One of the top priorities expressed by Higher Education Reform Experts (HEREs) is the need to explore new developments in e-learning and their implications for access to and innovation of teaching and learning more generally. Many academics, higher education institutions (HEI) and policy makers have expressed interest in how to better harness the opportunities that ICT, blended learning and online course delivery may offer. However there are many questions and challenges, including how to build capacity for utilising ICT tools and infrastructure, recognition of online courses and degrees, quality assurance and training of academic staff to utilize such technology. This priority is shared by Europe, where many HEIs are developing strategies toward e-learning and attempting to mainstream ICT in their teaching and learning offer. There are many practices to share, both with regards to how institutions are tackling the e-learning agenda and the implications for national and regional higher education policy landscape. This seminar, targeted at HEREs, will examine the wide array of possibilities that ICT and e-learning offer in terms of modernizing teaching and learning, opening access and internationalizing higher education. It will draw upon interesting cases from Europe and from the Partner regions and countries.
Participants will be selected based on interest and experience in the topic. A questionnaire administered prior to the event will assess pre-knowledge and experience, and enable to fine-tune the programme and the themes and tasks for the break out groups.
- Understand current trends with regards to e-learning, and the variety of types, possible approaches and employment
- Cite examples of how universities are strategizing regarding e-learning and the ways in which it is changing teaching and learning more generally
- Understand different national regulatory contexts and how they may hinder or help e-learning, both with regard to recognition and quality assurance
- Assess how e-learning could be better understood, promoted, stream-lined and implemented in their respective countries and institutions