The COVID-19 pandemic has caused academic institutions such as schools and universities to rapidly shift to distance learning. The global pandemic has also resulted in an increased demand for educational technology, tools, and services. Around 60% of educational leaders in the EU believe that the traditional approach to education will not return to normal after schools and universities reopen, and will instead include more online and distance teaching.
This necessitates a rethink of educational structures and policies to ensure an effective education environment in the future, particularly for higher education institutions. In order to remain relevant, universities must adapt to digitalization to enhance student-teacher relationships and other aspects of the learning experience. However, such significant changes cannot happen overnight and will require policies in three overlapping phases: coping, managing continuity, and improving and accelerating the process. This is where INCITE has started to help, we collaborate with educational institutions to understand the landscape in order to make sure that the digital transformation strategy has the right effects both near and long term.
The COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the importance of stronger links between teacher training programs and educational institutions, similar to the relationship between medical schools and hospitals for hands-on experience. The use of advanced technology and digitalization presents an opportunity to fundamentally rethink how teachers are trained and developed as well as how they teach pupils of all ages. DX has a great opportunity to re-define how we learn in the future.