Professor Neil Morris gave an excellent overview of the current landscape of blended, open and online learning in Higher Education. If this represents a perspective of what is, or will soon be, and what needs to be done to change our teaching and learning practices, I want to build on this as my contribution by thinking about what it is going to take to achieve this.Read more
I have a personal ambition over the next 5 years to support my university to move away from transmissive lectures as the most significant proportion of contact time spent with students. An aspirational goal perhaps, but I believe that the digital infrastructure that we have recently provided across the institution will significantly enhance our ability to realise this vision.Read more
The Executive Summary of Ulster University’s Digital Learning Strategy 2015-2018 has recently been launched.
Entitled ‘Digital Futures – a strategy to shape the future of Blended, Open and Online Learning at Ulster University’, it is a key component of the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy and embraces the emerging principles of the student experience. In this video, Mrs Nikki McQuillan, Professor Brandon Hamber and Dr Sarah Atkinson explain what the three strands of the strategy mean to their teaching, the student experience and their research.Read more
Professor Neil Morris, Visiting Professor, Ulster University and Director of Digital Learning and Chair in Educational Technology, Innovation and Change, University of Leeds discusses the core themes of Ulster’s Digital Futures Strategy - Blended, Open and OnlineRead more
The Executive Summary of the University’s new Digital Futures strategy 2015-2018 is now available. The high level Vision, Scope, Principles, Objectives and Blueprint provided in the Executive Summary, have been approved by both Senate and the Senior Executive Team. The full strategy - titled: Digital Futures, a strategy to shape the future of Blended, Open and Online Learning at Ulster - will now move to consultation, development and implementation stages. Aspects of the full strategy will be released in due course.Read more
The final report from the University’s MOOCs and Open Learning Working Group is now available. The report, which has been approved by both Senate and the Senior Executive Team, summarises the literature research, market research and consultation conducted by the Working Group and which has led to recommendations for an institutional approach to Open Learning and its integration into the Digital Futures strategy 2015-18.Read more
Are academics doing anything different in either their research or their educational practices, compared to 10 years ago? Are they exploiting the opportunities from digital technology to illustrate the research teaching nexus?Read more