Curricula development

How leaders can seize higher ed’s ‘catalytic moment for change’

Submitted by dene.mullen on Thu, 17/06/2021 - 00:01
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I recently led a research team that interviewed presidents, vice-chancellors and directors of national universities from around the world, in an attempt to enhance understanding of presidents’ roles in leading through Covid-19.

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Those that lead by example, reward innovative faculty and increase campus-wide buy-in will determine the future of higher education, says Jon McNaughtan
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Those that lead by example, reward innovative faculty and increase campus-wide buy-in will determine the future of higher education, says Jon McNaughtan

Tips for engaging Asian universities and alumni in new modes of collaboration

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 02/06/2021 - 09:00
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Exchanges with Asian universities and the movement of Asian students to study in Western countries have for a long time been taken as a given. However, this is starting to change as more Asian universities build reputations to match their international peers.

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Benjamin Tak Yuen Chan shares two key recommendations for how Western institutions can continue to forge fruitful collaborations with Asian universities and attract students from the region
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Benjamin Tak Yuen Chan shares two key recommendations for how Western institutions can continue to forge fruitful collaborations with Asian universities and attract students from the region

Moving online could signal the death of pedagogy

Submitted by dene.mullen on Tue, 01/06/2021 - 01:01
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The pedagogical approach to learning, teacher-centred learning, the sage on the stage – call it what you will, things aren’t looking good for this particular learning model going forward.

The future looks very likely indeed to include a pandemic-induced move toward a new hybrid era that mixes online and in-person study. Furthermore, the spoon-fed style of learning is not best suited to prospective PhD candidates, future researchers or adult learners looking to develop their career through study.

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Shifting to andragogical learning models is the ideal way to prepare students for independent study, research and the world of work, says Steve Davies
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Shifting to andragogical learning models is the ideal way to prepare students for independent study, research and the world of work, says Steve Davies

Meeting student needs in the MENA region through digital transformation

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 28/05/2021 - 09:10
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Most of the Middle East North Africa (MENA) region has suffered from political and economic instability, paralleled by diminishing borders across the globe due to digitalisation and connectivity. These trends, accelerated by Covid-19, are motivating students in MENA universities to seek collaboration with institutions in more economically stable countries, particularly in the West, in order to access international experiences involving innovation and economic growth.

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Barbar Akle, Rula Diab and George Nasr describe ways universities in the Middle East and North Africa can meet the needs of their students by embracing digital transformation and internationalisation
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Barbar Akle, Rula Diab and George Nasr describe ways universities in the Middle East and North Africa can meet the needs of their students by embracing digital transformation and internationalisation

How to embed the SDGs into your online teaching and learning

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Fri, 23/04/2021 - 09:30
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Academics and experts in sustainability look at how universities can harness online teaching to advance the aims of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals
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Academics and experts in sustainability look at how universities can harness online teaching to advance the aims of the 17 Sustainable Development Goals

AI has been trumpeted as our saviour, but it’s complicated

Submitted by dene.mullen on Fri, 23/04/2021 - 01:01
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Artificial intelligence is full of potential and has been trumpeted as our saviour, the way forward, the answer to all the world’s ills and the future of learning. But this is not the true picture. Yes, AI has much to offer in education, but it’s not the be all and end all.

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Time saved by lecturers on marking assignments could indeed be used to enrich teaching, but unfortunately many silver linings have a cloud, says Harin Sellahewa
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Time saved by lecturers on marking assignments could indeed be used to enrich teaching, but unfortunately many silver linings have a cloud, says Harin Sellahewa

How to ensure online education is a clear win for the SDGs

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 22/04/2021 - 00:30
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We are in a climate emergency. On this Earth Day 2021, we must acknowledge that we can’t wait for higher education to return to “normal” before we get our students involved in restoring our planet.  We must work towards the “new normal” which means taking full advantage of online resources. 

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Online teaching offers many opportunities to drive education and awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals. Ellen Touchstone explains how
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Online teaching offers many opportunities to drive education and awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals. Ellen Touchstone explains how

How to teach through the lens of the Sustainable Development Goals

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 21/04/2021 - 09:00
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The course I teach, relating to forestry, has a strong focus on balancing conservation and sustainable development. I come from a background focused on integrating these two seemingly irreconcilable paradigms from an integrated landscape approach perspective.

We think of landscapes as systems whereby everything is connected in some way. The SDGs provide a fantastic framework to think about such an approach. No single SDG can be dealt with in isolation as they are all equally connected in some way; thus, only by addressing them all can true sustainable development be achieved.

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Terry Sunderland offers insight on how the Sustainable Development Goals can provide a useful framework to guide students’ learning across multiple disciplines
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Terry Sunderland offers insight on how the Sustainable Development Goals can provide a useful framework to guide students’ learning across multiple disciplines

Using digital technology to assist the spread of knowledge and ideas about the SDGs

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Thu, 01/04/2021 - 00:01
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Gisela Loehlein on how digital communications can assist in spreading knowledge and awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals, through virtual global events and building connections between experts and institutions all over the world
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Gisela Loehlein on how digital communications can assist in spreading knowledge and awareness of the Sustainable Development Goals, through virtual global events and building connections between experts and institutions all over the world

Training students to learn successfully online

Submitted by miranda.prynne on Wed, 10/03/2021 - 09:00
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The prospect of a transition to technology-based learning had been on the higher education horizon for some time but the trend was slow in coming until the pandemic accelerated its arrival to breakneck speed.

Higher education providers have put virtual teaching, learning and assessment in place so students can continue studying safely at home. Now we need to move beyond emergency measures such as recorded lectures and think about how to better engage students digitally to improve their satisfaction with online learning.

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Universities need to help students develop a whole new set of skills to ensure they get the most out of remote learning, says Nikita Hari
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Universities need to help students develop a whole new set of skills to ensure they get the most out of remote learning, says Nikita Hari