Education is an integral part of society. It equips future generations with the fundamental skills required to create a well-rounded, prosperous society. And yet education is not a part of many people’s lives, largely due to the financial cost of running, and thus attending, an educational institution. Even in the UK, many people are unable to access higher education due to the recent rise in tuition fees and the replacement of maintenance grants with loans.

To combat this, educators across the globe have been looking for ways to not only bring down the cost of running an educational institution, but also to enhance the experience for current students and staff. The solution many have turned to is simple: it is cloud computing.

Indeed, cloud computing can provide educators with solutions to an array of problems. It can, for example, play a vital role in improving the administrative systems that are behind every educational institution. Currently, many IT departments within schools and universities are preoccupied with managing legacy IT systems. This can be incredibly time consuming and difficult, especially when organisations are also trying to modernise and update their systems. Indeed, a recent report by Trustmarque has found that 89% of CIOs find simplifying legacy IT whilst encouraging innovation challenging. By switching to the Cloud, IT departments would not only save time, money, and resources, but they would also improve the experience of students and faculty who are increasingly beginning to expect next-generation administrative interactions.

Such a transformation can be extremely beneficial for an educational organisation. Warwick University, for example, has experienced first-hand the benefits of cloud computing within their HR department, thanks to the help of Trustmarque. Working together, Trustmarque helped the university’s HR department implement a cloud-based recruitment process. The transformation has not only helped the university save time when submitting recruitment requests, but has also allowed them to keep forms and associated documents secure.

Cloud computing can not only improve back-office IT, however – it can also enhance the educational experience for students and staff alike. One of the main benefits that cloud computing can offer, for example, is the ability to work collaboratively at any time, in any place. Students with access to cloud services such as Google Docs can forgo the usual logistical struggles of a group project, and can instead work easily and collaboratively from their own homes. Similarly, teachers no longer have to worry about carting portable storage devices (such as USBs or hard drives) from home to work. Instead, they can work in the Cloud and know that they can access their material instantly wherever they are.

In addition to this, cloud computing can also help solve one of the biggest problems for students in higher education: expensive textbooks. Many courses, especially technical and science-based courses, require students to have access to the most up-to-date resources. Buying these textbooks is not an option for many students, and library resources are often limited. cloud-based textbooks can solve this problem by providing students with access to the most up-to-date course material for little to no cost. Thus, cloud computing is essential in ensuring that education is accessible.

Overall, it is clear that they key to many educational problems lies in the Cloud. If you would like more information on how Trustmarque can help your organisation with its cloud journey, contact us on 0845 2101 500, or email info@trustmarque.com.

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