A new study has found that university students have concerns over theon their studies and lecturers’ technical skills to teach that way.
As institutions plan to rely mainly on the remote model until mass, most (92%) of students said they have adapted to the model and can easily access the learning materials, apps, and data needed when studying remotely.
The study, carried out by One Poll on Citrix, polled 500 UK students and 500 university vice-chancellors, chief technology officers, chief information officers, IT directors, and managers in December 2020.
The research found students with several concerns about the remote, such as the negative impact on their studies in the long term, voiced by 79% of those polled.
Also, only 25% of students said theirvalue for money. According to the survey, almost one in three (29%) would have taken a , and nearly one in 10 (9%) would have gone straight into work if they had had the choice.
On the other hand, 43% ofcould be practical if rolled out appropriately with the right tools and guidance. Some 38% of students would prefer to continue with a blended campus and model after the pandemic, but 37% would like to see their tutors upskilled on how to use technology more effectively.
From the IT leadership standpoint, the surveyed decision-makers said their university was investing in technologies thatlearning. These include and apps (36%), laptops for students (34%), file-sharing platforms (34%), and collaboration tools (32%).
Universities have acknowledged the requirement for continued enhancements, the study noted. Institutions surveyed said they would monitor the quality of the remote learning set-ups they offer through focus groups (43%),(43%), internal surveys (39%), and complaints (37%).
Angus Rae, head ofat the University of Salford, said the feedback had been positive as his university was well prepared for remote learning at the start of the pandemic. Still, current circumstances have introduced some changes and opportunities to the sector.
“Iwill return to campus post-Covid, but there is an opportunity to improve their experience when they do and to offer more flexibility around core teaching hours,” said Rae. “Technology allows our when and where they want, something that may not have been available three or four years ago.
“As a student, your circumstances may change during your course, and the university needs to be able toon their journeys. This is also key to . These new opportunities mean it is an exciting time for higher education.”