Digitalisation of Higher Education

The pandemic has lubricated the process in which online platforms and virtual technologies are being integrated as tools for higher education learning, which accelerates the embedding of the Fourth Industrial Revolution discourse into higher education. Digital infrastructures help facilitate learning and the management of educational institutions but also reshape the spaces and subjects of higher education. How are digital  technologies and platforms reconfiguring student learning experiences, relationships between students and faculty, and the wider transnational education markets that sustain educational institutions and student mobility flows?


10 Mar 2020, Coronavirus and the Great Online-Learning Experiment, https://www.chronicle.com/article/coronavirus-and-the-great-online-learning-experiment/

7 Apr 2020, The platform university and COVID-19, https://discoversociety.org/2020/04/07/the-platform-university-and-covid-19/

21 Apr 2020, Will online education widen Asia’s digital divide?, https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/will-online-education-widen-asias-digital-divide 

2 May 2020, Are we at a transformative moment for online learning?, https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200427120502132 

4 May 2020, Students reject online learning as data costs hiked by 225%, Zimbabwe, https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200504142003239

14 May 2020, Mixed response but online classes to stay post COVID-19, https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200514121749886

23 May 2020, Opening up the possibilities of online education abroad, https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200519152935168

4 Jun 2020, Pandemic ‘confirms face-to-face teaching is here to stay’, https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/pandemic-confirms-face-face-teaching-here-stay

4 Jun 2020, Here’s a new way to do study abroad during the COVID-19 pandemic and beyond, https://theconversation.com/heres-a-new-way-to-do-study-abroad-during-the-covid-19-pandemic-and-beyond-138931

12 Jun 2020, Infosys launches online programme for university students worldwide, https://yourstory.com/2020/06/infosys-launches-online-program-university

15 Jun 2020, As Covid spreads, India struggles to move teaching online, https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/covid-spreads-india-struggles-move-teaching-online

18 Jun 2020, Essay mills ‘targeting students’ as pandemic crisis shifts HE online, https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/essay-mills-targeting-students-pandemic-crisis-shifts-he-online

23 Jun 2020, India – Can a Better Higher Education System Emerge Out of the Coronavirus Crisis?, https://headfoundation.org/HESB8/India-can-better-higher-education-system-emerge-coronavirus-crisis

27 Jun 2020, Going digital – The second phase of HE transformation, Cambodia, https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200623154410596

30 Jun 2020, Erasmus+ should embrace the benefits of virtual mobility, https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200630082558805

4 July 2020, Neither online nor on-campus: Against a binary approach, https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200703141825349

10 Jul 2020, “The edtech pandemic shock”, by Ben Williamson & Anna Hogan, https://www.worldsofeducation.org/en/woe_homepage/woe_detail/16856/the-edtech-pandemic-shock-by-ben-williamson-anna-hogan

14 Jul 2020, UK students ‘would feel safer’ if blended learning continues, https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/uk-students-would-feel-safer-ifblended-learning-continues

17 Jul 2020, US vs China rivalry in edtech, and how Covid-19 is having an impact, https://thepienews.com/analysis/us-vs-china-rivalry-in-edtech-and-how-covid-19-is-having-an-impact/

22 Jul 2020, Bangladesh: Delayed online teaching in pandemic widens education gap, https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200722154017758

25 Jul 2020, Social distance on campus, but social disconnect online, https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=2020072510090843

28 Jul 2020, Lockdown hits vocational education hardest, widening inequalities, https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/lockdown-hits-vocational-education-hardest-widening-inequalities

5 Aug 2020, COVID-19 boosts digitization of higher education in Bangladesh, https://blogs.worldbank.org/endpovertyinsouthasia/covid-19-boosts-digitization-higher-education-bangladesh

12 Aug 2020, UK: 70% of unis expecting to be “mostly online”, https://thepienews.com/news/uk-70-of-unis-say-blended-learning-mostly-online/

12 Aug 2020, SIM & RMIT p’ship to upskill Singaporeans, https://thepienews.com/news/sim-rmit-online-pship-to-upskill-singaporeans/

13 Aug 2020, New digital transformation plan for training and adult education sector launched, https://www.businesstimes.com.sg/government-economy/new-digital-transformation-plan-for-training-and-adult-education-sector-launched

18 Aug 2020, Online Education and the Struggle over Disposable Time, https://socialistproject.ca/2020/08/online-education-and-the-struggle-over-disposable-time/

27 Aug 2020, Alternative credentials on the rise, https://www.insidehighered.com/news/2020/08/27/interest-spikes-short-term-online-credentials-will-it-be-sustained

3 Sep 2020, Universities fear online students face regime reprisals, https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200903150106461

8 Sep 2020, Singaporean universities handling shift to remote learning better than grade schools, https://www.aseantoday.com/2020/09/singaporean-universities-handling-shift-to-remote-learning-better-than-grade-schools/

12 Sep 2020, HE must prepare for change, not be forced into it, https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20200909113559143

23 Sep 2020, Universities in Singapore try to ramp up their digital efforts in the face of a global pandemic, https://www.cnbc.com/2020/09/23/singapore-universities-step-up-digital-efforts-amid-coronavirus.html

29 Sep 2020, The Pandemic Pushed Universities Online. The Change Was Long Overdue, https://hbr.org/2020/09/the-pandemic-pushed-universities-online-the-change-was-long-overdue

27 Oct 2020, How COVID has created a new imperative for universities to work with edtech, https://www.hepi.ac.uk/2020/10/27/how-covid-has-created-a-new-imperative-for-universities-to-work-with-edtech/

28 Oct 2020, How is EdTech Helping Educators Meet Post COVID-19 Learning Expectations?, https://sbr.com.sg/hr-education/commentary/how-edtech-helping-educators-meet-post-covid-19-learning-expectations

31 Oct 2020, All aspects of HE can benefit from transformation, US, https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20201027100758775

7 Nov 2020, Is the move online adding to casualisation of HE work?, https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20201104075521216

13 Nov 2020, COVID-19: Is it worth investing in an overseas education if school is online?, https://www.channelnewsasia.com/news/business/money-mind-overseas-study-school-online-worth-invest-education-13392784

14 Nov 2020, Embracing the ‘digidemic’ as a time for improvisation in HE, https://www.universityworldnews.com/post.php?story=20201113115210253

23 Dec 2020, 18% of Japanese universities remain mostly remote due to pandemic, https://english.kyodonews.net/news/2020/12/8c66bcd0582d-18-of-japanese-universities-remain-mostly-remote-due-to-pandemic.html

1 Feb 2021, Covid-19 may be Big Tech’s gateway to higher education, https://www.straitstimes.com/singapore/parenting-education/covid-19-may-be-big-techs-gateway-to-higher-education-0?