Online learning tops UK universities' tech wish lists

Techradar | March 22, 2019

New research has revealed that online learning tools are the most important technology for British universities and these tools are twice as popular than any other type of tech.A new survey, from Jisc and ucisa, also found that 68 percent of higher education (HE) digital leaders feel the effective use of this technology is key to their digital transformation projects.Improving student experience is the biggest driver for tech adoption (91 percent) followed by improving workforce productivity (71 percent), saving costs across the organization (41 percent) and improving staff morale (11 percent). The Digital leadership in HE report also sheds light on the progress made by universities in strategic digital transformation with more than half of British universities (53 percent) having a digital strategy in place while a further 21 percent stated their strategy is integrated with others in the organization. When it came to the barriers that need to be overcome before digital technologies are embraced at UK universities, organizational culture (70 percent) was at the top of the list, followed by financial constraints (48 percent) and a lack of capability or capacity in IT (41 percent).In terms of online learning, some higher education digital leaders raised concerns that such tools undermine the worth of a physical campus but almost half (48%) of academic staff have digital tools embedded into their workflows.

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Educators play a pivotal role in encouraging student curiosity and fueling the momentum necessary to cultivate passionate, lifelong learners. Here are four key ways that schools—equipped with the right tools—can guide students along their learning journeys.

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Educators play a pivotal role in encouraging student curiosity and fueling the momentum necessary to cultivate passionate, lifelong learners. Here are four key ways that schools—equipped with the right tools—can guide students along their learning journeys.

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