Directions and challenges when post-secondary education moves into MOOC territory: institutional strategies in the digital learning age
Directions and challenges when post-secondary education
moves into MOOC territory:
What should be the institutional
strategies in the digital learning age?
Berlin, 5 December 2013
International Council For Open and Distance
• The leading global membership organization for open, distance and online
• An NGO official partner of UNESCO, and shares that agency’s key aim – the
attainment of quality education for all
• ICDE believes that in pursuing education as a universal right, the needs of the
learner must be central.
• Members in all regions of the world
25 Years Support
the framwork of globalisation
2020 – 80% connected
Internet of things
HE needs – 1 U a week
Enabling economic growth
2007 - 2030
the need for HE
by 2030: 400 mill.
How can countries best produce a highly-qualified young labour force?
OECD, Education Indicators in Focus – October 2013.
PISA and expenses per student
Aftenposten, Norway, 4 December 2013
Dr Qian Tang, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO (8/11/2013).
It is necessary to repeat the confirmation of fundamental principles:
• Education is
– A fundamental human rights
– A public good
– A basis for man's attainment of peace, sustainable development,
gender equality and responsible global citizenship
– A key factor in reducing inequality and poverty.
• And further: Imperative for Education for post 2015 agenda must
Equitable access to education for all and at all levels
Quality of education and learning
Message from the ICDE Standing Conference of Presidents:
• Willing to move up to the forefront and set direction:
Use High Quality Open, Distance, Online and
eLearning, MOOC and MOOP (Massive Open Online
• Establish overview what is happening, careful
monitoring, through GlobalOHER.
• Contextual, cultural and value based approach.
• UNESCO partnership approach.
• Collaboration between institutions, associations and
key stakeholders: national, regional and global.
• Student success is the key factor.
• Mansoor Al Awar, Vice Chancellor, Hamdan Bin
Mohammed e-University, United Arab Emirates
– An Innovative Solution for the 21st Century Learning
• Nicholas Watson, Director, Corporate and Learning
Environments (CLE), The Open University, UK
– Leadership for Change in a Time of Openness: New Models of
• Marta Aymerich, Vice President for Strategic Planning and
Research, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain
– Opening Up Education in an Online University: Experiences and
• John Ebersole, President, Excelsior College, USA
• Will Swann, President, European Association of Distance
Teaching Universities (EADTU), The Netherlands