How COVID-19 is shaping higher education

New research has revealed that 68% of Australian higher education students report that they are falling behind on their studies due to the pandemic.

The global study by Instructure, titled: ‘The State of Student Success and Engagement in Higher Education’, was based on a survey it commissioned from Hanover Research of 550 Australian students and administrators.

It found that while COVID-19 is generating a “fundamental shift” in how education is delivered, students are being impacted the most.

When asked about the specific impacts, students particularly identified its impact on student success (82%) and their ability to stay engaged with studies during online and remote learning (72%).

“Socioeconomic factors also heightened disparities as equitable access to technology, internet and learning resources continue to be a key challenge,” Christopher Bradman, Instructure’s APAC general manager, told The Educator.

“The pandemic continues to intensify these inequities in higher education, further disrupting student success, academic

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Shaping The Future Of Higher Ed By Listening To Students

By Senior Associate Kendall Rathunde

Higher education has been upended. Institutions are balancing budget cuts, the risks of Covid-19 transmission on campus, virtual and in-person instruction, and the retention of students deeply concerned about their futures. As survival creeps into the realities of our institutions, and the risk of mission-drift increases, we must insist they do not forget yet another responsibility—listening to students. 

Despite prevailing uncertainties, asking college students about the purpose of higher education evokes a remarkably steady answer: to learn from others with others. Yet many institutions seem to be missing out on opportunities to learn from student consumers and tap into this essential data source. In other institutional and business realms, organizations wouldn’t make drastic changes to their product offerings without looking closely at consumer feedback. 

How can we learn from students?

People facing higher education as students

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