Though universities are currently adapting to many political, economic and social changes, they cannot afford to ignore technological transformation as well, says Matthew Draycott.
In the recent survey of Guardian Higher Education Network readers and members I was surprised that 'the changing nature of learning platforms' did not feature more prominently under 'changes in the sector'. While I understand that there are pressing social, political and economic reasons for this I think that we should all be mindful of the disruptive technological methodologies that are beginning to emerge which have the potential to fundamentally change the sector.
Only last month the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) announced that it is launching a fully automated free online course through it's MITx initiative. This builds on the institutions already established Open Course Ware (OCW) platform which provides materials from over 2,100 course for free and expands on it by automating the course at all levels from delivery to assessment.