Automating processes in education

Automating processes in education

Public school teachers and administrators face unique challenges on a daily basis in and out of the classroom. Besides helping their students to the best of their ability, they are faced with piles of paperwork, items to grade and various guidelines to follow. This can be an overwhelming burden for those who joined the education industry to share their knowledge and give back to the next generation.

To ease the stress for teachers and administrators, some schools, from elementary to college, are adopting automating services. These include Robotic Process Automation (RPA) and Intelligent Automation (IA). They simplify repetitive tasks for educators so they can focus their time and energy not on the pile of paperwork on their desk, but instead on the students in front of them. Here are four ways educators can implement automation to save time:  

  1. Paperwork: Administrators process grades and report cards, admit new students, review applications and more. Many of these tasks can be automated with RPA, allowing administrators more time to focus on students themselves.
  2. Scheduling: Administrators and teachers schedule classes and events before and throughout the school year. This can be tedious, especially when accommodating every student and their parents. This task can be automated with RPA, which allows the administrators and teachers to focus on student interactions.
  3. Grading: Teachers and instructors grade homework, quizzes, tests, papers and projects for all of their students. Some have assistants to help, but most do not. RPA can be utilized to grade smaller things, like homework assignments, quizzes and some portions of tests. This will allow teachers to spend more time outside of the classroom grading papers and projects, and less after-school time going over quizzes and homework. Plus, this process will allow students to receive feedback on their work faster.
  4. Registration assistance: Schools, particularly colleges, are often bogged down with phone calls, emails and in-person questions and requests just before classes start and during the first few weeks of class. Many of these phone calls and messages can be replied to with IA or chatbots. If the bot is unsure of an answer, it will forward the call or message to a person in the correct department. However, many of these questions are simple and easy to answer, freeing the staff to help students with complicated situations.

Teachers already using IA and RPA in the classroom feel like they are improving the quality of their work for their students. Plus, it saves them time, lowering the possibility of burnout, which benefits the students even more.

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