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Get Your Campus Accredited with College Management Software

What does your college management software signal to the world?

Modern colleges are increasingly using college management software in a variety of capacities – whether it is to better track potential students during the admission process, enable them to keep up with coursework and examinations during their time there, better manage tuition processing and fee receipt issual, or even helping professors implement new teaching methods in class and online, college management software is slowly becoming an indispensible part of the education ecosystem.

While the advantages of using college management software is apparent to those in this space, what does it mean to the common man? How does knowing whether a college uses college management software matter to a potential student or a parent weighing their options about which college to continue their educational career in? Using college management software like Fedena signals many things to the outside world. It works as a certification for the institution in question, signalling that this system is robust in nature, that it offers a certain standard of convenience and efficiency to its stakeholders, that it is acknowledged and accredited as an institution of worth.

For Students

Students graduating from a college accredited by college management software like Fedena emerge from their institutions knowing that they have experienced higher education in a systemic, community driven fashion. College management software allows students to track their coursework, manage submissions, sit for exams, assess their scores, and communicate with their professors and peers easily and directly. In the corporate world, this means an easier transition into a job since students have spent the last three to five years (or more!) of their lives training their brains to work in a efficient and organised fashion bolstered by their repeated interactions with college management software. It accredits a student as ready for the workplace.

For Educators

Educators experiencing college management software like Fedena for the first time might experience some regrets – that they didn’t transition to this system that allows them to empower their students and propel their teaching to the next level. Ask any teacher and they will tell you that the most frustrating part of their work is not students unable to grasp the material, testing, or the actual teaching. Instead, it is all the administrative tasks that accompany their core responsibilities. College management software helps alleviate this stress. How? From personalised communications with students, sharing coursework and setting up in-class and out-of-class projects and group discussions, and managing report cards, college management software helps professors more efficiently manage their classes – at scale! Professors can also use this to boost their own personal accomplishments. Fedena accreditation on your curriculum vitae or LinkedIn tells peers and potential employers that you are a power user of robust college management software that makes you a better professor for your students and a better employee for any modern day institution.

For Institutions

College management software is a technological tool that was essentially built for institutions. It is a no-brainer that using one provides the institution a level of accreditation that signals to the outside world that they are an educational hub that takes themselves seriously. From a robust system that can handle large volumes of applicants easily and efficiently during admissions to a tuition processing system that enables fee collection on the go, through payment processing across platforms and devices, college management system will make any college administrator infinitely more efficient at their workplace. It is also a great recruitment and marketing tool. An institution that displays its Fedena accreditation is telling the world that students, professors, and potential employees that this is not your dreary college bogged down by endless bureaucracy but an ambitious, well-oiled machine that is focused on producing the world’s future leaders.

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4​ ​Must​ ​Haves​ ​for​ ​a​ ​Robust​ ​Online​ ​School​ ​Management​ ​Software  

Online school management software that improves schools

Educational technology has been growing in leaps and bounds over the last few years. Its role in the education space is now undeniable. Largely, the news reports how it has empowered students and teachers. Whether it is a bright young scholar in a remote village who is able to top the IIT-JEE entrance thanks to online courses or the teacher who is able to connect with them remotely via systems that allow sharing of classroom materials, conducting examinations, and sharing of feedback easily, education technology is now an indispensible tool in the arsenal of educators and students alike.

But has it made much of an impact on an institutional level? Oftentimes, with the audience being primarily scholars and teachers, institutional needs are ignored, or are given second priority. Since most work performed by administrators or those in non-teaching roles is not public facing, the technology catering to them is often unintuitive, unsightly, or just plain unappealing. They are forced to work with what we have. So here’s a challenge for creators – present and future. Address the following processes in your product to truly revolutionise the day to day experience of an educational institution:

Admissions ​Processing

Admissions is one of the first times a student comes in contact with an educational institution – and as every former moral values student will remember, first impressions matter! Online school management software that hosts a robust admissions processing system will be invaluable to school administrators trying their best to efficiently manage a horde of stressed out, hopeful students in a competitive environment. At minimum, a dashboard, the ability to intuitively mimic an institution’s native admission procedure and varying levels of accessibility and security are necessary.

