Institutions strive to educate students to a high standard within the shortest possible learning process through the optimal use of lecturers, locations and learning resources. Education logistics – the full range of processes, systems and information flows – makes it possible to streamline the education process.
Processes, systems and information flows
Education logistics is the full range of processes, systems and information flows from various domains, such as personnel administration, student information systems, education planning, media libraries and facility management. This includes the following logistics processes:
- enrolling students
- describing the available study programmes
- providing access to education information
- planning the deployment of lecturers, facilities and learning materials
- supervising students at the institution itself and at internship locations
- progress management: monitoring students’ learning processes and competency development
- tests and examinations
A need for flexibility
Today’s students are increasingly formulating their own learning trajectories to meet their individual learning needs. They want to complete specific study units at other institutions or abroad. The education on offer is becoming increasingly varied and students can enrol at a growing number of junctures during the academic year. Newly enrolled students have a varied range of prior qualifications, backgrounds and wishes. Institutions have to account for exemptions and prior competencies. This requires flexible logistics processes and specific ICT support.
Exchanging education data
Publication through apps on mobile devices offers an effective channel for communication on timetables, the availability of materials, rooms and workspaces, study progress and other education information. The exchange of education data through such apps is subject to stringent security requirements in order to ensure the privacy of students and staff. However, the prospect of students building such apps themselves is also appealing. To this end, institutions may decide to make well protected sets of up-to-date educational data available.