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Making Digital Learning Work

Making Digital Learning Work

How can digital technologies in postsecondary education improve student access to education, student outcomes, and the return on investment for students and institutions? A new study, conducted by the Arizona State University Foundation and BCG, with support from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation, provides answers to these question by revealing the successful digital strategies of six leading universities and community colleges.

The Future of Education

We are facing a global learning crisis, and macro forces—such as advancements in technology and significant inequalities—are shaping what learning will have to look like in the future. To meet the needs of learners and prepare them for the world of work to come, we need to bridge key gaps in global education.

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Seema Bansal

How to Fix a Broken Education System—Without Any More Money

Seema Bansal is forging a path to public education reform for 15,000 schools in Haryana, India, with an ambitious goal: by 2020, 80% of children should have grade-level knowledge. She's looking to meet this goal by seeking creative, straightforward reforms that will work in every school without additional resources.

The Five Faces of Online Students

Modern students have widely varying expectations of—and needs for—their online educational experience. Institutions that don’t prepare for these shifts and respond to the dramatically increased competition among online offerings risk losing relevance and overall market share. Those that adapt will discover huge untapped opportunities for growth, new platforms for innovation, and the potential to transform how future generations of students learn.

True Believers

Students who take the majority of all their classes online and are the most satisfied with online education.

Experience Seekers

Students who uniquely emphasize the experiential, social, and emotional benefits of education and don’t care about the form of education so long as they earn a degree.

Open Minds

Students who will become True Believers if the experience of online learning meets their high standards and offers benefits beyond that of traditional classrooms.

Money Mavens

Students who are primarily motivated by the financial outcomes of an online education, which they view as more of a transaction than an experience.

Online Rejecters

Students who have tried online courses, but have decided against taking more in the future because they see problems with the quality, outcomes, and reputations of online programs.

The Future of Work Is the Future of Education

Many employers complain that today’s graduates are unprepared for the work world they face. BCG Senior Partner J Puckett explains what education systems need to focus on in order to provide learners with the skills that the future of work will require.

Megatrends in Higher Education

The very definition of higher education is evolving in significant ways. University leaders have to respond and adapt to the new reality of higher education in the 21st century.

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Improving Education in the Middle East

Improving education is a long journey enhancing the quality of a nation’s teachers, its resources, teaching methodologies, as well as the overall learning environment, cautions BCG’s Leila Hoteit. The partner and managing director explains that countries seeking quick advances must target support from industry and focus on educating for jobs—and must quickly establish best practices that deliver high return on investment.

New Research on Business-Education Partnerships in K-12 Education

The private sector can play a unique role in improving K-12 education. Learn the best practices for leveraging business partnerships.

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