Digitising Universities : How will universities adapt to teaching in the ‘new normal’?


 

Digitising Universities : How will universities adapt to teaching in the ‘new normal’?

 

As the dust begins to settle on the chaotic admissions process following the exam results fiasco, universities have another looming problem on their horizon.

 

 

How will they continue to provide elite education whilst abiding by the restrictions imposed by COVID-19?

 

Whilst 97% of universities have said they will provide some sort of in-person training this Autumn, courses will have to adopt a more blended learning approach, with online group calls replacing lectures in many cases. This is a large step into unchartered waters for many universities, as lecturers have to adapt to the features of platforms such as Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

 

The University of Leeds has said that large numbers of students will be taught with digital technology, and that it will be ‘interactive and engaging’. It is difficult to guarantee this when lecturers, by and large, have no training in using the features of online communication platforms.

 

As universities are rushing to ensure that lecturers are equipped with the necessary technological toolkit, training providers can play an important role by providing digital delivery workshops en masse to higher education institutions. Training providers have had to migrate to online delivery ever since lockdown began. Therefore, trainers have been able to fine tune their teaching to fit with the demands of virtual sessions. Tapping into this expertise could be the difference between a clunky transition into the new academic year, and a smooth evolution into the ‘new normal’ of learning.

 

Universities have a decision to make in how they enact their online transition. They can either risk going it alone, or they can receive a helping hand from digital training experts.

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