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1 Towards understanding institutional readiness for global academic change Issues, Challenges, Actions Dr John Couperthwaite, Educational Technology Manager, College of Medical and Dental Sciences

2 Towards understanding institutional readiness for global academic change Background "...web-based lecture technology has acted as a lens, bringing attention to numerous factors impacting on higher education in the 21st century." Phillips, "‘Edgeless cities are… cities in function… but not in form.’ Universities too are experiencing ‘sprawl’. The function they perform is no longer contained within the campus, nor within the physically defined space of a particular institution, nor, sometimes, even in higher education institutions at all." Demos, 2009.

3 Towards understanding institutional readiness for global academic change Background A timeline of lecture recording at the University 2006, one Apresso unit in a campus lecture theatre; three Apresso units installed in the CETL for Interdisciplinary Mental Health 2008, School of Medicine begin pilot study in live undergraduate lectures (BMedSc) 2009, School of Medicine offer recordings to other programmes and events 2009, Learning Spaces Team implement consultation for campus roll-out 2010, ten Echo360 units to be available across campus, four in the School of Medicine

4 Towards understanding institutional readiness for global academic change Issues Increasing student numbers Pressures on government funding Decreasing staff/student ratios Changing student work / life balance “Over a ten year period, the number of students at English higher education institutions (HEIs) has grown from fewer than 1.5 million to over 2 million" HEFCE, Student fees and changing expectations

5 Towards understanding institutional readiness for global academic change Technology Open Education Commitment Competitiveness Adaptability Challenges How can technology make an educational programme pedagogically stronger, more economically efficient and globally competitive ? How can everybody share educational resources yet preserve quality, distinctiveness and academic freedom ? What are the benefits to the country, institution, programme and staff ? Can this be resourced ? How easy is it for a programme to be modified to integrate web technologies, open resources, etc ? How can an institution and programme remain globally competitive ?

6 Towards understanding institutional readiness for global academic change Technology Open Education Commitment Competitiveness Adaptability Challenges "Learners want and expect to be able to use their own devices in institutional contexts, and to personalise institutional services to meet their own requirements." HEFCE, Technology

7 Towards understanding institutional readiness for global academic change Technology Open Education Commitment Competitiveness Adaptability Challenges "National partners should be able to collaborate effectively to share information and provide common points of access for learners and providers" Becta, 2009 Open Education Casey, Proven and Dripps, 2007 The relationships within an IPR framework

8 Towards understanding institutional readiness for global academic change Technology Open Education Commitment Competitiveness Adaptability Challenges “We should eventually get to the point where we come to realise what it might be possible to do differently, or in new ways. But that requires enormous amounts of support and investment.“ Diana Laurillard in Demos, 2009 Commitment

9 Towards understanding institutional readiness for global academic change Technology Open Education Commitment Competitiveness Adaptability Challenges "...for change to occur in university teaching, and for educational technology to meet its potential to support this change, institutional beliefs about university teaching must be addressed." Phillips, Adaptability Lecturer responses Resistant force student attendance, withhold vital information Neutral no change or stopped having lecture recorded Supportive change their teaching style and module structure

10 Towards understanding institutional readiness for global academic change Technology Open Education Commitment Adaptability Challenges University of Birmingham University of Coventry University of ??? Competitiveness

11 Towards understanding institutional readiness for global academic change Technology Open Education Commitment Competitiveness Adaptability Challenges

12 Towards understanding institutional readiness for global academic change Actions Government Institution Programme Lecturer Student Technologist Policy Investment Infrastructure Collaboration Training and support Incentives Instructional Design Research

13 Towards understanding institutional readiness for global academic change Review "...web-based lecture technology has acted as a lens, bringing attention to numerous factors impacting on higher education in the 21st century." Phillips, "‘Edgeless cities are… cities in function… but not in form.’ Universities too are experiencing ‘sprawl’. The function they perform is no longer contained within the campus, nor within the physically defined space of a particular institution, nor, sometimes, even in higher education institutions at all." Demos, 2009.

14 – Rob Jones, VLE Developer, Educational Technology Team – Toni Kelly, Head of Learning Space Development – Martin Jones, Learning Resources and Accommodation Team – James Gormley, Jeffrey Ting, CLIC – Peter Balfe, Brian Martin, BMedSc Module Leads – Steve Partridge, IT Services Towards understanding institutional readiness for global academic change Acknowledgements Dr. John Couperthwaite, College Educational Technology Manager References Contact Details


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