Creating a Cloud-Driven Classroom
Sharing tangible content is more challenging than it should be – and it’s impacting student and faculty experience. Consider the challenges faced by teachers and students in managing and sharing information.
So many unnecessary steps
The processes required to get information contained on paper into digital workflows (documents such as handwritten notes, work for an algebra equation, or an annotated page from assigned reading) can be a painful one. The process of uploading this information into a cloud application like BOX or Google Drive, or into learning management systems such as Blackboard® Learn, Canvas®, is cumbersome and inefficient. Students and faculty are forced to scan, then save the information either to a USB drive or, more commonly, their email client, then download this information to their desktop to only have to upload it into a cloud-based application to share with others.
These steps can create an undue burden on an institution’s already-taxed IT system. What’s more, this outdated process can also affect a user’s experience with the LMS in regards to accessing and sharing information inside and outside the classroom anytime, anywhere, from all of their devices, regardless of its original format.
According to the EDUCAUSE Center for Analysis and Research’s 2014 study “The Current Ecosystem of Learning Management Systems in Higher Education: Student, Faculty, and IT Perspectives,” what institutions expect from their Learning Management System (LMS) is “to have enhanced features and operational functions; be personalized; and use analytics to enhance learning outcomes.”
Now is a good time to start assessing how well your institution is handling the operational aspect of this LMS challenge and the larger issue that surrounds it: improving how information is inserted and outputted from it.
Too many steps, too much gridlock
The issue of sharing information is a complex one. Information is siloed in disparate forms (paper and digital) in disparate systems that don’t necessarily speak to one another, so users encounter gridlock when they try to capture and share tangible information.
The solution here is to improve how information flows into and out of these systems. For example, higher education institutions need to make it easy for users to scan information directly into the LMS and print directly from it. And according to the same EDUCAUSE study, more than half of faculty and students agreed they’d be more effective if they were better skilled using LMS technology in their courses.
Likewise, improving how students can easily get their content into cloud file sharing applications they use on a daily basis like Dropbox, Box, Google™ Drive and Evernote also enhances their experience. They often use these cloud applications to work on homework assignments, as well as collaborate with class mates across campus.
This all ties back to the concept of information mobility; that is, helping to ensure that information is accessible to the people who need it, when they need it, where they need it, and in the format they need it.
If you haven’t started changing course to improve how students and faculty can get information into digital workflows or cloud applications, now is the time. With the right tools and the right partner, higher education leaders can improve how information is shared by faculty and learners everywhere.
As experts in higher education technology, TGI can guide you through this transition. If you are interested in learning more call 1-866-468-4462 or get in touch online.