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Defining SaaS and Its Relevance to Education

Defining SaaS and Its Relevance to Education

By far, the biggest challenge of the United States’ Department of Education has something to do with the depreciation of the standard and the quality of the educational services on the country. Of course, substandard services mean substandard graduates. And, in these tough times, the country cannot afford to produce substandard graduates.

Basically, the most common action that we would expect is the training and hiring of more qualified teachers and the acquisition of more materials and facilities to bolster the ailing educational system. Of course, there is no doubt with the impact of these actions. Definitely, these will go a long way towards the improvement of the health of the country’s education.

But, it must be understood that there are other factors which are at work and which significantly influence the outcome of the educational processes. We live in an era dominated by technology, and it is but foolish not to integrate this technology into our educational institutions.

Today, cloud computing is the hottest technological trend that is being looked into by a lot of educational institutions. Basically, cloud computing is a very complex technological innovation which is actually meant to simplify things. In other words, they are intended to join a large array of systems of subsystems so that users will be able to utilize all these tools in a much less complicated manner. One specific area of cloud computing is the Software-as-a-Service or SaaS which is pretty useful in education.

What is SaaS, in the first place? Basically, SaaS is the provision by the providers of certain softwares or applications to the users. Basically, these services can be in the form of mailing services, database securing and processing, and many others.

As we have said, cloud computing in itself is actually broad. In the field of education, Software-as-a-Service is a more preferred component of the cloud computing for a variety of reasons:

  • First, through SaaS cloud computing, schools will be able to minimize financial consumption. Indeed, it must be understood that running old IT facilities and strategies cost a lot in the maintenance of mainstay IT personnel. With SaaS, you can effectively drop these personnel because you will be able to access cheaper outsourced services through the SaaS global system.
  • Cloud computing will actually allow you to make services more efficient because, through SaaS, the university will be able to integrate the manner through which it delivers its good to its clients. In more simple terms, SaaS empowers administrators to actually take a good look at the overall picture of the university. As such, management becomes more efficient because communication between and among branches and departments is more efficient as well.
  • Of course, the most important attribute of SaaS in the field of education is the fact that it can multiply the learning potential of the students. Basically, SaaS enables learners and teachers to actually tap into the global stock of infinite information. This means that there is virtually an unlimited supply of fresh knowledge, and, most importantly, students will be able to access this information when they need to. And they do not need to pay a lot for it.

By Cenon Gaytos

2 Responses to Defining SaaS and Its Relevance to Education

  1. The business model of education is based on teaching-learning, simply knowledge acquisition and transfer. This value chain relies almost entirely on human to human interactions. This is the core of education and where you will find 90% of what is good and what is bad in education today.

    So, how does SaaS (anything) address this? It doesn’t. SaaS solutions do offer tools and capabilities to potentially enhance or improve the value chain which will still be human to human. 

    Sure the potential exists to create a new business model with educational products built for self-service using SaaS. But that requires suspending most sensibilities of how human systems that are largely public entities react to automation.

  2. Hello, Jerry, thanks to this feedback. 

    I am with you in saying that the goals of education can only be achieved through human to human interaction. This article is not really to discredit the value of humanity here, this is simply to emphasize the fact that we need to maximize the use of technology in our schools because it is through this that we will be able to maximize human potential. 

    Please watch out for the next articles about SaaS and cloud computing. I will base my next articles on your feedback. I will try to answer your question the best way I can. 

    Thank you very much.

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