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David White - Technology-Assisted Lifelong Learning, Hans-Peter Baumeister - Co-Director of the European School of Business's Research Institute (2 Invited Speakers 0606, 0604)


12:00 - 13:00 on Wednesday, 8 September 2010 in Room MA

Audio recording with PowerPoint of David White's and Hans-peter Baumeister's presentations made using Elluminate. A YouTube video will be posted on ClipsFromALT in due course.

Video of David White's talk

606 Sailing against the trade winds? How online distance learning could help maintain the character of higher education in stormy seas. David White
604 The future of knowledge acquisition Hans-Peter Baumeister
606 Sailing against the trade winds? How online distance learning could help maintain the character of higher education in stormy seas. David White Earlier this year my group at the University of Oxford were commissioned to undertake a study of online learning for the HEFCE Online Learning Task Force. Our research showed that the vast majority of online distance learning provided at higher education level is in postgraduate ‘professional’ courses which in these Return-On-Investment times offer an attractive income stream from employers and employees alike. Increasing activity in this area could lead us to believe that we are in danger of generating a parallel ‘training 2.0’ HE sector but the reality is far more complex. Using evidence published in the study, this presentation will explore how the emergent culture of the web is encouraging online students to expect a form of engagement that many in the HE sector have been advocating for years. It will discuss how this is challenging the role of the academic and what strategies institutions are taking to meet the demand for discursive, activity based pedagogies. The presentation will also discuss the need for non STEM disciplines to move online to maintain a balanced representation of the character of our university system in the mêlée of course offerings from around the globe.
604 The future of knowledge acquisition Hans-Peter Baumeister Knowledge society, knowledge economy, knowledge management – knowledge everywhere. What does it mean for our approach to education? The Internet has a major impact on the culture of the acquisition of knowledge, but educational institutions, both for children and for adults, are still based on a model stemming from the area of enlightenment combined with the emergence of the nation state: open access to new information, but keep it under institutional control, represented by the teacher. On the other hand we know that already the current workforce needs skills and qualifications to deal with the so-called knowledge economy. But what are those skills? And are our institutions and the people working within them prepared to analyse the required skills and to act accordingly or are we still following a model of top-down teaching? Or more to the point: Do our students know better how to deal with new forms of knowledge acquisition than the teachers and lecturers?