5 Benefits Of Cloud-Based eLearning

5 Benefits Of Cloud-Based eLearning
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Summary: Here is why cloud computing is the Holy Grail of eLearning.

The Advantages Of Cloud-Based eLearning

We use the term eLearning to describe a broad spectrum of internet-based education, which unfortunately translates into a broad spectrum of costs. Although eLearning breaks down the barriers of tradition education and provides educators an apparatus for growth, the maintenance responsibilities inhibit mass adoption.

The hurdle: Academic content must run parallel to the frenetic influx of new information and have the capacity to eliminate its own archaisms as they arise. Most software does not have the capacity to adapt this dynamically and for this reason, the frequent system updates, integrations, and installations come with a high price tag.

In academic environments, we see these reoccurring costs accumulate in computer labs, where PCs serve as a singular, eLearning access point. By storing eLearning content on individual hard drives, the lab forms a decentralized system. Decentralization limits eLearning content to a specific location and requires administrators to perform updates to the legacy systems manually, computer by computer.

So logically, the eLearning community is transitioning to centralization, tying individual computers together to form a unified network. To lay the groundwork, programmers are leveraging the cloud.

Cloud computing, a flexible and internet-based data storage hosting service, allows eLearning providers to host their proprietary software over a centralized network. The cloud allows users to access eLearning content from anywhere with a network connection, and for the university computer lab updates are no longer a hurdle. By supporting Big Data and multimedia stream, cloud commuting liberates providers from bandwidth limitations.

1. Staying Updated

Software updates are an infrastructural imperative, increasing functionality and quality of content. Imagine a world where updates occur automatically, and are then immediately functional from all access points. This is the world of cloud commuting.

The cloud centralizes estranged systems, expediting time to market and totally eliminating the manual roll out a decentralized system requires. Administrators run updates through the cloud, rather than going through the grueling process of preforming individual system updates. Storing and implementing software from a third-party server lets administrators deploy updates and then step back, watching students access their content from all over.

2. Collaborative Learning Environment

Cloud-based eLearning architecture facilitates an enriched and immersive learning experience with interactive features such as quizzes and voiceovers that challenge the user’s depth of understanding and level of retention by mirroring the traditional back and forth that comes with face-to-face instruction.

The most impactful lectures include checkpoints and group participation; we learn as much from our peers as we do from the material presented. The cloud allows remote collaboration; classmates, worlds apart, can work together on a project or power through a lesson.

By offering eLearning services over the cloud, providers take a monumental step in the right direction toward the overarching goal—to emulate tradition learning, eventually surpassing in-class instruction in effectiveness.

3. Reducing Your Expenses

Scholarly institutions are not the only benefactors of eLearning technology; corporations of all sizes and all industries benefit immensely from migrating from instructor-led training to eLearning training. For large corporations who onboard thousands of employees a year globally, the expense of training becomes a pain point.

By uploading their eLearning content to the cloud, organizations will not only experience significant reduction in expenses, but will gain better insight into the impact.  In other words, with cloud-based eLearning administrators know exactly what to expect, knowing each user will receive the same content, access the same portal, and, in turn, have a similar take away.

Decentralized eLearning systems liberate administrators from inconsistency, but they bear the burden of IT acquisition and maintenance costs, resources that cannot be scaled to their usage.

Cloud computing leverages scalability—proprietors pay for the resources they use and nothing more. This scalability comes with unlimited bandwidth and total flexibility.

4. Data Collection

Through a centralized, cloud-based system, eLearning proctors gain insight into their users’ habits and progress. eLearning service providers use this data to provide relevant study material on problem areas or to track program effectiveness, fostering a unique eLearning ecosystem for every user.

When cloud-computing systems unearth information regarding student behavior, eLearning proctors use the information to determine what content is working and what is not.

5. Global Education

The most compelling argument for eLearning is the flexibility it brings education, eliminating geographical barriers and time constraints. For a growing population, remote lectures could be revolutionary, giving students the power to manipulate their pace and giving teachers the tools needed to grow their sphere of influence.

Cloud computing is an opportunity for providers to extend their reach even farther and ignite a global learning community without expending any additional resources.