Learning institutions struggling to support students’ digital needs: study

Tech July 17, 2017 11:37

By The Nation

Digitalisation means the education sector is undergoing deep transformation, but many schools, colleges and universities are struggling to keep pace with this change, according to a new report from Fujitsu. 

The company said the report provides “unique insights” into the state of digital education globally and is based on a survey of over 600 IT leaders in schools, colleges and universities across seven countries.

While educational institutions have high aspirations for using digital solutions to make learning more personalised, interactive and collaborative, many told Fujitsu they are slowed down by the complexity of the task, hindered by old IT systems and frustrated by a lack of resources. 

Most schools have a long way to go before being ready to invest in advanced technologies such as cloud-based study apps, virtual or augmented reality – recognising that they must put the right foundations in place and address staffing skill gaps.

The vast majority of educational establishments acknowledge the role technology plays today in supporting children’s education and creating equal opportunities. Ninety-four per cent think that personalised learning is “important”’ or “‘very important”, and 84 per cent feel a duty to prepare their students for a digital future.