The COVID-19 pandemic has impacted almost every sector and the education sector is no exception. With no access to in-person interactions, schools, colleges and universities remain closed. Going digital, which was an imperative initially, has gradually become the ‘New Normal’ for the sector.
According to a report published by UNESCO Institute for Statistics, the COVID-19 pandemic has led to the closure of schools in 188 countries, affecting more than 1.5 billion students and 63 million primary and secondary teachers worldwide. The report also indicates that COVID-19 is a clear reminder of why it’s time to embrace a digital transformation within the educational sector. The shift to digital transformation is definitely not an easy one, but online education is being enabled like never before by cloud providers like Amazon Web Services.
AWS for Education: How AWS Enables Continued Learning Through Different Cloud Modules?
With temporary and sustained school closings, education doesn’t necessarily have to stop. Educational institutions across the world are seeking reliable options that allow educators and students to stay connected and still ensure productivity even when they are off-campus.
AWS marketplace provides a number of digital solutions that help educational institutions navigate the unprecedented times. The different modules present in the AWS Digital catalog allows educational institutions worldwide to evolve with the situation and focus on deploying remote learning solutions to pave the way for continued learning.
Here are key AWS technologies that enable a seamless transition:
Amazon AppStream 2.0: Delivering distance learning for Higher Education
Solutions like Amazon AppStream 2.0 available in AWS marketplace help enhance communication, allow collaboration, and are a great way to customise learning experiences regardless of the geographical location that the students are present in.
Amazon AppStream 2.0 is a fully managed non-persistent application and desktop streaming service which lets users access the desktop applications at any time. AppStream 2.0 is built on AWS and this allows users to benefit from data center and network architecture designed for the most security-sensitive organizations. Each of the applications are run on virtual machines optimized for specific use cases and each streaming session automatically adjusts to network conditions.
With Amazon AppStream 2.0, students can access any application they need for their classes through any computer. AppStream also streams applications from AWS to any computer. It allows students to learn from anywhere, anytime and more importantly on any device. Be it Macs, Chromebooks or even PCs, AppStream applications can be installed in a simple way, configured and students can start their learning process. Educational institutions can use G- Suite or other IT solutions to manage student access and provide individual storage. It also features a pay-as-you-go pricing which makes it easy for institutions to scale as they go.
Amazon WorkSpaces Enables Remote Work for Teachers and Students
Amazon WorkSpaces is a secure Desktop-as-a-Service (DaaS) solution that allows teachers and students to access data anytime and anywhere from the device of their choice. The connected devices allow thousands of teachers and students to connect and work remotely. It eliminates administrative tasks associated with managing desktop lifestyle that includes provisioning, deploying and recycling desktops. Amazon WorkSpaces is deployed within Amazon Virtual Private Network (VPC) thus reducing overall risks and providing secure access.
Amazon WorkSpaces is available in 13 AWS regions and it provides secure cloud desktops for millions of users. Amazon WorkSpaces provides a full, persistent desktop that students can use in combination with Amazon AppStream 2.0. When combined together, they provide an easy learning environment for students and ensure that they do not miss a single class from day one.
Amazon Connect Helps School Migrate To Online Learning
Amazon Connect service acts as a cloud contact center and provides a remote support enabling work from home for educators. Through Amazon Connect Service, Amazon has facilitated 1386 schools to connect to online learning schools. AWS can be deployed to K-12 school systems and higher education institutions around the world to support online learning during sustained school closures. Amazon Connect acts as a virtual contact center that enables education institutions to fully operate remotely.
In addition to its products and solutions, AWS has proactively enabled many learning program initiatives. Its no-cost webinar series through their AWS Educate module is a great example. The latest AWS IMAGINE is the education webinar series that offers a platform where education industry leaders as well as SMEs talk on how to bridge the classroom and remote learning gap.
Education providers across the world are increasingly looking for options that enable their faculties to work securely from any location –be it for global workforce collaboration or agile end-point management. Cloud-based technologies are ensuring business continuity and continuous learning even during the unprecedented by rapidly facilitating remote working solutions, thus making education more effective and seamless.
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