Presentation: Educating Students in a Time of Disruption: Becoming Innovative and Creating an Internal Shift to Drive the Future of Universities
With an estimated seven career changes in today’s students’ lifetime, the age of the ‘four year career’ is forcing universities and other education institutions to adapt, diversify and respond. Educators need to prepare students for such an environment by becoming flexible and keep up with demand for multi-disciplinary and modal thinking in a rapidly transforming employment market. While innovations within the education industry have included Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), creative blended learning environments and industry/university partnerships, a university looks today similar to what it did a generation ago. The question is, ‘what is next?’ How do we prepare for the impact of a major disruption as an ‘Uber’ university?
In this presentation from Blended Learning 2016, Professor James Arvanitakis, Dean of the Graduate Research School, Western Sydney University, explores:
- Looking to the future of education: embracing change to improve the learning experience
- The balance between delivery of disciplinary content and developing new graduate attributes: incorporating skills into a blended curriculum
- Creating the internal shift to encourage and develop a flexible and innovate curriculum
- Redefining the roles of a next generation university – what does an Uber University look like?
- Using Blended Learning as a driver of change
The challenge faced by ‘the lecture’ of the future is its balance between imparting knowledge and facilitating
active learning. In this presentation from Blended Learning 2016, Dr Chris Thompson, Associate Dean (Education) & Senior Lecturer at Monash University, explores how this current shift
in culture is impacting on student learning, inlcuding:
- Does the traditional, didactic lecture still have a place in higher education?
- How a lecture in 2020 look different might compared to 20 years earlier?
- Is ‘flipped learning’ the right model for large undergraduate cohorts?
Navigating Changing Student Dynamics and Heightened Expectations for Creating a Learner Centred Environment
With changing student cohorts it is important to align institutional strategy, curriculum development, and space design to support educators to employ active learning pedagogy. Educational institutes have been challenged to rethink how they can align with personalised and technical demands students are familiar with in their every day lives.
In this presentation from Blended Learning 2016, Professor Pascale Quester, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Academic) and Pro Vice-Chancellor (Student Learning), University of Adelaide, explores:
- Insight on the changing dynamics and what constitutes a course in the contemporary educational setting
- Creating an environment for enabling students to be the centre of their learning
- Aligning assessment methods within a blended learning environment