AUTOMATION: This Word Could Be A Trap. Don’t Fall!

Automation, a powerful word which basically means automatic control of processes to reduce or minimize human intervention. Whenever used, this word has the potential to immediately catch human attention because of its connection by definition to the phrase “Less Work”.

Specifically talking about Education Technology, we have seen quite a few edtech products emerge in recent times to help educational institutions improve efficiencies and outcomes of their educational initiatives by bringing in some kind of automation through these products.

As expected and rightly so, automation has become one of the most used words when it comes to explaining the utility of these edtech products and why an educational institution should go for it. But our recent few interactions with Schools and getting a peep into the productivity tools they use took us by surprise.

It looked as if the word Automation is being used as a trap to convince Stakeholders of educational institutions involved in decision-making. The reason as to why this is easy is because the job of these stakeholders is not to evaluate tech products but to give education where they need to spend most of their time and focus.

Let me illustrate this with a couple of real scenarios that we came across:

Scenario 1: Examination Automation 

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Scenario 2: School Fee Automation

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In both these scenarios, we are just considering a single student. Imagine each of these in reality where the volume of students is much higher and calculate the amount of time and effort that goes into it even after using a system that is suppose to automate and minimize time and effort.

Though it’s a sad state and makes it even more complex for Educators to use technology as a tool to improve education, we feel that ignoring technology completely to avoid this is not at all the solution. Certain basic ideas like the ones illustrated above can help decide the fate of an edtech tool for your institution.

We would love to hear your experiences and ideas on how you chose the right education technology tools for your institution.