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Benefits of Caching for Educators

Education in today’s world makes use of many cutting-edge tools and technologies. Internet access is one of these, being the key to access the latest research and other multimedia content. Platforms such as YouTube are extensively used in educational institutes around the world. This enables students to get direct and instant access to video content relevant to their curriculum and helps them gain a better understanding of the key concepts.

However, a downside of using multimedia content online is that it consumes the bulk of the bandwidth. Whether it’s a school, a college or a university, accessing video lectures is an immense benefit for students. And yet, it puts a significant burden on the institute’s bandwidth. This may slow down the institute’s internet access altogether or take the bandwidth costs through the sky.

Thankfully, there are ways to avoid this. Educators can use the ways mentioned below to ensure multimedia access for students while keeping bandwidth consumption to a minimum at the same time.

Web Caching:

Web caching essentially places a copy of the relevant data in a quickly-accessible drive. This means that when students try to view a lecture on YouTube, for instance, they are served up the video directly from the cache. In other words, the network no longer has to spend bandwidth on the entire distance between the user and the YouTube server. Instead, the cache server located closer to the student delivers the cached copy of the video.

With SwitfCache, having immense benefits, both for the educators and the students. For the students, this means a better, more seamless and uninterrupted access to the relevant content. And for educators, this means that the bandwidth consumption is reduced dramatically.

Learning Management System:

Another great way of reducing bandwidth consumption in an educational institute is the use of a Learning Management System (LMS). An LMS is essentially a local digital library accessed by anyone connected to the network. So for instance, if a university establishes an LMS, it can add the relevant videos and other multimedia content to the LMS. When the students want to access this content, they can directly access it from the LMS. This means that most of the data transfer will simply take place between the locally-hosted LMS and the students. And most of the actual bandwidth of the network will be free for other tasks.

Video lectures are fast becoming an integral part of the classrooms at every level of education. Without effective ways of providing access to this content, educational institutes can end up with choked speeds and huge bandwidth-related expenses. So it’s time for educators to implement smart strategies such as those mentioned above.

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