How to Perfect the Digital Student Experience on Hybrid Campuses” – FE News


The tense student experience

The world of higher education faces many challenges. With the government prioritizing funding for secondary schools, universities are grappling with shortages. At the same time, increased student expectations for blended learning experiences, coupled with serious cost issues, increased competition and skills gaps, are creating new challenges for students and the staff.

The recent and widespread shift to blended learning is increasing the demand for efficient technologies, forcing universities to move away from the inflexible legacy technology still embedded in many infrastructures.

Universities generate masses of data and face many challenges in unifying, processing and intelligently leveraging it, especially when various disconnected systems and applications proliferate across different campuses. As a result, staff attempting to perform administrative tasks such as registration, course development, and research publication may face irritating complications such as being unable to find or access data. keys. This can slow down already time-consuming processes, which ultimately hinders the student experience.

The hybrid state of higher education

The newly emerged state of hybrid working has both advantages and disadvantages – but how can universities confidently navigate this new environment and use it to their advantage? Some answers lie in the technologies they use: for example, agile, cloud-native data integration platforms help modernize IT systems in a heavily cloud-dependent multi-campus environment.

The transition to hybridity poses challenges for universities due to their historical heavy reliance on legacy technologies, as well as their generally disconnected applications and systems. The disparate apps that were once used for on-campus teaching are not enough to integrate data seamlessly, as they can cause communication issues and in some cases even translate incorrect or conflicting information. Universities must make it a priority to adopt new integration technologies to combat the disconnected systems that currently hinder the multi-faceted hybrid state of higher education. University IT managers must interweave their data across mobile, desktop, and social platforms if they want to increase productivity and connectivity for all stakeholders.

Integration, collaboration, communication

Moving away from legacy technology creates a flexible IT infrastructure that is key to modernizing IT in the academic sector. Integration solutions are at the heart of this digital transformation initiative using a single, connected and transparent platform. Cloud integration applications transfer data in a fraction of the time and cost of middleware or custom coding, revolutionizing academic technology ecosystems.

Connectivity is the cornerstone of this revolution. Connecting platforms for direct, real-time communication between applications can solve persistent problems with siled data. This allows users to access information anywhere, anytime, on a trusted platform. In higher education, connectivity will seamlessly facilitate the flow of information and data on demand, to enrich the student portal and boost learning by improving collaboration.

Additionally, low-code and no-code integration technologies save valuable time and ensure that all resources are easily traceable for students. This can help manage menial administrative tasks, such as registration, homework, and financial aid grants, as well as make it easier to use virtual classrooms. Low-code/no-code solutions are an increasingly important approach, performing integration and application development without the need for skilled coders, which are in short supply. Low-code integration platforms enable “citizen developers”, i.e. those in non-technical positions, to create and manage their own applications, allowing them to easily connect systems with a minimal support and maintenance, while saving time for IT teams. As a result, educational organizations become more agile and scalable.

Technology that can help: iPaaS and smart connectivity

Integration Platform as a Service (iPaaS) is the only seamless solution to overcome connectivity issues, transferring all data quickly and smoothly. Low-code, cloud-native iPaaS trumps traditional integration methods by taking only hours or days to integrate applications and systems, as opposed to weeks or months. Enabling fast connection to the digital ecosystem reduces disruption and risk, improving the user experience in all its aspects.

Additionally, universities can gain valuable insights through the use of iPaaS systems, effectively using their data to save money, grow, and focus on higher value tasks. For example, the University of Sussex deployed integration to maximize its virtual learning capabilities, revitalizing teaching as a whole. With the help of integration systems, the University of Sussex achieved two major results: evaluating student portals in real time and processing over 20,000 records every 24 hours. Now it can continue its quest to become a leading transformational institution.

Integration: the future of educational success

In today’s digital age, all industries must stay at the forefront of ever-changing technology. The higher education sector has suffered particularly strong ripple effects in the wake of hybrid operations. For this, frictionless connectivity ensures the seamless integration of applications, platforms and IT systems at all levels. By introducing integration solutions, such as iPaaS, alongside low-code/no-code technology, students and teachers can focus their energy on educational goals, enriching the overall experience and outcomes.

By Derek Thompson, Vice President of Business Development, EMEA.

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