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The Great Unbundling of Higher Education: Dystopia or Utopia?

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Paper at Expanding Horizons in Open and Distance Learning. Conference of the Open and Distance Learning Association of Australia (OLDAA), Melbourne, 6th February 2017.

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The Great Unbundling of Higher Education: Dystopia or Utopia?

  1. 1. The Great Unbundling of Higher Education: Dystopia or Utopia? Professor Mark Brown Director, National Institute for Digital Learning Melbourne 6th February 2017
  2. 2. • Credential • Content • Services • Clock • Mode • Border
  3. 3. Liverpool Hut, Mt Aspiring
  4. 4. Knowledge Economy • Mode • Credential • Services Clock • Border • Content • TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES Mark Brown, 2016
  5. 5. “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).
  6. 6. Knowledge Economy • Mode • Credential • Services Clock • Border • Content • TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES Learning Society Mark Brown, 2016
  7. 7. “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.
  8. 8. Different interest groups and stakeholders borrow the same ‘language of persuasion’ to legitimize their own agenda
  9. 9. ReconceptualizingDeschooling ReschoolingReproducing • Just society • Lifelong learning • Pillars of learning • Education for change • Democratic • Opening access • Micro credentials • New learning pathways TWO MAJOR PERSPECTIVES Learning Society Knowledge Economy Mark Brown, 2016 • Mode • Credential • Services Clock • Border • Content • • Sifting agent • Human capital • Cultural heritage • Education as commodity • Competencies • Entrepreneurship • Technology as progress • Increased market competition
  10. 10. • Credential • Content • Services • Clock • Mode • Border
  11. 11. 1. Clock http://www.straighterline.com
  12. 12. 1. Clock
  13. 13. 1. Clock
  14. 14. 1. Clock
  15. 15. 2. Mode
  16. 16. 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
  17. 17. 2. Mode http://ec.europa.eu/education/library/reports/modernisation-universities_en.pdf
  18. 18. 2. Mode
  19. 19. 2. Mode A World-Class Irish Education Online http://www.dcu.ie/online
  20. 20. (Heinlein, 2015) 71% outside 3. Border
  21. 21. 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
  22. 22. 3. Border
  23. 23. 3. Border
  24. 24. 3. Border
  25. 25. 3. Border
  26. 26. 4. Credential
  27. 27. 4. Credential
  28. 28. New Learning Pathways 4. Credential
  29. 29. 4. Credential https://www.edsurge.com/news/2016-05-12-what-blockchain-means-for-higher-education
  30. 30. 4. Credential
  31. 31. 4. Credential
  32. 32. 5. Content
  33. 33. 5. Content
  34. 34. 5. Content http://www.dcu.ie/academy
  35. 35. 5. Content
  36. 36. 6. Services
  37. 37. 6. Services
  38. 38. 6. Services
  39. 39. 6. Services
  40. 40. 6. Services
  41. 41. 6. Services Change to Education Act
  42. 42. uWOLA… University Worldwide Online Learning Alliance A World-Class Online Education, Wherever You Are
  43. 43. The Alliance… • 10 universities • Estabished leaders • No more than two in each country • Opening access is core to mission • 25+ year history of flexible delivery • Ranked in the top 500 universities • Most in the top 100 under 50 years • Strong track record of student success
  44. 44. http://www.productivity.govt.nz uWOLLA
  45. 45. “Unbundling should be in the service of big ideas, not as a big idea in itself” (adapted from Barnett, 2011). Conclusion…
  46. 46. Go raibh maith agaibh!
  47. 47. 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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