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Digital Ideas that are Transforming the Future of Academics
When the Germans re-introduced the concept of Industry 4.0 (I4), in 2011, little might have they imagined that it would create such a disruption. The idea, which was proposed as an upgrade for manufacturing systems, has gained universal acceptance and become a revolution. Academics is no different.
How has the Education sector adapted to this?
Campuses have slowly started including integrated and holistic methods of management to effectively create smart solutions. Industry 4.0 attempts to bring about positive and long-lasting changes to administrative systems. Let us take a look at some of these:
Upgraded Administrative Services
Processes including admissions, documentation, registrations, applications, and counselling are being digitized. This is enabling easy access of information and removing the hassles related to tedious manual labour. New age features like digitally signed documents, upgraded computer systems for record keeping, and high-tech attendance recording devices, also bring reliability, scalability, and security.
Students Data Management
Keeping track of student history and growth is an effort-intensive process. With Industry 4.0 entering campuses, this is easily managed by digitizing information such as official letters, college allotment, curriculum assignment, student feedback, personal documents, leave marking, timetables, and fees. Digitization also makes information easily available on demand.
Digital Exam Handling
Industry 4.0 has also revamped the way exams are conducted on campuses. Applications like digital display of exam schedules, collection of exam registration fees, distribution of hall tickets, cloud-based question paper generation, minimal manual intervention, and tamper-proof evaluations are some of its many benefits.
Employee Data Records
Campuses or institutes have multiple departments with each of these having full-time, visiting, and contractual staff members. Industry 4.0 facilitates digital, cloud-based record management so that institutes can maintain employee data seamlessly. Systems today can manage staff credentials, keep tab on leave status, check recruitment policies, update individual employee performance, manage training modules, and finances, mainly consisting of end-to-end payroll cycle.
IT solutions on campuses are proving to be a boon in this age of fast-moving technology and shorter attention spans. These solutions alleviate core management issues and help steer the institute in the right direction. It has multiple applications like enabling faster procurement of inventory, creating handy digital copies of their internal policies, improving speed while working, and streamlining responsibilities by keeping everyone concerned in the loop, in a transparent and well-defined manner.
Digitalization is undoubtedly transforming our campuses. Right from curriculum development to management, and assessments to alumni relations, Industry 4.0 has the potential to disrupt systems and processes across every touchpoint.
We live in a brave new world, where digitalization is an enabler. Its applications are limitless. All we need to do is to leverage it for reaching out to the relevant stakeholders; both internal and external.
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