Fee​ ​Processing

Like admissions, tuition payment and processing is a stressful and taxing procedure that takes place on a regular basis. The good news is that this makes it easier to automate with the support of the right online school management software. The ideal system would allow for automation of school fee collection notices and reminders, easy payment processing across multiple platforms to allow parents to pay on the go, and immediate generation of fee receipts. Allowing for customization that includes different payment bands, enables levying of extra fees, or discounts is also necessary.

Employee​ ​Payroll​ ​Processing

It takes a village to raise a child, so raising a school takes a few more people. Seamless processing of salaries, perks and benefits for the staff that keeps a school running is mandatory. Knowing that they are financially secure allows them to focus on the important things – performing their job well to empower their students. Online school management software that allows for employee payroll processing must keep in mind varying salary scales, differentiating perks and benefits, and the different payment schedule various employee bands might have. A simple and secure dashboard that allows for this processing, connected with a robust payment interface is the basic feature that must be built into any online school management software.

Communications​ ​System

The advantages of a messaging system that enables personalised and confidential communication between teacher and student, or peer-to-peer communication between students for class discussions or group discussions has been discussed previously. But what about communication between the institution and its students, teachers, or parents? It is not time or cost effective to build a manual solution to this requirement. Instead an online school management software that allows for quick, cost-effective, and reliable SMS and email communication between all parties is a better solution, especially for school-wide alerts.

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Building agile institutions with a student information system

How a student information system can revolutionize your school

With student populations in our schools growing in size and diversity, the processes that helped manage them have rapidly become outmoded. Expecting to know the details of every student in your school off the top of your head is no longer a feasible ask. Even well into the academic year when most teachers and administrators feel confident in their knowledge about their classrooms, mistakes can be made with an ever-expanding student body. Human memory is fallible, and relying on it to recall student details is unreliable at best and dangerous at worst.

A student information system help addresses these issues. But what are they, exactly? Simply put, student information systems are management information systems that are dedicated to managing student records for educational institutions. They are a one stop shop for students, teachers, administrators, and parents alike to store, maintain, and manage all sorts of student related data. Student information systems help not just with record maintenance but also decision making that affects day to day schooling.

Here are a few ways they do that:

Maintain vast quantities student related information

A robust student information system can really make an administrator’s day markedly less stressful. These platforms help organise all types of student information – from biographical, to classroom related, to financial and administrative records. Administrators are able to nimbly store and quickly access the information they require, which makes issues – such as issuing an attested marks card to sending tuition payment reminders – that much easier to address. Educational administration becomes much smoother with a properly managed student information system.

Improve student communications

A student information system can make schools more accessible. From managing the admissions process to a dashboard that securely and confidentially publishes grades and exam results for each student, a student information system helps improve communication between pupils and their schools. An educational institution can often feel like an overwhelmingly impersonal entity and a pain in the neck to deal with when it comes to accessing information. A good student information system helps mitigates these systemic issues.

Keep track of student life cycles

A student information system can often seem like a recording of the student’s lifetime at an institution. Right from admissions to beyond graduation, a student information system is maintaining an unobtrusive record of every student’s data in a secure platform. Potential students are on-boarded during the admissions process and are dovetailed into the system via online enrollment and class schedules once they are admitted. As a current student, class schedules, absentee records, and a record of student communications are maintained. Even after graduation, a student information system handles class grades and qualifying examinations records that they might mean when applying for higher education or a job. A student information system is a reflection of a student’s lifetime at their school.

Provide increased support to parents

A comprehensive student information system is not a mere maintainer of records for an educational institution. Parents of students have access to information that help them manage their child’s educational lives more easily, in addition to also providing them support in something as small as managing the logistics of ensuring they have a smooth schooling experience. From interfacing with accreditation boards to ensure all official certification comes through smoothly upon graduation to linking up with transport and canteen services that ensure that a student’s safety and health is being looked after, a student information system provides what parents need the most to reassure them that they are doing the best they can be their child – peace of mind.

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Importance of discipline module in school management software

Discipline is the key to bring a standardised structure within an institution/organisation. It is not used to refer to just a limited set of people (students, employees etc), but for the institution as a whole. It is a necessary practice to be followed within every organisation to not only bring a structure to their daily working on but also to organise the thoughts and pave the way for the continued growth.
 
