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COVID-19 Pandemic and the Digital Revolution in Academia and Higher Education

Version 1 : Received: 15 April 2020 / Approved: 17 April 2020 / Online: 17 April 2020 (01:56:58 CEST)

How to cite: Strielkowski, W. COVID-19 Pandemic and the Digital Revolution in Academia and Higher Education. Preprints 2020, 2020040290 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0290.v1). Strielkowski, W. COVID-19 Pandemic and the Digital Revolution in Academia and Higher Education. Preprints 2020, 2020040290 (doi: 10.20944/preprints202004.0290.v1).

Abstract

COVID-19 pandemic instigated a digital revolution in academia and higher education. Social distancing, months-long quarantine, as economic shutdown will help the majority of people working in academia and higher education not only to complete their personal transition to the fully functional and operational online tuition, but also to understand that online defences, online entrance and final exams, as well as online academic jobs are as effective and meaningful as those conducted “in real life”. Due to the crisis induced by the coronavirus epidemic, innovations in academia and higher education that would have normally taken several years due to the various contradictory administrative regulations are now introduced promptly in a matter of days. This is a clear example of the Schumpeterian ‘creative destruction’ in making that will forever change the status quo in academia and higher education.

Subject Areas

academia; higher education; coronavirus pandemic; online tuition; social distancing; COVID-19; digital revolution

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