When speaking of digital transformation or new technologies in education, we are not only referring to the use and application of the advancement of the latter in universities, but also to a change in learning methods and the modality and technique of research.
These changes must be adapted to the modern needs of the students, including the practice in this type of technology that will later be applied in the world of work.
So we are not only talking about a change in the academic stage, but also a pre-training approach to new needs and work modalities.
What are the benefits of new technologies in education?
Taking advantage of new tools to facilitate the development of the university's own and daily activities:
From partial modifications such as virtual campuses to facial recognition systems for admission to the institution, classes and online administrative procedures (such as enrollment in school cycles and exams, or request for certificates and checkmarks in subjects), up to the possibility of a 100% online and distance degree.
Professionals better prepared to adapt to the labor field:
By integrating new technologies from the academic field, it is possible for professionals emerging from a career to have experience in the practice and use of new technologies that they will later use in their possible jobs, which determines better-prepared professionals.
Some technologies can help reduce dropouts:
From the most basic control of analysis of career stages where students often drop out, through digital tools for the production of statistics, to the development of technologies that, through facial control, allow to see the level of Concentration of the group or students in a subject, allowing to modify the modality of classes in the event that it is low, are proposals that help to reduce the number of students who abandon a career.
For access to the contact between the teaching group and the students with their teachers, and all of them together, to the planning of the teaching cycles and the programs of each subject and its materials.
What are the barriers to overcome in the digital transformation of universities?
Resistance to change:
Before any attempt to modify a system, there is always a bit of resistance, either by supporting the pre-existing system or by the custom in its use. The use of new technologies, especially in science education must be accompanied by a support apparatus that works on issues such as the explanation and promotion of the system and its benefits, to achieve understanding and acceptance of users.
Problems with the use of digital tools:
Not all users are skilled in the management and incorporation of new technologies, so accompaniment and training are necessary.
Discard previous systems or technologies:
Many times it happens that when investing in a pre-existing system, it is difficult for institutions to be totally determined to leave them out of use, so an attempt is made to mix the old and the new. This may limit the normal operation of the new tools, so it is necessary to work in an attempt to change completely, or for the merger of systems to be beneficial.