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Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again

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Keynote presentation at Flexible Learning Association of New Zealand Annual Conference, From Inception to Infinity, Palmerston North, 10th April, 2018.

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Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again

  1. 1. Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again Professor Mark Brown Dublin City University @mbrownz
  2. 2. Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again@mbrownz
  3. 3. Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again Conference theme… Inception signifies the beginning of the journey, where we have come from. It recognises the early stages of the learning journey. Infinity simply means that we are not there yet. Where will our changing environment take us to next? How can we best utilise the different technologies to meet societies increasing needs for ongoing education? @mbrownz
  4. 4. Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again@mbrownz
  5. 5. Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again@mbrownz Inception Infinity • Ti kōuka • Cabbage Tree • Cordyline australis
  6. 6. Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again@mbrownz • Ti kōuka • Cabbage Tree • Cordyline australis Inception Back Again
  7. 7. Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again@mbrownz
  8. 8. @mbrownz
  9. 9. A wide range of industry sectors are located in Ireland 9 out of 10 Global IT Corporations Global Pharmaceutical Corporations Top Games Companies Top 10 “Born on the Internet” companies More than 50% World’s Leading Financial Services 12 out of 15 Global Medical Device companies 9 out of 10 3 out of top 6 Knowledge Capital Dublin
  10. 10. 2019 Conference Dublin
  11. 11. Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again@mbrownz Back Again
  12. 12. Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again@mbrownz 1. Digital debates 2. Learning narratives 3. Transformative cultures
  13. 13. Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again@mbrownz
  14. 14. Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again@mbrownz
  15. 15. Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again@mbrownz
  16. 16. Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again@mbrownz 2007 https://www.dcu.ie/sites/default/files/carpe/eportfolio_report.pdf
  17. 17. Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again Taking the Craic: Inception to Infinity and Back Again@mbrownz The light comes through the cracks
  18. 18. 1. Digital debates
  19. 19. Access Quality Cost Sir John Daniel Iron Triangle
  20. 20. Off Campus in Class Off Campus out of Class On Campus in Class Acquisition Participation On Campus out of Class Physical Virtual Digital Leakage
  21. 21. 2015 No Significant Difference
  22. 22. 2016
  23. 23. Access Quality Cost Sir John Daniel Iron Triangle
  24. 24. Who should pay for the cost of higher education?
  25. 25. OECD (2017) Education at a Glance Ireland New Zealand
  26. 26. 2.7%
  27. 27. “There is also almost no understanding of the private and social [public] benefits of distance and online education in comparison with those of face-to- face education” (Rumble, 2014, p.208). Rumble, G. (2014). The costs and economics of online distance education (pp. 197-216). In O. Zawacki-Richter & T. Anderson (Eds.). Online distance education: Towards a research agenda. Athabasca: AU Press.
  28. 28. Access Quality Cost Sir John Daniel Iron Triangle
  29. 29. “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, 2013) Past President, Commonwealth of Learning; Previous Vice-Chancellor, UK Open University
  30. 30. Jansen, D., & Schuwer, R. (2015). Institutional MOOC strategies in Europe Status report based on a mapping survey conducted in October - December 2014. EADTU – HOME project. Available from http://eadtu.eu/documents/Publications/OEenM/Institutional_MOOC_strategies_in_Europe.pdf
  31. 31. “As a country we have everything to gain and nothing to lose by increasing levels of participation in higher education among all Irish citizens” (2015, p. i)
  32. 32. What role should governments play in shaping the future of flexible learning? Policy Question…
  33. 33. 2. Learning narratives
  34. 34. “An educational change is neither natural nor normal, constant nor common as it involves a deeper struggle over who will win control of the curriculum” [future] (Evans, 1996, p.25).
  35. 35. The Language of Disruptive Innovation
  36. 36. “It is theory that decides what we can observe”
  37. 37. Knowledge Economy • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization • TWO MAJOR WORLDVIEWS DIGITAL FUTURES
  38. 38. “And we’ve got to bring on the competition — open the schoolhouse doors and let parents choose the best school for their children. Education reformers call this school choice, charter schools, vouchers, even opportunity scholarships. I call it competition — the American way.” Donald Trump, in his book “The America We Deserve”
  39. 39. Knowledge Economy • Threat • Unbundling • Re-imagination Crisis • Disruption • Democratization • TWO MAJOR WORLDVIEWS Knowledge Society DIGITAL FUTURES
  40. 40. “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.
  41. 41. Global Attitudes Project, Pew Research, 2011 http://www.pewglobal.org/2011/11/17/the-american-western-european-values-gap/ The American-Western European Values Gap
  42. 42. Education in Change Education for Change Navigating Through Entangled Narratives
  43. 43. What are the preferred learning scenarios [narratives] for the future of higher education?
  44. 44. “Resilience requires adaptation and evolution to new environmental conditions, but retains core identity” (Weller & Anderson, 2013, p.55).
  45. 45. STEP 1: Identify the major trends and change forces
  46. 46. • Globalisation • Population mobility • Demographic changes • Changing nature of work • Growing demand for higher education STEP 1: Identify the major trends and change forces
  47. 47. • Openness movement • Unbundling movement • Impact of AI on education • Impact of BIG data on education • Rising costs of higher education STEP 1: Identify the major trends and change forces
  48. 48. STEP 1: Identify the major trends and change forces STEP 2: Identify the high impact (critical) uncertainties STEP 3: Create the axes of uncertainty STEP 4: Develop the scenario characteristics for each quadrant
  49. 49. Disruptive Business Models Conventional Business Models StandardisedOfferings CustomisedOfferings Scenario 3 Scenario 4 Scenario 1 Scenario 2
  50. 50. The Future Challenge Scenarios… • Oldish University • Newish University • Resource University • Expansive University • Alliance University • Data Driven University • Outsource University
  51. 51. Watch this Space
  52. 52. 3. Transformative cultures
  53. 53. http://dcufuse.ie
  54. 54. www.discourse.org
  55. 55. A conclusion is the place where you got tired of thinking Finally…
  56. 56. Go raibh maith agaibh! Thank you @mbrownz
  57. 57. Professor Mark Brown - PhD Director, National Institute for Digital Learning www.dcu.ie/nidlmark.brown@dcu.ie @mbrownz www.slideshare.net/mbrownz

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