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A Critique of the Unbundling Movement: Challenges and Opportunities for Irish Higher Education

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Presentation at EdTech 2017, Irish Learning Technology Association, Sligo, 1st June 2017.

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A Critique of the Unbundling Movement: Challenges and Opportunities for Irish Higher Education

  1. 1. Professor Mark Brown Director, National Institute for Digital Learning A Critique of the Unbundling Movement: Challenges & Opportunities for Irish Higher Education Sligo, Ireland 1st June 2017
  2. 2. http://empower.eadtu.eu
  3. 3. Liverpool Hut, Mt Aspiring
  4. 4. “It is theory that decides what we can observe…” Albert Einstein
  5. 5. Knowledge Economy • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization • TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES Mark Brown, 2016
  6. 6. “Frankly, all the computers and software and Internet connections in the world won’t do much good if young people don’t understand that access to new technology means… access to the new economy” (President Bill Clinton; cited in Cuban, 2001, p.18).
  7. 7. Knowledge Economy Learning Society Mark Brown, 2016 TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization •
  8. 8. “Higher education has a crucial role to play in laying the foundations of a society that is more inclusive, participatory and equal...” The President said “…the role of the university in enabling citizens to develop the tools to address the great challenges of our time – global poverty, climate change and sustainability – was vital.
  9. 9. ReschoolingReproducing Learning Society Knowledge Economy Mark Brown, 2016 • Sifting agent • Human capital • Cultural heritage • Education as commodity • Competencies • Entrepreneurship • Technology as progress • Increased market competition TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization •
  10. 10. The Language of Disruptive Innovation
  11. 11. Deschooling ReschoolingReproducing • Democratic • Opening access • Micro credentials • New learning pathways Learning Society Knowledge Economy Mark Brown, 2016 • Sifting agent • Human capital • Cultural heritage • Education as commodity • Competencies • Entrepreneurship • Technology as progress • Increased market competition TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization •
  12. 12. ReconceptualizingDeschooling ReschoolingReproducing • Just society • Lifelong learning • Pillars of learning • Education for change • Democratic • Opening access • Micro credentials • New learning pathways Learning Society Knowledge Economy Mark Brown, 2016 • Sifting agent • Human capital • Cultural heritage • Education as commodity • Competencies • Entrepreneurship • Technology as progress • Increased market competition TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization •
  13. 13. Critical Consumers Critical Citizens RECONCEPTUALIST FRAMEWORK (Delors Report, 1972) LEARNING TO BE LEARNING TO KNOW LEARNING TO DO LEARNING TO LIVE TOGETHER Critical Thinkers
  14. 14. Different interest groups and stakeholders are borrowing the same ‘languages of persuasion’ to legitimize very different agenda In the fake news era…
  15. 15. 4. Content 5. Services 6. Credential 1. Clock 2. Mode 3. Border
  16. 16. 1. Clock http://www.straighterline.com
  17. 17. 1. Clock
  18. 18. 1. Clock
  19. 19. 2. Mode
  20. 20. Off Campus in Class Off Campus out of Class On Campus in Class Acquisition Participation On Campus out of Class Leakage The New Learning Ecology Physical Virtual 2. Mode
  21. 21. 2. Mode
  22. 22. 2. Mode A World-Class Irish Education Online hFp://www.dcu.ie/online
  23. 23. (Heinlein, 2015) 71% outside 3. Border
  24. 24. Allen, E., & Seaman, J., with Poulin, R., & Taylor Straut, T. (2016). Online report card: Tracking online education in the United States. Babson Survey Research Group and Quahog Research Group. 2% 3. Border
  25. 25. 3. Border
  26. 26. 3. Border
  27. 27. 4. Content
  28. 28. 4. Content
  29. 29. 4. Content
  30. 30. 5. Services
  31. 31. 5. Services
  32. 32. 5. Services
  33. 33. 5. Services
  34. 34. 6. Credential
  35. 35. https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/moocs-international-credit-transfer-system-edges-closer 6. Credential
  36. 36. 6. Credential
  37. 37. 6. Credential
  38. 38. 6. Credential
  39. 39. Conclusion… • What system-level responses are required to the unbundling movement? • What forms of unbundling might contribute to better educational outcomes? • What are the major risks of the unbundling movement? In Ireland,
  40. 40. Go raibh maith agaibh!

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