Models for online, open, flexible and technology enhanced higher education across the globe – a comparative analysis

Orr, Dominic and Weller, Martin and Farrow, Rob (2018) Models for online, open, flexible and technology enhanced higher education across the globe – a comparative analysis. Project Report. International Council for Open and Distance Education, Oslo.

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What type of digitalisation initiatives can be found practice beyond best practices and future potentials? This is the question that this study attempts to answer. It sets out to analyse how higher education providers from across the world are harnessing digitalisation to improve teaching and learning and learner support and to identify emerging types of practice. For this, it focuses on the dimensions of flexibility of provision (in terms of time, place and pace) and openness of provision (in terms of who has access to learning and support and who is involved in the design of learning provision), as both of these dimensions can significantly benefit from integration of digital solutions. The method of information collation used by the study was a global survey of higher education institutions (HEIs) covering all world continents, more than thirty countries and 69 cases. The survey found that nearly three-quarters of all HEIs have at least one strategic focus and typologies were developed based on this analysis to group HEIs with similar strategic focuses. Overall, the findings suggest that most higher education providers are just at the beginning of developing comprehensive strategies for harnessing digitalisation. For this reason, the authors of this study believe that providers can benefit from the outcomes of this study’s research, as it can be used by university and college leadership for benchmarking similarities and differences and for cooperative peer learning between institutions. The database of cases and the guidelines for reviewing current strategies, which accompany this study, aim to facilitate this learning and evaluation process.

Item Type: Monograph (Project Report)
Search terms: Higher Education, educational technology, open, online, flexible, technology-enhanced, sustainability, educational models, policy, OER, MOOC
Subjects: Education-Traditional and online learning
Level: General ODFL guidelines and resources
Depositing User: COL Staff
Date Deposited: 01 Feb 2021 13:52
Last Modified: 26 Feb 2021 16:11

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