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Walking the Talk of Innovation: Re-envisioning the Future - Online


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Presentation at annual European Association for Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU), The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference, Milton Keynes, UK, 26th October, 2017.

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Walking the Talk of Innovation: Re-envisioning the Future - Online

  1. 1. Walking the Talk of Innovation: Re-envisioning the Future - Online Professor Mark Brown Director, National Institute for Digital Learning Milton Keynes, UK 26th October 2017
  2. 2. 1. Education in change 2. Education for change 3. Education for better futures Outline….
  3. 3. 1. Education in change
  4. 4. In 1976… 89% market share
  5. 5. The Language of Disruptive Innovation
  6. 6. “Digital transformation should be in the service of big ideas, not as a big idea in itself” (adapted from Barnett, 2011)
  7. 7. 2. Education for change
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  10. 10. 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
  11. 11. 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
  12. 12. 3. Education for better futures
  13. 13. “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).
  14. 14. Conclusion… What are the big ideas that new models of higher education should serve?
  15. 15. “A prudent question is one-half of wisdom” Francis Bacon