Digital transformation isn't only about technology--it’s forcing us to think differently about processes, people, and how to engage students

Mind the gap: Higher ed’s continuing digital transformation


Digital transformation isn't only about technology--it’s forcing us to think differently about processes, people, and how to engage students

When it comes to the digital transformation of higher ed, we’re at a critical juncture. It’s not a question of debating its efficacy; it’s a clear-cut case of when and how we’re moving into the digital age. But digital enablement isn’t limited to technology – it’s challenging us to think differently about processes, people, and how to engage our students.

Some aspects of higher education are gaining traction more rapidly than others. It’s no surprise that e-textbooks like those from BibliU are among the most visible changes. Like the popularity of e-readers – such as Kindles – among the general population, the idea of making content easily and affordably accessible has broad appeal and benefits.

While it’s not uncommon for the drivers of change to originate from another direction, it is common for any change to meet some degree of resistance. Which is why I ask: Is the digital divide between students and faculty diminishing – or expanding?

Digitally Literate Students

Let’s take our example of e-textbooks and digital course materials. The bottom line is that students are coming to us with a high degree of digital literacy. They already have a strong foundation – and expectation – that their college or university will provide access across many resources using technology.

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