The COVID-19 pandemic, digital transformation, and low-code trends
The COVID-19 pandemic and the pivot to remote work and learning resulted in an acceleration of digital transformation in businesses. This development was reported globally and in a cross-section of industries and sectors.
In some cases, enterprises moved up their digital transformation projects by several years, according to a survey conducted by global management consulting firm McKinsey. Their recent Global Survey of Executives revealed that the companies surveyed “accelerated the digitization of their customer and supply-chain interactions and of their internal operations by three to four years.”
Education is one of the sectors where an increase in digital transformation projects was pronounced, as the pandemic crisis and shutdown forced schools, from primary education to universities, to create remote learning solutions within only a few days’ time. EdTech and other digital tools played a key role in this transition.
As institutions recognized the need for a permanent remote education and learning solution, they turned to low-code software platforms to extend and enhance their virtual learning environments.
Low-code tools offer a number of benefits when used in learning institutions, including:
- Ease of use. Low-code solutions provide visual interfaces and drag-and-drop features.
- Fast and efficient. Time to innovate is dramatically reduced with low-code tools.
- Cost savings. Because low-code tools work without the need to write code line by line, developers can work much more quickly to deliver apps, saving time and resources.
- Versatile for IT and non-technical users. Business users such as business analysts and roles outside of IT (“citizen developers”) can often use low-code software tools with success.
Use Cases for Low-code Platforms: Education
For colleges, universities, and other schools, the most effective low-code tools are SaaS software platforms with a low-code focus and an “out of the box” functionality. These software tools incorporate APIs that are already written, so that the software can seamlessly integrate with other software and tools.
In a recent article on the low-code trend, Forbes described some familiar scenarios that illustrate how low-code tools can be used to make changes in applications without writing code.
These examples included:
- A non-tech user adding a new screen in a SaaS platform
- HR department staff adding an app to make it easier for employees to keep track of their benefits
- A marketer working with an email marketing program
Additional situations where low-code tools are valuable for IT departments, as well as other business areas, include:
- Instances in which code changes frequently
- In UI/UX Design: to improve customer experience, low-code tools can give users faster and more personalized experiences via visual, drag and drop interfaces.
- Business process management
- Platform integrations
- Unified logon across disparate solutions
Low-code tools suited for education
Low-code tools can be particularly effective in school, college, and university systems, which often face a number of challenges in their systems and environments. For example, school districts and universities often contend with operations difficulties, strains on IT resources, and aging legacy systems.
Learning institutions also need to be responsive to change. Evolving teaching strategies and trends, increases in automation, and the ability to streamline processes involve changes in systems and environments. Implementing the use of low-code development platforms can help schools, colleges and universities innovate faster.
“Innovative college and university IT teams are taking advantage of low-code platforms to improve process automation and derive significant ROI from their technology investments, and it’s changing how they build for the future,” BP Logix noted in an article discussing higher education low-code business process automation.
Specific EdTech solutions based on low-code foundations, including SaaS and PaaS, enable schools and universities to expand and enhance their remote and virtual learning offerings. Some of these solutions include Learning Management Systems (LMS) such as Moodle or Canvas, which are widely used by school districts, colleges, and universities. These systems and other LMS are designed to allow users to customize their virtual learning programs based on an out-of-the-box solution.
Meanwhile, Lumicademy ‘s video conferencing platform, built on a low-code foundation, offers a secure and easy-to-use system that easily integrates with LMS and other digital education tools. Lumicademy’s low-code integrations and APIS allow institutions to customize their experiences and control all aspects of meetings, conferences, and document sharing.
“Utilizing Lumicademy has changed how easily our teams can integrate learning tools into the classroom for a better end-user experience. The controls allow for us to offer a secure and seamless environment while students engage in their virtual classroom.” Tim Feng, PEC Inc.
Demand for low-code digital tools is expected to keep growing, especially as schools and higher ed institutions further enhance and extend their virtual and remote learning capabilities. Education-specific low-code video conferencing and collaboration solutions are a fast-growing part of remote learning environments. This rising demand for customizable, low-code, platform-based solutions that integrate with existing services will result in a shift away from retail-based, one size fits all video conferencing products.
Download our Guide to Low-Code Software Tools for Building a Better Distance Learning Program to discover the advantages of using a low-code software platform to enhance your organization’s distance learning programs.