With Cloud, World Is Our Classroom To Learn All Future Career-Ready Skills: Amit Gupta, Rapyder Cloud Solutions

In an exclusive interview with BW Education, Amit Gupta, CEO & Co-founder, Rapyder Cloud Solutions talks about the company and more.

Cloud technology empowers the education industry as a whole with real-world and with career-ready skills to disrupt the industry as a whole. Explain 

It is very evident, by implementing cloud technology, it empowers learners with new-age skills sets at a faster pace. Resources can be shared anywhere, anytime with teachers and students, from a single unified platform. The industry as a whole is disrupted today with cloud technology as many innovations seen in the education sector. 

Besides cost savings and anywhere, anytime learning, cloud adoption provides the flexibility to add new technologies as and when required. With the cloud, the world is our classroom to learn all future career-ready skills. Cloud also provides the feasibility to scale up the capacity or bring it down according to the requirements of the specific academic year at school. The effects of learning outcomes and students’ performances are easily visible. Many innovative programs can be brought in at the school, well within the budgets, with real-world career-ready skills taught conveniently. 

This way educational institutions and teachers can prepare students to be part of the future workforce in this fast-approaching ‘technology-first’ world.  Along with Cloud-based applications for new-age skills, collaboration can be done between students and teachers. Goal-driven learning can also be achieved within the specified time-frame. 

Learning rebooted: Do you think COVID-19 lockdown puts the spotlight on India's Digital divide and how does it bring change in the education space? 

It is clearly seen, while education technology and online classrooms are bringing in accolades from teachers, learners and parents, it is also true not everyone is able to leverage it, during this COVID 19 lockdown.  Those students from economically disadvantaged families have limited or no access to both data and devices and are not able to take full benefits of digital technology leading to digital divide. 

This will certainly lead to the government bringing in regulations and policies for the e-learning space and standards getting established to ensure all learners and equally benefited irrespective of their social status. 

The possibility of product companies, policymakers and NGOs coming together with subsidized learning models for the poor and support them in digital adoption, is high. Educational institutions will invest more in digital technology than on brick and mortar physical infrastructure.  This can solve the problem of low-quality faculty too. It is also true not all learning can be done online as many require hands-on experiences too. Therefore, blended learning models will become the new norm. 

Elaborate on 5 things that cloud technology is changing education space today.   

The education sector is no doubt being empowered by cloud computing today.  Students are becoming more engaged in the learning process as schools embrace it. 

  • Anytime, anywhere, any device model: Virtual classrooms are a reality and provide various such opportunities.  Learning is happening at the learner’s own pace and is convenient. Moreover, BYOD and wireless devices can leverage cloud for better and meaningful collaboration between teachers and students, and students and students on various learning assignments and projects. 

  • Opportunities for students from diverse backgrounds: Students who were not suitable for traditional education system or finish school on time due to family commitments, have now the opportunity to take up online courses that can earn them a good job or take them up the career path. Thanks to cloud. 

  • Lesser investments in resources: Be it computer hardware, software, textbooks or IT infrastructure, investments in these can be made less, with the deployment of cloud. Yes, education institutions are able to upgrade learning systems and deliver lessons without investing in the mentioned resources. The cost can be saved due to pay-per-use-model.  Paperless classrooms lead to environmental sustainability.   

  • Cloud technology also delivers robust security: Deployment of cloud is also very effective in data and intellectual property security. Data is more secure with lesser usage of storing data in hard disk or removable storage devices that almost have no security options.  Data and applications’ theft is mitigated to a great extent. 

  • No fear of outdated curriculum: Cloud-based materials are easy to update in real-time with easy access for students. They no longer have to follow outdated textbooks that are a result of constraints in school budgets for new study material. Teachers also benefit from this updated curriculum. 

Self Organised learning environment brings students closer to self-study concept during the lockdown

Self Organised Learning Environment (SOLE), an approach developed by Sugata Mitra is a program designed to support self-directed education.  He showed how a group of students with access to internet can learn almost anything by themselves. 

These concept and findings is certainly a great inspiration for many educational institutions, children and parents to adopt, especially during the lockdown, where online classes are not conducted or partially done. Students can be given topics by teachers to familiarize themselves with. This certainly will bring a positive impact among students and further encourage them to proceed with self-studying.  This is very effective to introduce students to new concepts, which will build curiosity and interest in them, leading to self-studying and better scholastic performance. 

Brief us on Rapyder - Case Study on Edtech space 

Rapyder Cloud Solutions is a cloud tech consulting company, specialized in cloud migration and digital transformation. It is also an Advanced Consulting Partner for AWS and has supported clients in the Edtech space as well. One such customer is Extramarks, which aims to transform the traditional system of education by providing digital learning solutions with progress tracker, mentor support, study scheduler and group work features. 

Extramarks was running their application on standalone servers in the public domain and experienced security challenges. They wanted to automate scaling to support increasing customers besides deploying their applications at a faster pace. 

The expert team at Rapyder configured a suitable solution, leveraging AWS, to address all the requirements and implemented it at Extramarks. With the implementation of AWS Auto Scaling, Extramarks achieved a RoI of up to 15 per cent on AWS cost.  Scheduled scaling at peak periods brought about further saving of 10 per cent of the cost. Servers were now available on private subnets, making it secure with restricted access. Moreover, faster delivery on content was also done with the deployment of AWS CloudFront, where caching the content dynamically was possible leveraging edge location. 

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