A new survey by Splashtop has outlined key areas in which the world’s HEIs can improve their delivery of e-learning.

The Splashtop survey was largely positive in its results, and demonstrated that distance learning has the potential to be an effective option for students.

The study collected survey results from over 2,500 individuals in the education industry, including teachers, IT administrators and students from 42 countries across the world.

Splashtop is a global provider of remote access, collaboration and remote support solutions, and connects HEIs with the right technology to put distance learning in place.

HEIs can improve e-learning delivery by providing remote access to computer lab resources

Splashtop aimed to assess how successfully their HEI was adapting in order to respond to the challenges presented by the COVID-19 pandemic.

The results of the survey, which was conducted by the e-learning specialist, indicated that the main ways in which distance learning can be made more effective are: providing remote access to computer lab resources on campus, and providing remote IT support to both students and faculty.

Students who are learning from home very rarely have the funds or resources to recreate the high-performance workstations and software applications (including tools like the Microsoft Office Suite, Adobe editing tools and language programmers like C++, Java, and Python) that they would normally have access to.

So, in order to provide remote students with access to the on-campus computer labs, remote-access tools can be used to connect students and faculty with these facilities, through any device.

The other key area for improvement which the survey identified was the need to provide remote IT support to help students and faculty, particularly as they are now so dependent on their home computing devices.

HEIs can equip their IT teams with remote support software, which will enable them to rectify any technical issues that users face during their education.

53% said e-learning more effective than or equal to face-to-face education

Other findings from the survey include the fact that 55% of educational institutions are currently delivering their learning programmes either completely entirely remotely, or as a hybrid in-person and online option.

Interestingly, more than half of survey respondents (53%) felt that remote learning is either more effective than or equal to face-to-face education.

Mark Lee, CEO of Splashtop, expressed his hopes that the survey will aid HEIs, both through the turbulent period caused by the pandemic and beyond it, too.

“By creating an integrated ecosystem of collaboration tools, e-learning platforms, and remote-access tools, distance learning can be an effective option not just during COVID-19, but beyond it, as well.

“With the rapidly shifting education landscape and the rise of both remote and hybrid learning, educational institutions can deliver a more consistent learning experience through smart technology choices.”

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Josephine Walbank is a reporter for Global Education Times (GET News) with a focus on education in the UK, Asia-Pacific, and Americas, and student experience and lifestyle news.

Josephine is an experienced journalist who previously served as the Editor-in-Chief of The Falmouth Anchor. She is also the former Deputy Editor of Voices, the Falmouth & Exeter Students’ Union’s publication, and has written for various food and lifestyle publications.

You can reach her at josephine@globaleducationtimes.org

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