What is a Digital Workspace?
Students' Needs are Changing – How can we meet them?
Students' needs have evolved significantly over the past few years and these changes see a shift in how IT teams are delivering and providing students with all their applications, information, and data. With large numbers of students studying individual aspects over a variety of courses, each and every student quickly adopts a unique set of needs from their institution's IT teams. New technologies such as digital workspaces are often required to allow off-campus access to applications and data as well as facilitate collaboration and overall improve the student experience.
A digital workspace solution can offer numerous benefits to higher education institutions on a student-focused level as well as provide advantages to staff and employees. However, as with any digital transformation, there can also be downsides and necessary adjustments. Here at AppsAnywhere, we understand the key components and possible limitations of a successful digital workspace, along with the technological evolutions and importance of how to utilize these to create the solution to these ever-changing student demands and requirements.
How AppsAnywhere could be a part of your digital workspace?
AppsAnywhere acts as a top-level higher education platform helping institutions to make their application catalog accessible to all their students regardless of where or when they need them. By boasting many integration capabilities, AppsAnywhere works as a key aspect of a higher education institution's digital workspace to collate, organize and most importantly, prioritize the different technologies used to grant students access to the applications they need. By streamlining how students access their applications, the time spent downloading, installing, and traveling to campus labs is reduced and instead, they can focus on their studies, thus increasing student outcomes and improving their overall experience. Many learning management systems can be seen as the higher education sector’s digital workspaces for students and staff alike with the appropriate integrations. AppsAnywhere integrates with leading learning management systems such as Canvas and is currently in development to integrate with Blackboard, Moodle, and BrightSpace.
How can a Digital Workspace Help Higher Education Institutions Meet Students’ Needs?
Digital Workspaces and similar technologies can provide many benefits. Given that AppsAnywhere is a platform that accommodates a magnitude of integrations with digital workspaces and having worked with a myriad of higher education institutions, we have seen them undergo digital transformations and reap the rewards. From improving on an IT front to offering a higher student focus, higher education institutions can support everyone across campus as well as increase the outcomes and results of their overall business.
The higher education sector is seeing often students want the freedom to study at a time and place that suits them and expect to be able to access the software they need on these terms. One of the greatest and most common use cases of having a digital workspace in your IT strategy is the ability to allow accessible remote access. Digital workspaces ensure that increasingly mobile and remote studying habits are accommodated with simple access to the applications students need. Providing equitable access to students in higher education through initiatives such as BYOD policies allows for greater student freedom and flexibility. The University of Dundee managed to do just this through their AppsAnywhere platform by being presented with a method of delivering applications and software on-demand depending on the context of the user, using application virtualization, virtual desktop infrastructure (VDI), or traditional install methods to deploy software in the most appropriate way.
Evolving Digital Workspaces
Given that the digital workspace concept isn’t new and began by providing simplified access to apps and data, that alone simply doesn’t meet the needs of a modern student anymore. Most students are constantly utilizing a range of apps and employees are frequently flicking between many tasks throughout the day. The future ideal of digital workspaces must, to an extent, become automated. Routine task flows, personalized insights and customizable actions such as prioritizing common actions and main tasks are some of the advancements that digital workspace solutions could help students and higher education employees alike.
Elevating Your Digital Workspace
To enhance your digital workspace, keep the core factors in mind, improving student outcomes, simplifying software delivery, enabling BYOD and off-campus access, and supporting online or distance learning. A digital workspace should be designed to facilitate a high level of working for everyone on campus and you can do so today by improving your digital workspace or learning management system with AppsAnywhere integration.