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Clicks and mortarboards: how can higher education make the most of digital technology?

In this paper we look at the potential uses of digital technologies in higher education, showing the extraordinary range of innovation taking place, including:

  • Making content more freely available
  • Transforming collaboration between students, for example through the use of AI
  • Making assessment more systematic, and more real-time
  • Making teaching more open and collective in nature
  • Allowing learning to adapt to students’ individual needs through adaptive tools

The paper examines which innovations are working and which ones aren’t (but also asks why more isn’t being done to find out, and why there is a dearth of serious analysis and measurement).

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Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan

Geoff Mulgan

Chief Executive Officer

Geoff Mulgan was Chief Executive of Nesta from 2011-2019.

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