The future of higher education is digitized. Even if the degree of digitization is left to each higher education institution (HEI), digitization will undoubtedly change higher education systems. We have already seen these changes in the past two years of the COVID-19 pandemic. Institutions have adapted their tried-and-true teaching and learning formats to the new conditions. This has been accompanied by a cultural shift in HEIs. Cultures of innovation have emerged at institutions normally characterized by traditional structures, showing a willingness to change and adapt, break down old communication structures, and become centers of innovation.
A digitized higher education landscape offers numerous advantages over traditional higher education when implemented in a data-driven and demand-driven manner. This report’s contributions by various authors from the higher education sector have highlighted the many paths to the digitized higher education landscape. Although the report shares various digital education stakeholders’ perspectives, there is unanimous support for a common vision of higher education that consists of five defining characteristics:
The goal of this vision is to improve and align educational outcomes globally as inequalities in higher education have become more apparent than ever during the pandemic.
The Global Learning Council (GLC) together with the German Academic Exchange Service (DAAD) and Times Higher Education, published the annual Global Learning Report 2022 – Digital Transformation of Higher Education.