Digital Learning in Asia

Even before COVID-19 prompted a massive shift to online learning, many higher education institutions in Asia had taken steps to expand their use of digital technologies for teaching and learning. In September 2019, the United Board conducted a survey to better understand the application of digital learning within colleges and universities in Asia as well as their faculty and administrators’ perspectives on continuous learning and professional development. The survey also was intended to help the United Board gauge the desire for future programs in digital learning and technology-assisted teaching and learning.

Survey responses identified five broad trends:

  1. Respondents across all countries and regions showed strong positive attitudes toward digital learning.
  2. There is a significant gap between participants positive attitude toward using technology in the classroom, and their actual usage of technology in the classroom.
  3. Considerable barriers exist that prevent many participants from actualizing their desire to engage in digital learning.
  4. Respondents across all countries and regions show strong positive attitudes toward continuous learning, but time and money are factors in participating.
  5. There is a high degree of interest in practical training on digital learning across all regions, and there is nearly equally high interest in programming on ethics and technology.

The United Board received 119 responses to the survey from 66 colleges and universities in 13 countries and regions of Asia.