Higher Education is Key to Building Back Better

To drive the post Covid-19 recovery and sustainable development new global commitments by governments and the international community to protect and transform higher education are welcome. Engaging with and supporting the higher education sector will be essential to the success.

UNESCO demonstrated their global leadership in education. Their meeting was attended by heads of state, numerous ministers and representatives from across the UN system and civil society. All calling for a renewed commitment to meeting Sustainable Development Goal Four (SDG 4), highlighting the need to invest in inclusive and equitable lifelong learning and to reinforce global cooperation in education.

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Future Of Education And Future Of Work — Do They Match?

The future of work is unfolding before us. Digitalization, remote work, employee empowerment and workforce diversity are historically high and the economy is thriving. Similarly, higher education is also undergoing a modern renovation as more online courses, virtual study groups, and digital learning management systems are incorporated into instructional design. Both industries are on a clear and quick path through the fourth industrial revolution the and toward the dynamics of collaboration. But are they on the same path? Lees verder “Future Of Education And Future Of Work — Do They Match?”

Humanism as an Ideal for Higher Education

Higher education is in the midst of a transition. The number of students participating in higher education worldwide is expected to grow. This growth rate represents an immense increase in the global demand for higher education. This demand has been fueled by far-reaching political, economic, social, and technological changes, including legal reforms, economic competition, social movements, and technological innovations. Due to the fact that my other blogpost about humanism is my best post I hope this post will add some new perspectives and insights. Lees verder “Humanism as an Ideal for Higher Education”

Playful Learning in Higher Education

The traditional paradigm holds that learning needs to be serious. If you’re having fun, you’re doing something wrong. Learning is meant to be hard work. It needs to be done in an orderly, disciplined fashion – the students silent as the lecturer speaks. Lees verder “Playful Learning in Higher Education”

Now We Are Online, What Should We Do Next?

Never in the past decade, since I’ve been professionally engaged with it, have I seen so much written about online learning on a daily basis. It has certainly become a fashionable topic. Many different opinions being debated, thankfully also a lot of useful tips on how to move courses online in an effective manner. But while the corona crisis brought online learning to the front page, we should by no means take it for granted. This forced sudden boost in popularity will not have (only) positive consequences for teaching and learning in the virtual environment. Lees verder “Now We Are Online, What Should We Do Next?”

Higher Education Has to Adapt Fast to the Corona Crisis.

With a close down of buildings and even complete lockdowns higher education suddenly shifted to online teaching. A forced experiment of enormous scale. What can we learn from it? Lees verder “Higher Education Has to Adapt Fast to the Corona Crisis.”

Stop Giving Grades in Higher Education

Grades define the contours of our higher educational system. Our society is even structurally dependent on grading performance. Just look at how the best jobs go to the students with the best grades. At first glance, the large-scale implementation of grades seems like a textbook example of efficiency improvement. Grades function as a simple and immediate feedback mechanism. They allow differences between students to be quantified and permit teachers to process more students in a shorter period of time. However, upon closer inspection, essential questions arise: Lees verder “Stop Giving Grades in Higher Education”

How Could We Design A Learning Space That Matters?

The current higher education system is out of date. It needs to go beyond just measuring academic performance. What could be the best way forward to prepare students for the real world? Lees verder “How Could We Design A Learning Space That Matters?”

Open-ended Learning in Higher Education

An open-ended tasks aims at complex problem-solving skills by confronting students with a realistic problem in a learning environment with a large amount of learner control and different tools. Lees verder “Open-ended Learning in Higher Education”

Understanding Complexity is Our Future

Most of the time, we never invent anything new! I would love to invent some revolutionary learning journey, but it’s more likely to transform what is already there. Sometimes we are faced with a challenge, we are then ‘inspired’, and stimulated to do the ‘right thing’……… This is when the adventure of creation begins. Lees verder “Understanding Complexity is Our Future”