“Discipline must come through liberty … We do not consider an individual disciplined only when he has been rendered as artificially silent as a mute and as immovable as a paralytic. He is an individual annihilated, not disciplined.”

Maria Montessori
 
As we have talked about the concept of discipline is so important for an organisation, implementing it is a completely different story. The school discipline addresses school-wide, classroom-wide, and individual needs through broad prevention, targeted intervention, and development of self-discipline. In Fedena, there is an enhanced discipline module specifically designed to file disciplinary complaints. This plugin lets the students discuss their problems with their teachers, along with providing the feature for filing a complaint against either a teacher or a student. Schools often respond to disruptive individuals with exclusionary and punitive approaches that have limited value; therefore using this plugin, actions like necessary counselling can also be taken against certain users.
 
As observed in various educational institutions, the teachers were held responsible for not handling student’s behaviour and discipline. But since the institutions were not well equipped to handle such sensitive cases of disciplinary complaints, teachers had a hard time doing their job properly. After analysing these situations, it was found necessary to include a module targeted specifically to undertake disciplinary actions.
 
Sometimes there are situations where there is a misuse of power. As we have observed these individuals can misuse the system to harass students. Therefore we decided, the disciplinary actions must not be restricted only to the students but needed to be extended to other individuals as well. The enhanced discipline module helps the users file a complaint against student and lecturers as well.
 
“Discipline may be considered as a force that prompts individuals or groups to observe the rules, regulations and procedures which are deemed to be necessary for the effective functioning of an organisation”

Richard D. Calhoon
 

Creating a disciplinary issue:
Discipline

Open the discipline module under ‘Academics’.
To enter a new complaint, start with a title for the complaint.
The description of the incident reported can then be filled in.
Decide on a suitable date for the trial and select it in the date box.
Search for the student/employee who has registered or wants to register the complaint.
Assign it to the guilty student/employee.
A choice for Jury is also available as different incidents have different processes, some might be big enough for a full discussion.
In this step, you can assign the employees and students who will be responsible for solving the issue.
As a proof/evidence other attachments, like photos, documents etc can also be attached.
Once it has been submitted, the issue will show up on the dashboards of all the people involved, automatically notifying them of the incident and time for trial.

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Celebrating Savitribai Phule’s 186th Birthday

January 3rd marks the birth date of one of the greatest Indian social reformers. Savitribai Phule. She played a pivotal role in improving women’s rights in India during the British rule. She founded the first women’s school in Pune, fought against discriminations towards women, untouchables and also founded a care center for pregnant rape victims during her times. Savitribai Phule is a standing beacon of light in the fight against discrimination.
 
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Last year the Pune university was renamed to The Savitribai Phule Pune University in her honor, Namaka, Fedena 3.5.1 was a dedication to her. Let’s celebrate her life today by remembering her contributions to social reforms, thank her for her valiant efforts and contributions, and continue the fight she started for better schools and social reforms.

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5 Reasons Why Investing in School Management Software Will Make You Future Ready

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Why efficiently leveraging school management software is vital for success

 
Think back to a typical day when you were at school. Specifically, think back to the first five minutes of every class – when our teachers pulled out a massive tome to mark attendance. A time consuming, clunky, and laborious process, it often became an excuse for particularly cheeky students to pull a fast one over a naive teacher by having them mark a missing student as present, or an opportunity to cut into teaching time by dragging the process out for as long as they could.
 
This issue, along with many others that plague education management, is now obsolete thanks to school management software like Fedena. In an increasingly competitive environment, excellent school management translates directly to student success. It is no longer enough for a student to just have a dedicated teacher, or an involved parent, or a well-administered school. Effectively managing all stakeholders and resources available to parents, teachers, employees, and students leads to an educational experience that can define the next few generations of our country.
 
Here are 5 reasons using a school management software is no longer just an option, but a necessity:
 
1. Partnering with Parents to Enable Success: Parents are increasingly involved in the nitty gritty of their child’s schooling. Fedena allows parents to access their child’s grades, attendance, results, and more at any time, enabling them to make educational decisions more efficiently. This empowerment extends out of school too, with features like transport tracking, homework management, and custom reports for each student.
 
