Major changes are currently facing the education sector, from area based reviews and development of apprenticeships in the Further Education system to how we demonstrate excellence in teaching and research in Higher Education.
In April, the Government is introducing the new Apprenticeship Levy that will help organisations to understand their future workforce needs, identify skills gaps and provide and manage training programmes through apprenticeships. A central feature of the service is the extensive use of online learning, which will encourage greater access and opportunity to expand the scheme across businesses and learning providers. KPMG and The Open University (OU) are already joining forces to launch an apprenticeship service that enables employers to identify and fulfil their future training needs.
Over the last few decades the internationalisation of UK universities has increased. In 2014-15 71% of full-time master’s level students, and more than half of PhD students in the UK, came from overseas. Following the referendum, early signs point to a reduced number of international students. UCAS admissions figures show a drop of 564,000 students from the European Union for the start of the 2017/18 academic year. Universities need to find effective ways of actively engaging with prospective student audiences abroad to potentially mitigate the impact. Transnational education has increased in recent years and distance learning or online provision as a form of TNE is becoming popular between UK universities.
Universities already collect vast amounts of data about their student populations, but often this is underutilised. Learning analytics have the potential to enable institutions and individuals to better understand and predict personal learning needs and performance. Universities UK has recently published a report for the better use of analytics in higher education where analyse the benefits universities can get through effective implementation of appropriate technology and techniques.
Learning gain, one of the priorities in the new Teaching and Excellence Framework, is vital to understand the quality and impact of HE on students. As a key element of its learning gain programme, HEFCE have just launched the National Mixed Methodology Learning Gain Project. With 27,000 students and 10 English Universities involved, the project aims to understand how students’ knowledge and skills develop during the course of their degree.
Technology in Learning: Reshaping the Educational Landscape will explore best practice examples on the use of technology to meet user demands and to keep pace with the latest changes that the educational system is facing. Delegates will have the opportunity to discuss how latest learning technologies such as Flipped Classrooms, Open Courses, new models of online-learning and Gamification can be used to complement and transform traditional teaching methods.
Sheila MacNeill, Open Practitioner & Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning at Glasgow Caledonian University & Vice Chair of Association for Learning Technology (ALT)
Sheila MacNeill is the Vice Chair of ALT, and a Senior Lecturer in Digital Learning at Glasgow Caledonian University. She works as part of the Academic Development team providing strategic direction, pedagogic guidance and practical support to staff embedding digital, blended online learning across the curriculum. Open-ness is at the heart of Sheila’s professional practice and she regularly blogs about her adventures and musing in and around the use of technology in education at www.howsheilaseesit.wordpress.com and can be found on twitter @sheilmcn. Before working at GCU, Sheila was one of the Assistant Director’s at Jisc Cetis, a national innovation support centre for the UK HE Sector. Sheila is also a previous winner of the ALT Learning Technologist of the Year (2013).
Eric Stoller, Higher Education Strategic Communications Consultant & Blogger at InsideHigherEd.com
Eric Stoller is an education thought-leader, consultant, writer, and speaker with an expertise in how educators can use social media and technology for learning and engagement.
As the Student Affairs and Technology blogger for Inside Higher Ed, Eric generates conversations, answers questions, and provides insight about a variety of “tech topics,” drawing on his background in student services, academic advising, wellness, technology, and communications.
Through his blog, website, prolific social media presence and keynote speeches, he challenges conventional thinking on the future of education and is a keen proponent for teaching students about digital identity development.
Eric’s passionate contribution to our collective understanding of and vision for an education sector that fully embraces the opportunities that technology and social media offer is inspiring. His holistic, student-centric appreciation of education is particularly significant within the context of debates around teaching, learning, and the student experience.
John de Pury, Assistant Director of Policy, Universities UK
John de Pury is Assistant Director of Policy at Universities UK. John currently leads policy programmes on Health and the Future University and directs the UUK Health Research Networks. Prior to this, he led the Research & Innovation desk at NHS Confederation. He has a background in higher education and health policy and infrastructure in east, south east and central Asia.
Zac Woolfitt, MEd, Research Group: Teaching, Learning & Technology, Faculty of Creative Business, Inholland University of Applied Sciences, The Netherlands
Zac Woolfitt conducts research into technology and education at Inholland University near Amsterdam. Since 2003, he has been an active practitioner of using various technologies to support blended and flipped teaching (with a focus on video).
He graduated Cum Laude, MEd: ‘Teaching and Innovation’ with research into support needs of faculty to transition into using ‘video teaching’.
In a recent Key Note to an educational software conference, he addressed the ‘Shifting landscapes of the various futures of higher education’, examining how social and technological trends are impacting and reinventing the various futures of higher education.
Research papers have been presented at conferences in the Benelux, Germany Spain and the U.K. This includes webinars to international groups (University of South Australia and Sonic Foundry world users forum).