LONDON--(BUSINESS WIRE)--Technavio market research analysts forecast the global cloud computing market in the education sector to grow at a CAGR of more than 26% during the forecast period, according to their latest report.
The market study covers the present scenario and growth prospects of the global cloud computing market in the education sector for 2017-2021. Cloud computing in education is increasingly being used by educators, facilitators, faculties, and students of K-12 schools and higher education institutes to enhance productivity and improve the overall learning experience.
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Technavio analysts highlight the following three market drivers that are contributing to the growth of the global cloud computing market in the education sector:
- Reduced cost of ownership
- Growing usage of learning analytics
- Increasing adoption of mobile learning
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Reduced cost of ownership
The rising use of cloud services allows educational institutes to invest reasonably in supporting and maintaining the infrastructure needed to provide good-quality education. Cloud computing allows schools and colleges to upgrade their existing infrastructure with the latest technologies, without increasing their capital costs. Also, staff expenses are reduced at a much higher rate. Significant costs associated with the upkeep and operation of the existing infrastructure are handled by third-party providers, thus reducing the burden on the IT staff.
According to Jhansi Mary, a lead analyst at Technavio for education technology research, “Cloud computing reduces the overall cost of ownership and improves staff productivity. The use of cloud-based resources in education helps all the stakeholders, including students, parents, teachers, and faculties by providing access to several learning avenues and possibilities for students, in turn enhancing the learning experience.”
Growing usage of learning analytics
The education sector has been impacted positively, owing to the increasing popularity of third platform of technologies such as cloud computing, mobile computing, and big data. The application of business intelligence (BI) in the analysis of collected data on various cloud platforms is being used by some of the educational institutions to keep track of student performance and identify key improvement areas. This improves student or faculty retention ratios and helps in personalized learning for students.
“Cloud-based learning analytics help educators in analyzing pupil activities by tracking the digital footprints of students. Using cloud-based learning analytics, teachers are improvising on teaching methodologies by integrating modern technologies such as blended learning and collaborative learning, thus creating an effective learning environment for students,” says Jhansi.
Increasing adoption of mobile learning
Mobile learning is increasingly being adopted by various educational institutes across the globe, owing to the rising penetration of mobile devices such as iPods, smartphones, tablets, Chromebooks, Kindle, and others in modern classrooms. Increasing adoption of BYOD policies and strong IT (information technology) infrastructure in advanced economies, including the US and the UK, is allowing students to carry their mobile devices to classrooms, thus enhancing the learning experience for both students and trainers. Cloud computing plays a key role in data sharing that takes place in the classrooms.
Cloud technology ensures that data sharing between mobile devices of students occurs securely and data loads are managed during the peak access hours without affecting the network bandwidth. The increasing shipments of mobile devices in emerging economies including India and China is also expected to augment the use of cloud-based services in the region.
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