Report on The Changing Pedagogical Landscape published by EADTU

The newly published report by EADTU, "The Changing Pedagogical Landscape. In search of patterns in policies and practices of new modes of teaching and learning",  is premised on the fact that European societies have changed and will further change, due to the impact of new technologies and through new developments in the economy and in society at large. This has clear consequences for universities. An increasing number of universities and colleges offer, next to degree programmes, continuous education and lifelong learning and open education mainly via OER and MOOCs. In all three areas of provision, new pedagogies have emerged, strongly enabled by the innovation/ICT push and facilitated by different support structures at various levels. Universities have started to develop visions and strategies to position themselves at the national and international level in each of these areas. Universities need sufficient autonomy to determine their position in these three areas and to act flexibly and rapidly to respond to changes in society. They also need vision and support from their governments to enable them to innovate.

This report, which was co-funded by the Erasmus+ Programme, is a continuation of the first Changing Pedagogical Landscape study conducted from January 2014-June 2015 (Haywood, Connelly, Henderikx, Weller &Williams, 2015). It adds seven additional countries. The first CPL study (2015) study stated that “although innovation is taking place very widely across Europe, it still forms a very small fraction of total higher education provision.” The new 2017/18 study shows that many interesting examples are emerging that potentially have increasing impact
at system level. Based on these cases and interviews, some overall trends towards change are observed: ICT-based modes of teaching and learning can solve problems that higher education is facing today and will offer new opportunities for teaching and learning. They will innovate and even transform higher education provision more broadly in the course of the next years.