The EDEN 26th annual meeting
took place in Jönköping last week. It was the first time I participated. Here, I want to share some presentations that I found particularly interesting, including our own presentation last Friday!
1- Anders Söderholm, UKÄ director talked, for instance, about the University as a platform for learning instead of an institution of learners! In his Keynote presentation, he mentioned some common mistakes from the traditional education and talked about what is Google doing for Higher Education:
1-Try to make a 2D copy of a 3D class: how to replace the social interaction?
In the online environment there is a risk for less commitment and weak study culture. We cannot control students studies from outside screen. Assessment is difficult. Online education can be a shady 2D of a 3D classroom. How to make it as good as it possibly can be?
2-The standard student assumption
Students are assumed to be 19-22 years old, recent graduates from previous levels who study full time on campus.
3-Learning methods based on students lack of experience
The students nowadays can be little bit older with a lot of more previous experiences so they may have something to add as well.
Google business models: What would Google do?
Students seek learning courses from diverse providers. Thus designing their own programs and unique profile.
Multi Dimensional model of learning
Students and teachers learn, utilize students experiences, international experts, live case studies, deliver to community creation
Universities specialize in teaching and research and create alliances to make a more competitive offer to prospective students
The corporate university
On the job training or educational internships or tuition education in a global company with a strong focus on international excellence could replace university programs.
Internationalization of universities
International University Based on global expertise
Recognition and validation:
Is still an issue. How to do it?