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Sunday, September 09, 2018

Digital transformation still in the early stages | Commentary - University World News

"In the digital world, digital devices and technologies are everywhere, connecting people in their social and professional lives" says Nadine Burquel, international higher education expert and director of Business School Services at EFMD and Anja Busch, international accreditations officer at EM Strasbourg Business School, University of Strasbourg, France. 
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What are the implications for higher education institutions?

How can they best prepare students for the digital world, not only by delivering cutting-edge knowledge about the opportunities and challenges technology offers, but also by making students fully digitally competent for new jobs that do not even exist today?...

The impact on teaching
In his 2015 article “Why the Education Sector is Ripe for Digital Disruption”, Rob Buckley points out that education processes and structures have barely changed over the past decades whereas other industries have been highly disrupted.

He argues that at higher education level the two main reasons are, on the one hand, the “shortage of educators with the necessary skills in both teaching and the domains being taught” and, on the other hand, “the time it takes a student to learn and understand a subject in sufficient depth and breadth to be able to use it in practice”.

Buckley predicts that it will be the role of the lecturer that will mostly be changed during the next revolution of tertiary education.  

Building on distance learning platforms, virtual learning environments, learning management systems, MOOCs (massive open online courses), SPOCs (small private online courses) and flipped classrooms, the sector will include learning analytics, adaptive learning technologies and gamification in order to create individualised, tailored, accelerated and more effective learning.
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