by Alastair Creelman (@alacre)
Prof. Haywood is one of the keynote speakers of the EDEN 2014 Annual Conference in Zagreb (#eden14). Alastair Creelman (Linnaeus University, Sweden) sat down for an in-depth interview prior to the Conference to discuss open learning, certifications and employability and the problematics of universities meeting the demands of industry for digitally literate critical thinkers who have real skills. The interview touches on hot topics such as how do universities build curricula that make use of the best technology to support personalised pathways leading students towards employment.
The use of richer media and open educational materials in traditional educational settings interest a vast number of educational institutions nowadays. Higher educational institutions are currently keen on looking into expanding their horizons in terms of scale with the support of existing technology - a trend we experience currently with Massive Open Online Courses.
Prof. Jeff Haywood is Vice-principal, Knowledge Management and is Professor of Education & Technology at the University of Edinburgh (UoE), UK. Amongst others, Prof. Haywood oversees the Distance Education Initiative at UoE with £5M of funding over 5 years, developing a wide range of fully online taught Masters programmes, enabling potential students to access advanced education without breaking their careers, moving location including online graduations. He is also involved in UoE's Massive Open Online Course in partnership with Coursera, and peer universities worldwide, offering short fully online courses to anyone with internet access, regardless of age, location or prior knowledge. Read his recent publications and see a list of his recent presentations.
Alastair Creelman works at Linnaeus University in Kalmar, in Sweden and is a board member of the European Foundation for Quality in E-learning (EFQUEL).
Alastair follows global developments in educational technology and reflects them through articles, conference appearances and social media. Involved in several European projects, he often blogs about discovering new methods, tools and technology.