So a think tank has been considering how to ‘Reboot learning for the digital age’. It came up with some recommendations:
- Recommendation 1: Higher education institutions should ensure that the effective use of technology for learning and teaching is built into curriculum design processes. This should include consideration of win-win methods, which offer both improved outcomes and lower costs.
- Recommendation 2: To support this, the UK higher education sector should develop an evidence and knowledge base on what works in technology-enhanced learning to help universities, faculties and course teams make informed decisions. Mechanisms to share, discuss and disseminate these insights to the rest of the sector will also be required.
- Recommendation 3: Institutions that do not currently have learning analytics in place should give consideration to adopting it at the earliest opportunity.
- Recommendation 4: Education researchers should consider how the learning analytics big dataset can be harnessed to provide new insights into teaching and learning.
- Recommendation 5: Digital technology should be recognised as a key tool for higher education institutions responding to the TEF. Providers should be expected to include information on how they are improving teaching through the use of digital technology in their submissions to the TEF. The Department for Education (DfE) and the TEF panel must ensure the TEF does not act as a barrier against institutions innovating with technology-enhanced approaches.
- Recommendation 6: Higher education institutions should ensure the digital agenda is being led at senior levels – and should embed digital capabilities into recruitment, staff development, appraisal, reward and recognition.
- Recommendation 7: Academic leads for learning and teaching should embrace technology-enhanced learning and the digital environment and recognise the relationship with other aspects of learning and teaching.
My new employer, the Open University (UK) is doing all of these (and I have responsibility, along with my new team colleagues, for promoting 1 to 4).
I wonder how many other HEIs can say the same?