FUTURA - An Exploratory Study

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Overview of the FUTURA Project for the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC). Updated slides from presentation I gave at UOC on 20 April 2016.

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FUTURA - An Exploratory Study

  1. 1. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching FUTURA Future  of  University  Teaching:     Update  and  a  Roadmap  for  Advancement An exploratory study
  2. 2. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching 1.  Objectives 2.  Project phases 3.  Outputs 4.  Findings and guidelines Table of contents
  3. 3. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching 1 Objectives
  4. 4. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching 41 General objective of FUTURA project To identify trends and innovations in online and blended provision of Higher Education, in order to support distance learning institutions in making informed decisions for the future about online teaching methodology.
  5. 5. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching ObjectiusObjectius 2 Project phases
  6. 6. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching 1 6 5 4 3 2 The phases of FUTURA can best be explained by telling a story… 6
  7. 7. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching The tree in the picture represents a distance education institution. One day, the tree embarked on a journey of discovery… Phase 1: Establishing the baseline 7
  8. 8. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching We started by looking at what was happening close to home: •  Identification of the challenges and opportunities facing distance education institutions •  Literature review and desk research into current practices in online HE Phase 1: Establishing the baseline 8
  9. 9. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching Then the sea came up to meet the tree, and whispered in its ear. The tree began to imagine all the kinds of other life forms that might exist out there… Phase 2: Imagining the future 9
  10. 10. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching We imagined the future: •  Scenario planning focus group session with 25 e-learning experts at UOC •  Consultations with 10 international experts, using “blue-ocean” thinking Phase 2: Imagining the future 10
  11. 11. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching And so the tree boarded a little boat and went on a journey of discovery around the world… 11Phase 3: Identifying examples of innovative practice
  12. 12. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching We looked for examples of innovative practices: •  Discovery of 100+ examples from different institutions worldwide described as being innovative in their own contexts •  (We recognised that what is innovative in one context may not be innovative in another.) Phase 3: Identifying examples of innovative practice 12
  13. 13. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching Phase 4: Selection of inspirational, transferable practices The tree stopped to reflect on its journey… 13
  14. 14. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching We carried out an in-depth analysis of the examples: •  Identification of 30 inspiring and potentially transferable initiatives •  Triangulation of the examples with the expert input and the literature Phase 4: Selection of inspirational, transferable practices 14
  15. 15. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching Phase 5: Synthesis of findings The tree found there were five main ideas emerging out of all the new things it had seen… 15 Idea! Idea! Idea! Idea! Idea!
  16. 16. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching Phase 5: Synthesis of findings 16 We discovered that all the examples could be characterised by the following IDEAS: •  Intelligent use of technologies •  Distributed responsibility for delivery •  Engaging pedagogy •  Agile curriculum •  Situated learning
  17. 17. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching Phase 6: Report on next-generation pedagogy for onine education The tree disseminated these ideas within its community of practice, and new seeds began to appear... 17
  18. 18. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching ObjectiusObjectius 3 Outputs
  19. 19. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching 3 Outputs Collaboration between institutions Internationalisation Learning analytics Openness Flipped classroom BYOD Teacher development Flexibility and personalisation E-assessment tools & practices Informal learning Open Educational Resources and MOOCs Vocational and Educational Training Digital literacy Collaboration Universities/employers Focus of literature 19 Literature review / desk research
  20. 20. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching 20 Challenges and opportunities facing distance learning institutions 3 Outputs Student enrolments Employability and the nature of work Excellence in research Competitiveness Cross- disciplinarity Flexibility Changes in degree structure in EU Collaborative governance Internationalisation Benchmarking with other institutions Teaching roles & support Tools and resources Prevent dropout
  21. 21. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching Innovativ e teaching practices Innovative approaches & methodologies 3 Outputs
  22. 22. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching 223 Outputs
  23. 23. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching ObjectiusObjectius 4 Findings and guidelines
  24. 24. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching 244 Findings Source: http://hdl.handle.net/ 10609/51441 IDEAS for next- generation pedagogy emerging from FUTURA project https://magic.piktochart.com/output/14507466-futura-ideas
  25. 25. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching 25IDEAS for next-generation pedagogy
  26. 26. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching 26IDEAS for next-generation pedagogy
  27. 27. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching 27IDEAS for next-generation pedagogy
  28. 28. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching 28IDEAS for next-generation pedagogy
  29. 29. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching 29IDEAS for next-generation pedagogy
  30. 30. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching UOC eLearn Center Project Team: Lourdes Guàrdia: lguardia@uoc.edu Cris Girona: cgirona@uoc.edu elearncenter@uoc.edu elearncenter.uoc.edu Contact @eLC_UOC elearncenter Elearncenter eLearnCenter   Art of E-learning FUTURA project team: Gabi Witthaus and Brenda Padilla Original artwork © George Sfougaras
  31. 31. eLearn Center Shaping learning. Rethinking teaching 31 FUTURA Report: Witthaus, G., Padilla Rodriguez, B.C., Guàrdia Ortiz, L. and Girona Campillo, C. (2016). Next Generation Pedagogy: IDEAS for Online and Blended Higher Education. Final report of the FUTURA (Future of University Teaching: Update and a Roadmap for Advancement) project. Universitat Oberta de Catalunya. http://openaccess.uoc.edu/webapps/o2/handle/ 10609/51441 IDEAS Graphic: https://magic.piktochart.com/output/14507466-futura- ideas 5 References

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