Low-code application development can genuinely transform the higher education experience not only for the student but also the IT organization, heads of departments, and operational staff.
Technology is often associated with increased automation and reduced human interaction, although within the education sector it will never replace the role of our great teachers. However, I believe technology can be an effective tool to help reduce workload, increase effciencies, engage students and communities, and provide tools to support excellent teaching and raise student attainment.
Opportunities for the use of technology in education
Addressing the barriers to the good use of technology
Technology infrastructure within further and higher education
Supporting teachers, lecturers and education leaders so they can develop more fexibly.
Technology is playing an important role in supporting adults to overcome these obstacles. Online learning for example, can provide adults with fexibility, enabling them to learn the skills they need at a time and place that works for them without being restricted to geographical boundaries or provision available locally. We are already piloting new approaches to the delivery of adult learning through the Flexible Learning Fund, which has made available £11 million to support a variety of projects across England.
In addition to the many digital services the education sector purchases directly, the DfE itself also provides hundreds of digital services across the education system. Whilst many are world-leading examples of government digital services, not all of them meet user needs in the most effective way. Too often they fall short of the world-class standards we set for ourselves and the wider technology market.
Having high-speed internet availability and effective data storage enables education providers to be more innovative with their digital infrastructure. Some universities and colleges are beginning to use data analytics and new Internet of Things (IoT) technology to help improve the management of their campuses by directly and automatically responding to student interactions and adapting to meet their needs.
Many are rightly concerned about the privacy, security and safety implications that come with adopting technology20. Education leaders and teachers will have seen the problems that can come with poor products and poor implementation. Information and cyber security are fundamentally about understanding and acknowledging risks and working through all avenues to appropriately reduce them.
CYBER SECURITY AND RISKS
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