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Delivering transformational teaching and research in a new world

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Pandemic propels online education into ‘next phase’

Digitising classes was the first part – the next challenge is to make materials engaging and personalised, experts say at the THE Digital Transformation Forum.

October 21st, 2020
Universities’ digital transformation will be focus of next THE forum

Topics including strategising, the benefits of online learning, and international research will be explored in conversations across two virtual stages.

October 13th, 2020
Horizon Europe ‘will further weaken basic research funding’

Universities have been told that the emphasis on tackling pandemic, climate change and digital transformation may require a ‘reshuffling of money’.

September 23rd, 2020
Cyber attack warning as cuts leave managers and staff at odds

Covid-19 has elevated the already considerable cyber risks universities face from without and within, Australian consultants warn. Cost-cutting in universities has left institutions at risk of cyber-attacks from disgruntled staff.

September 22nd, 2020
Covid drives Chinese university to embrace digital transformation

‘HyFlex’ learning and cutting-edge virtual reality techniques set to help students and staff bridge physical and language barriers. An institution in China is using the leap into online learning as an opportunity to integrate simultaneous learning and virtual reality into its very fabric.

September 10th, 2020
Poor broadband hampers academics in developing world

A survey by the Association of Commonwealth Universities shows the struggle that academics have in going digital compared with institutional leaders.

September 4th, 2020
Lily Kong: let’s get the technology transformation right

A few fundamental questions need to be answered before we look to a new dawn for higher education, says Singapore Management University president.

August 28th, 2020
Let artificial intelligence sweep away the gloom

We’re all wondering what the future of higher education will look like. But I’ve glimpsed that future, and it’s bright. The pivot to online learning during the coronavirus pandemic has shown why university educators should embrace artificial intelligence, says Y. J. Yang.

August 25th, 2020
Lab teaching could be revolutionised by switch to online

Advocates for virtual labs finding chance to show cost and equity benefits of online experimentation. Covid-19 is spurring the adoption of online simulators that may make science teaching more equitable, efficient and effective.

August 24th, 2020
As new lockdowns loom, is digital pedagogy ready?

The loss of international income makes the improvement of universities’ online offerings all the more urgent.

August 20th, 2020
A practical guide to digital teaching and learning

With Covid-19 likely to prolong the need for mass online learning for some time, we seek the experts’ advice on how to do it well – from designing courses and maintaining engagement to choosing applications and carrying out experiments remotely.

August 20th, 2020
Are universities spending enough on cybersecurity?

Some data suggest institutions are devoting little to their defences and, as attacks become routine, experts say that open, decentralised universities are vulnerable.

August 18th, 2020
Let’s dare to reimagine education in our time of crisis

Sustainable changes in digital learning will result from best practice alongside bold experimentation, say Friedrich Hesse, Volker Meyer-Guckel, Bitange Ndemo, Alexandros Papaspyridis, Rahim Rajan and Suzanne Walsh.

August 16th, 2020
Beyond Zoom: can virtual reality replace the classroom experience?

The virtual reality technology market is booming thanks to the coronavirus pandemic. Jack Grove asks whether it might finally catch on in higher education.

July 29th, 2020
Careers intelligence: how to network in the Covid-19 age

Networking has long been a mainstay of most academic careers. Striking up a conversation in the buffet line at a conference could lead to co-authoring a paper; an impromptu introduction after a lecture might result in groundbreaking collaboration.

July 23rd, 2020
Robot scientist ‘works 1,000 times faster’ than human researchers

Chemists at the University of Liverpool have created an AI-powered robot scientist that they say can conduct experiments 1,000 times faster than a human researcher.

July 8th, 2020
Webinar explores young universities’ success in driving digital transformation

Older universities have traditionally enjoyed the advantage of centuries-old reputations for academic prowess and impressive campus architecture when recruiting prospective students and staff. But the move to digital learning spaces during the coronavirus pandemic has diminished this edge.

June 18th, 2020
AI education must help students see inside the black box

Graduates’ common lack of deep understanding about how AI works is hindering industry take-up, says Min Wanli.

April 14th, 2020
Teaching intelligence: how to take your classes online

Many universities have begun to teach online amid concerns that traditional classes could spread the coronavirus. Yale-NUS lecturer Catherine Shea Sanger explains how it can be done quickly and effectively.

March 13th, 2020
Universities ‘need joint security teams to counter cyber threat’

Universities must create joint cybersecurity teams to protect themselves against ever more sophisticated hacking attempts, according to the vice-president of a Dutch university hit by a ransomware attack over Christmas that forced the institution to pay the equivalent of about £175,000 to criminals.

March 10th, 2020

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