Setting the stage for digitally enhanced higher education [Op-ed]

Beyond getting the technology in place, digitally enhanced learning and teaching (DELT) in higher education requires considerable resources and engagement, strategy and leadership. In this article for University World News, EUA’s Michael Gaebel draws on lessons from the DIGI-HE project’s efforts to support and foster strategic approaches.

Here, Michael outlines how institutional strategies and inter-institutional peer learning are key for universities to move forward in this area, informed by the findings of the three-year Erasmus+ project DIGI-HE, led by EUA.

As such, the article covers pivotal enabling factors for universities’ digital transformation and reevaluates the role of self-assessment as a basis for strategy development and enhancement. DELT requires changes for the entire institution, and failure to give this proper consideration can bear relatively high risks in terms of costs, maintenance and interoperability, resources, and skills.

Looking into the future of DELT, there is no blueprint for institutions to follow, especially with the emergence of artificial intelligence tools and other innovations on the horizon. However, sector-wide exchange and collaboration may help universities to learn from each other’s successes and challenges and explore shared solutions.

The full article is available on University World News: Setting the stage for digitally enhanced higher education

“Expert Voices” is an online platform featuring original commentary and analysis on the higher education and research sector in Europe. It offers EUA experts, members and partners the opportunity to share their expertise and perspectives in an interactive and flexible exchange on key topics in the field.

All views expressed in these articles are those of the authors and do not necessarily reflect those of EUA.

Michael Gaebel

Michael Gaebel is Director of Higher Education Policy at the European University Association.


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