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

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Establishing a learning culture for all

The other day I was sitting near to the bar at a local small-sized, innovative and very successful enterprise (yes, it is one of the trendy ones with a bar for drinks before you go home!). I overheard a conversation on what people were planning for the weekend. Two of the staff were complaining that… Continue reading Establishing a learning culture for all

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?

A look at changes to the student population in selected Bologna Countries

Dominic Orr and Galiya Yelubeyeva, @FiBS_Research Today the Bologna Process Implementation Report has been released. It provides overview quantitative and qualitative data on all 48 signatory states of the Bologna Process, one of the most significant higher education reform programmes we have ever seen. The ministers responsible for higher education are convening in Paris and… Continue reading A look at changes to the student population in selected Bologna Countries