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The Next Big Thing(s): Thinking Strategically for Better Futures

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Invited presentation at the Allianz Forum, Hochschulforum Digitalisierung, Berlin, 12th September 2017.

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The Next Big Thing(s): Thinking Strategically for Better Futures

  1. 1. The Next Big Thing(s): Thinking Strategically for Better Futures Professor Mark Brown - PhD Berlin, Germany 12th September 2017
  2. 2. @mbrownz Ireland’s First Chair in Digital Learning Director, National Institute for Digital Learning
  3. 3. • 10 x Online Scholarships for Refugees • Pilot of Head Start Online MOOC with Kiron
  4. 4. Outline… 1. Education in change 2. Education for change 3. Shaping your own future
  5. 5. @mbrownz
  6. 6. 1. Education in change
  7. 7. The Language of Disruptive Innovation
  8. 8. In 1976… 89% market share
  9. 9. A Teaching Assistant named Jill Watson: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WbCguICyfTA
  10. 10. http://time.com/4742543/robots-jobs-machines-work/
  11. 11. Learning is Earning!
  12. 12. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Francis Bacon
  13. 13. 2. Education for change
  14. 14. Running to catch a moving train...
  15. 15. What is the preferred future scenario for your institution?
  16. 16. • • • • • What are some of the other major change forces shaping the future of higher education?
  17. 17. • Globalisation • Population mobility • Demographic changes • Changing nature of work • Growing demand for higher education What are some of the other major change forces shaping the future of higher education?
  18. 18. High impact (critical) uncertainties Growth of new global online providers Emergence of badges and micro-credentials Increased demand for part-time study options Increased supply reduces cost of qualifications Reduction of government funding to universities Increased demand for customised study options Increased staff demand for flexible work conditions Emergence of strategic alliances between universities Further development of new technological innovations
  19. 19. Disruptive Business Models Conventional Business Models StandardisedCourses CustomisedCourses Scenario 3 Scenario 4 Scenario 1 Scenario 2
  20. 20. Disruptive Business Models Conventional Business Models StandardisedCourses CustomisedCourses Scenario 3 Scenario 4 Scenario 1 Scenario 2 Massey Worldwide
  21. 21. • Where are we going? • Where should we go and why? • How can we get there? Scenario 1 - Open Networking Scenario 2 - Serving Local communities Scenario 3 - New Public Responsibilities Scenario 4 - Higher Education Inc
  22. 22. Embedded Strategy Explicit Strategy IndividualCourses WholeProgrammes
  23. 23. Embedded Strategy Bold on Strategy IndividualCourses WholeProgrammes
  24. 24. Embedded Strategy Bold on Strategy IndividualCourses WholeProgrammes Scenario 3 Scenario 2Scenario 1
  25. 25. Constructivist Models On Campus in Class Off Campus in Class On Campus out of Class Off Campus out of Class Leakage Face-to-FaceDelivery OnlineDelivery Instructionist Models
  26. 26. Jones, A., Lygo-Baker, S., Markless, S., Rienties, B., & Di Napoli, R. (2016): Conceptualizing impact in academic development: finding a way through. Higher Education Research & Development, DOI: 10.1080/07294360.2016.1176997 Coolbear, P., & Hinton, T. (2013). Evaluating the impact of research projects in tertiary learning and teaching: Exploring the geography of change. Plenary address HERDSA Conference, Auckland, New Zealand, 2nd July.
  27. 27. Three Lessons… • Having a process • Rigorous decision-making • Knowing how to implement
  28. 28. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Francis Bacon
  29. 29. 3. Shaping your own future
  30. 30. • Long History of Distance Education • Hosted National Centre for Distance Education • OSCAIL Early Adopter of Online Learning
  31. 31. Open Education Unit The Ideas Lab Off-campus Online Delivery Innovative Models of Design and Delivery Teaching Enhancement Unit On-campus Blended Delivery BOLD Learning Designs Research Network National Institute for Digital Learning
  32. 32. http://dcufuse.ie
  33. 33. Three final remarks…
  34. 34. “Digital transformation should be in the service of big ideas, not as a big idea in itself” (adapted from Barnett, 2011)
  35. 35. Go raibh maith agaibh!
  36. 36. 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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