With the pandemic creating shifts in the systems, we’ve relied on for decades, technologies aim to facilitate better systems for those who guide us.
It’s no secret that new and advanced technologies are seeping into every facet of our lives as we know it. While many of these systems aim to make our lives easier, some only seem to complicate and frustrate. When it comes to being an educator, your job doesn’t exist just within the confines of the institution you teach at. Instead, education has become an ingrained aspect of nearly every waking hour of their days. While this can prove to benefit students and institutions, teachers need a more efficient system of reporting and engaging with their institutions— one that doesn’t eat up what precious free time they are allowed.
Luckily, the novel Faculty Database System hopes to do just that. Providing a more organized and accessible system for consistent and concise reporting. One that fosters greater transparency between teachers and administrators, so educators can better define their roles and achievements, while consistently reporting their expertise and availability. Creating a properly collated cloud-based data system that allows administrators to more easily recognize their staff members on an individual basis. All at the time that is most convenient for everyone involved.
For educators, navigating novel technology systems is a recurring theme. One that can quickly become pedantic and time consuming. Which is why it has become so important to create enduring systems that are simple to use, easy to learn, and best effectively communicate educator’s needs. As well as dovetail into the needs of the institution itself.
A growing demand for administrative time is learning how to best allocate the resources and educators they are given. Not only to create the most effective teaching environment, but also to be able to recognize and empower their staff appropriately. This becomes important not only to the quality of education received by their students, but also to the quality of workplace maturation for their staff members.
Particularly for educators in the US, it has become almost normal to feel underpaid, overworked, and hugely undervalued. Largely because of the pressures of working within the education system. Which has come to mean that if teachers wish to be better recognized for their achievements and contributions, they must rely on a greater workload in order to be better represented. Because US teachers in particular work more hours than any other nationality, creating complicated self-reporting systems— just to promote individual value— becomes a time burden that curtails the point of the exercise. Which is where faculty database systems can help to not only encourage teachers to self-promote and achieve, but also allow them to do so in a simple and easily compliable way.
These faculty database systems can show administrators exactly what values are represented and put forth by each individual staff member. With very little added workload on either end. Which can then result in a more efficient contribution from both educators and administrators to the overall quality of their institution as a whole.
Allowing consistent and concise data collection on important matters like tenure review, professional profiles and individual expertise, accolades, honours, achievements, and even more administrative situations like eligibility for sabbatical. Because of the 24/7 access to this software, educators can seamlessly update their profiles at any point in which they feel is appropriate. Allowing administrators current, relevant, and easily searchable data based on individual performance and accomplishments.
Which not only saves teachers time, but can also help administrators to make better informed, more timely decisions when it comes to career-based incentives and awards. Because all of the information provided is stored in a cloud-based, self-reported system, administrators can easily make tough decisions fairly and equally. Distributing these performance-based rewards equally among all of those who deserve it— as opposed to those that make themselves the most visible.
These systems work as a hub for all working groups within institutions— large or small. This means that even at a university level, which operates across multiple campuses, or large geographical areas; can better integrate communications with administrators, HR departments, faculty, and all other aspects of non-teaching staff. With an “all in one” system where personal contact can be made with ease. More than that, it’s the simplicity of the system itself that allows it a more transitory structure. Easily keeping step with modern technological innovations without having to overhaul an entire system.
Which not only helps to inspire confidence with the system itself, but also becomes incredibly cost effective from a long-term perspective. As these systems curb the need to learn multiple platforms or require several different service providers or consultancies. Learn one system, use one system, keep one system. Not just cost-effective, but enduring and genuinely useful. Particularly to those who have already provided so much.