In March, over an 11-day period, 100 higher education institutions went from holding classes on campus to fully remote learning. While some colleges and universities are preparing to open doors to students this fall, many are opting to continue remote learning. The University of Massachusetts at Boston is going fully remote this fall and others like the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA), and the University of Texas are dividing online and in-person. UCLA is holding 80 percent of courses online and the University of Texas 20 percent. Education personnel are able to continue delivering education materials and school resources digitally to students without any interruptions thanks to cloud-based technologies.
“In my lifetime, there will never be a change like that in higher education again,” Nicole Engelbert, vice president, Oracle Higher Education Development, said in a recent blog. These cloud-based technologies are enabling educators to adhere to the new normal of digital learning by moving every service that would be offered on campus to digital. From orientation, registration, testing, and graduation, universities can provide students with the education and experience they expect with a variety of virtual classes and real-time communication. However, without the right technology, educational institutions won’t be able to deliver.
“Universities need highly configurable technology that places very little burden on their IT staff,” said Engelbert. “This in effect provides them with an insurance policy so they’ll be prepared to navigate the unknown in the coming weeks, months, and semesters ahead.” Backed by the cloud, schools can deliver the flexibility students need and the security they deserve without putting a strain on the IT team. “The migration will finally happen in higher education because it will be too risky not to be in the cloud. Without it, you can’t have continuity of operations or the agility to shift directions quickly,” she said.
Automation, development, and deployment come together to create a streamlined, scalable solution that can support one hundred students or one hundred thousand. “I hope that a year from now, the higher education industry still has that confidence in their ability to manage difficult change well, because much work remains undone in terms of affordability, access, and effectiveness—and that confidence will help fuel the development of far more bold solutions to those challenges than they ever thought possible,” Engelbert said.
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