Implementing digital transformation in higher education is a constant, cultural and technological task. But that does not mean that we should not inform ourselves about new digital tools, because in order to implement something, it is first necessary to know what we need.
That is why we present some tools or technologies that have been implemented in higher education institutions.
Big data is mostly used in the business environment to predict and analyze consumer or customer behavior.
But as a result of its great performance, institutions began to implement it in their activities or objectives. For example, it is used in student retention, personalized accompaniment, knowing their consumption habit with respect to entries or searches for informative material, etc.
Likewise, as an aid of the information extracted, training programs can be tailored to the students, teachers, or staff of these institutions, either using Moodle, Blackboard, among others.
This type of learning allows students to enter virtual reality, augmented reality, where they can visualize part of the world through technological devices that generate images in real time. Therefore, the student is immersed in real situations.
The students are engaged in the Learning by Doing methodology, which generates greater autonomy, resolution capacity and motivation.
Augmented reality is being of great help in the educational field; for example, researchers at the University of Cambridge incorporated this technology to help children with autism, making them participate in imaginative games.
The digital transformation has contributed to education having more than one point of contact, allowing students to be trained in institutions in other countries using E-learning or MOOCs, which allow students to train constantly, choosing what subject to train in, when and how to do it.
It is a software created to automate educational processes, based on the Education Data Architecture.
This software helps students from the recruitment and admission process to the completion of their studies, providing optimal and personalized academic counseling; and in turn, it is useful for the institution, because it allows maintaining relationships with donors and corporate partners.
Higher education institutions need metrics to understand in which areas they need to improve their processes, which is why evaluation tools are important, whether in the performance of their staff or in the effectiveness of their academic processes.
HPI Institute has systems that are helpful for various evaluation needs, for example; the evaluation and development of competencies to prevent student desertion and increase professional competencies; teacher evaluation to improve the quality of training; vocational orientation; among others.
Finally, we must understand that there is still a big gap between what we want to achieve and what universities have to adapt to the digital transformation. It is a process that involves a cultural change, a structural change and therefore, not only the implementation of tools or technologies.