2. Personalising a Student’s Experience: Fedena enables teachers to share comments on specific student actions, communicate with them one on one via SMS or the in built messaging system, and share news and information relevant to students, resulting in the the kind of personalised attention to a student that is key to their success. It’s no longer a one size fits all education plan!
 
3. Efficient Course Management: Teachers, students, and parents alike are able to track progress for multiple courses and use their in-class and after-class time more efficiently with features like task assignment and library management. Fuss free examinations across levels and school boards are made possible using Fedena’s in built tools. This end to end tracking ensures that no child is left behind at any stage of the school year.
 
4. Seamless Fee Management: With Fedena the focus where it should be – the student, not inefficient and time-consuming paperwork. Eliminate the need for easily mismanaged and expensive school fee reminders. Instead use Fedena’s powerful engine that automates a cost effective fee collection process segmented according to fee classification. Parents also benefit since this school management software allows them to pay fees online and on the go.
 
5. Robust School Administration: From admission processes that power the creation of an incoming class that is the best fit for your school, to at a glance access to employee details, and their attendance and leave status, to having access to across the board student records at the click of a button, school administration is markedly more organised with Fedena. Experienced educators know that a strong administration results in a school that runs smoothly – creating an optimum learning environment for the student.
 
It isn’t enough for a school management software to merely provide the very basic of features needed for efficient functioning. Why stop there when you can go above and beyond? School management is a constantly evolving field, which is why the basic source code of Fedena is open source – customize the software to your school’s need with plugins and modules. Fedena is future ready enabling you to make the most of schooling.

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Payment Gateways, White-labeling & Plugins in the Multi-School Fedena School ERP system

In our previous blog, we discussed how you can setup your group of institutions and institutions in Fedena. Today we will learn how to assign the various plugins you have purchased to each group, assign payment gateways to them and how to white-label Fedena to the name of your organization or group of institutions.

 
Assign multiple plugins to your multischool group

 
Plugins are basically the different modules of Fedena which handle various processes of your institutions, for example, the Library plugin will handle your library operations and processes, the Hostel plugin manages your hostel fees, room allocations etc. The institutions under the multischool group can have access to the plugins of your choosing or the admin you have assigned. These plugins can be assigned/removed under the option ‘Plugins’.
 
Fedena Multischool screenshot

 
Create and assign multiple payment gateways for smooth online transactions

 
Using the payment gateway, Fedena users, like parents, teachers and admins can perform secure online fee payments by methods such as credit cards, debit cards, net banking, and so on. These online transactions with Fedena are handled securely through encrypted channels. The payment gateways can be configured under the option ‘Payment Gateways’.
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While creating a new gateway, you will need the configuration parameters from the payment gateway provider you have hired. These parameters must be entered in Fedena and will be used to map to your payment gateway provider. Multiple payment gateways can be configured and assigned to the multischool group.
 
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To assign, see the ‘Multischool Groups’ option and click on the group title to check its details. Select the option ‘Gateways’ and select option ‘Assign Gateways’.
 
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This will allow you to assign the gateways for multiple institutions for this group.
 
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Later, when you create institutions in this group, each institution will have the gateways which  have been assigned.
 
Whitelabel your group of institutions
 
This option allows you to do the following for the institutions under the group :

  1. Customize the “Powered by Fedena” statement at the bottom of the page
  2. Customize the word Fedena

 
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This can be done when you login into the multi-school panel and check the company details. After saving the changes, the same will reflect in the organizations under this group.
 
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This covers assigning plugins to your institutions and groups in Fedena school ERP system along with assigning multiple payment gateways and white-labeling Fedena with your custom institution names. Next week we will learn how to setup your SMS provider settings, assign multiple admins to your institutions and groups and understand all the analytics Fedena provides you at the Multi-school level.

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Fedena 3.5 : The New Student Records

In this new age, education is not only about academics and grades, it’s also about the overall development of a student. Many aspects are taken into account when analyzing the growth of a student. These can be their academic records, behaviour, extracurricular activity, health status etc. With the integration of ‘Student Records’ module, Fedena helps get the overall consolidated report of a student. In the study, Using Data to Improve Student Achievement, published by the Association for Supervision and Curriculum development, ASCD, “Teachers who develop useful assessments, provide corrective instruction, and give students second chances to demonstrate success can improve their instruction and help students learn”.
 
