Digital Innovation and Futures for Higher Education

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RMIT Studios and RMIT Online are hosting Professor Mike Sharples at RMIT for 2 weeks. He kicks off his visit with the Innovation Showcase and will be meeting with various groups across the University holding workshops and masterclasses. The following event will conclude his visit with us on Tuesday 2 October.

Mike is Emeritus Professor of Educational Technology in the Institute of Educational Technology at The Open University, UK. His research involves human-centred design of new technologies and environments for learning.

Digital Innovation and Futures for Higher Education

Higher education is changing. The influences include the rising costs of higher education, global demand for universities, new careers, new platforms for online learning, innovative pedagogies such as massive-scale social learning, new strategies for blended and hybrid learning, and new businesses in online programme management. Technologies such as predictive analytics disrupt the contract between lecturer and student. Some universities are using Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) as test-beds for accredited programmes that blend free and paid-for modules, offered worldwide, with students studying either on campus or online. In this presentation I will describe a progression through blended learning, MOOCs, micro-credentials, online programme management, toward unbundled higher education. There are many possible futures for higher education. A fragmented competitive market for educational services is one vision. Another is for global educational partnerships based on mutual recognition. A third is for open online education through shared educational resources and peer learning. The reality is likely to be some combination of these, along with persisting campus universities for those who can afford them.

Mike’s presentation will be followed by a p
anel discussion 

A Panel discussion will look at what RMIT and other Universities are doing in the Digital Innovation space and what that means for Higher Education in the future. The panellists are:

  • A/Professor Marcus O’Donnell, Director, Digital Learning, Deakin Learning Futures, Deakin University
  • Professor Ian Solomonides  Vice President – Learning and Teaching, Victoria University
  • Professor Gregor Kennedy, Pro Vice-Chancellor – Learning and Teaching,  University of Melbourne
  • Professor Belinda Tynan, Deputy Vice-Chancellor, Education, RMIT University
  • Joyce Seitzinger, Learning Design Director, RMIT Online, RMIT Univeristy
  • Professor Grace Lynch – Moderator

Please register your attendance here 


And a reminder that our Innovation Showcase: Shaping the future of Learning is coming up next week – Monday 24 and Tuesday 25 September. If you haven’t yet registered to attend you still can – see the links below for more information.

Monday 24 September (this event is sold out due to popular demand but you can still join the wait list)

Tuesday 25 September


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