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UK Universities fail to meet the demands of modern day students

A new study of 1,000 UK university students by Owl Labs, the smart video conferencing company, has revealed that on average, students miss ten hours of classes a month. The same survey unearthed that UK universities are struggling to keep up with the remote study trend, which has taken off in the workplace to adapt around modern lifestyles.

  • The survey conducted by OnePulse, revealed a severe lack of remote learning options at UK universities, with 59 per cent of students stating they do not have the option to attend lectures or seminars remotely.
  • On the flip side, universities that are embracing the remote learning demand are unfortunately hindered by stagnant technology, resulting in a lower quality of education than those in the room. When joining a seminar remotely, over 40 per cent of students note that they find it hard to pay attention (42 per cent) and difficult to absorb information (41 per cent) . 

Max Makeev, CEO of Owl Labs, said: “With UK universities struggling to fill places, institutions must start adapting to student needs and the evolving work environment, so they can get the most out of their education. Universities cannot ignore remote and flexible learning demands, and it’s crucial that they adopt an effective solution that can adapt to everyone – no matter where they are. Effective learning requires strong communication, and UK universities are not equipped to achieve this with their current remote learning tech.”

The study of over 1,000 UK university students revealed:

High non-attendance to lectures and seminars 

·  On average university students miss 10 hours a month of seminars and lectures

·  33% (a third) miss 10 hours or more a month

Lacking remote studying options

·  59% of UK students do not have the option to attend seminars or lectures remotely

o    42% do not have the option to attend remotely but can receive class materials

o    17% do not have the option to attend remotely and cannot receive class materials unless they attend

o    28% have the option to attend classes remotely by watching recorded content after the fact

o    13% have the option to attend classes at the time they’re being taught via video conferencing technology

The pain points of joining remotely

·  An overwhelming number of students say communication and collaboration declines immensely when joining remotely, with over 40% admitting they have a hard time staying engaged when joining meetings remotely.

o    42% find it hard to pay attention

o    41% find it hard to absorb the information

o    36% find it difficult to join the discussion

o    34% find it hard to follow the discussion

o    21% find it difficult to see other classmates

o    20% find it difficult to see the professor

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