5 Digital Transformation Themes for Higher Education

Explore key topics and event recordings from our latest deep dive into Digital Transformation in Higher Education.

Education Intelligence Unit

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March 31, 2022

This year’s webinar series on Higher Education Digital Transformation brought new research, fresh updates and guest speakers on key themes, attracting thousands of registrations from institutions all over the world.

The series explored digital capability, international education, partnerships and new models emerging in the sector, underpinned by the four Dimensions of the Higher Education Digital Capability framework. Review the themes, watch the recordings and find out more about each session below.

Theme 1. Digital Transformation. Where are we now?

We examine how Higher Education institutions around the world are building digital into their core capabilities, exploring which areas of the learner lifecycle are in focus and which digital capabilities are considered the highest priority. One year on from HolonIQ’s last global Higher Education Panel survey, we look at key changes since last year and report on some of the persistent challenges for over 300 Higher Education leaders in their digital transformation journey.

▶️️ Watch the webinar on-demand.
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Download the Higher Education Digital Capability report.

Theme 2. The Size and Shape of International Education in a new Competitive Landscape.

International Education is starting to re-boot globally, but the last two years have seen shifts in demand, learner preferences, and changes in approach by governments. A new competitive landscape has emerged, both on the demand side and the supply side.

This session maps the size of the International Education Market and discusses how it is likely to grow over the coming years. Together with guest presenter Rajika Bhandari, we unpack the drivers in key markets and cover how changes in the last two years will impact the future of International Education.

▶️ Watch the webinar on-demand.
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Read more about the changing landscape and resurgence of International Education.

Theme 3. The Future of OPMs and the Changing Partnership Market.

Universities are increasingly opting for partnerships with OPM providers to accelerate progress towards their institutional objectives in online delivery, with the global pandemic and move to online learning placing greater pressure on institutions to go digital, fast. Even pre-COVID, HolonIQ analysis shows that this $13B market is growing at a faster rate than regular online education delivery and partnerships are being taken up by institutions of all sizes, geographies and public/private status.

This session provides a global update on public-private-partnerships between universities and OPM providers, discusses some of the emerging thematics related to partnership models and looks forward to how things might shake out in the coming years.

▶️ Watch the webinar on-demand.
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Read in-depth analysis of new shifts in OPMs, Bootcamps and Pathway partnerships.

Theme 4. Higher Education Digital Transformation in Latin America.

Latin America and the Caribbean (LAC) is home to 30 million students studying 60,000 programs at 10,000 Higher Education (HE) institutions. While there has been a significant increase in HE participation over the last decade, uptake of digital has been limited until recently.

HolonIQ and the Inter-American Development Bank share research findings in this session with Elena Arias Ortiz, including a current state assessment, the key challenges for institutions, which capabilities are seen as most important for the future and what support education leaders in the region are looking for to improve digital maturity.

▶️ Watch the webinar on-demand.
📄 Read a summary of the report or download the published report in Spanish or English.

Theme 5. New credentials. Where next?

Alternative and micro-credentials are playing an increasingly central role in the strategic plans for many traditional Higher Education institutions as they seek to engage new learner markets, satisfy the demands of existing students and better service industry needs. As standards are beginning to form around micro-credentials and government incentives and regulatory structures are put into place, the integration of micro-credentials into higher education is likely to deepen.

This session welcomes guest presenter Aaron Mckenna from the University College Dublin Professional Academy, who shares a case study on creating alternative credentials to reach new learners. The session also looks at how traditional institutions and others in the market are competing and collaborating, along with discussion about the likely future role of micro-credentials in the post-secondary landscape.

▶️ Watch the webinar on-demand.
📄 Explore more Higher Education Digital Transformation case studies.

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Mapping and Measuring Digital Capability.

Each theme in our series is anchored in the 4 Dimensions, 16 Domains and 70+ capabilities identified in the Higher Education Digital Capability (HEDC) Framework. This unifying model provides an overarching view for institutions to map and measure digital capabilities across the learner lifecycle, ultimately to support practical and sustainable approaches to digital services and online learning.

Download a high-res version of the poster in English or Spanish.

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What’s next?

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