Returning to school is often synonymous with change for students, faculty and administrators. It is also true for educational institutions.
The latter must really reflect on the integration of new technologies to optimize their services and implement their digital transformation. The cloud is a necessary asset to achieve this.
Some cloud services are available, including all infrastructure, software and platforms as a service.
Educators embrace the cloud to store, share, publish and collaborate through tools like Dropbox and Google Drive. However, its acceptance by universities has been slower, so the cloud is therefore exploited by the educational world in other fields. Cloud usage also varies by organization. Therefore, the very active universities in the field of research are the great inventors and consumers of large data; Their data storage needs are much higher and fluctuate than an international business school.
When planning for the cloud, universities, colleges and schools tend to be cautious over educational media publishers using the cloud to enhance their learning platforms. As cloud services grow and become more popular, universities are now adopting the “first cloud” strategy. The virtual learning environment is often one of the first institutional applications to be migrated to the cloud, with professional and personal collaboration tools.
This is because the cloud provides virtually unlimited data storage without significant financial investment. It can help reduce the cost of infrastructure management, provide flexibility to meet supply and demand, and provide more transparent access to education and research data.
Although each service has its own adoption curve, a hybrid environment is emerging in that certain services (and related data) are provided at the facility, and other services are stored. cloud storage. In addition, high availability of cloud services directly to everyone, combined with the modernization of services organized by the slower business, led to a new type of “IT Shadow” in the nest. where the data can be redistributed. A European-wide cloud study shows that a European enterprise uses an average of 608 cloud applications, although this figure may be underestimated by 90%. In general, the cloud ecosystem and associated data storage can be complex. The transition to the cloud can be elusive and quantifiable benefits are not always noticeable in the short term. On the other hand, in the long run, educational institutions can benefit significantly.
Potential for blockchain
Immutability is an essential concept of blockchain; In fact, once stored, the data can no longer be modified. The ability to create, store, access, share and verify data in a reliable, confidential and consistent way is key to any organization, especially in the field of education, because of its The importance of storing educational pathways and learning outcomes. each.
In broad terms, blockchain can be applied at two levels to store data. The first option is to achieve a distributed cloud infrastructure in which data is partitioned, encrypted and stored in a peer-to-peer network in a decentralized manner. The second option is to use blockchain as evidence of the existence or verification of data stored in traditional data storage systems, thereby enhancing governance, regulatory compliance and data auditing. .
On security, when blockchain matured, it will be able to provide universities, schools and evaluators with more opportunities to provide better service to students and stakeholders. One of the main objectives of the European Data Protection Act (DGP) is to give the data subjects ultimate control over their personal data. Blockchain provides an opportunity to establish a true “self-reliant identity” (SSI), which has never really been realized until now.
Blockchain is still an emerging technology, has development standards and is considered “an ongoing project.” However, we are on the verge of a major blockchain-driven transformation that will break the way different entities and related data are managed, placing people at the center of the process.
Once the blockchain reaches maturity, it will be able to provide a higher level of security than is currently provided by educational institutions and cloud service providers. Much more, it will enable people to better control their educational records, while providing access, through smart contracts, to more personalized educational content.