Salamanca 21/22 may - IV RECTORS' MEETING
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New technologies in University Education

The emergence of new technologies in universities and education is changing the paradigms of learning.

• New technologies play an essential role in teaching-learning processes. They allow new flexibility and the ability to use knowledge in all types of devices.

• E-learning in has been on the rise for some years now. Degrees, master's degrees and on-line specialisations have an increasing number of students, according to the latest ''Universitic’ report by the CRUE (Conference of Spanish University Rectors).

• 76% of Spanish universities have digital channels.

The university system is in the midst of change and students must develop their digital skills in the interests of their future employability and adaptation to a changing technological environment.

Mobile technologies have taken centre stage in an increasingly participatory and collaborative online learning environment. Desktop and laptop computers have made way for tablets, phones and even smartwatches that go beyond text formats and support a more tactile and visual education, with an increasing amount of educational apps and resources for all kinds of devices.

Universities have moved beyond virtual campuses and have reacted to new demands and realities in adapting content, including the exponential growth of video in recent years with the widespread use of mobile phones.

• 86% of the 61 institutions included in the last "Universitic" report by the Conference of Spanish University Rectors (CRUE) claim to have areas for recording with multimedia resources,

• another 76% have digital channels such as Youtube or iTunes,

• and 67% ensure adaptation to the new devices.

Online training has become progressively more digital and richer in resources, so that videos, texts, audio and other forms of content make up a range of complementary materials available in different media and formats that include:

• animations,

• simulations,

• conferences,

• tutorials,

• slides,

• audio recordings,

• maps or time lines,

• etc

as highlighted in the latest e-learning report by the Online Business School (OBS).

Even so, there is still a long way to go. According to a survey carried out by the specialised IPSOS agency, where more than 9000 university students from 19 countries participated and which is part of the preparations for the 4th International edition of Universia Rectors’ Meeting 2018, the vast majority of those surveyed believe that universities should opt for a mixed form of education.

This research shows that 81% of university students surveyed only study onsite, although nearly half would choose a mixed form if starting out again.

Advanced Augmented Reality and Machine Learning Models

Following the emergence of online training, Machine Learning has exploded onto the scene. The appearance of robots, chatbots (programs capable of simulating conversations) and other devices based on Artificial Intelligence will involve another transformation of learning.

Training centres are beginning to explore the possibilities of Augmented Reality and machine learning to improve the attention that students receive and to achieve more personalised learning; e.g. digital supports to remove barriers in all types of studies, including the most technical ones, in which virtual laboratories and simulators replace traditional physical areas.

Great challenges in Digital Transformation that offer numerous opportunities and that are going to be major features at Universities in the next few years.