Any kind of records can be created in the ‘Student Records’ module and this can be easily accessed from the student profile page. Let’s consider the availability of the health records of students. The health record can be added as record in Fedena. Most schools/institutions also track the behaviour or attitude of the student, this too can be done. CCE reports (CBSE India) for example, mandatorily need the health records of students to be captured along with their academic records.
 
Working with Student Record in Fedena
 
Student record in Fedena needs to be configured in three steps.
 
Record Groups
Record Labels
Assignment of Record Groups
 
Record group is simply the group under which certain records need to be put. For example, Health status or Extracurricular activity can be a Record Group. Once various groups are created, the admin can add the various record labels each group needs. For example, labels like Vision, Height, Weight, Dental hygiene etc come under the Health status record group.
 
Fedena Student Records screenshot
 
Once the record groups and labels are created, these record groups can be assigned to student batches in Fedena. The record data can then be added under each student.
 
It’s important to note that record groups and labels need only be created once while the implementation of Fedena in your school/institution.
 
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Once the data is entered, the record can be accessed from the student profile. This makes it easy for the parent/teacher/principal to access the extra records of that student easily. The records will be available across all the batches the student studied.
 
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With more information of every student parents & teachers can take a holistic approach to the student’s development. This makes the overall progress of each and every student much better.

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Are Virtual Classrooms Changing How We Study?

The rapid progress in technology has changed a wide number of aspects in human lives. The effect of this change is getting more apparent each day. The education sector is one of the areas that had received a significant impact on such progress in the form of information technology. And it’s become such that without information technology education and learning today is quite a difficult task.
Thus, came about the advent of virtual classrooms, a private online space. Virtual classrooms do not require a physical presence in the classroom and students can take classes in terms of geographical distribution where information can easily be exchanged through the internet. Many of the activities that take place in virtual classrooms, are similar to traditional classroom programs but the nature in which such activities are performed, are different. In virtual classrooms, Students can have access to a vast amount of educational content at any time day in a variety of formats (text, video, audio).

 

The Need for Virtual Classrooms

 
Times have changed drastically over the course of 10-15 years. This change has brought about a much different perspective in various aspects of human life. Technology has grown to certain degree even becoming easily accessible to all. It was only a matter of time before classrooms and lectures experienced the effects of it. With time and convenience becoming a major factor in people’s lives, the very ideation of virtual classrooms has become a necessity especially with those seeking cheaper educational facilities that are otherwise unavailable.

 

The Components

 
Fedena Virtual Classroom
 
The idea of a virtual Classroom isn’t that difficult to conceptualize but the very things that make up the ecosystem aren’t always discussed. There are quite a few components that help understanding the concept of virtual classrooms better:
 
1. Sharing
With the advent and rise of internet technology, people can now share content at breakneck speeds. Instead of having to go all the way to a library and find your favorite book, you could have someone send you a virtual edition of the same. Sharing documents is one of the most commonly used features in a virtual classroom experience. It follows a trainer sharing documents and study material to students in the form of PDFs, PowerPoint Presentations and so on.

What makes this unique is that some programs have privilege settings that give the participants free control over viewing these shared documents. This means that they could move to a different slide than the one everyone else is viewing. Other programs give you control over whether or not participants can print the shared document to name a few. This allows for classrooms to stay in “sync” for most of the part.

 

2. Chat
The idea of chatting enables one to communicate on a real time basis with others with the virtual space. Sometimes, these facilities can be both private based in a virtual classroom sphere or even private. This allows for more engagement in a live virtual classroom in that the trainer can invite participants to send feedback, ask questions, and make comments during the program. The chat window can be a running commentary throughout the session.

This brings a different dimension as there is a sense of interaction similar to that of a traditional classroom.

 

3. Whiteboard
A virtual whiteboard is similar to a classroom whiteboard. It’s a blank screen that can be typed, written, or drawn upon using various annotation tools if need be. The idea behind whiteboards in a virtual classroom is to create brainstorming sessions that invite active participation among the students.

It provides more of a collaborative classroom experience for both learners and lecturers. Messages can be made on a common whiteboard and shared in real time among all present with the virtual classroom space. This is useful as the information presented on this board can be erased and rewritten much like a normal whiteboard allowing for more interactive sessions.

