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Prepared For Anything, No Matter What
Prepared For Anything, No Matter What

Prepared For Anything, No matter What

For higher education IT leaders, the year ahead holds countless unknowns.

Months after COVID-19 forced universities to close their campuses and finish the spring term online, many schools and their constituents still don’t quite know what to expect. While many are pursuing remote, online or hybrid learning models, others remain determined to keep their physical campuses open.

Regardless of the mode of instruction, some of the biggest hurdles facing higher education IT leaders today include securing remote learningclosing the digital divideovercoming student engagement challenges and facilitating social distancing on campus.

About 44 percent of students are worried about their ability to enroll or stay enrolled in college, while 70 percent of college instructors surveyed say students are unprepared for remote learning.

Meanwhile, 33.9 percent of EdTech readers surveyed say data leakage is the threat that has increased the most during remote learning.

As COVID-19 cases on college campuses spark alarming headlines, some schools are returning to fully virtual instruction and ramping up investments in distance learning solutions. Still others are investing in technologies that can help sanitize and enforce social distancing protocols on campus.

Whatever path universities choose, here are some potential solutions to help higher education move forward — no matter what.

Back to Campus Infographic: What higher education IT leaders need to know about safety, accessibility, engagement and security to be prepared for this academic year.

To better gauge the expectations, insights and plans of stakeholders across higher education, EdTech: Focus on Higher Education spoke to a variety of administration and technology leaders about their plans for the fall term and how they’re managing the pivot to online, remote and blended learning. Find out what they had to say.


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