SharePoint 2013 in Education

Four ways in which SharePoint 2013 implementation can be used to enhance business practices & students’ success

As we move forward in the age of digital migration, the need to be conversant with technology is becoming a necessity we cannot afford to ignore. This blog post will introduce four ideas that Universities can implement to enhance their daily business practices for Students, Faculty and Staff (referred to as “users” in this blog).

1 – Intranet Portal on SharePoint 2013

SharePoint 2013 can be used as an add-on platform to existing systems. Creating an Intranet portal will ultimately increase productivity, communication, collaboration, and knowledge-sharing management. The different social and collaboration tools provide users with central location whereby they can share information about their work and discuss issues that affect their daily activities.

2 – Web-enhanced classes

SharePoint 2013 provides users with enhanced intranet features that enable better online engagement for classes. For example, SharePoint sub-sites connected to the intranet contain web-parts, RSS feeds to internal or external content, page links to personal and public blogs, wikis, lists, and document libraries to store all course content. These features provide ease access to information, enable social networking and improve overall class collaboration by sharing course-related interests and feedback.

3 – Online Classes

SharePoint 2013 will allow for expansion of online learning platforms. It provides users access with an alternative learning management system (LMS) built into Intranet, enhancing classroom-based teaching and communication between users over all. SharePoint 2013 is a powerful collaborative platform that can provide users with the added ability to run synchronous classes using the LYNC feature. This feature is rich with live updates, presentation sharing options, annotation tools and much more.

4 – Site Departments

SharePoint 2013 infrastructure also allows for the creation of Site Departments which would help to achieve a more productive and engaging environment.  Ultimately, the user experience would improve through access to information such as timesheets, important calendar dates and quick reminders in a timely manner. Site Departments built on SharePoint 2013 will boost personal and teamwork performance by making efficient use of provided data.

The four SharePoint 2013 points mentioned are only the beginning of the data integration available. SharePoint 2013 offers a range of tools, when used effectively, can make a great difference on  daily collaborations.