Digital as the new normal
Digitisation will change not only university-level teaching, but the entire higher-education system. Higher education institutions and policymakers are now being urged to take an active role in shaping digitisation. This is the tenor of a recent publication by the CHE Centre for Higher Education.
In their publication Digital as the new normal, authors Jörg Dräger, Julius-David Friedrich and Ralph Müller-Eiselt show in nine theses how digitisation will change the higher education landscape. The conclusions go far beyond the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) that are currently being discussed. The authors see MOOCs as important catalysts for bringing about change in teaching which however remain far from reaching their potential. In tomorrow´s digitised world, the roles and responsibilities of universities, teachers and students and digitisation will inevitably change. “There is no stop button for digitisation,“ said CHE Managing Director Jörg Dräger, adding: “Policymakers and universities must actively shape digitisation. Otherwise, digital-education products and suppliers from other parts of the world will permanently dominate the German and European market “
Mr Dräger said Europe´s key locational advantage is an already existing marketplace for a digital European Higher-Education Area. It goes by the name “Bologna”, and its currency is the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS). This would pave the way for comparison and mutual recognition of online courses as part of regular study programmes across Europe.
The basis of the digitisation edition is the keynote speech “Potential for the digitisation of teaching“ that was given as part of the Villa-Hügel Gespräch 2014: Higher Education Institution 4.0.
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