COVID-19 and the Digitalisation of Universities

This year signals UK higher education’s very own anthropocene – a sector-defining point at which universities pivoted en masse to deliver emergency online teaching and new modes of working dominated by technology. This is pretty much what the business community has been referring to as digitisation.

In an academic setting this brave new future, while beguiling in its promise, requires a more sensitive treatment. We need to be clear about what digitalisation might mean for the higher education sector – positive and negative.

This blog is available on the UK’s leading Higher Education policy forum – Wonkhe. The article sets out to examine what digitalisation might mean for Universities by exploring different stages of digitalisation for different segments of the University Enterprise.