Benefits for EducationA tale out of school
Eight days in one day
Schools are a special kind of organization when it comes to IT management. Computers are easily outnumbered several times by their users. Desktop configurations are thoroughly ‘tested’ by these users and there seem to be around eight working days, every day, judging by the massive signing in and -out every hour. Besides the desktops for students, there are special configurations for their teachers, yet another configuration for supporting staff, and don’t forget the digital assessments that require locked-down workstations that simply cannot fail. This calls for special attention to details, a vivid imagination and Scense Workspace Management.
Scense Workspace Management
It’s hard to imagine an IT environment more diverse and complex as the ones in larger educational organizations. It seems that no boundary remains un-pushed and quite often standard solutions won’t suffice. IT administrators in these schools and universities know how they would like to solve certain problems, and with Scense they’re able to make it work. Next to the extensive application delivery capabilities, the Scense runtime system offers a host of tools that allow for specialized automation and integration.
A well-known nightmare. New educational applications are introduced daily and have to be available at very short notice (“I need this now. My class starts tomorrow!”). They’re also notorious for breaking other applications during installation. Scense helps administrators prepare them for immediate use without the fear of unstable desktops.
All potential software incompatibility issues are eliminated by using Scense Adaptive Installer, our unique installation technology. There’s no need for application repackaging or other system adjustments. Educational applications bought today are available for students today. Combine this with Scense’s in-depth integration with most common application virtualization techniques and classes need never be frustrated by broken applications.
Roaming users & applications
The relation between students, locations and educational applications is a fluid one. Classes shift location, students need access to applications anywhere, including home, at any time. Classrooms may be used by private teachers out of hours. IT administrators have their work cut out dealing with such a challenging situation. Trailing from PC to PC to distribute applications in the old-fashioned way is no longer an option. Nor is a software distribution system that only delivers applications to PCs. The Scense solution is to send the application to the end-user.
New generation of computer users
End-users in educational institutions have grown up with IT and know exactly what it takes to get their work done. There’s no need to explain how to use the applications, they can figure that out for themselves. On the other hand, IT administrators must be in control, if they are going to deliver the required service levels, and they need a single tool to get this done without limiting the end-user. Scense helps the IT administrator to facilitate instead of dictate.
Scense is designed and developed with a single-minded ambition, to empower the user and retain control. Administrators can provide fully functional desktops to end-users while still delivering the agreed service levels. When desktops are managed in real time and users are empowered to solve IT problems themselves, the end-user remains productive with no limitations on functionality.
Bring Your Own Computer
Increasingly, IT management is called on to support staff and students’ own devices. The BYOC trend is driven by increased productivity, enhanced job satisfaction and cost-efficiency. Why spend money on new desktops when the necessary computing power is already in the students’ backpacks? On the other hand, it’s a trend which most IT administrators resist. With Scense there’s no need.
The Scense client functionality runs on machines that are not managed by the administrator. Scense will even allow you to run App-V applications on non-domain computers. Students can use educational applications and other IT resources on their own laptops or home PC’s, within the boundaries set by the IT department. Educational applications that should only run within the school’s perimeter simply won’t run outside.
Keeping up with technology
Schools and universities prepare students for the future. In turn, students bring in the present to these schools and universities. They’re using social media and cloud solutions without giving it a second thought. It just goes without saying, literally. This forces teachers and IT-staff to keep up with technology and think about what to embrace and what to discourage or even reject in class. Sometimes technology is beautiful, but crosses boundaries, like e.g. these internet-connected glasses that can take pictures and record video.
But on a more elementary note, should teachers allow students to take notes on their laptops when neuroscientists indicate that the act of typing-while-listening is very inefficient and note taking should rather be done in handwriting preferably after the teacher has finished speaking.
Start Improving Your User Experience TodayOrganizing, optimizing and simplifying your desktop environment with Scense:
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