To ramp up remote learning, first assess what you can do with the tools you already have. It is also essential to install and customize collaborative tools like Google’s G-Suite for Education, Microsoft Teams, and Zoom for teleconferencing. We like G-Suite for Education because it offers key functions at a good price point and can be up and running quickly. With G-Suite as your platform, a suite of services like automation, course set-up accelerators and support for students and professors can be added to deliver a stable and productive learning ecosystem.
The current crisis presents an opportunity to future proof your technology stack to address both immediate and long-term needs. For instance, you can find ways to leverage your existing technology investments to scale solutions for data migration, cloud services, and security.
To increase learner engagement, consider the crowdsourcing platform Topcoder, a global talent network and digital delivery platform that commercial and non-profit organizations around the world use to design, develop, and test custom software and data analytics solutions. These venues can offer students micro-internships where they are part of a community designing and building digital solutions.