The future of higher education in a digital age

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In this day and age, the current teaching methods may seem old to some. Zero-textbook-degrees are an interesting suggestion but might need something else to happen before it can gain traction. Companies in fields related to specific courses could sponsor textbooks to some students instead of the full bursaries.

South Africa would benefit greatly from this under the perfect conditions. Unfortunately though, zero-textbook-cost-degrees would probably be best delivered through the introduction of fully digital textbooks. Not enough students have access to laptops to study whenever they want. We may be far away from seeing this happen but South African would be better off with this in place.

Given the current state in which South Africa and other countries find themselves because of the Covid-19 pandemic, I suppose there are no other options but to upscale to use of digital tools. The department has already embarked on a plan to equip all higher education students with laptops and data so that they can access learning materials online during the course of lockdown.