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Ideas for a smart campus

​Many are interested in moving to a smart digital campus in the future. But what will it mean, and what challenges will it bring? At the turn of the year, a report will be published mapping out the way forward for LiU. 

It’s hardly news to anyone that we are living through an ongoing process of digitalisation. It’s possible that the realignment of teaching and other activities that took place during the pandemic gave this process a strong impetus forwards at the institutions of higher education in Sweden. There were some ideas where we were uncertain about their prospects of success before the pandemic. It turned out that they could be implemented pretty much to their full extent. And two documents – the LiU strategy to reach Vision 2030 and the Plan of Operations for the next few years – make it clear that the digital conversion is one of the enablers that will bring change to LiU.

“We state that LiU is and will remain a campus-based university, while pointing out that we need greater flexibility in such areas as alternative forms of teaching and more automatic administrative procedures,” says Deputy Vice-Chancellor Karin Axelsson. She is leading the work to survey the conditions and opportunities that a smart digital campus will bring.
“We already have several smart IT systems, web-based services and digital solutions, but the expectations placed on us as a workplace, higher education institution and societal actor have changed.”

Today’s requirements and the future’s 

An important consideration to bear in mind while taking an inventory of the opportunities and challenges of a smart digital campus is that it must meet not only today’s requirements but also those that will arise in the future. The proposals that the work may give rise to will range from very concrete “We must do this today”, to “Well, it’d be nice if we could do this in the future”.

The process of drawing up decision-support information for the university management uses questionnaires, and discussions in a think tank where co-workers and students are represented.

“The report we deliver will suggest processes and groupings to take responsibility for the next stages in the work of developing a digital campus. We will present a list of development projects to be given priority, such as how teaching methods can be adapted to digital formats,” Karin Axelsson explains. 

A powerful driving force to be so many

Some of the discussion points from the think tank:

  • “Digital” is not the same as “remote methods”.
  • Developments are to be based on the needs of users.
  • Support must be available to increase the expertise of all.
  • It's important to inform folk about what is already available and in use.
  • User-friendliness will be crucial to success.
  • The systems must be stable and function well immediately after introduction. New systems should be introduced at an appropriate pace.
  • We must not hesitate to be creative when suggesting changes. 
  • The links between the real world and the digital world must function well. Hybrid solutions will be needed in some cases.
  • Events that occur often, such as presenting lectures by video, should be given priority for automation.

“It is, of course, very exciting to listen to people’s ideas about a smart digital campus. The fact that we are many who are making our thoughts about the future known is a powerful driving force, as we found out during the workshops into LiU’s vision. We are eager to receive opinions and wishes from co-workers and students at LiU,” says Karin Axelsson.

Present your opinions

Please use the form below to present any opinions or wishes you have about how LiU should develop a smart digital campus. Submissions will be presented to the project group to be included in the ongoing work to draw up an inventory of challenges and opportunities. Please submit your ideas before 15 November. 


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Last updated: 2022-10-27