When it comes down to the next big thing for eLearning, cloud computing has hailed the competition. While that is all good, the cloud is quite a general option for many things, and eLearning professionals certainly need something a lot more substantial and specific to sink their teeth into. This is precisely where the choice of various cloud computing models come into the play with the option of SaaS (Software as a service) leading the way.
From this particular model, there are a lot of benefits for both eLearning designers and developers. Many predictions were made that 2017 would be the final year when eLearning course experts would start using SaaS tools in full swing.
The Primary Benefits Of SaaS
So the main question is – what does the process of SaaS involve? It consists of an application that is being hosted on a remote server that is accessed by users with the help of the Internet. More and more people are getting wise to the host of benefits that this approach has to offer. Some of them are:-
The aspect of speed
Since the installation process has been skipped, one can go about the LMS integration in a much more faster and smoother way.
One can collaborate
Being a result of the speed, one can make sure that two teams can work on the same project simultaneously.
A right amount of flexibility
It can be used wherever one has an Internet connection of a decent speed. It goes without saying that at slow speeds, things would not be as fast.
In this regard, any operating system out there will have full access to the application.
Don’t worry about expensive infrastructure
Long gone are the days when people needed to get a hold of high-powered desktop computers for the best result. As a result, you can save a bit of money as well.
Everything gets saved automatically
Not only this, but there is also the fact that everything is automatically backed up for you as well. Say goodbye to your worries about losing all your work.
With automatic updates continually happening, you will never have to worry about not having the latest version.
1. Its use and popular applications
In the past two years, one only needs to take a look around to see that SaaS is being used everywhere, from Google Docs to Slack to JIRA. With Google Docs having launched in 2006, there are over 130 million online accounts, and it is now a part of Google Drive as well.
In the case of Slack, people have touted it as the fastest growing business app around with over 500,000 daily users since its launch in 2013. While using JIRA, one can sort out bug tracking and project management with relative ease, and 25,000 customers have the option of either hosting it as a SaaS or running it on-site.
2. eLearning Authoring tools
Since collaboration is one of the main aspects of SaaS, it pretty much goes without saying that an LMS platform would be the ideal bet to bring a group of people together. Hence, with the Cloud option, a group of people can be brought together a lot easier, and the learner will be able to access his course from any network.
Here, it is essential to note that all eLearning authoring tools are still desktop-based and not enough inroads have been made in this arena. Even the best authoring tools still have quite a way to go before they are used by most services out there. Plus, a robust workflow is a cornerstone to building a thoroughly sense of timely efficiency.
What the future holds?
It is only inevitable that SaaS will increase soon with a lot more eLearning providers learning all the tricks of the trade. In the right situation, one can enjoy a significant amount of advantages, and employing the right tool for the right task is the key to ensure that efficient eLearning is the outcome.
What is even more important is the fact that the provider should have a flexible approach so that the existing systems that are already in place can integrate and work with newer tools a lot more smoothly. Whichever is the case, the future looks bright for learners in particular and more and more development will leave no stone unturned in ensuring the rise of different types of eLearning catering to all the learners out there.