If Digital transformation could be defined as “anything from IT modernisation (for example, cloud computing), to digital optimisation and the invention of new digital business models", how do colleges manage the three dimensions of education as an operational business: the institution itself, students and staff?
Technology is undoubtedly changing the face, of well… Everything! However, will tech like Artificial Intelligence (AI) help or hinder education? AI offers the chance to take personalised learning to the next level, catering more widely to a variety of needs. In saying that, can machines manage the desired relationships needed in the learning process?
More broadly and outside the classroom, technologies can create a seamless experience from enrolment through to graduation... so what importance should be placed on digitising college administration?
A range of professional, personal & digital competences need to be developed to ensure institutional transformation takes place, not just transformation inside the classroom (whether virtual or physical). From professional collaboration and selecting digital resources to using creativity and exercising curiosity, deploying digital platforms and continuous professional development of staff, are all increasingly important to deliver this institutional transformation.
Digital disruption won’t disappear, if anything disruptions will increase as the number of new and emerging technologies require colleges to galvanise a culture that encourages collaboration and innovation. In addition, with resources becoming stretched, how do we optimise these to focus on improving the experiences of your students, staff and stakeholders through better alignment of digital infrastructure, platforms and capabilities?
What we do know is that colleges require support in adapting to these new ways of digital working. This may require adaptations and/or enhancements to; digital strategy, digital culture and the digital resources and infrastructure. A good starting point would be to assist colleges assess their current approach to deploying digital technologies and help them benchmark their digital maturity. This provides a starting point to plan the journey they need to embark on to accelerate the pace of digital transformation within their college. In order to implement a systematic and robust approach to digital transformation, self-assessment can provide a transferable set of criteria to shape future developments in their business strategies, workforce planning and possible investments in digital infrastructure.
To understand where to begin your digital transformation journey, ADMiC provides the opportunity to increase your institution’s capacity and optimise digital technologies and platforms. It also enhances the experience for learners, staff and stakeholders by improving education delivery and management by adopting digital approaches.
Find out more about our ADMiC tools that will help your college on its digital transformation journey here.