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1st issue - February 2016

 

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February 2016 - Issue 1

Digital resources as a new strategical factor for a renovation of modernization in higher education

The D-TRANSFORM project is a first attempt to set up a "University Leader Program" at the European level, addressed to university presidents and vice-presidents on the role of e-Education in shaping University strategies. This is the first newsletter of the project. Read more

 

Public Digital Policies in Higher Education

A comparative survey between Spain, France, Italy and the United Kingdom is available to download both in English and French.

The project team is to publish a series of surveys about digital transformation of higher education in Europe providing:

  1. the state-of the art on national policies
  2. the analysis of business models
  3. the implementation of Open Educational resources

The surveys will be included in a final report making recommendations for university governance concerning e-learning as a lever of transformation of higher education in Europe. The 1st survey focuses on a comparative analysis of national policies for university digital transformation, implemented since the beginning of the 21st century. The main outcome of the survey is that no generalization is possible. While all policies can be categorized within the general trends of the digital transformation, the dynamic of each higher education system puts different actors at the centre, according to the general logics of the systems. The challenge is then to produce conclusions that allow each partner country to engage in a transformation adapted to its own national context. The first report Public Digital Policies in HE - a comparative survey can be downloaded in English and French.

 

Lost in transition? D-TRANSFORM as a compass for the use of ICT to transform the higher education system

During the EDEN 2015 Annual Conference in Barcelona (10-12 June 2015) the project held its first Multiplier Event.

imageThe aim of the workshop was to demonstrate to and discuss with participants how senior staff have navigated through the problems of change management in institutions, and from their experiences and those of the audience draw lessons on what are the crucial barriers and how to surmount them. It was assumed that many EU universities now at last have a reasonable grasp of the learning technology and pedagogic aspects of e-learning and have installed adequate IT systems and staff development to deliver e-learning. However, as universities move from incremental change involving early adopters to step-change and then massification in e-learning, the role and skill set of leaders becomes increasingly important – and an increasingly important barrier. Thus it becomes important to hear from leaders with knowledge and experience of how to overcome these barriers. Workshop leader Paul Bacsich and invited guest Belinda Tynan, Clive Mulholland, Jim Devine and András Benedek spoke about these issues, each identifying two or three areas which posed challenges to them and how they were overcome. Read the full report of the event here.

 

Upcoming d-transfoRm events

Preparing higher education leaders to become the change makers requested by knowledge societies

April 28-29 2016, Budapest, Hungary

A D-TRANSFORM conference organized in partnership with the International Association of Universities (IAU) and the Hungarian Rectors’ Conference (MRK). Open only for the members of the MRK, the event aims at fostering exchanges between leaders of universities in Europe and at discussing innovations that take into account the new collaborative cultures fostered by the present information technologies. Read moreimage

Re-Imagining Learning Environments – The 2016 EDEN Annual Conference

June 14-17 2016, Budapest, Hungary

The event will be focusing on the responsibility of the scholarly community in widening the concept of learning and its role in society and exploiting transformative knowledge to drive social change. The D-TRANSFORM project will organise a workshop to tackle this issue from the point of view of the university governance. Read more

 

imageThe D-TRANSFORM Leadership schools

The project is to implement a training program for leaders of European universities (presidents, vice-presidents) focusing on the major role played by digital technologies (MOOCS, etc.) and Open Educational Resources (OER) in the necessary transformation of their institutions.

The leadership schools will focus on the following issues:

  1. How to use digital technologies as a leverage for transforming pedagogy and training within higher education institutions?
  2. What will be the economic model for universities? How to rationalize the costs of higher education through the use of digital teaching, in particular by relying on the use of OER and the establishment of consortia of universities?
  3. How to conciliate the development of MOOCS – and more generally e-learning – and the need to have a more flexible and personalized teaching? Read more
 

works in progress

The full publications will be available in April.

Analysis of Business Models

As it is no longer feasible to draw general conclusions at a European level, conclusions are drawn for specific countries (or regions) with the main differences being:

  • the extent to which full-time undergraduate/Master-level/higher education is available at zero or modest fees to EU students
  • a vastly different pattern of private HE provision (at high fees) across the EU
  • a very different pattern of fees for distance learning provision
  • the extent to which the number of places on courses at institutions is “capped” and what happens to students admitted to places above the cap

From MOOC to the need of "contextualization"

This task aims at studying the way HE institutions have used OERs and MOOCs to support the transformation of learning and teaching.

This work has been done via desk research and questionnaires, focused on governance and digital usage. The collected cases are analysed in terms of digital strategy and policy, the e-services development for students or teachers, the production and usage of OERs and MOOCs, and the way of supporting the process of change both for students and teachers.

 

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