 

4. Presentational Functions
The presentation function allows creating a presentation for the class. This allows for entire lessons or chapters to be thought over time. The function usually comes in two modes. The first mode is lecturer mode where the lecturer can fully control the presentation and learners can see the same frame simultaneously.

The second mode is learner mode where the learner can navigate the presentation by using next and back buttons in order to view the presentation. They are however, not allowed to control the presentation that the lecturer has corresponded.

 

5. Audio/Visual
Another dynamic to the virtual classroom space. It allows for both lecturers and learners to communicate with the help of audio and visual aids. This allows for more advanced sessions to be conducted. Video and audio tutorials can be used to communicate ideas more efficiently as compared to basic presentations.

The idea of interaction also changes as group discussions can take place through voice chats. The lecturer can communicate ideas and have learners respond through real time within the space of the lesson.

 

Methods in Virtual Education

Fedena Virtual Classroom methods

 

There is no doubt that the internet brings a very different notion and perception as to how we educate ourselves. But the methods in which these are made possible can vary. There are usually two methods to consider here:

 

1. Synchronous Learning
This is the most recognized method one would consider in terms of being associated with a virtual classroom. In this way, the learners and teachers communicate with each other directly during the learning process. These processes bring human interaction into the virtual classroom through facial expressions, vocal intonations, hand gesticulation, and real-time discussion in the form of chats, videos and audio conference.

 

2. Asynchronous Learning
While the idea to learn may be the same, the method differs from the previous. With this method, students can participate at any point in time through the internet in the learning experience. This does not necessarily mean within a virtual classroom space, but being able to access learning based assets through the ecosystem. For instance, being able to access video tutorials, documents within a specified folder having been created by the lecturer.

 

Virtual vs Traditional

 

While many still consider more conventional or rather traditional methods in terms of education, it’s hard to just brush aside the differences between the two approaches

 

Factor Virtual Classrooms Traditional Classrooms
Time Learning times are flexible in terms of a virtual classroom. Lectures can be conducted at any point in time from any part of the world. Learning times are always fixed and therefore, students are to study at the same time.
Place There isn’t a real designated place for learning to happen. Instead, the learning process takes place in a virtual space on the internet. There is a designated place common to all students. They must be present physically for a collective learning process.
Process The process can be both synchronous and asynchronous. The learning process is therefore customized for every individual learner. The learning process is more collective in nature. All students learn the same thing.

 

The Benefits

 

The growing need for information at one’s convenience continues and technology facilitates it. And with technology bound to get better and better, the benefits of a virtual classroom will only seek to grow.

 

1. Non-Restricting
A virtual classroom allows both learners and instructors around the world to participate in live classes to collaborate and interact. There are no restrictions in terms of interactions and access to information

 

2. Affordable
While studying in a designated classroom the traditional way can prove to be costly, a virtual classroom experience is cost effective in comparison. The low costs of virtual classrooms are considered to be a major advantage. Learners can save money by not having to worry about travel expenses and so on. Participants also save time since all that is needed is an internet connection.

 

3. A Flexible Experience
As mentioned previously, the virtual classroom experience is more flexible in nature in terms of its learning process. Students have the liberty to record their sessions for later references. This means that the content is accessible even after being delivered, an added benefit for those who want a quick refresher, or perhaps did not fully understand the first time.

 

4. Ease of Accessibility
Virtual classrooms can be used to deliver lectures and tutorials online. They are also useful for impromptu meetings and group projects where members need to check-in on progress and bounce ideas of one-another. With the virtual environment, ideas and collaborators are never far away.

 

The Challenge: A Matter of Security

 

As with any internet database, a virtual classroom faces similar challenges and threats with regards to security. Like other internet based systems, virtual classrooms face threats such as penetration from external sources. In spite of data authentication and encryption codes, cyber-crimes cannot be entirely prevented.

Another issue could be in the form of synchronous classes. While it’s one thing to have a full attendance, it may be difficult to determine if the person behind the system is true to the registered identity. One may never be able to fully understand how to bypass such issues. Measures have been taken such as biometric methods, but these challenges will still remain.

