Join our webinar and hear from Caroline Meriaux, project manager in pedagogy at the Stockholm School of Economics; Mike Day, chief digital officer at Swansea University; and Simon Thomson, director of the Centre for Innovation in Education at the University of Liverpool, as they explore the most pressing issues higher education institutions are facing right now and how they’ve had to learn to adapt in order to ensure success.
“Change is the only constant.”
This well worn phrase has special significance for higher education, where technological progress is driving a revolution for universities and business schools around the world.
Experts agree the possibilities and challenges posed by tech innovation are significant and many. The growth in virtual and augmented reality will mean that learning will look and feel nothing like it does today. Right now, students rely increasingly on online courses and demand more and more digital tools to fulfil their needs.
Of course, when faced with big issues like this, it’s natural for governments and analysts to talk about the need for larger budgets, a focus on the core curriculum, a back-to-basics approach to delivery, and the need for more teachers; but these are conventional solutions to new problems.
Instead, forward-looking organisations promote a much more rounded approach to changing education – looking holistically at skills, knowledge and collaboration.
This approach moves beyond the classroom, developing skills and knowledge needed to live and work in a competitive and fast-moving digital economy. Rather than encouraging the development of narrow skill sets that can (and ultimately will) be commoditised, institutions must lay the groundwork to encourage the development of a polymath mindset – where students are adaptable, flexible and multi-skilled.
With their distinctive campuses, emphasis on teaching excellence and world-class research, universities are sometimes seen as separate from the rest of society – operating in an academic bubble.
But the most savvy institutions know this simply no longer the case. With increasing populations, dwindling budgets and pressure to do more with less, the primary concern of universities in 2020 will be, much like the rest of commercial industry, how to establish a ‘unique selling point’ and stay competitive.
For some this will be by expanding their missions, reaching out to ‘non-traditional’ students, and partnering with other institutions to deliver ground-breaking research. For others, it will be exploiting opportunities for students to live and study abroad, offering a truly international education experience. To ensure universities stay relevant and important, they need to change in a number of ways, including embracing institution wide edtech.
So, if higher education institutions are really no longer ‘ivory towers’, and competitive advance truly comes from increased interconnectivity, how do universities reach success?
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