Will digital technology change learning forever?

30 July 2020
Summer 2020

Adrian O’Dowd looks at how education has been forced to adapt to COVID-19 pandemic restrictions to ensure optometrists and optometry students can still access learning.

In the midst of a pandemic, educators have been forced to adapt quickly to guarantee essential education and training for the profession, and students are being steered towards greater use of digital technology.

Over the past 20 years, universities’ use of digital technology has already been extended into teaching, leading to “blended learning” – a combination of online and classroom lessons.

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