The year 2020 will be remembered as the catastrophic year where the whole world ran askew due to the casualties of Corona Virus, known as COVID-19 for scientific accuracy. As a result, businesses across countries came to a standstill. A huge impact was also on the education industry resulting in over 1.2 billion children out of the classroom.
Challenges faced by the Education Sector:
The Education system saw a dramatic change, with the government of all countries responding to the crisis differently. In India, schools and colleges took to conducting online classes to continue the classes through virtual platforms. With a high focus on maintaining social distancing imposed through lockdown, students spent the year balancing studies by adopting their school’s new online programs and uncertainties about the conduction of exams. With resources being shared online, the virtual platforms were facing tremendous availability issues as the number of users rose to millions. Security issues were popping right and left as the compliance and access management were managed manually. Conducting annual exams was getting trickier as the scalability and security issues were not resolved. The result was faulty online systems, inconvenient virtual platforms and frequent hacking of resources disrupting day-to-day online sessions.
The adoption of technology in education began even before COVID-19 with the global EdTech investments reaching the US $18.66 billion in 2019. The pace accelerated monumentally as the severity of the situation was widely forecasted to last for the coming years, making it inevitable for the education sector to turn towards technology. With tight budgets, cost optimization was a priority for these EdTech startups with stringent deadlines.
What is the role of the cloud in Education?
With a national campaign to become self-dependent, a huge portion of society started to upskill and utilize the abundance of time spent in their homes due to lockdowns. For many learners, virtual classrooms and online collaboration platforms have become the only way to learn. To mitigate the challenges, EdTech companies started adopting innovative solutions through advanced technology. This is where cloud technologies made a grand entrance.
Education providers quickly adopted newer methodologies to improve their catalogues, by adding improved features with top Cloud Service Providers such as AWS, Microsoft, and Google Cloud Platform dominating the cloud market. These platforms are uniquely positioned to provide flexible infrastructure to assist the change in global learning habits. Many companies leveraging e-learning, exam-ready platforms and digital repositories migrated their on-premises infrastructure to the cloud. The need for acquiring scalable bandwidth and computational resources to manage thousands of users accessing the resources simultaneously was imminent.
Using the deeply integrated cloud services, EdTech companies could quickly build, deploy, and manage simple and complex systems with ease.
Why EdTech matter for Educators?
Digital technologies are the future of education. While we often think of their impact in terms of the student experience, they also have transformative potential for trainers to build a bright career. While great technology minds may be responsible for creating new technologies, they lack the critical perspective offered by educators. Trainers are not always equipped to deal with all the tech tools or to develop ways to apply them to their discipline.
So, truly effective solutions hinge on understanding both the needs of the sector, as well as how to optimize the technology once it is available. Educators with technology know-how are uniquely qualified to bridge this gap.
Academic Programs with CloudThat:
Businesses across sectors are looking for skilled cloud experts with a blend of technical expertise and analytical skills to deliver world-class cloud applications, adopt cloud for their companies to excel and achieve overall digital transformation. Around such high demand and utility, CloudThat offers elective courses for students to bridge the gap between theoretical knowledge and high grade, industry-level technical expertise.
CloudThat has designed learning programs integrated with exam-ready platforms for trainers and instructors to smoothly conduct classroom training with conducive educational environments. Its focus on real-world applications and practical skills ensures that participants have the knowledge and skills they need to integrate educational technology into their classrooms to better support the learning experience. User-friendly learning platforms are made available for cracking role-based certifications. Exhaustive question banks, QnAs, mock tests and other certification material from our ExamReady platform are easily accessible along with mentorship from industry experts to make a career guidance plan, Capstone Projects, internships, etc.
Customized structures are designed to help students take specializations that include long-duration courses or crash courses with short duration covering cloud fundamental concepts to help students identify their interests and choose any specialization.
The programs are uniquely positioned to let students explore cutting-edge cloud technologies, statistical tools and techniques through its interactive live online pedagogy, specialized focus on statistical methods and emphasis on live project applications. On completing this program, students will receive a certificate of completion, which can be a stepping-stone towards furthering one’s career towards a bright future.
Cloud computing is a key enabling technology that is convenient and has on-demand network access to a pool of shared configurable computing resources, that can be rapidly provisioned and released with minimal management effort. Our programs include cloud computing platforms such as AWS, Microsoft Azure, Google Cloud Platform, and cutting-edge technologies such as Artificial Intelligence and Machine Learning, DevOps, Cybersecurity, Data analytics, and many more.
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