WHY UNIVERSITY CLASSROOMS SHOULD UNDERGO DIGITAL TRANSFORMATION

17, Jan, 2019

Isabel Sagenmüller
BY: Isabel Sagenmüller

Going digital is becoming a global trend driven by the technological revolution. Many sectors have now started transforming to adapt to the digital era, and higher education institutions are no exception.  

It’s natural that there’s a specific initial resistance to new technologies, mainly because some are continually changing. In Chile, for example, in 2017, 30% of companies had an online presence, according to El Pulso newspaper. In the future, the majority of institutions are expected to follow this path.

Digital transformation does not just involve digitizing university documents. The change can be more profound, such as incorporating planning software.  

The Aliat university network is a success story that, through collaboration with groups of students, automated manual processes and established improved procedures. The key to success consisted of joint work between both teams achieved by effective communication among all participants of the process.  

What advantages can digital transformation bring to university classrooms? Here we list the main benefits of going digital in a context in which it is becoming increasingly necessary.

1. Improve decision-making  

The results of the analysis provided by these platforms promote accurate decisions such as the planning of study systems or activating support networks when students want to drop out.

Digital products are faster than older formats and are low cost. You can make high-quality decisions based on digital analytics.  

2. Direct interaction with students

The digitalization process facilitates enrolment in study programs as teachers can adapt them to students’ curricular plans.  

For example, the University of Sydney in Australia reviews the workload timetable (such as the allocation of schedules) annually, an advantage that also enables for better planning for students. The software tool manages to incorporate all participants on the same platform.

What’s more, students no longer passively receive information but are able to become involved in their own learning process due to initiatives such as the flipped classroom approach.

Some benefits:

  • Students can review videos, reading material, and theoretical case studies.
  • The teacher can evaluate contents on a platform and provide feedback more effectively.
  • Students can also learn new content at home. 

3. Resource optimization

Better communication between teachers – through planning software – can generate better teaching strategies. Meanwhile, increased computers in institutions and better data management can result in improved results for students and strengthen the learning experience.

Also, these mechanisms can enhance the teaching staff’s efficiency and productivity.

What’s more, it’s possible to assign classrooms far more efficiently. Based on available rooms, this type of software considers the specific requirements to study each subject and the number of students, among other variables, to make multiple simulations and allocate classrooms in the best way possible.

4. Facilitate academic workload and improved learning  

The digital transformation of classrooms warrants the best schedules to be generated. The data that this kind of technological solution collects is shared with academic directors, so they can improve and make changes to the academic workload.  

Digital integration is closely linked to improved learning as it enables new digital tools to be used in the classroom, allowing teaching materials to be prepared collaboratively.

5. Improve academic evaluation and learning

These new technologies help to reinforce the efficiency of educational institutions and obtain a better management process. By holding all the information on one platform, education centers can better track progress among students and teachers.

For example, with this type of software, you can review the time it takes a student to take a test, the days and hours they are online, or how long they take to write comments on a specific task.

Aspects that can lead to better results:

  • Diagnosis
  • Adaptation
  • Consultancy

Check here a successful case study of implementing this software in Aliat Universities in Mexico.

Conclusion

Digital transformation is practically a must for the majority of institutions. Its interconnectivity leads to much more fluid communication between students and teachers.

It not only helps to improve interactions between students and teachers, but also contributes to making better use of available resources.

The fact that an institution can handle all data on only one platform allows the establishment to operate more productively. It’s natural that doubts might arise about going digital, but there are multiple advantages and greater efficiencies for those that decide to take this path.

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About the author

Isabel has more than 10 years of experience developing, leading and executing Marketing and Communication strategies at international level (EMEA, US and LATAM). She has worked for B2B organizations in different sectors such as nutrition, logistics and education. She is bilingual in German and Spanish and fluent in English and French.

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