Background information

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.

Learning outcomes:

  • 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

Background documents:

E-learning in European Higher Education Institutions, EUA, 2014

Trends 2015: Learning and Teaching in European Universities, EUA, 2015 

Opening up Education Communication, European Commisson, 2013

Open Education Europa website

Key Data on Learning and Innovation through ICT at School inEurope 2011

New modes of learning and teaching in universities, EU's High Level Group on Modernisation of Higher Education, 2014 

MOOCs Massive Open Oline Courses, 2013, EUA

MOOCs Massivel Open Online Courses - An update, January 2014, EUA

TAM: Future of e-learning in Lebanon, 2015