Education industry software development

We are an education software development company specializing also in blockchain outsource software development, outstaff development and tech consulting. For over five years we have been offering educational software development services. Boosty Labs is a world-class fintech and cloud engineering team with several years’ background of practice that combines consulting, strategy, design and engineering at scale. Mainly in e-learning software development, finance, real estate, distributed ledger and cloud technology.
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The reasons for software development in the education sector

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Storing paper versions of documents in the archives of educational institutions, which is accompanied by the risk of forgery and loss: paper media can burn out, get lost, it can be changed or simply spoiled.

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Fragmentation of data on academic performance: they can be located in different educational institutions, have a different recording format, all this makes their use less effective.

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The lack of a single resource where one could find the course of interest anywhere in the world, because today we can easily go anywhere, but it can be extremely difficult to find the right course quickly.

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Lack of trust among employers for the academic data provided: since it is sometimes very difficult to confirm qualifications, employers have to come up with different test tasks when hiring.

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The complexity of finding specialists with specific skills: there is no single algorithm, so it is very difficult for recruiters to even narrow down the search circle.

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Storing paper versions of documents in the archives of educational institutions, which is accompanied by the risk of forgery and loss: paper media can burn out, get lost, it can be changed or simply spoiled.

02.

Fragmentation of data on academic performance: they can be located in different educational institutions, have a different recording format, all this makes their use less effective.

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The lack of a single resource where one could find the course of interest anywhere in the world, because today we can easily go anywhere, but it can be extremely difficult to find the right course quickly.

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Lack of trust among employers for the academic data provided: since it is sometimes very difficult to confirm qualifications, employers have to come up with different test tasks when hiring.

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The complexity of finding specialists with specific skills: there is no single algorithm, so it is very difficult for recruiters to even narrow down the search circle.

Application of blockchain technologies in the education industry

Today, a distributed blockchain database is increasingly being integrated into document storage and control systems. The advantage of this technology is that there is no practical possibility of manipulating the data recorded in the system, due to the fact that information can only be added to the database, but not overwritten. At the same time, the truth of the document can be easily traced, since everyone sees who it was recorded in the blockchain by. Along with identity cards and the banking sector, “Cryptorevolution” has not spared the education system either.

2017 was the starting point for cryptolization of education. The first to officially start using blockchain to store their diplomas and certificates was the University of Nicosia. Most importantly, it also became the first university to accept Bitcoin cryptocurrency as payment. Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) of the University of Nicosia are available in 83 countries worldwide.It is also a member of the European Universities Association (EUA) and the European Association of Higher Education (EURASHE). This means that his diplomas and certificates are recognized all over the world. Organizations such as the Open University (UK), Sony, Massachusetts Institute of Technology and others also picked up the baton.

Prospects for using blockchain technology are not limited to a distributed database. Its dynamism and transparency also has the potential to revolutionize the education system as a whole (by developing and legitimizing online learning). 

Based on the ability to combine individual courses into course blocks, it is possible to propose different learning strategies for narrowly focused specialties. Also, the blockchain allows to standardize certificates and diplomas of universities and educational online portals, which in the future will allow them to be legalized for all countries of the world.

What development opportunities will we get if all educational organizations record their certificates in one global blockchain?

Certificates and diplomas confirm the availability of certain skills and knowledge of the candidate. Storing data in one system allows you to distribute them between companies, creating a system for dynamic search of personnel for a set of specialist skills for specific enterprises.

In turn, this will create a demand for certain skills, which in turn sets trends for learning certain courses in real time. The candidate will see what exactly needs to be studied in order to obtain the desired position. Educational organizations, adjusting to new trends in the labor market, will offer “dynamic blocks of courses”, where the student chooses only what he needs for further professional growth.

This vector of development of the education system also fundamentally solves the problem of rapid de-actualization of curricula, formed during the acceleration of the development of Information Technologies.

Labor market trends become more and more volatile every year. The speed of technology development is growing exponentially, and with it the requirements for specialists in all spheres of work. The relevance of educational programs offered by classical educational systems sometimes decreases even at the beginning of the academic year and requires adjustment.

The presence of dynamic monitoring of the requirements of companies for candidates, as well as the growing popularity of online education, will allow educational organizations to painlessly adapt to development trends in the field of education, as well as to establish relations without intermediaries between them (specific universities, educational organizations, students and enterprises, working as a single system thanks to the blockchain ledger.

E-learning industry software development services

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With distance and hybrid learning becoming the new normality, virtual classrooms and learning devices are gaining a lot of attention from attackers

With our next-generation solution, protection suites have functionality not found in other standalone products, while allowing significant savings at each endpoint.

