Private Cloud Based solution to provide your own solutions for your students. This allows your School to own your own proprietary curriculum and to build a cost-effective solution in the most secure environment possible.

Today’s pupils are creating digital files across a variety of devices and classwork is now scattered across desktops, laptops, and tablets.

In the digital world students need a way to collaborate with peers on projects, research data, or sync documents in real time between group members; devices such as mobiles and laptops facilitate this. Teachers also need an easy way to collect assignments or share class notes, without leaving any records vulnerable to data loss.

On the administration side, schools increasingly face the challenges of ever-tightening budgets, limited resources and personnel. They need to make legacy IT equipment work within the current technology landscape to ensure both students and faculty have constant access to data.

Due to the evolving educational landscape further changes to classroom working are also likely to be brought about by the trend of BYOD (bring your own device). Like many organizations, schools are realizing that mobile technology is not going away and that instead of fighting the use of phones, it might be a technology worth taking advantage of. If pupils bring their own devices, then it will save school this way of working will need facilitating in a way that ensures data is kept secure.

The private cloud

What schools and universities need instead, is a private cloud solution that can create a more collaborative environment in the classroom. A device that allows student’s mobile access, professors and teachers the ability to work from home securely and the ability for users to upload and share files both locally within the school and remotely at an offsite campus.

The way to a more collaborative classroom

Every year schools and universities are changing and modernizing. You never know what you are going to find when you walk back though that classroom door in September.

From blackboards and chalk to electric whiteboards and now projector screens and laptops, everything is modernizing and evolving. As technology advances so too does our way of working and learning.

The ability to sync and share files instantly and securely through a private cloud appliance, means that students can work in a way that is collaborative and productive whilst keeping their data secure. A lesson in data management that is well worth learning.

Create a Virtual Training Environment that is Identical to the Best Local Classroom Experience

Anyone involved in training knows full well the benefits of giving instructions remotely. The tool that often comes to mind for organizing online classes is web conferencing. At first sight, this seems to fit the bill but when taking a closer look, it becomes clear these tools only provide part web conferencing has come to be the standard for demonstrations and webinars, it doesn’t address the more tricky challenges of managing and conducting courses, such as simulating a physical classroom experience or creating computing environments.

 

Teaching Technolgy on our platform

Initial Training Environment Setup

Our Network is a dedicated cloud-based training platform that addresses not just hardware logistics but all the complexities of training infrastructure. Tasks that would take many man-days of work can be rolled out in record time.

Virtual training environments are prepared and fired up in a matter of minutes complete with all the necessary training configuration.  Prior to a training session, instructors’ login to the  Network platform and build one master virtual environment. Alternatively, training environments can be created from scratch by uploading customized virtual machines to a new or existing Media Data Network environment, or by selecting a standalone server and virtual machines, also available within the template library.

To accompany a training course, there is often a need to provide for additional materials. Our Network offers instructors the option of incorporating training material links into the environment. In this way, all coursework is sent to students in one instance and sharing is simplified.

Defining the Class

Before a class, the instructor defines the class policies and student access rights. We will provide full access control settings and the policy can be extended or changed as necessary.

The policy defines the environment’s lifetime, specifying the amount of time it will be up with all machines running, the hours or days that the students are able to use the environment, and at what point the environment will be archived and securely deleted. Remember, as the class is virtual, students can access their environment at any time and from anywhere so it important to define align the policy with your course objective.

The instructor can also configure the “suspend” feature which puts the environment into a “sleep” state when not in use. This is a valuable feature for cutting down on costs and saving up on unnecessary usage and memory.

Conducting the Class

Each student is provided with his or her own separate environment instance via a simple URL link that is sent to them prior to the start of the class. The link is a single-use token, granting access to one environment that is a private copy of the base “blueprint” saved in the platform. The instructor and student can alter or customize each environment post-creation without fear of interfering with other environments.

During class, the instructor has full access to all of the student environments via the split-screen instructor console where student engagement can be observed in real-time. Additionally, an instructor can view the students’ virtual environments as they work, identify issues if a student is lagging, monitor usage, including the use of collateral, applications, and sessions, and access a student’s machine for guided “hands on” work, also known as “hand up”.

Hand Raise

With the “hand raise” feature, the experience of the virtual instructor-led training software course is similar to a real-life course where students can raise their hand (in this case their virtual hand) if they have any questions and chat with the instructor in a private message or a classroom chat. If a student requests assistance during a session, the instructor is able to easily access the student’s environment and assist. Unlike web conferencing tools, here there is no need to grant privileges or share screens. The instructor can drill down into a selected student’s lab and provide personal assistance to questions and problems, all from his or her own terminal. Moreover, the instructor can suspend/resume each student’s environment and can even advance the student to the next level, if needed.