This week, Carl Lygo, Arden University’s Vice-Chancellor and CEO, took part in a webinar with The Professionals in International Education (PIE) about online vs in-person learning.
Joining Carl on the panel to discuss the topic were a number of established practitioners of both models including Lil Bremermann-Richard, Group Chief Executive Officer, Oxford International Education Group, Rt Hon Chris Skidmore MP, former UK Universities Minister 2018-2020, Advisory Board Member, Oxford International Education Group, Professor Iwan R. Davies, President and Vice-Chancellor, Bangor University, and Chair Nick Golding, Business Development Director, The PIE.
The panel discussed some of the benefits for students and institutions when it comes to studying online, considered some of the challenges universities face when it comes to translating degree level courses into an online learning environment and discussed how the pandemic has altered delivery models and student expectations.
They also looked at how universities can create online environments for assessment which are rigorous, fair and maintain the integrity that in-person assessments are known for.
During the panel debate, Carl said: I think people have become used to online learning. The average age of our students is 32 – for them, going to university is not a case of putting their life on hold and living on campus for three years. For our kind of student there is definitely a big future in digital learning.”
On the subject of assessment, he said: “There are lots of ways that you can create a secure environment for students sitting assessments. Universities have always been pioneers when It comes to technology - such as VR, for example - but there has to come to a point when it becomes mainstream and widely used. I think that this pandemic has done that – it has forced us to develop techniques that allow us to create that secure environment for assessment in an online space.”
To watch the panel discussion back click the link here: