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OERu Institutional Action Plans - The Unisa Experience


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Presentation prepared by Rachel Prinsloo from Unisa for the OERu 2015-10 meeting of international partners. Uploaded with permission from the author.

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OERu Institutional Action Plans - The Unisa Experience

  1. 1. Crafting the Unisa Institutional Action Plan (IAP)
  2. 2. Macro Context Globally, in the next decade, an estimated 40 million more youth will drop out and face an uncertain future without adequate work and life skills. The EU/OECD projects the need for higher education provisioning by 2030 to be 410 million globally with the greatest growth trends in Africa, Asia and the Caribbean, according to Titlestad’s (2015). Titlestad, G. (2015) Access, Equity and Quality: Envisioning the Future of Higher Education in a Digital Age. ICDE Kick-off meeting, Paris, 25 March 2015
  3. 3. Purpose of the IAP Consultative Framework  Facilitate shared understanding of the challenges and benefits of Unisa’s OERu membership and contractual obligations  Articulate college positions and levels of commitment – cross disciplinary conversations towards inter-cultural global conversations
  4. 4. The strategic intent and rationale for participating in the OERu network remain compelling value propositions Fully supporting the social justice mandate and imperative of engaging in the global knowledge economy on African terms, giving expression to the longer term vision of:  Expanding the notion of education as a public good through widening access (OERS and MOOCS) to more affordable and globally recognised education (quality)  Enhanced responsiveness to student preferences for graduating from their institution of choice  Consciously managing transformation and change at systemic and practice levels to ensure cutting edge and responsive academic programmes  Participatory benchmarking of the curriculum, innovative and more flexible stakeholder engagement
  5. 5. Alignment to future strategic intent and planning imperatives of Unisa (Strategic Plan 2016-2030).  The African University, trend-setting comprehensive university  Cutting-edge open distance e-learning (ODeL) institution  A quality student experience to become a university of choice  Contextually relevant, optimised centres of learning facilitation  Transformed and diverse university attuned to national development
  6. 6. Outcomes of Consultative Process  Facilitation of structured dialogues and grappling with the issues (strengthened by the OERu August Input Survey)  College level commitments to engage in a systematic manner to create OERs for the platform aligned to OERu and Unisa strategic goals
  7. 7. Outcomes of Consultative Process  Commitment by Executive Management to support 2015 IAP – project plan and budget supported  Shared awareness of internal and external systemic challenges and identifications of agents to effect realignment – policy, QA programme approvals , accreditation, funding, enrolment planning
  8. 8. Mindfully navigating the future
  9. 9. Critical issue for the way forward:  Planned and sustainable curriculum innovation, transformative pedagogical practices  Tracking efficiency improvements for design and development, impacts on funding frameworks
  10. 10. Critical issue for the way forward  Unisa’s approach of “infused curriculum innovation” versus  “Independent” business model aligned to core business
  11. 11. Thank you for this opportunity! We look forward to receiving your comments. And wish to invite partners to design and develop OERS for OERu qualifications.