The past year has put the higher education industry to the test. The onset and continuation of the COVID-19 pandemic has required a massive operational shift that many institutions were not prepared for, and schools have had to pivot quickly to make sure that systems and staff alike are as well-prepared as possible to exist in a now predominantly virtual environment.
Perhaps the biggest lesson we’ve learned so far is that higher education institutions must increase their resiliency and agility in order to meet evolving staff and student needs.
The future of blended learning has arrived. A new resource from the Every Learner Everywhere network, Planning for a Blended Future: A research-driven guide for educators, helps educators advance their blended learning efforts beyond the crisis phase of the pandemic to strategically meld course design and learning technologies.
A thorough, professional risk assessment typically can detect these weaknesses and many other hazards so that administrators can more effectively protect students and staff. But before we go much further, it probably would be best to define exactly what a risk assessment is, especially as it pertains to a school or university.
COVID’s changes will fundamentally impact how education is delivered, and also will impact who can access it. What will this new environment look like? What is the impact on universities and colleges for students and staff? Although much remains to be determined, there are key trends emerging in regard to the future of higher education.