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Higher Education for the Future:
Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Professor Mark Brown
Director, Nationa...
Dublin City University
@mbrownz
1. Education in change
2. Education for change
3. Education for better futures
Outline….
1. Education in change
20 years ago…
In 1976…
89% market share
The Language
of Disruptive
Innovation
Liverpool Hut, Mt Aspiring
New Zealand
Different interest groups and stakeholders are borrowing
the same ‘languages of persuasion’
to legitimize very different a...
Knowledge Economy
Learning Society
Mark Brown, 2016
TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES
• Threat
• Unbundling
• Re-imagination
Crisis •...
Knowledge Economy
Learning Society
Mark Brown, 2016
TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES
• Threat
• Unbundling
• Re-imagination
Crisis •...
Knowledge Economy
Learning Society
Mark Brown, 2016
TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES
• Threat
• Unbundling
• Re-imagination
Crisis •...
“Digital
transformation
should be in
the service of
big ideas,
not as a big idea
in itself”
(adapted from Barnett, 2011)
2. Education for change
http://dcufuse.ie
www.discourse.org
Academic
Staff
22%
Alumni
8%
External
Guests
10%
Postgrad
Student
5%
Undergrad
Student
24%
Professional
Staff
31%
Who took...
56%
67%
70%
72%
78%
78%
84%
I felt comfortable expressing my opinion and
providing input to an online discussion forum
Par...
3. Education for better futures
“All education springs from images of the future and all
education creates images of the future. Thus all
education, wheth...
Two
Questions
1. What type of good
societies do we want
to create for better
futures - for all?
2. What type of
new business models
will help us achieve our
preferred good
societies?
“A prudent question is one-half of wisdom”
Francis Bacon
Professor Mark Brown
Director, National Institute for Digital Learning
www.dcu.ie/nidlmark.brown@dcu.ie
@mbrownz www.slide...
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture
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Paper at 27th ICDE World Conference on Online Learning, Toronto, Canada, 17th October 2017.

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Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture

  1. 1. Higher Education for the Future: Infusing Digital Learning in Institutional Culture Professor Mark Brown Director, National Institute for Digital Learning Toronto, Canada 17th October 2017
  2. 2. Dublin City University @mbrownz
  3. 3. 1. Education in change 2. Education for change 3. Education for better futures Outline….
  4. 4. 1. Education in change
  5. 5. 20 years ago…
  6. 6. In 1976… 89% market share
  7. 7. The Language of Disruptive Innovation
  8. 8. Liverpool Hut, Mt Aspiring New Zealand
  9. 9. Different interest groups and stakeholders are borrowing the same ‘languages of persuasion’ to legitimize very different agenda In the fake news era…
  10. 10. Knowledge Economy Learning Society Mark Brown, 2016 TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization •
  11. 11. Knowledge Economy Learning Society Mark Brown, 2016 TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization • • Sifting agent • Human capital • Cultural heritage • Education as commodity • 21st Century skills • Entrepreneurship • Education in change • Increased market competition ReschoolingReproducing
  12. 12. Knowledge Economy Learning Society Mark Brown, 2016 TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization • • Just society • Lifelong learning • Pillars of learning • Education for change • Democratic • Opening access • Micro credentials • New learning pathways • Sifting agent • Human capital • Cultural heritage • Education as commodity • 21st Century skills • Entrepreneurship • Education in change • Increased market competition ReschoolingReproducing ReconceptualizingDeschooling
  13. 13. “Digital transformation should be in the service of big ideas, not as a big idea in itself” (adapted from Barnett, 2011)
  14. 14. 2. Education for change
  15. 15. http://dcufuse.ie
  16. 16. www.discourse.org
  17. 17. Academic Staff 22% Alumni 8% External Guests 10% Postgrad Student 5% Undergrad Student 24% Professional Staff 31% Who took part… 21 Countries Average Time on Platform: 74 minutes
  18. 18. 56% 67% 70% 72% 78% 78% 84% I felt comfortable expressing my opinion and providing input to an online discussion forum Participating in DCU Fuse was a good use of my time I understood how the conversations related to aspects of the strategic planning process at DCU The platform is a good way to solicit views and allow large groups of people to contribute to debates The topics covered a wide range of areas within the university in a transparent manner I found using DCU Fuse to be an interesting experience The conversation topics were relevant to my work/ study/ activity at DCU
  19. 19. 3. Education for better futures
  20. 20. “All education springs from images of the future and all education creates images of the future. Thus all education, whether so intended or not, is a preparation for the future. Unless we understand the future for which we are preparing we may do tragic damage to those we teach.” (Toffler, 1974).
  21. 21. Two Questions
  22. 22. 1. What type of good societies do we want to create for better futures - for all?
  23. 23. 2. What type of new business models will help us achieve our preferred good societies?
  24. 24. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Francis Bacon
  25. 25. Professor Mark Brown Director, National Institute for Digital Learning www.dcu.ie/nidlmark.brown@dcu.ie @mbrownz www.slideshare.net/mbrownz

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