Improve the student experience
Students want the applications they need to complete their studies, on-demand. Give them what they need and their university experience will be even more awesome.
Today's students are tech-savvy and want all their academic apps to be there when they need them. They expect access to university-licensed software wherever they are and on any device. The days of needing specialist computer labs are on the decline, as more and more Higher Ed institutions embrace flexible working with IT policies such as BYOD for example.
Students just want to get their work done. They don't want to think how or where to access their applications and they don't want to be confined by the restrictive opening hours of specialist on-campus labs. Deliver any app to any device and improve student outcomes, on and off campus.
Equitable access to academic applications for every student.
AppsAnywhere is a single pane of glass that gives students a consistent experience on any device, on and off campus. Provide all your university-licensed academic applications through a centralized platform, wherever and whenever students need them. Plus, you can improve student oucomes by enabling strategic IT initiatives such as BYOD...
What do your students want and expect?
We've spoken to our customers about how they've improved the student experience, and here's the top 3 things your university or college needs to know...
1. Students don't like traditional campus labs
With impending deadlines, the last thing students want to do is try and find a specific room at a set time to get work done. Faculty staff are also struggling to timetable classes to get access to software. Students want all the apps they need to get their work done. They need them to be available quickly and easily whenever they want them... and there's also a whole bunch of benefits to be gained from freeing up labs: reduced hardware costs, reduced IT admin effort installing and re-installing software in lots of rooms, and major 'Green IT' boosts.
2. Students want software, now
Generation Y download and install software all the time. On average, GenY students install 2 new apps per device, per month (Gartner, Enders Analysis). So when they turn up to study their course, they now expect your university or community college to provide software in the same way. They expect all the apps they need in an 'app store', they can download and run without any technical know-how. Where we've enabled university app stores with AppsAnywhere, students love university IT!
3. Student want software that 'just works'
If you give a student a CD it's possible they'll never have seen one. They certainly won't know what to do with it and may not even have a drive to run it. If they get stuck, who are they going to call? Students expect to access the software they need. Not only that, they expect to be able to go off campus and offline and continue to use the software they need. Students that have the tools they need to get their work done have a better experience and enhanced outcomes.
How can IT improve student outcomes?
Higher Ed IT teams that have improved the student experience by enabling BYOD, reducing dedicated campus labs, and virtualizing all their apps are awesome!
Taking inspiration and stories from our customers, we've put together the top 5 ways on how to be an awesome higher education IT department and improve the student experience.
1. Make students happy
We hear the phrase 'student experience' so much we can forget what it really means. Students enroll in universities for many reasons but mainly to gain a qualification in their chosen field and learn about a more independent way of living. Whatever IT and technology can do to make this easier and less time-consuming, the better for the student.
Students want the tools needed to help them study. Students want to access the applications they need anywhere, anytime and on-demand on their own laptop. They don't want to be governed by the confines of lab/room availability or software that runs really slowly. Virtualizing all the applications they need and deploying them through a university app store is the quickest, easiest and most cost-effective way to give students what they need. The app performs as fast as being installed locally, too!
2. Make university staff happy
Your university colleagues also want to get their work done. Timetabling classes based on lab availability and then waiting 5 minutes for everyone to log-on and download software is wasted time. How often do your colleagues leave their workstation unattended while booting up takes 5 to 10 minutes? Improving the way the desktop works makes everybody more effective.
3. Be more supportive
Who benefits the most from having a super-cool IT team that spend all their time building images, packaging applications and managing an ever-growing server farm? No one. Liberate your IT team so they can be proactive and spend time on strategic initiatives that matter.
Our customers have found that as their teams are spending 75% less time packaging and no longer needed to support and maintain a 'mega image', they can now spend more time focusing on other important aspects of their IT infrastructure and network, and there's less firefighting. Updates can be scheduled at a time that suits IT and with AppsAnywhere, upgrades and patches can be installed with no impact on the end-user.
4. Go green
One of the major, unexpected benefits universities and colleges have found from using AppsAnywhere to virtualize applications is the improvement in their 'green IT' credentials. The removal of the need for dedicated labs frees up assets in terms of space and hardware, as well as reducing electrical usage by up to 25%. One of our customers saved on production of CDs as high as two Statues of Liberty!
5. Invest IT budget more wisely
At a university or college, software licensing is a major issue (normally dealt with by a team of people). This is mainly because they use such a large number of applications from a huge number of different software vendors. The situation is further complicated by very little standardization with how software is licensed. Number of users, site vs device, concurrent, on-site, off-site, own device, student devices... The ways are almost endless!
In collaboration with our university customers, we created AppsAnywhere Analytics, a series of reports which, amongst other things, can help you see potential savings around license usage. See what applications are being used and, more importantly, which aren't. So, perhaps you've got some legacy versions of applications that you're paying for, but actually aren't been used at all. Perhaps you've got a site license for some software where a concurrent or user license would be more than enough. AppsAnywhere can help you see this information and help you find areas to save money on your software license estate.