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Remote learning shows the power of the cloud to transform education

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Many lessons have been able to continue online with the help of cloud-based technologies © Getty Images More than 1.5bn students around the world have been forced out of classrooms and seen their education disrupted by the Covid-led closure of schools and colleges.

Yet while educational institutions shut their doors to comply with lockdown rules and ensure social distancing, many lessons have been able to continue online with the help of cloud-based technologies.

Using a range of cloud-based applications and tools, educators have delivered online lessons, set assignments, shared educational resources, marked assessments and communicated with both students and parents.

“The pandemic has raised awareness of the vast range of digital options and materials available to support education, leading to an increase in innovation and specific tools,” says Jonathan Seaton, chief executive and co-founder of Twinkl Educational Publishing, an online academic publisher.

However, a survey by the UK’s National Union of Students found shortcomings in this e-learning, with 38 per cent of student respondents saying they were unhappy with the quality of their online learning provisions and 27 per cent experiencing inadequate access to academic resources online.

Amy Catterall, a first-year psychology student at the University of Liverpool, has found that online university learning […]

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