PANEL: The pandemic and the future of university education

9th July 2020 : 14:00 - 15:00

Category: Webinar

Research Group: Higher Education

Speaker: Jenni Case, University of Cape Town and Virginia Tech. Dr Amanda Hlengwa, Rhodes University. Diana Laurillard, UCL Institute of Education. Paul Ashwin (Chair), Lancaster University

Location: Online

Convener: Simon Marginson

Audience: Public

Seminar Abstract

The education offered by universities across the world has undergone sudden and dramatic changes in response to COVID-19. Teaching has been shifted online, forms of assessment have been changed, and students are mainly studying away from their higher education institutions.

However, it is not clear what the long-term impacts on university education will be. To what extent will the approaches to university education that have emerged in response to the pandemic lead to lasting changes? What is the likely impact of these changes on the dominant forms of university education that will see in the future? Will these changes support the ability of university education to transform the life chances of all students or will they lead to the reinforcement of existing inequalities?

The webinar addresses two critical areas related to university education and the COVID-19 pandemic:

(1) COVID-19 and the education offered by universities: How will degree programmes change as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic? What will be the long term impact on university teachers and universities as institutions engaged in making knowledge accessible to students and society?

(2) COVID-19 and students’ experiences of studying at university: What will be the long-term impacts on students’ experiences of university education? Will the pandemic lead to greater access to forms of higher education? Or will it lead to greater structuring of access to higher education, with the privileged and the poor being offered access to very different versions of a university education?

The webinar brings together a panel of leading international experts on the education provided by universities from the UK, the United States and South Africa.

About The Speakers

Jenni Case is a Co-Investigator on CGHE’s global higher education engagement research programme and CGHE’s local higher education engagement research programme.

Amanda Hlengwa is a senior lecturer in the Centre for Higher Education Research, Teaching and Learning (CHERTL) at Rhodes University. She has worked in the field of higher education as an academic developer for more than a decade. She sees her contribution to the field of higher education studies emerging primarily from two areas. Curriculum development concerns, with particular focus on the relationship between disciplinary knowledge and teaching and learning. The second contribution is linked to her role as the project co-ordinator of the Department of Higher Education and Training’s (DHET) Nurturing Emerging Scholars Programme (NESP) Implementation Support Project and the co-ordinator of both Rhodes University’s NESP and the DHET-funded New Generation of Academics Programme (nGAP). Both interests are underpinned by her commitment to the transformation agenda of higher education.

Diana Laurillard, Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies, UCL Knowledge Lab. Formerly Head of the e-Learning Strategy Unit at Department for Education and Skills (2002-5); Pro-Vice Chancellor for learning technologies at the Open University (1995-2002). Recent book: Teaching as a Design Science, Routledge. Researching MOOCs, learning design, and digital games for dyscalculia.

Paul Ashwin is a Co-Investigator on CGHE’s global higher education engagement research programme and leads CGHE’s local higher education engagement research programme.