Digital innovation in higher education
A series of webinars for leaders in higher education
COVID-19 expedited digital transformation in higher education, which encouraged university staff to rethink how to deliver education to students. This led to accelerated innovation and the need to embrace technology to find solutions. Join this webinar series to explore new opportunities for universities to remain competitive.
These panel discussions bring together leaders in higher education, as well as perspectives from Amazon Web Services (AWS) subject matter experts. Each session is moderated by a Times Higher Education journalist.
Who should attend?
Leaders who are interested in digital innovation for higher education and how it can help achieve strategic objectives for their institutions. The webinars in particular will appeal to vice-chancellors, pro-vice-chancellors, deputy vice-chancellors, principals, provosts, university directors, registrars, chief information officers, chief financial officers, and department heads.
Improving access and delivering quality flexible learning and assessment | 60 minutes
In this new era of teaching, educators must give students flexibility in creating their own learning experiences. They need long-term plans because universities do not envision returning to the way they taught prior to the lockdowns. The future offers many opportunities, including greater use of learning analytics, more control of the pace of learning, recorded lectures, increased engagement, and wider access to education. Technology will play a vital role in each.
Exploring the promise of digital collaboration in research | 60 minutes
For hundreds of years, research has informed teaching and affected a university’s reputation. New shifts promise to rebalance basic versus applied research, as well as collaboration not only between universities but entire nations. Topics in this session will include:
- Governments’ insistence on more immediately applicable research with implementation becoming as important as innovation
- Why global challenges cannot be addressed by individual institutions and instead require a global approach
How to modernise the curriculum as part of universities’ digital transformation: Delivering benefits for staff and students | 60 minutes
The pandemic prompted a newfound urgency to reinvent curricula and offer flexible learning. Even though students still seek degrees, educators are introducing shorter courses and stackable credentials to meet the needs of learners and offer more academic freedom. Technological solutions can offer flexibility on cost and time commitment, as well as increased engagement with not only lecturers and students at their own institutions but with global partners. This session will discuss best practices for modelling the new types of courses and accreditations that universities can now offer.
Protecting universities’ data, staff, and students during digital transformation | 40 minutes
The move to virtual learning, storing data, and learning in the cloud led to an increased focus on protecting institutions from cyberattacks. Cloud platforms can share responsibility for security, but it is vital that institutions safeguard their processes, software, and operating systems. This will enable them to protect data, students, and educators. With so much data and so many systems now hosted in the cloud, cybersecurity has never been more critical.
The future of personalised learning: Using technology to create new student pathways | 60 minutes
The cloud is changing students’ learning experiences and driving increased engagement and interaction. Technologies such as machine learning provide insights that can help educators curate personalised learning experiences in which students study at their own pace.