The knowledge economy andeLearningo Advances in technology and their impacton higher educationo Growth in production of informationo New modes of learning
The production of knowledgeYear Academic articles published1726 3441750 6991800 3,0661850 13,4391900 58,9161950 258,2842000 1,132,2912009 1,477,383Source: University of Ottawa
The growth of online learningPercentage of US HE students taking at least one online courseSource: Allen and Seaman, 2011
US HEI Presidents and eLearning‘Online learning is critical to the long-term strategy of my highereducation institution’Source: Allen and Seaman, 2011
Unbundling of the university offero The university offer: Knowledge production Knowledge dissemination Student experience Signallingo MOOCs concentrate primarily on knowledgedissemination
MOOCs: Benefits• Philanthropic• Commercialisation• Brand recognition/enhancement• Recruitment• Accreditation of Learning• Licencing• Sponsorship• Impact on on-campus teaching
Potential Benefits of eLearningo Distance learning: virtual growth without physical growtho Brand recognition/enhancemento Blended learning – combining on-campus and online learningo Improving student experienceo Addressing WP/WA agendao Withstanding variations in recruitment/changes in overseaspolicyo Withstanding global competition
Emerging issueso Effect on internal structureso Completion rate? Is it all about passing a final assessment?o Impact on on-campus teachingo Who will the learner develop a relationship with - The Uni or theplatform providero Will one platform dominate? Google, Facebook, etco Is it real learning, or is it ‘edutainment’?o New entrants to the market – Increased private providerso Why would an academic need to be at a Uni to deliver a MOOC?Rockstar academics = MOOCstars!
Professor Mark TaylorDean, Warwick Business SchoolUniversity of WarwickOpen and Online Learning
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