There is no doubt that the COVID-19 Pandemic has been the greatest disruption for the education sector throughout history affecting more than 1.2 billion students in over 190 countries and leading to a sudden ubiquitous shift towards the use of online learning.
The pandemic has brought along much uncertainty and changes to the higher education sector that could be long-lasting and that may reshape higher education forever. It has acted as catalyst to faster and more impactful transformations within the sector; placing pressure on universities to re-visit their value proposition and re-invent themselves to ensure they remain agile and relevant to a very dynamic landscape.
Many have predicted that the “new normal” will encompass the emergence of new business models for the sector, wider investment in online learning and a greater adoption of technology. Pedagogy is projected to be more blended than ever; new ways of student engagement will continue to be explored and more creative assessment will be adopted.
Big data may become more crucial than ever to deliver a personalized student centric learning experience. The use of artificial intelligence and blockchain technology may witness a wider adoption. Universities will need to digitalise to survive while addressing aspects of accessibility and equity.