives going on to prepare the students for the future of work and the focus given on the physical well-being and mental health of students. Online education is getting increased acceptance and almost all the operations of the colleges and universities are being run using fully online ERP. There are innovations happening around e-learning content, learning management systems, and learning analytics. The sector is also seeing the improved acceptance of AI(Artificial Intelligence) based solutions and IOT(Internet of Things) devices. New technologies like virtual reality and augmented reality are also seeing increased acceptance in the higher education sector. With the implementation of too many technologies, data privacy is also gaining attention from leadership and government.

Instagram for Promoting Your School

[Infographic] 10 Powerful Ways to Use Instagram for Promoting Your School

Instagram is gaining a lot of popularity these days as the perfect channel to reach the young generation. This young generation is not only the potential students for your school but also the parents of the students. As a photo-sharing platform, the photos and images posted on Instagram get attention from the users. Creating and regularly updating your Instagram account can create an excellent online presence and can improve the brand identity of your school multiple folds.

Following is an infographic to help you with some tips. It includes creating a unique hashtag as school’s identity, posting daily or weekly challenges to keep the followers engaged, collecting and sharing the photos submitted by students and parents, partnering with influencers in your geography, including your alumnus, posting regular Instagram stories, giving the driving wheel to your students, trying paid promotions, sharing the achievements of students and publishing school events and notices as photos.

Starting an Instagram business account for your school is simple and easy. You can do it from a mobile phone with a good camera and use the same phone to take and share photos on Instagram. Initially, one teacher or administration staff can do it and later the same account can be used in different phones to take and share photos. Create a good profile and include links to your school website. Also add call to action button and address so that visitors can easily connect with you.

Promote the account through other usual communications with parents and by updating the website with the Instagram link. After that start using the strategies mentioned in this infographic. Follow other organizations and schools to get inspiration and ideas. Below we have highlighted the 10 powerful ways to promote your institution using Instagram:

  1. Unique #hashtag for your school
  2. Post challenges for students & parents
  3. Collect & share photos posted by students and parents
  4. Partner with influencers in your location
  5. Engage with alumnus
  6. Post stories on Instagram
  7. Let students manage & promote
  8. Try paid promotion
  9. Promote achivement of students
  10. Publish event calendars and notices

To understand each point in details read the infographic and share it with your management and teachers:

Instagram for Promoting Your School

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Open Source School Management Software

[Infographic] Pros & Cons of Open Source School Management Software

Opensource projects and products are the results of the wonderful collaboration between great minds all across the globe. The majority of our internet and business runs on top of opensource software without our awareness. And there are opensource software available for any kind of organization to manage their day to day operations. The school management software industry is also not different. But is it a good idea to choose an open-source school management software for your school? Considering the unique nature of users in a school like teachers, admins, etc. and their technical expertise, we need to check in-depth the pros and cons of opensource school management software:

Pros- Why Is It So Good?

  1. Free to download & setup which makes the initial cost almost zero. You don’t have to pay anything to get the software
  2. Free to modify the software according to the unique requirement of your school. You are not limited to what the software has already.
  3. Free to reuse in other branches of the same school or you can share the modified sofware to other schools. Also no limit on number of users.
  4. Free to work with any development team. You can hire a developer from your locality.
  5. Free to host the software anywhere. You can host it online or in computer within the school campus.
  6. Opportunity to learn same coding and develop computer science skill for interested teachers.
  7. IKEA effect. Your users will use the system more efficiently because they also participated in building it.
  8. Very reliability as the software is developed by multiple independent developers and code reviewed by hundreds
  9. High security factor. Since the source code is open, it will be audited by experts in the field.
  10. It is fun ultimately using a self customised open source school management software improve collaboration between users.

Cons- Why It Is Not So Good?

  1. Problem with support. You can’t expect developer community of the software to prioritize your needs.
  2. Require technical knowledge in customising and debbuging the software for optimum use.
  3. Need technical skill in hosting the software and optimizing for scale so that it can be used by hundreds of users at th same time.
  4. Since most of the open source software are designed keeping the developer in mind, therefor the user experience is not friendly for non-developers.
  5. Long term cost of open source software can go more than proprietory software if you don’t hire the right resources.
  6. You won’t be able to use an off the shell open source software as it may not fit well for specific requirement of your school.
  7. There is a higher probability of open source project to be orphaned by developers leading it.
  8. Training video or documentation  for end users may not be user friendly for school teachers.

