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Can we smash the barriers to education with hybrid learning?

08 June, 2021 ・ 3 min read
#VDI  #Security 
Hybrid classroom solutions could put lifelong education within everyone’s reach. But to fulfill that promise, we’ve got to solve 3 persistent challenges in digital instruction.

Educators have long looked beyond the classroom to extend learning to more people in more places. A century ago, correspondence courses extended schooling to students who couldn’t attend class.1 In the 1990s, compressed video and the internet suddenly made synchronous remote learning—instruction in real time—possible for millions.2

 

Today, mobile devices put 1:1 instruction in the palms of billions, potentially mitigating the global shortage of teachers and eliminating the barriers to learning.3  Hybrid classroom solutions give all of us, potentially, lifelong access to new knowledge or skills.

 

Potentially.

 

Because digital instruction comes with its own set of trials. Equity, security, and continuity are top-of-mind for educators and their IT departments. As the world’s leading provider of education technology, Lenovo is committed to solving these challenges. We co-innovate with other industry leaders like Intel®, Microsoft and Google to deliver smarter outcomes.

Delivering Equity

 

1:1 programs—where every student has a custom-built device connecting them to learning materials—level the educational playing field. But access to 1:1 programs isn’t yet equal.

 

That’s why we offer subscription-based Device-as-as-Service and TruScale infrastructure solutions that minimize upfront investment costs. We’ve pioneered free 1:1 programs that extend STEM instruction to those least likely to get it. And our LTE-ready devices empower learners everywhere—even where Wi-Fi is scarce.

Delivering Security

 

Education is one of society’s most vulnerable sectors to cyberattack[4], but Lenovo is helping fortify the ramparts—from design to supply chain and from unboxing to recycling.

 

Our end-to-end approach to security has next-gen protection built-in, not bolted-on. Combined with virtualized desktop infrastructure (VDI) and DaaS, it can protect institutions, educators, and pupils from all manner of digital threats.

 

At University of Algarve, Portugal, for example, we installed VDI along with a high-performance computing infrastructure. This solution allows 8,000 students and 700 academics to securely access vast processing power from any device, anywhere, anytime.

 

The Intel vPro® platform provides a highly secure platform foundation with hardware-based protection against attacks below the OS, coupled with capabilities for advanced threat detection and remote recovery.


By minimizing installation and maintenance burdens, our modern IT kits and end-to-end support services are helping streamline security burdens at hundreds of institutions.

Delivering Continuity

 

The more closely digital instruction recreates the communal classroom experience, the more likely students are to stay engaged—with the teacher, the subject, and each other. [5] That’s a high bar, but we’ve evolved tools that hurdle it.

 

Our hybrid learning solutions enable synchronous learning. They also make virtual classrooms more vivid—and, along with our collaboration tools, more social.

 

Classroom management solutions like LanSchool and Lenovo Hybrid Classroom with Microsoft Teams and Google Meet Series One Room kits allow educators to customize lessons. All while maintaining a rich, multi-media environment and a sense of community for students. Randolph Eastern School Corporation, a pre-K-through-12 district in Indiana, USA, is a case in point. The University of Modena and Reggio Emilia, Emilia-Romagna, Italy, is another.

 

Cloud-based or locally-hosted, such solutions are helping school systems deliver continuity—even in the midst of a pandemic.

 

We can’t solve all these issues overnight. But when educators and IT professionals team up with purpose-built technology, we can make it possible for everyone to learn—no matter where they are.

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  1. 1 Imel, S. (1998). Myths and realities of distance learning. Columbus, Ohio: ERIC Clearinghouse on Adult, Career, and Vocational Education. Ohio State University. (Eric Document Reproduction Service No. ED 414 446).
  2. 2 Ostendorf, V.A. (1997). Teaching by television. Teaching and learning at a distance: what it takes to effectively design, deliver, and evaluate programs. (71), 51-57.
  3. 3 http://uis.unesco.org/en/news/263-million-children-and-youth-are-out-school
  4. 4 https://gomindsight.com/insights/blog/five-industries-most-vulnerable-to-cyberattack-in-2021-a-cybersecurity-report/
  5. 5 https://www.eduflow.com/blog/synchronous-vs-asynchronous-learning-whats-more-effective
  6. 6 https://e-student.org/e-learning-statistics/#online-education-statistics
  7. 7 https://en.unesco.org/themes/teachers
  8. 8 https://e-student.org/e-learning-statistics/#online-education-statistics