A BOLD Agenda for Higher Education: Leading in Uncertain Times

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Wednesday 2nd April 2014

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  • A BOLD Agenda for Higher Education: Leading in Uncertain Times

    1. 1. A cutting-edge digital learning strategy A BOLD Agenda for Higher Education: Leading in Uncertain Times Professor Mark Brown Director, National Institute for Digital Learning 2nd European Summit on Open and Online Learning Brussels Wednesday 2nd April 2014
    2. 2. Background… • Director of Ireland‟s new National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University • Previously Director of the National Centre for Teaching and Learning, Massey University, New Zealand
    3. 3. Background… • Director of Ireland‟s new National Institute for Digital Learning at Dublin City University • Previously Director of the National Centre for Teaching and Learning, Massey University, New Zealand • Previous Director of Distance Education and Learning Futures Alliance (DELFA) • Led New Zealand‟s first university-based MOOC initiative • Major leadership role in establishing Massey University Worldwide • Past President New Zealand Association for Open, Flexible and Distance Learning
    4. 4. Page 3 Professor Mark Brown B O L D Blended | On-line | Distance A BOLD Agenda…
    5. 5. Page 3 Professor Mark Brown B O L D Blended | On-line | Distance “The New Normal” A BOLD Agenda…
    6. 6. Page 3 Professor Mark Brown A BOLD Agenda… 2012
    7. 7. An avalanche is coming. It‟s hard of course, to say exactly when. It may be sooner than we think. Certainly there is no better time than now to seek to understand what lies ahead for higher education – and to prepare (p.8) Barber, M., Donnelly, K., & Rizvi, S. (2013). An avalanche is coming: Higher education and the revolution ahead. Institute for Public Policy Research. London. 2. The discourses of persuasion
    8. 8. 1. What is the crisis? 2. What opportunities exist? 3. What still needs to be done? Outline A BOLD Agenda…
    9. 9. A BOLD Agenda… Key message…
    10. 10. 1. What is the crisis?
    11. 11. 1. What is the crisis? Harvesting began in 1806 The story of ice…
    12. 12. 1. What is the crisis? Patent 1888 | Biro 1938 | Bic 1960s The story of the pen…
    13. 13. 1. What is the crisis? In 1976, 89% market share The story of Kodak…
    14. 14. 1. What is the crisis? The story of higher education… Yes, we need to modernise!
    15. 15. 1. What is the crisis?
    16. 16. Infusing innovation throughout the learning ecology On Campus in Class Acquisition Participation Synchronous Asynchronous Digital Learning Culture 1. What is the crisis?
    17. 17. Off Campus in Class Off Campus out of Class Infusing innovation throughout the learning ecology On Campus in Class Acquisition Participation Synchronous Asynchronous On Campus out of Class Digital Learning Culture 1. What is the crisis?
    18. 18. 1. What is the crisis? In the era of the MOOC, we need to remember that unlike previous disruptive innovations…
    19. 19. 1. What is the crisis? In the era of the MOOC, we need to remember that unlike previous disruptive innovations… Higher education is not a commodity!
    20. 20. Page 3 Professor Mark Brown 2. What opportunities exist?
    21. 21. The current emphasis on education in change needs to shift to the language of education for change. 2. What opportunities exist?
    22. 22. Page 3 Professor Mark Brown “It will not be possible to satisfy the rising demand for Higher Education, especially in developing countries, by relying on traditional approaches” Sir John Daniel Past President, Commonwealth of Learning Vancouver 2. What opportunities exist? Basic premise…
    23. 23. Page 3 Professor Mark Brown 2. What opportunities exist? Three examples… 1. Open2Study 1. Massey Worldwide 2. DCU - X
    24. 24. 2. What opportunities exist?
    25. 25. • Indigenous Cultures • Emergency Management • Agriculture and the World Around Us Initially three online subjects… 2. What opportunities exist?
    26. 26. 2. What opportunities exist?
    27. 27. 2. What opportunities exist?
    28. 28. 2. What opportunities exist? • Profile signature platforms • Address significant challenges Why join a MOOC platform…
    29. 29. 2. What opportunities exist? • Profile signature platforms • Address significant challenges • Enhance student retention by selecting the right course • Promote student readiness – learning to be an online learner Why join a MOOC platform…
    30. 30. • Profile signature platforms • Address significant challenges • Enhance student retention by selecting the right course • Promote student readiness – learning to be an online learner • Help shape development of the MOOC platform • Learn from the experience – promote innovative disruption 2. What opportunities exist? Why join a MOOC platform…
    31. 31. Page 3 Professor Mark Brown 2. What opportunities exist?
    32. 32. Page 3 Professor Mark Brown Now we can go to them… Previously international students had to come to us 2. What opportunities exist?
    33. 33. Page 3 Professor Mark Brown 2. What opportunities exist?
    34. 34. Taking the best of DCU to the world… A growing range of transnational activities and programmes in countries throughout the world, including a strategic partnership with Arizona State University. TRANSNATIONAL PARTNERSHIPS CUSTOMISED PROGRAMMES OPEN COURSES AND RESOURCES Participate in freely available open courses or take advantage of some of our fully online study resources and public lectures on YouTube. ONLINE DEGREES A growing suite of fully and partially online modules and qualifications in areas of research excellence which address some of the grand challenges facing the world. We can develop customised short courses and full degree programmes to meet your specific needs. Courses are available in our key areas of expertise anywhere in the world. 2. What opportunities exist?
    35. 35. Page 3 Professor Mark Brown 3. What still needs to be done?
    36. 36. Page 3 Professor Mark Brown 3. What still needs to be done? • Strategy • BOLD partnerships • Significant Investment • Grow institutional capability • Develop 21st century pedagogies • And lots more… L E A D E R S H I P
    37. 37. Page 3 Professor Mark Brown 3. What still needs to be done?
    38. 38. Professor Mark Brown 2013 Final comment
    39. 39. “Technological developments are unavoidably linked to broader social imaginaries: our ideas about the role of technology in education are shaped and reshaped by our ideas about what constitutes the „good society‟ (Morgan, 2013, p.5). Final comment
    40. 40. Learning to change and transform Learning to live together Learning to do Learning to know Learning to be Digital Inclusion Digital Citizenship Digital Identity Final comment
    41. 41. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom.” Francis Bacon http://www.slideshare.net/mbrownz/ Questions
    42. 42. Professor Mark Brown Director, National Institute for Digital Learning mark.brown@dcu.ie @mbrownz Contact details

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