SIIT Thammasat University Plans to Adopt “Smart Learning” System

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Dr. Warut Pannakkong, Lecturer, at the Department of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Systems (IE), Sirindhorn International Institute of Technology (SIIT), Thammasat University reveals that the department is planning on using “Smart Learning” with HPE SimpliVity as a platform to host an exam for the master’s degree students of the department.

This system is a part of the development of the University App Store system, where students, lecturers, and university staffs can have access to the applications used in learning, teaching, working, even taking a test from their place, and eventually create a productive and touchless society within the university.

Technology has become an important solution to many tough challenges of the time, due to the spreading of COVID-19. It has helped bring the teachers and students together, allow them to start learning together again. However, assessment is a big problem in online classes. SIIT believes that technology is the main driving force in every industry and decided to utilize technology in the learning and teaching method. Teachers and Students will have access to resources not only for learning in this difficult time but also to prepare themselves for the future of learning in the Digital Learning & Touchless Society.

Testing from Home via Virtual Desktop

With the escalating COVID-19 situation, SIIT decided to conduct the test for the master’s degree student in the Department of Industrial Engineering and Logistics Systems (IE), via the “Smart Learning” system with HPE SimpliVity. Students use the Virtual App and Virtual Desktop technology to access the faculty’s computer, Science Software and MS Office from home by logging in with student number. The system also uses the Web Conference application to record and send the video from the front camera of the student during the test. After finishing the test, the students then save their test papers to their cloud drive through their desktop which can be graded by the lecturer later.

Logging in to the test through Web Browser

To log in to the system, students can use web browsers like Safari, Chrome, Firefox, Internet Explorer, and Edge from their computers at home. The university is planning to embed the system into the university’s website.

Test paper Leak problem: Session watermark and Screen capture protection

During the test, the student’s screen will have a session watermark showing the student’s identification information like their name and student number. The watermark will prevent the student from using other devices to take a picture of the test paper. Besides, the paper will also have a screen capture protection installed which will prevent the student from using applications in Windows and other software to take a screenshot of the paper. These features will be implemented alongside stricter testing regulations and punishments.

Real-time screen check

During the test, the university will have an application to record student’s session, allowing teachers to check on the student screen both during the test time and after the test time. This way if the teachers find anything suspicious, they can look up the session recording via the student’s username, date, and time of the test.

University App Store the central system that works Anywhere, Anytime and on Any Devices

In the future, the university is planning to assign every student an account for the university App Store and a personal desktop that come with access to the educational application needed for each semester. Students can log in from any device such as laptops, personal computers, tablets, and smartphones both Android and iOS by using a web browser or a pre-installed agent on Android, iOS, Windows, and macOS. With this system, students, teachers, and faculty staff can use the personal desktop and university applications anywhere, anytime, and any devices.

Computer room PC to Thin Client
When students, teachers, and faculty staffs have a personal account to use Virtual App, Virtual Desktop through University App Store, pre-installed Windows computer is no longer needed. They will be replaced with Thin Client network PC, so when the students wanted to use a computer they can log in to the system and have access to their desktop, and application. This network and system will allow the users to have access to their information anywhere, which will promote a better lifestyle in the time of digital learning and touchless society.