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1 TEACHING AND LEARNING IN THE NEW HIGHER EDUCATION ENVIRONMENT David Trick, PhDMay 9, 2012

2 Investing in people has become one of the core tasks of government 2  The only strategy that will increase the probability of  Employability and re-employability  Financial self-sufficiency  Capacity to contribute to public programs  Innovation, ability to address new problems  Environmentally sustainable development  Political participation (voting)  Social cohesion (volunteerism; tolerance for others’ views)

3 The environment Ontario universities face 3 Educational quality and accessibility are at risk (impacts for students, economic prosperity) University costs rise faster than revenues Demand to attend university continues to grow Faculty under pressure to spend more time on research

4 Per-student revenues will lag behind per- student costs 4 CPI inflation (2%) Per-student costs (~4-5%) Per-student revenue (1-2%)

5 Growth in student demand for baccalaureate education, 2009 to If students’ geographic preferences do not change.... If more GTA students want to attend university in the GTA... GTARest of Ontario GTARest of Ontario 30,000 – 51,000 (22-37%) 20,000 – 53,000 (8-21%) 51, ,000 (37-55%) 0 – 30,000 (0-12%)

6 High (and shifting) expectations 6  Students take circuitous pathways  Multiple institutions  College to university, university to college  Stop out and return  Sometimes full-time, sometimes part-time  The nature of knowledge is changing  Information is ubiquitous  Harder to prescribe what facts should be taught, in what sequence  More emphasis on abilities and values

7 Traditional ways of coping 7 Most students are at a university where more than 30% of first-year classes offered have 100+ students Larger class sizes Sessionals teach more than half the classes in some large faculties More part- time faculty Some universities moving from 13 weeks to 12 (vs. 15 weeks in US) Shorter semesters

8 Some controversial ways of coping 8 New campuses that focus on teaching New universities More 3-year degrees Shorter programs More 2+2 models Baccalaureate programs at colleges Bigger role for colleges For-profit education Private universities Athabasca, University of Phoenix MOOCs (Massive open online course) Online universities

9 Re-thinking university education from within 9 Proving that students are learning Public understanding, comparability Measuring learning Liberation from traditional modes New modes of instruction Beyond the digital chalkboard E-learning Blending coursework with practical experience Experiential learning Recognizing prior learning, student mobility Separating learning from credentialing Recognition, promotion, tenure Rewarding faculty

10 Further reading 10


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