Digital Education: The cyberrisks of the online classroom

I was involved in a variety of student-facing activities during lockdown, including delivery of lectures, supervision and assessment of projects, and supervision of work placements. All of these would normally have occurred face-to-face, and I felt that things adapted pretty quickly, without fundamentally changing the nature and quality of what we were able to achieve. Of course, some subject areas have the potential to feel a more pronounced impact than others, and to some extent, the computing-based topics that I am involved with are shielded from some of the more significant impacts because it is easier to replicate (or allow remote access) to the necessary resources. The same would not be true for courses in which the student experience is tied to things like the use of other types of specialist laboratories and facilities, or the ability to conduct fieldwork.

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