Universities function majorly on coaching students that involves them to use a lot of paper. Especially the classes that involve mathematical equations. Going paperless in the classroom is a new trend and has a lot of benefits to the students as well as to the school. In a way, it is profitable for the college on the business side. At the same time, it is the most convenient method to teach. Further, a lot of information can be shared and exchanged among the students too. With technology supporting every aspect of life, it should be wise to use that in Universities too. Let us see some of the ideas to go paperless in the classroom.
Build the Mindset
This would be the foremost step the Universities or the staff members must bring about. You are planning to change a traditional method of learning. To change requires a lot of effort in changing the mindset. We need to look at the end-user capacity now. One question that needs to be answered is, Are the students comfortable in going paperless? When we ask this, the question does not mean whether it is convenient to go to college, it means whether it is easy for them to study. This must be proved. Once this is proved you can start deploying this act to most of the sessions.
Start one by one
Changing the mindset to go paperless must not be a revolution. It is an evolution for a cause. No evolution shall happen in a night. Take the first step forward in implementing it in one course, or one department or even one subject. Use all the necessities and see the result. If the result is good or as same as the traditional way of learning, switch to it. Taking the first step forward is a challenge, once the result is achieved, it cannot be difficult to implement it wholly.
Learn the tech tools
Going paperless means, switching to technology mode. One must learn the usage of the tech tools to navigate and learn. Of course, the students know to browse the websites. But going paperless and moving over to the digital world to study is a whole new proposition. There are many tools available to attend online classes, take assignments and also tests. There are student portals which they use to upload their assignments. Learning the different tools and sticking to the comfortable one, shall solve 90% of the initial hassle.
Go All Guns Blazing when it comes to digitization
Now, this must be carefully noted. Once we switch over to the technology mode of learning, every communication must be through digital mode. Be it an announcement or a test result. Put it online, or in a portal that is developed or at least in a WhatsApp Group of your class. It gives a complete change to the environment and the students start adapting to it. The initial flaws in the adaptation can be easily identified. It is a new beginning, there may be mistakes but doing it step by step can change the entire college to go paperless.