Education 2011-2021 Summit: Key opportunities and challenges

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Final Plenary Session wrap up by Don Olcott for the DEHub/ODLAA Education 2011 to 2021- Global challenges and perspectives of blended and distance learning the (14 to 18 February 2011).

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Education 2011-2021 Summit: Key opportunities and challenges

  1. 1. Education 2011-2021 Summit Key opportunities and challenges Global challenges and perspectives of blended and distance learning DEHub-ODLAA Summit Sydney Australia 15-18 February 2011
  2. 2. Key opportunities and challenges <ul><li>What are the key language and terminology issues for defining open and distance education in the 21st century? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the key ODL research areas we must strengthen and expand from 2011-2021? What strategies do we need to improve research methodology? </li></ul><ul><li>What strategies do we need for educating and influencing senior policymakers, government ministers, and our institutional leadership about the ‘expectation-benefit’ continuum of open and distance education? </li></ul>
  3. 3. Key opportunities and challenges <ul><li>How do we mobilise emerging technologies for improving pedagogy models for teaching and learning effectiveness? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we harness the potential of OERs for informal and formal learning environments? What theoretical framework is needed to move this forward? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the challenges and opportunities for transforming the university’s academic culture for open and distance education? </li></ul>
  4. 4. Key opportunities and challenges <ul><li>What are the challenges and opportunities for global ODL? Global partnerships? What strategies are needed to bridge social, cultural, and language barriers for ODL delivery? </li></ul><ul><li>How do we empower the critical role of teachers in technology-ODL teaching effectiveness? </li></ul><ul><li>What are key quality assurance issues facing ODL? What are the implications of the shift towards learning outcomes for ODL? </li></ul>
  5. 5. Key opportunities and challenges <ul><li>Can we truly professionalise the field of open and distance education commensurate with mainstream professional academic disciplines? Why or why not? </li></ul><ul><li>Mobile technologies provide global potential for educational access, teaching pedagogy, and community synergy? What strategies are needed to formalise the educative processes using these technologies? </li></ul><ul><li>What types of technological enhancements are needed to access research data sets from multiple technologies that are seamless and efficient? </li></ul>
  6. 6. Key opportunities and challenges <ul><li>How can we tap the unique social, cultural and educational knowledge of students as a resource for refining and continually improving ODL practice? </li></ul><ul><li>What are the best practices using Web 2.0 technologies for promoting social inclusion of underrepresented populations in higher education? What’s missing on the human level in these emerging practices? </li></ul><ul><li>What are proven best practices and lessons learned for effective blended learning teaching models? </li></ul>

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