The digital transformation of education has been one of the most debated issues since the declaration of the state of alarm in mid-March, when schools had to adapt their activity to the online environment in record time.
In this post we talk about how the digital signature for schools and universities and other digital tools, which the centers have made use of in these last two months, can be a great ally for the return to a new school year.
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The digital transformation of education
Spain’s Ministry of Education and Vocational Training continues to work with the autonomous communities to develop protocols for the return to the classroom next school year.
Measures have been discussed, such as limiting the capacity of classrooms to 15 students, or enabling all spaces in the centers, such as libraries or gyms, to increase teaching spaces, in addition to implementing hygienic measures such as the mandatory availability of alcohol-based gels or masks for students in attendance.
On the other hand, the Ministry of Universities has delegated to each center the ability to approve its own protocol, so the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE, by its Spanish acronym) has already begun to develop its own plan.
The president of the Conference, José Carlos Gómez Villamandos, has stated that full capacity of the student body could be admitted if masks were used, or, if not, a mixed format combining in-person learning with online teaching would be chosen.
«We have a structure from the 90s that is too rigid and needs to be
José Carlos Gómez Villamandos,
President of the Conference of Rectors of Spanish Universities (CRUE)
The new star of the show in education is its digital transformation
In fact, a blended learning model that combines classroom and online activity is gaining popularity, despite some misgivings autonomous communities have about learning at the primary school level.
The truth is that the education sector has had to adapt in a very short period of time to a change that normally requires between three and five years, according to Martinez Fernandez, founder and CEO of GlobalNET Solutions Education, Training, and Innovation.
There are countries in the sector that have already made this adaptation. The Nordic countries, leaders in education according to the PISA report, are exemplary in the use of digital tools and online teaching.
Minister of Education Isabel Celáa stated in an interview in mid-May that the autonomous communities, together with the Ministry of Education, had already been investing in teacher training through the National Institute of Educational Technologies and Teacher Training, and declared that approximately half of them had developed skills to work efficiently online, although the other half was still in the "early stages." She said that it was to this percentage that they wanted to devote greater efforts, especially in the face of a possible outbreak of the virus in the fall.
In this interview, he also emphasized the need to move towards a digital modernization that would bring about qualitative changes to achieve better educational results, providing students with an individualized digital resource.
Image: The Minister of Education, Isabel Celáa, during a meeting of the Education and Vocational Training Committee of the Congress of Deputies in 2019.
The confusion among schools
The response of schools to the urgency of moving teacher education to the online environment has been varied. On the one hand, some schools already had solid digital platforms and skills on the part of their students and teaching staff, and this situation has boosted them along the way, while others have found themselves with a scarcity of digital resources and have had to catch up quickly in order to meet the educational demands of their students.
Ultimately, it has been an opportunity to see areas for improvement and continue to make use of recently acquired tools, in some cases, to continue lending continuity to teaching regardless of the circumstance that may occur next year.
The digital transformation of the Public Administration in general
The Public Administration of the different autonomous communities manages the different public schools, as well as controlling and assisting state-subsidized private and other private schools. Together with the educational sector, the Public Administration also seeks to advance towards greater digitalization. In this sense, the deployment of networks is necessary, as well as investment in digital infrastructure.
It is also imperative to develop the channels to serve citizens, including parents and students, and the internal management of all processes to optimize the operation of the system so that users can perform their procedures remotely.
One of the elements that contribute to remote management is the electronic signature, a solution that allows the content of a document to be accepted legally from any electronic device without needing to install an app, in the case of Signaturit.
An example of the use of electronic signatures would be for the delivery of notes to parents through a simple signature from their mobile devices, or enrollments in September thanks to the signing of documentation with advanced electronic signatures.
Digital Signatures for Schools and Universities
Universities, schools, business schools, institutes, vocational training centers, academies, and ultimately any educational center needs to be digitalized if it wants to optimize its management and offer the best service to both students and professionals working in their institution.
In fact, we have success stories in this area such as the Autonomous University of Barcelona, which has been satisfied with the signing of internship agreements on the part of all signatories (students, company, and the University), thanks to our advanced electronic signature.
Another example would be the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya - Xtended Studies (UOC X), which uses electronic signatures to digitalize enrollment, internship agreements, the signing of SEPA mandates, and employment contracts with professors, as Juanjo Martí, assistant director of the University, explains in this video.
We also have partnership agreements with partners such as Classlife, an all-in-one SaaS management platform for educational institutions, and SCOOLTIC, a consulting firm specializing in the educational sector and SMEs, dedicated to streamlining the administration and authorization processes in this sector.
Además contamos con acuerdos de colaboración con partners como Classlife, plataforma SaaS de gestión todo-en-uno para los centros educativos, o SCOOLTIC, asesoría especializada en el sector educativo y pymes, dedicados a agilizar los procesos de administración o autorización de este sector.
Take part in digital transformation: send your first document to be signed
The digitalization of the education sector has the potential to go far beyond the classroom by streamlining procedures between parents, schools, and professionals, so that all parties can take full advantage of the benefits offered by digital tools at a time when they are critical.
If you want to know all the details about UOC's experience with Signaturit and the main benefits that our advanced electronic signature solution brings to this prestigious university, do not hesitate to download the following case study by clicking on the image at the end of the post.
Please contact us if you have any questions and to get more information on how to make your school, college, or university more efficient by sending us an email at email@example.com or simply calling us at +34 935 511 480.
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