RBC Disruptors
How the COVID-19 Crisis will Transform Higher Education
Jun 1, 2020 · 32 min
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In March of 2020, Canada’s post-secondary institutions moved over 2 million students to online learning in response to the COVID-19 pandemic. As the urgency of crisis measures fade to operating in the “new normal”, we are likely to see students demand more from digital-based learning to give them greater flexibility in where, when and how they learn. This collective moment of mass disruption can be seized to move higher education to the digital age. 

In this episode of RBC Disruptors, John Stackhouse is joined by John Baker, President and CEO of D2L,  Charlotte Yates, Provost and Vice President of Academics at Guelph University, Sophie D’Amours, Rector of Laval University,  Neil Passina, President of Athabasca University and  Andrew Schrumm, Senior Manager, Research at RBC to discuss: 

  • How online learning can transform post-secondary education, far beyond the current crisis
  • How the institutions that will thrive will figure out how to blend technology and socialization
  • The need to support teachers in transitioning to a brave new world
  • The huge opportunity for Canada to leverage our strength in education and scale our digital platforms on a global basis
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