4. What do you believe will be the future priorities or emerging areas of interest for institutional research since the emergence of COVID-19?
I think the following areas will be future priorities for institutional research:
- Whether and how universities are equipping students with the capabilities to embrace uncertainty, and to exert agency in changing and critical situations for the unknown future—which is beyond the Job-ready Graduates to future-ready graduates.
- COVID-19 brought forth a new way of delivering education using digital platforms that claim to be autonomous, evidence-based, flexible, and able to cater for every need. Future research needs to focus on the emergence of Edu-Tech companies as higher education providers, and the impact of digitalisation, datafication, privatisation, marketisation on the quality of education, and the cost-effective operations of universities.
- The changing labour markets and shortage of skilled labour after COVID-19 calls for more research on education policies in global, national, and local networks, involving multiple stakeholders and agendas.
- A few post-pandemic research papers revealed online fatigue in students, thus strategies on re-engaging students in an active learning and community environment would be worth investigating.
- Speedy growth of OpenAI solutions and their impact on learning and teaching, especially developing innovative approaches to assessment, would be another emerging area for research.
5. Complete this statement: In my role, I can’t operate effectively without …
… a great team, which includes my team at the Business Intelligence and Reporting office, senior management and colleagues across the university, teams at SRC, AAIR, UA, Cubane, and a few highly supportive colleagues from other universities.