As higher-ed institutions increasingly rely on technology, campus IT and IT leadership are assuming a pivotal role in ensuring that universities satisfy the needs of students, staff, and faculty. To achieve that satisfaction, it is imperative for these leaders to prioritize appropriate initiatives and investments that uphold their institutions’ competitiveness and deliver high-quality educational experiences.
One of the foremost priorities for campus IT leaders is to invest in technology that streamlines administrative functions. Given that many institutions are now operating with a smaller staff, outdated and complex procedures are no longer options. These old processes not only increase the likelihood of errors but also require time and labor costs they can no longer afford. This streamlining endeavor encompasses solutions that rectify inferior grading and exam scheduling processes, as well as tools that enhance the classroom experience.
Here are 3 ways IT tools are streamlining academic processes and revolutionizing higher education:
Grading can be arduous in higher education, impacting both faculty and administrative staff. Instructors are tasked with evaluating student work precisely and promptly, ensuring impartiality, and sometimes even anonymity. However, the pressure for Registrar staff who must collect and process these grades, while ensuring they meet institutional grading policies, is equally demanding. Registrar staff are often required to work extended hours to keep up with the grading volume, which can take a toll on their productivity and office morale.
Fortunately, many institutions are exploring innovative ways to streamline the grading process and lighten the administrative workload. One such solution involves implementing new IT applications that automate grading procedures, offer real-time feedback to instructors, and significantly reduce the need for manual data entry or calculations.
These IT systems boast several features such as automatic weighted formative and summative assessment calculations, ensuring grades precisely reflect a student’s performance throughout the course. These platforms often include a real-time grading curve conformity checker, customizable grade collection options, and simplified processes for approving or rejecting extension, exemption, and exception requests.
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