Is the smarter working revolution confined to the office? Is now the time for change?
As education establishments have returned this autumn there is an innate human desire to return to the ‘routine’ and the comforting familiarity it provides, but looking back on Spring 2020 provides us all with an insight into our ability to provide more opportunities for digital learning.
We know that closing schools and universities is a last resort for government officials but with institutions reporting that they already have whole cohorts of students isolating, the fallback of reverting to some form of remote learning begins to look more and more likely.
Between now and the start of exams, whenever that may be, Covid-19 restrictions will inevitably ebb and flow and various groups of students will be impacted at different times. Some will have their learning heavily disrupted. Others will be in homes where they struggle with online access and where conditions are less conducive for remote learning. There is a rapid need for educators to provide flexible learning options for students, without doubling the workload of staff.
What can we offer?
As we work with clients to optimise their digital workplace strategy can we also work with educators to look at positive lessons learned from Covid-19 and realise some of the benefits of digital learning space strategy.
- CULTURE: Consumer deliverers in education are used to having every moment of their time accounted for. Lockdown taught us that clunky organisational infrastructures can be a thing of the past. A digital learning space can increase opportunity for flexibility – offering more agility, resilience, reflection points.
- SYSTEMS: Spring 2020 taught us that nothing is impossible and extraordinary measures were taken to enable effective learning online. We can help to look at systems so that they are streamlined, planned, and organised much more effectively to avoid the need for knee-jerk reactions.
- COLLABORATION – teaching in a classroom or a lecture theatre can be lonely and the opportunity to talk with other professionals can be limited. A digital learning space provides remote learning opportunities with a significant increase of online networking events. While we recognise this doesn’t replace the importance of a face-to-face conversation, there is a wealth of professional development opportunity to be explored.
Flexibility is a key survival tool for the future of education.
We know that the changes which were mandated by the onset of Coronavirus have had a profound impact on education and related institutions. These institutions are just coming to grips with these challenges, recognising the beneficial opportunities that blended learning approaches and smarter working strategies can offer.
In preparation for the new ‘normal’ we have put together a survey which, upon completion, will highlight an overall picture of the current state of the majority of universities and further education providers. When you complete the survey we will provide you with an institution specific perspective, as well as offer helpful advice based on your own unique circumstances.
If you would like assistance with any of the above, please fill in the survey. Contact us directly to hear more about our digital service that delivers increased organisational agility, operational efficiency and digital capability while maintaining the high levels of compliance and quality that is demanded of modern digital and technology service providers.