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As the academic year begins with the majority of teaching and learning taking place online, more than 2,000 higher education professionals from around the world will virtually gather on 21 October at this critical point of transformation for tertiary education at the virtual Times Higher Education Digital Transformation Forum, hosted in partnership with Kazan Federal University.Even before Covid-19 scuppered international networking events, the potential for digital transformation to enhance relations between universities and industry, and the overall student experience, was yet to be embraced fully. Institutions still relied on face-to-face events to drive engagement, never imagining that the tangible energy exuded from a bustling campus could be snuffed out in a matter of weeks.
The near universal stay-at-home mandate earlier this year certainly accelerated the adoption of digital teaching and learning, but far from seamlessly, with students reporting connectivity issues, and poor translations of material designed to be delivered in-person.
Sara Custer, THE’s associate editor, curation, said: “The pandemic has forced many universities to make a long-overdue shift to online teaching and learning. This transition has been beneficial in some ways, but it’s also exacerbated pernicious inequalities among students and researchers and created space for new disparities – especially for …
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