According to Educause’s 2016 edition of its annual Top 10 IT Issues report1, optimizing educational technology is a top concern for campus IT this year — only information security ranked higher. Campus print technologies that capture information from paper-based content and share it throughout your institution like electronic or digital documents are integral to optimizing your classroom technology for modern higher education experiences.
As today’s campuses become more collaboration-focused, seamless document sharing is increasingly important to students. In fact, 86 percent2 of students report that technology helps them be more effective, efficient learners.
Technology is central to making workflows smooth and efficient, including sharing information to and from learning management systems (LMS) such as Blackboard™ Learn and Canvas, or from personal storage, such as Dropbox, Office 365, Google Drive, and other document repositories. Today, institutions are looking to empower students and faculty along this efficient and effective route to digitize and share documents from a variety of endpoints, whether it’s via a smartphone, cloud storage or anywhere else.
Despite the fact that, according to Harris Poll*, two-thirds of students say they couldn’t function without using paper daily, much of today’s classroom collaboration takes place online, leveraging digitized content. As a result of the dichotomy between paper and digital content, your college or university is challenged to make class workflows between paper and digital documents simple and seamless. Benefits might include, for example, allowing students who prefer to take notes by hand to keep up on classwork with their laptop or tablet-toting peers — or enabling a professor who wants to print out the day’s essays from her or his learning management system to review them on the train ride home without taking many extra steps that can hamper productivity and cause frustration.