The following infographic presents clearly the advantages and disadvantages of choosing opensource software in your school:

open source school management software

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tips for school management software

[Infographic] 20 Best Tips For School Management Software

School Management Software is a program or application that helps schools manage their processes – like admissions, registration, class scheduling, financial management etc. – electronically. Think of every process-driven task in your school and it is likely that there is a school management system feature that will take over this task for you.

Largely, the school management software automates and digitizes multiple school processes in order to reduce the burden on the school while also increasing efficiency and cost-effectiveness. Efficiency is increased because the school management software takes over multiple tasks that would other be performed by personnel, that are prone to human error and take time to complete these tasks that school managements finish much more efficiently and quickly. Cost-effective because they reduce the labor hours and man-hours for every school across the board. School management software is thus a necessary technology in this modern-day and age to ensure the efficient and effective running of a school.

Below we have highlighted some best tips which you can use while selecting school management software:

students database management system

[Infographic] 10 Reasons Why To Invest In Students Data System

Understanding the benefits of an Ideal Students Data Management System

The number of education choices available to students has drastically increased in recent years. With this increasing competition, it is essential for schools to not only ensure that they offer quality education but to function in a way that is efficient and smart.

Today, school and educational institutes have to deal with an ever-growing level of complexity, such as the variety, velocity, and volume of student data is one an upward rise. It has made it essential for schools to invest in a student database management system that can store, organize, and manage all the student’s related data.

Here are a few power-packed reasons that schools need to invest in a students data system

Online Education in India

[Infographic] Future of Online Education in India by 2021

Technology in education is evolving at a lightning speed, aiding in making the learning more interactive and engaging also bridging the communication gap between teachers and students which usually occurs during the time of conventional teaching. In the past few years, the various type of technologies has emerged out in the education industry and enthusiastically embraced by multiple institutes in order to enhance student’s skills and improve the institute productivity.  

Nowadays not only students but also working professional is running towards the online education platforms as it is easy to access the quality education and learning can be done at their own pace. As per the recent research report released by KPMG India and Google, named as Online Education In India by 2021, the market of online education of paid users is expected to grow from 1.6 million to 9.6 million by 2021.

Read the below infographic to understand the online education market expansion in India:

Source: https://assets.kpmg.com/content/dam/kpmg/in/pdf/2017/05/Online-Education-in-India-2021.pdf

effective ERP implementation

Infographic: The Steps to Effective ERP Implementation

Implementing and utilising ERP systems in an educational institution can be a complex procedure, particularly if the administration is not used-to software for managing daily operations on an institute. A properly manipulated and structured plan can help an effective ERP implementation and offer greater productivity in the institution.

In the below infographic, shared the top 7 steps to successfully implement the ERP solution in your institution:

steps to effective ERP implementation

instagram in classroom

[Infographic] 7 Interesting Ways to Use Instagram in Classroom

The use of social media in education have introduced new learning opportunities in the classroom. Instagram can be a great tool in the classroom too! Using the Instagram application, teachers can promote digital literacy, share the lesson plans with students in more engaging ways, and connect with parents in real-time.

But to protect the students’ privacy it is a must create a private classroom account which is only followed by your classroom students and their parents, as well as members of other classrooms or by whom you have sent an “invite” to follow your Instagram account. With a private account, teachers can easily keep track on the post and vet all potential followers. An account can be used for class-related updates and other notifications.

In this infographic, we have shared the top 7 ways by which you can implement Instagram effectively in classroom:

1- Create community so that students can share their creative works with other class members.

2- It gives student’s freedom to share the photo related to their favorite subject.

3-  Encourage creativity by sharing photo’s.

4- Rewards the students for featuring their work.

5- Document the students performance.

6- Assign exciting projects to students.

7- Create fun events & quiz.

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Twitter for Teachers & Educators

[Infographic] 26 Effective Ways to use Twitter for Teachers & Educators

Teachers & Educators in the present fast-paced, ever evolving world of communication are presented with a plethora of options which might sometimes be overwhelming. To reduce the efforts of teachers in learning a new form of communication, we give you some of the most effective ways of using the most modern form of communication, Twitter.

 Twitter for Teachers & Educators

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