By OculusIT on 24th Sep 2018

Amazon kindle, iBooks, Google Books, Audible, among other cloud-based services are already helping students worldwide to get through with their research work. Google docs for instance is being used by students round the globe to store their data & workbooks, which can be easily shared among others. However, the overriding question that stands prevalent amidst all the tech adoptions is – When is the out-and-out implementation of cloud service taking place?

With Oracle’s decision to go a step ahead with its student cloud, a lot of apprehensions came along making everyone doubt the very decision. People having invested in the campus solutions 9.2, looking ahead for an upgrade soon, are trying to figure out their next steps. As higher education institutions, the questions that might come to their minds are:

a) Whether the cloud-based solution a perfect fit for the organization?
b) What is the best strategy to work in a cloud-based environment?
c) What are the benefits of deploying student cloud in the system? etc.
Eventually, it all narrows down to providing the students with the best and immediate access to what they need and how can they best leverage the institution’s cloud solution.

Why You Must Consider Student Cloud?

Oracle aims at providing a new and complete student cloud system, which is collaborative, modern, and secure than any other vendor. They strive towards providing students with the best of learning experience, where everything is available immediately, eventually saving time and increasing efficiency.

Key Benefits

1) Enhanced Student Experience – As we step towards modernization, student expectations are sure to evolve. The need of personalized services, intuitive user experiences, and universal easy access are among the few foremost expectations driven massively by the consumer market.

Institutions must keep an eye on their SIS, the heart of the education system. Every student is connected to SIS and the seamless working of the same can make their students’ academic lives better; however, the opposite can result in decreased student engagement and reduced retention rates.

Institutions must be aware of all the strengths and weaknesses of their SIS and should know ways to improve the same. To try, running one or two modules on the student cloud can help them strategically take the future steps related to student cloud deployment. In the end, it is important to yield customer satisfaction and here, students play that significant role, defining institutional success in the long run.

2) Personalization & Flexibility – It is crucial to stay apprised of all the required changes to be made in SIS to serve the needs of the students and institutional goals. With the help of student cloud, institutions can examine their SIS and can do the sought modifications without having to wait for long hours, enabling seamless SIS amendments. Institutions can recognize their needs and can even leverage most of the hybrid approach; both campus as well as student cloud solutions.

Nonetheless, in the end its important to include a roadmap to abide by the streamlined deadlines and keep a track of the technology investments to measure the business outcomes in the end.

3) Connectivity & Better Insights – Student cloud comes across as a helpful tool in ensuring campus-wide communication. It enables handy access to all the critical information and that too from any device at any given point in time. Such proactive communication modes encourage better student engagement and active collaborations.

Apart from that, student cloud helps in providing context-based analytics for the faculty, advisors, and staff members to recognize current student needs. With this, authorities can immediately intervene and come up with better student success plans.

4) Security

Oracle student cloud ensures security of student data. Notwithstanding, it is up to institutions if they want their SIS to be on Oracle cloud or a private cloud.