Universities can change for the better in a post-pandemic world. How can universities change their teaching and business models when they start to reopen? Here is a roundup of what some are saying and doing.
Executive Summary Amid the Covid-19 pandemic, three external forces have come together to create a perfect storm for American colleges: The cost of higher education has been skyrocketing, a new generation of digital technologies – such as mobile, cloud computing, machine learning, AI, AR, and VR – have matured, so immersive and personalized education can be provided online at scale at a much lower cost than that of conventional education, and parents, students, faculty, and university leaders have significantly lowered their psychological barriers to online learning.
The University of Cambridge has announced that all lectures will be offered online for the academic year beginning in October 2020. Other UK universities are expected to adopt similar policies, adopting a format which blends online learning with more traditional teaching.
Without the certainty of face-to-face modality on campus, higher education authorities must find out what direction the next semester will take. In the uncertain landscape of the COVID-19 pandemic, options are divided among doubling down on the health regulations, optimizing the efforts spent so far to deliver quality online education, delaying the start of the semester in the fall, or even canceling it.
subscribe to Coronavirus Daily podcast As colleges across the country pivot online on very short notice, there are a host of complications – from laptops and Internet access to mental health and financial needs. Digital learning experts have some surprising advice: do less.