How optimisation improves modern education

When educating the most technologically aware generation, it is vital to use the best tools.
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Educational institutions are constantly battling to attract the cream of the crop when it comes to student applications and much of that depends upon the reputation of the school, college or university. Such a reputation is built up by providing good service, something that can be significantly enhanced by the introduction of new technology such within a digital transformation plan.

Within education, digital transformation involves the process of implementing business automation solutions. This means the use of new technology in order to speed up processes by allowing computers and technology to perform tasks that are currently in the hands of valuable, well-trained staff, who could be dedicating their time elsewhere.

Alternatively, it can also open the door to new avenues of communication and education which can help to improve the service on offer for students.  Given the wealth of opportunities presented, adapting to those presented by automation solutions is crucial for any educational organisation. In order to match the demands of an increasingly digitally literate student generation, capitalising on these tools is the very least that institutions can do to ensure that their students are satisfied and their costs reduced.

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One of the biggest challenges faced by educational institutions is the enrolment process. By utilising digital transformation tools, it can become a far more simple process for all involved. For staff, an annual headache is removed, and for students, the procedure of enrolling for their course becomes quick and easy, requiring only a few clicks of a button rather than hours of queuing with important documentation in an office building.

Beyond just allowing a solution to challenges that are faced by organisations within the education industry, such digital tools also present a number of opportunities which have long been aspired for. Now, online study platforms can present students, particularly those who are studying at distance or in another country, the opportunity to remain in touch, whether that is for studying and submitting coursework or simply updating documentation whilst on placement or exchange elsewhere. Ensuring student mobility is integral to part of the ever changing landscape of the industry as more and more students opt to study away from home.

These opportunities mean that educational institutions have significant potential gains to make by pursuing a digital transformation plan. With a training course quickly allowing staff to get up to scratch, the impact of such new technologies can be almost immediate and ensure a rapid return on investment for any organisation looking to get ahead with such technology, providing benefits for student experience and streamlining processes to reduce costs and increase profits for management.

How technology can lead to higher student satisfaction

Providing students with digital solutions to their needs only leads to higher rates of student satisfaction.

  • Be more sustainable

    Be more sustainable

    More than ever, students put pressure on their institutions to be environmentally friendly. Universities are expected to provide as much paperwork in a digital form as possible. “It's about both cost and best practice, so we started looking at different ways of improving what we were doing and like many other parts of the University we are a very paper intensive organisation,” said Jay Lema, IT manager at the University of Cambridge’s Faculty of Education. What’s more, he reports that cost savings were into the thousands within just weeks of implementing new systems.

    Be more sustainable
    Be more sustainable

    Educational institutions are expected to provide as much paperwork in a digital form.

  • Provide standardised systems

    Provide standardised systems

    One of the biggest complaints from students is that there are varying and differentiated systems for all aspects through from registration to submission of projects and coursework. Unifying such systems provides benefits for both students and administrators, who are no longer required to adjust to different set-ups and standards. When it comes to regular compliance audits, this can prove to be of immense value as it speeds up the process significantly.

    Provide standardised systems
    Provide standardised systems

    Unifying systems provides benefits for students and administrators.

  • Increase collaboration

    Increase collaboration

    What matters most for students is the quality of teaching, as reflected by The Times Higher Education Survey, and the key to providing that is through collaboration. This allows teachers to work together to provide more interlinked and engaging courses for students as well as providing more feedback to students via online tools. This enable students to have a more engaged relationship with staff, a key factor in deciding student satisfaction ratings. For universities and colleges, it is essential to ensure that the tools are available for teaching staff to perform their jobs as best they can.

    Increase collaboration
    Increase collaboration

    Collaboration makes courses more engaging and allows better feedback.

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