This Public Sector Innovation series, in association with AWS Institute and Intel, outlined how CIOs can advance through cloud across Asia Pacific, acknowledging business challenges while outlining examples of best practice within the education sector.
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The sharp rise in remote learning – spanning all tertiary levels – has placed new demands on an evolving education sector, paving the way for widespread advancement through cloud.
With 200 million students currently locked out of higher education, distance learning is emerging as the only viable short- to medium-term solution, as CIOs attempt to balance crisis management with future innovation ambitions.
Whether scaling learning management systems, launching virtual classrooms or setting up remote help desks, educational institutions are seeking new ways to drive change through maximising investments to modernise teaching post-pandemic, increasing reliance on cloud as a result.
“To accelerate transformation in education through cloud, the first step is for institutions to recognise that cloud is a platform to drive change, innovation and disruption,” outlined Vincent Quah, regional head of Education, Research, Healthcare and Not-For-Profit across Asia Pacific at Amazon Web Services (AWS).
Such an approach is designed to ensure that cloud remains front and centre of what an institution endorses and advocates, backed by leadership support and acknowledgement that cloud can drive both change and innovation.
In drawing on sector specific market knowledge, Quah also advised CIOs to embrace a “discovery and experimental” mindset, transitioning away from “big bang” approaches to technology in the process.
“Cloud is the ideal platform for ideas to be tested, reiterated and proven before scaling up,” he added.
As a result, the onus is now on CIOs to initiate a range of projects to help learn from the cloud experience, not only at a pilot stage but also with the intention of company-wide deployment. This allows the business to build up muscle memory in relation to managing and operation cloud models, billed as crucial in ensuring organisations can develop internal capacity to drive transformational change.
Such guidance was outlined during an executive virtual roundtable housing CIOs from the education sector across Asia Pacific, in association with AWS Institute and Intel. During the session, CIOs assessed the state of cloud adoption in education, detailed ongoing and emerging sector challenges alongside highlighting examples of innovation best practice and opportunities ahead.
“The most important role of technology in education is its ability to level the field of opportunity,” stated Akanksha Bilani, regional alliance head of AWS across Asia Pacific and Japan at Intel.
For Bilani, technology – underpinned by cloud – is continuing to support advancements in education at global, regional and national levels, evident through a heightened desire to instigate wide-scale digital, network and data access transformation.
This is in addition to increased community demand for advanced technology-ready skills, in addition to technology-led learning specific to the future of work, all of which is expected to have a “foundational impact” on the education sector at country levels.
Irrespective of location, skills development continues to be