State of the Art Review (WP2): Higher Education Institutions/Universities Responses to Digitalization (IO1) Scotland Country Report

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Abstract

Digitalisation is transforming the skills needed by Europe's young and working population to successfully engage in the world of work in a globalised modern economy. Digitalisation is changing the way students learn, as well as the ways institutions deliver education. As digitalisation remains high on European, national, regional and institutional agendas, universities across Europe are undergoing constant transformation in order to respond to the needs of the societies and the labour markets (EUA 2020). Strategists advise that the only way for the universities to stay relevant in the increasingly competitive Higher Education sector is to develop digital capabilities matching the needs of digital age (PwC 2015). This means that universities as institutions have to develop digital strategies and digital literacies amongst academics and staff to respond to the current demands for on-line delivery and global connectivity. Innovative learning and teaching increasingly involves use of digital technologies and Scottish universities also strive to embed digitalisation in the curriculum and capitalise on opportunities digital university brings to staff and students. In addition, there is high societal expectation that universities should drive development of digital skills and influence digital agenda in their localities to benefit wider society and economy.
Original languageEnglish
PublisherEuropean Union
Commissioning bodyEscalate
Number of pages41
Publication statusPublished - 1 Sep 2020
Externally publishedYes

Keywords

  • digitalisation
  • universities
  • higher education
  • Scotland
  • digital strategy
  • digital skills

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