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Students and educators can have any type of device in their arsenal (laptops, tablets, chromebooks, iOS devices, or desktops), but they are all at risk

From January to April 2020, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, the educational community experienced an 1114% rise in cloud security threats. At the same time, student devices have become a very tempting and desirable target for hackers. Boosty Labs offers a comprehensive on-premises proactive defense solution that uses real-time technology to prevent attacks against iOS and Android devices.

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Education institutions are moving to cloud services faster than they can be secured

Solution: a cloud-based and resilient way to protect and mitigate threats for SaaS, IaaS and PaaS services.

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The need to get acquainted with robotics in elementary school

The line of solutions from Boosty Labs is based on hardware and software continuity: learning goes from “simple” to “complex”, from ready-made schemes and solutions in primary school to serious project work in graduating classes.

Benefits of software development for the education industry

Transition to distance learning

The world situation is changing faster than ever. And now it is necessary to support not only remote work, but also distance learning. The transition of students to learning outside the classroom while maintaining their involvement and focus is something unexpected, especially for those who organize it for the first time. Boosty Labs is ​​simplifying this transition by creating flexible learning locations with application virtualization to deliver all applications  – even resource-intensive 3D and graphics applications – to cost-effective thin clients or personal devices.

Secure connection and collaboration

Boosty Labs fosters learning through collaboration, exchange of ideas, networking, discovery and technological breakthroughs. With Boosty Labs education solutions, students, educators, and employees no longer need to remember on which device or in which folder they saved an important document. With a tool for secure data sharing, files and projects are stored and synchronized across all devices, anywhere.

Implementation of a computerized assessment process

Research data is a major source of income for leading universities, so it is important to keep this data secure. Rather than worrying about special access methods during an outage, IT can provide employees with the ability to access their secure digital workspace over any available connection without the need for additional VPN software. Theft or loss of data can cost millions of dollars and drag a university into legal action. By keeping your network and cloud infrastructure secure, including the files that researchers constantly exchange, you can prevent data loss and theft.

Simplified compliance with regulatory requirements

Schools and universities have a large amount of data about employees and students (including information about academic ability, financial status, physical and mental health), and to protect confidentiality, it is necessary to ensure the security of this data. Protecting employee and student data and verifying regulatory compliance will be easier with centralized application management and corporate file synchronization and sharing.

Digitalization trends in education sector

What are the main trends in the digitalization of education?

Trend # 1. Adaptive Learning

Adaptive learning is a learning model that represents technology as “interactive learning devices” and leverages new technologies to adapt them to the needs of learners. The goal of this method is to create an optimized learning model that transforms students from ordinary listeners into active and cooperative participants in the learning process.

Trend # 2. Virtual and Augmented Reality (VR @ AR)

Virtual and augmented reality (VR and AR) are modern and rapidly developing technologies. Their goal is to expand the physical space of a person's life with objects created using digital devices and programs, and having the character of an image.

Currently used devices are: virtual and augmented reality glasses, controllers, headphones, smartphones, tablets. These devices enable a person to see and hear digital objects. In the near future, feedback gloves are expected to enable humans to touch digital objects.

Trend # 3. Behavioral analytics and motivation in the digitalization of education

The main focus is on how the student, listener, student is effective after learning. Interest in motivating and analyzing the student's activity in the framework of digitalization of education, and how to compose, through data, the listener's personal trajectory, consisting of various tools.

Trend # 4. Gamification

Gamification is the application of game elements and mechanics to achieve non-game goals. The gaming technique is especially popular in distance education.

Trend # 5. STEAM education

Based on the application of an interdisciplinary and applied approach, as well as on the integration of natural sciences, technology, engineering art, creativity, mathematics into a single teaching scheme.

In the distant future, we will have professions that will be associated with technology and high-tech production at the interface with the natural sciences, in particular, there will be a great demand for specialists in bio- and nanotechnology. Professionals will require extensive training and knowledge from a wide variety of fields.

Trend # 6. MOOC, mobile and blended learning

Competing with the MEP is absolutely useless. Online courses enable students to choose what they like and gain knowledge in a short period of time, anywhere, for less money. That is why universities should include in the educational process the possibility of integrating the MEP with the curriculum.

Mobile learning is closely related to e-learning and distance learning, the difference is the use of mobile devices. Training takes place regardless of location and takes place using portable technology. In other words, mobile learning reduces the constraints on learning locally using portable devices.