Enabling integration and interoperability between applications is often the solution to tool fatigue. The purpose of distance learning tools for teachers is to help provide students the best learning experience possible. Fragmented apps that aren't interoperable and waste teachers’ valuable time by requiring repetitive processes (such as logging in), can have the opposite effect.
Streamlining distance learning collaboration tools using interoperability and a unified communications system can help solve the problem. The most valuable and commonly used tools—such as email, Microsoft Teams and Flipgrid—can be integrated into a singular unified communications system. This can create one central place to access programs, so navigating from one to another requires fewer steps. This can make workflows smooth and consistent rather than arduous.
Similarly, with various data points sitting within one software application program, it can be easier to pull data together to create a more complete picture of a child's progress. This can help inform educators and allow them to make better decisions about their pupils, helping make planning and teaching more efficient.
Interoperability of distance learning tools can also benefit students, many of whom, depending on their age, may need parental support accessing different tools and applications. A single platform that houses interoperable tools in an intuitive way can simplify access for students and parents, who may have never used these systems until required to do so for remote learning.
Productivity and efficiency can be greatly improved by using a single login to access a host of distance learning tools, rather than needing individual ones for every application. Users can quickly get used to the feel and function of the unified communications system, helping the school day run smoothly. Because access and navigation are easy, it can also improve student engagement and productivity.
Interoperability, however, isn't always baked in. Therefore, it's important to pick the right partner to provide your school district with the right unified communications system. Expert providers can review the distance learning collaboration tools and systems you currently have in place. Then, they can show you how you can improve your processes with an interoperable system, and they can support you over time as your needs and requirements evolve.
Access to quality digital infrastructure and equipment is essential to teachers and students alike, whether working in the classroom or remotely. In fact, the pandemic has shown how valuable online tools and applications are to modern-day education. However, it's time to make the tools work for your school district, rather than teachers feeling like they're working for the tools.
Learn more about how Verizon collaboration solutions can support distance learning tools for teachers.