Over the last few years, we have seen a lot of focus on digital transformation initiatives in the higher education learning technology space. With the Prime Minister aiming to digitalise the money mechanisms in India, it but naturally follows that in 2017 we can expect a greater digitalisation of the higher education sector as well.
As it is institutions are eager to and are aiming to modernize their administrative and education systems to run more efficiently as well as enhance the learning experience for students.
This trend is being accelerated by business pushers and technology innovators who see an opportunity in the making. More and more enterprising and innovative tech engineers are creating digital training modules and digital administrative interfaces.
The higher education sector thus has the greatest potential for jumping into digitalisation in 2017. The major trends that could help institutions meet their strategic objectives in 2017 are:
Digitalisation of academic content into modules with which students can access their educational material. More and more reference books could also go the same way.
Predictive analytics in a digitalised form can help institutions in improving student success rates and retention. Such analysis can help institutions determine which students are most at risk of dropping out and support retention strategies to help students complete their studies. From an operational perspective, it also has the ability to improve efficiency and identify growth opportunities.
The higher education workspace can also be transformed with the help of digital assistants. Artificial intelligence has this capability and we shall likely see more and more assistants like Siri or Alexa helping to assimilate and simplify the administrative processes that go into the functioning of an institution.
Bots will help streamline processes in institutions like applications for admissions, the first day at college, selecting and signing up for courses and eventually graduation itself.
The use of technology does not stop there. University staff will be able to make use of digital assistants to automate much of their manual administration so they can free up time for more high-value tasks, such as promoting student success and helping institutions achieve strategic goals.
With the help of digital technology, students will gain in being supported at all levels, in academics, in financing, in continuing education and further on in even finding a job.
The institution would be able to get a multiple dimension view of its students and be in a much better place to provide personalized services to its students. This would improve the trend towards a student-centric model of education away from the old institution model.
Non-traditional learners such as part-time students, online/ distance learning students, students who want to increase their competency in certain core areas, or students in training or in continuing their education will all greatly benefit through the increased implementation of digital technology.