The COVID-19 health pandemic has cast a spotlight on virtual learning solutions, institutions’ ability to handle security threats and network demands, and more.

The annual Higher Education Technology Landscape, which categorizes the market of technology products, illustrates how COVID-19 has impacted technology systems.

In an online post, James Wiley, principal analyst at Eduventures, notes that this year’s Landscape reflects some of the biggest challenges higher-ed leaders have had to face during the COVID-19 pandemic.

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And while flexible learning models were already on the rise, the abrupt closure of campuses across the globe certainly sped up their use, Wiley says.

The 2020 Landscape, from Eduventures, reflects the heightened demands placed on teaching and learning ecosystems with new emphasis on the following solution categories:

Accessibility Solutions: Institutions now face the challenge of ensuring that students with disabilities can access digital content while learning remotely. By adding the Accessibility Solutions segment to the Landscape, products are identified that help to both create and assess accessible digital content.

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