Institutional strategies in the digital learning age


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What issues and possible pathways for higher education institutions to consider when moving faster into the digital age? Do you want to be a forerunner in opening up education or don´t you care? Increased cooperation or more competition? Can you pay your way to quality education? MOOCing your way or will that lead you to the parking slot? Could you let your faculty lead? To change on the ground is different from changing the slides. 5 executives took their positions at EDUCA 2013.

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Institutional strategies in the digital learning age

  1. 1. Directions and challenges when post-secondary education moves into MOOC territory: What should be the institutional strategies in the digital learning age? Online EDUCA Berlin, 5 December 2013 Gard Titlestad Secretary General International Council For Open and Distance Education, ICDE
  2. 2. • The leading global membership organization for open, distance and online education • 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 From Norway
  3. 3. Trends, within the framwork of globalisation and internationalisation US quadruppling Cost Southern Europe…. Developing economies Automation Robots Sensors Technology 2020 – 80% connected Open Research Internet of things Open Data OER eScience eInfrrastructures Access Open Innovation Flexibility HE needs – 1 U a week Globalisation Societal needs Enabling economic growth Demographics Open Access Open knowledge Students needs and expectations Employability Lifelong ICT Habitus
  4. 4. 400 Mill. students 2007 - 2030 EU/OECD projections the need for HE by 2030: 400 mill. 320 2030 2044
  5. 5. How can countries best produce a highly-qualified young labour force? OECD, Education Indicators in Focus – October 2013.
  6. 6. PISA and expenses per student Aftenposten, Norway, 4 December 2013
  7. 7. Wie bieden ze aan? Coursera ”Learning Hubs”
  8. 8. 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 be: – – – – – Equitable access to education for all and at all levels Quality of education and learning Fairness Gender equality Lifelong learning
  9. 9. 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 Programs) • 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.
  10. 10. Leadership for change • Leadership is strongly needed: – From government – From faculty – From institutions senior management • Leadership to penetrate education for reinventing and innovation in Education!
  11. 11. Speakers • 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 Institutional Engagement • Marta Aymerich, Vice President for Strategic Planning and Research, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, Spain – Opening Up Education in an Online University: Experiences and Future Challenges • John Ebersole, President, Excelsior College, USA • Will Swann, President, European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), The Netherlands
  12. 12. Thank you!