Metastudy offers insights into how colleges and universities can evolve and leverage digital tech for student learning

digital-futureInstitutions of higher education should identify and implement technologies that support student learning, should welcome blended learning environments, and should ensure degree programs adapt to students’ digital needs, according to a new metastudy of technology’s role in higher education.

The study, Preparing for the Digital University: A Review of the History and Current State of Distance, Blended, and Online Learning, provides an overview of technology-enabled learning models and highlights strategies for colleges and universities moving in a digital direction.

One of the biggest takeaways, according to lead study author George Siemens, is that universities must evolve from outdated policies to policies that embrace and leverage digital technologies for learning.

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Laura Ascione