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Anticipation the Future Panel presentation by Professor Graham Webb for the DEHub/ODLAA Education 2011 to 2021- Global challenges and perspectives of blended and distance learning the (14 to 18 ...

Anticipation the Future Panel presentation by Professor Graham Webb 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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    • Staffing and Qualifications: A personal perspective
      17 February 2011
      Education 2011 to 2021- Global challenges and perspectives of blended and distance learning
      Prof. Graham Webb
    • Staffing and Qualifications
      These are personal observations - not institutional views
      Where are we?
      flexible learning qualifications are a sub set of qualifications for HE teaching more generally
      non-professionalised ‘profession’
      basic qualification . . competencies
      registration (de-registration)
      requirement for continuing professional development
      alone as a non-profession . . alone in teaching (even Grad Certs)
    • Staffing and Qualifications
      curious in a credentialising industry
      most HE teachers do not see the need
      most leaders are uncredentialed and ignorant of the discourse
      “Grad Certs have not been proven to make a difference” (not true Grad Certs . . . true for PhDs?)
    • Staffing and Qualifications
      Lack of professionalisation means the discourse is stuck
      Journal articles . . enthusiastic reinvention
      most teachers unaware of discourse
      most do not go near Academic Development/Teaching Centres (AD/TC)
      AD/TC staff recruitment an issue . . lack of professional structure
      Positive: promotion . . . career progression in teaching has improved greatly
      But . . no fundamental change obvious
    • Staffing and Qualifications
      Where might we be going?
      Research productivity . . . accountability
      competition in the recruitment of highly productive research staff
      incentives . . . teaching relief
      accentuated by baby boomer retirees
      consequence: continued trend towards teaching concentrated, teaching only, casual teaching positions
    • Staffing and Qualifications
      Where might we be going?
      Increasing competition
      pressure to lower costs (labour) . . as competition grows with private providers with no research requirement
      greater staff flexibility required (market demand shifts . . . fluctuating enrolment patterns, campus patterns)
      continued drift to casualisation, remote working, multiple employers
    • Staffing and Qualifications
      Where might we be going?
      Some specialisation in roles
      to gain advancement through leadership, some will take PhDs, teaching qualifications, flexible learning qualifications
      eg group leaders, coordinators, supervisors, quality assurers . . . to distinguish from contract ‘teachers’
      Qualifications? leadership, management, QA, interpersonal skills
      another set: project management, training, technical LMS (plug in) developers . . . professional skills courses
    • Staffing and Qualifications
      Where might we be going?
      In short
      continuation of non-professionalised HE teaching profession
      greater recognition of research
      greater distinction between research and teaching concentrated/ teaching only staff
      continuation of trend towards casualised staff
      some career advancement possibilities through leadership and technical credentialing
    • Staffing and Qualifications: A personal perspective
      17 February 2011
      Education 2011 to 2021- Global challenges and perspectives of blended and distance learning
      Prof. Graham Webb