Alternative credentials for refugees on the Kiron platform

Kiron Campus offers courses based on existing online programmes of study (MOOCs) from leading universities to registered refugee students from across the globe. These courses are curated by the curriculum team at Kiron with a focus on the Kiron student target group.  Following completion of a programme, students receive a formal transcript of record (TOR), … Continue reading Alternative credentials for refugees on the Kiron platform

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Trust in quality of higher education in a digital age

Over the past 20 years participation in higher education has been expanding rapidly across the globe, but also the expectations on higher education institutions to widen participation have increased, placing new demands on a more flexible and personal form of higher education provision. Higher education institutions (HEIs) hope to utilise the benefits of digitalisation to … Continue reading Trust in quality of higher education in a digital age

Digitalisation and SDGs in Industrialised Countries – Opportunities and Societal Challenges for Higher Ed

This is the executive summary of my background paper prepared for the expert workshop on “Digital Transformation – Higher Education and Research for Sustainable Development” (8-9 November 2018) commissioned by the organisers, the DAAD (German Academic Exchange Service) and the DIE (German Development Institute). The work was commissioned by the organisers. The thoughts are based … Continue reading Digitalisation and SDGs in Industrialised Countries – Opportunities and Societal Challenges for Higher Ed

The New Student or looking at HE from inside or outside ‘the box’?

This week I was at the higher education conference entitled “The New Student: Flexible Learning Paths and Future Learning Environments” and organised in the context of the Austrian presidency to the EU. According to the background paper for the conference, flexible learning is about providing more learner choice and recognising that personal circumstances of students … Continue reading The New Student or looking at HE from inside or outside ‘the box’?

Open badges: light and agile or robust and formal?

On Monday 10 September, I represented MIRVA-member FiBS at a German-speaking workshop looking at the role and design of digital certificates, with a particular focus on the application of open badges. The workshop took place at the Goethe University, Frankfurt am Main, and was attended by a group of 15 people representing very different perspectives … Continue reading Open badges: light and agile or robust and formal?