 

Virtual Learning in Numbers

Growth graph of virtual classrooms

 

1. The global eLearning Market has reached approx. $107 billion at the end of 2015.
2. Large companies are the main purchasers of eLearning products and services and make up roughly 30% of all eLearning buyers.
3. The worldwide market for Mobile Learning products reached $5.3 billion back in 2012. It crossed 8.7 billion in 2015 and is expected to reach 12.2 billion by 2017.
4. Currently, up to approx. 77% of companies based in the US use online corporate training to improve employee development.
5. This online training is expected to grow by roughly 13% in the year 2017.
6. The growth rates of eLearning adopters is quite significant with the leaders being India, China and Malaysia.

 

Conclusion: A Big Future

 

With the advances and changes in technology, comes a huge change in lifestyle. Electronic education has seen a steady growth which only seems to get more significant as time passes by. If the statistics are any indication, the future of eLearning and virtual classrooms will only play a bigger role in the educational sector.

10 Things you can do with your kids during the summer break

“In the summer, the days were long, stretching into each other. Out of school, everything was on pause and yet happening at the same time, this collection of weeks when anything was possible.”

 – Sarah Dessen

 

This quote is apt because it is that time of the year when you just want to relax, but your kids are bouncing off the walls or shrieking at the top of their voice about how bored they are. These are moments when they look up to you and hope you could help them overcome their boredom. Parenting can be difficult, we understand! Hence, before the kids come running to you shrieking about how bored they are, here are a few activities we have lined up that you can engage your kids with during the summer break.

 

 

  1. Help your little ones make new friends
  2. We know that you have a lot of work to attend to and you may not be able to pay complete attention to what your kid wants to do. So, the best thing would be to let your kids go make new friends at the playground or your neighborhood. New friends will help keep them engaged. You could also have the kids over to your place, like a playdate.

     

  3. Educate yourself with their video games
  4. Now we know that some of you may be handicapped when it comes to video games. On the other hand, your kids love them. We urge you to think of it as a little bonding time with the kids.  We all want to give the kids what they want and hence make the appropriate choices. Consult your kids on what are the best video games. This may seem ridiculous, but they are the best decision makers when it comes to video games!

     

  5. Sign up your toddlers for music lessons
  6. Between soccer and scouts, your kids’ schedule is loaded with many fun activities. But learning to play an instrument can help your kid fine tune their ears and enhance skills needed for social interaction. Learning an instrument can also help them understand what delayed gratification is. It would also introduce your kid to new cultures. It is important to familiarize kids with other cultures at a young age because it fosters open-mindedness about all the different traditions around the world.

     

  7. Let the kids learn to swim
  8. The temperature is rising, school is out of session and all your kid wants to do is sit inside and play. This would be the ideal time to teach your kids to swim. Lots of children love water and this would be a fun way to bond and help your kids become comfortable with water as they grow up. You could laze in the pool with them to beat the summer heat as well.

     

  9. Camp At Home
  10. This should be really fun. It is not only indulging for your children, it can also act as a stress buster for you. Here’s what you need; a tent, sleeping bags, blankets, pillows, and flashlights. Pitch a tent in your living room or yard and the kids get to enjoy the fun of camping without the hassle of a vacation.

     

  11. Movies and popcorn on a rainy day
  12. One morning, you wake up and look out. You realize there is no chance of taking your kids to the pool or park because it’s the summer rains. Your kids are going to get cranky and restless. In this situation, gather everyone up on the couch, open the windows for some breeze and get the television ready for some movies.

     

  13. Bring your kids’ books alive
  14. Sitting and reading books may seem like the best idea for you. But the kids do not really like to sit in one place. We suggest making the summer reading fun! You could add audience or start a book club where you invite your kids’ friends to indulge in reading. You could also tempt them to create a scrapbook where your kid could keep tabs on what he/she is reading etc. Or the best yet, enact a few scenes from their favorite books!

     

  15. Indulge your kids in the world of colors
  16. There’s a saying; life is about using the whole box of colors. Whether you already have coloring books or you print out new coloring sheets, coloring is fun for kids. You could also help them color. Coloring books are after all a stress buster. Just make sure it’s not as bad as this.
     
    Fedena School ERP - Coloring book

     

  17. Let there be a dance party!
  18. Let your kids find their own rhythm or give them some fun dance moves to try out. Invite other kids to be a part of this party. This would let your kids break the monotony of the summer and have some fun.

     

  19. Let the construction with Legos begin!
  20. Legos are great for building anything your child can imagine. If they are feeling ready for a challenge try drawing a simple house and having them try to recreate it with their blocks. You could also help them build and this would be a bonding time for the both of you.

 

We are sure that there are a lot more things that you could do that would keep your kids busy this summer. It would be important to keep their interests and needs in mind. Summer, after all, is a time when wonderful things can happen to quiet people.

10 Life Lessons You Can Learn From Teachers

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There’s no overstating how important a role a teacher can play in one’s life. With the amount of time they spend with us, watching us grow into responsible human beings, it’s fair to say that teachers do indeed come across as second parents. They are influential by nature and often take advantage of opportunities to teach life lessons when they present themselves.

 

Life lessons taught by teachers can have a lasting impact on students. In many cases, sharing these life lessons can have a far greater impact than teaching standard based content. These ‘Teachable moments’ expand on various topics and discuss the various aspects of life. Here are 10 life lessons you can learn from teachers:

 

 

  •   Hard Work Pays Off

It’s no secret that hard work pays off in one’s life. Teachers today understand that some students can be exceptionally gifted but in the end, they too will fail for being too lazy as there is no real substitution for hard work. The saying obviously goes that if you want something, you must be willing to work equally hard for it and this surely goes without saying.

 

  •   Give Respect, Get Respect

A great teacher will always lead by example. This is because most of them are aware that if they give their students respect, most of them will return the same. This is a valuable lesson to learn from teachers as it enables one to be more humble and simple in nature.

 

  •   Teamwork Brings Great Reward

Teamwork is a major and valuable skill taught in almost every school. Teachers today believe that it’s imperative that a child understands the meaning of teamwork and the benefits involved. Schools provide this opportunity for children to work together and achieve something.

 

  •   Always Make Smart Decisions

Smart decisions are integral to one’s individual development. A good teacher will always teach students to weigh out the possibilities since an array of poor decisions can lead to extensive failure. Students are often thought to think each decision through since every step has a consequence. With time, we learn to make smarter choices.

 

  •   We Can’t Control Everything

In time, we learn that there are so many things in this world that are never truly within our control. For instance, going to school and studying in a classroom from books because it is a law to do so are just a few things that are out of our control and we need to do. A good teacher will teach us that these aspects will always be out of our control and that we must adapt.

 

  •   Change is Inevitable

Life is dynamic and is constantly changing with changes in situations. If there’s one thing we can never be prepared for, it’s change. It can never be predicted or pre-determined. A good teacher would teach one to be mindful of the changes that may occur. Not everything stays constant, as things will always change.

 

  •   You Can Become Anything You Want

Any teacher would tell their students that they will always have the potential to become anything they desire. There is no greater support system here than the case of a teacher who acts as the best morale booster. It may be cliché, but it’s also a valuable lesson that teachers never stop teaching. They provide hope and belief that one can achieve and become anything.

 

  •   Always Stay True to Yourself

Just because things become difficult, doesn’t mean you have to change the kind of person you are to suit other’s needs. There may come a time when you may find yourself being the odd one out or that you may care about what others think. Making a decision based on what someone else wants or thinks almost always turns out to be a wrong one. Teachers convey the message of self-belief, trusting in your instincts, setting goals, and reaching those goals without personal compromise.

 

  •   Never be Afraid to Make Mistakes

A good teacher will teach you that it is common to keep making mistakes as they are the best ways to learn. It’s only human to make mistakes and they contribute considerably towards one’s overall personal development. Making mistakes will teach you to be humble, help you discover who you are and live a life without regrets. Mistakes, in the end, will provide excellent learning opportunities.

 

  •  In the End, You Control Your Own Life

This may be irrelevant during your very young years, but once you truly come of age, you realize that what your teacher told you about choice and having control of your own destiny is true. A good teacher will tell us that it is up to us to make a difference and that by our own choice and free will, can we truly choose the path or destiny we wish to pursue. It’s up to us to shape our future.

 

Whether we choose to embrace their presence or completely disregard it, teachers will always be around to provide us with the much needed personal touch to learning in life. This is something no amount of text books will ever teach us.