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1 Joining forces in policy issues in open, online and flexible education Local seminar Finnish Online UAS 30 November - Jyväskylä

2 Joining forces in open, online and flexible education Characteristics of innovation in higher education Impact of innovative projects Mainstreaming and Multiplication Role of formal networks EADTU Continuous innovation through themes and programmes Themes within EADTU Social innovation and networking Lifelong learning and European policy Erasmus for all programme

3 Characteristics of innovation in higher education.. mainly ict driven (ict as enabler of innovation) only few start with changing (business/education) process mainly project based with specific end date without continuity guaranteed mainly innovation 1.0

4 Impact of innovation Impact of innovation is usually measured quantitatively (e.g., by numbers of end-users applying results) In European projects: dissemination and exploitation efforts (number of potential users reached with information!!) Impact of most innovation projects quickly becomes nil after completion of project (when funding and/or experts stops) Most successful innovation are continuous, i.e. follow up is secured.

5 Mainstreaming and Multiplication Mainstreaming : planned process of transferring results to appropriate decision makers Multiplication : planned process of convincing individual end-users to adopt and/or apply the results

6 Role of formal networks (associations) networks to get project based funding (inter)nationally network to get dissemination numbers during project critical mass for impact to decision-makers and end-users active association: secure follow-up innovative projects continuous innovation using networks

7 EADTU EADTU is Europe s leading representative association for Lifelong Open and Flexible (LOF) learning in distance HE. Members are: 12 Open and distance teaching Universities 15 Consortia and Associations of conventional universities operating with e-learning and DE 3 Associate members Representing over 200 Universities and 3 million students.

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9 National role of EADTU Improving the national position of LLL/LOF/DL in the country (in the HE system, in the market, in the institutions, politically) Strengthening LLL/LOF methodologies/strategies in view of rapidly changing new developments: social networks, learning communities, open educational resources, open innovation, knowledge management) Professional updating (with European support, EADTU expert pools selected out of European projects) Institutional development Facilitate regional partnerships, if wanted (networked education, study centres, ELE s) Connect with European, global developments Rely on a European expert pool for (the preparation) of quality assurance and accreditation procedures for curricula

10 Role from a European perspective: Improvement of the European position of lifelong open and flexible education/lll Participation in the EADTU Board and in Associations meeting Facilitate national participation in European projects launched by EADTU Dissemination and mainstreaming of project results (tools, instruments, guides, portals, ) after the official end of a project Organisation of national seminars to connect with membership and their needs

11 EADTU activity cycle Board, associations, rectors meetings: collecting major ideas Task force: conceptualisation and development of a position paper with institutional experts Project, funded by the EC or other sources Mainstreaming in the membership (expert pool, local seminars) Feedback to Board: follow-up projects, monitoring by TF Continuous revision of previous results/instruments or policy input, based on implementation and experience Service and valorisation centres

12 Pool educational resources share staff, course (modules), learning environments share course material, content share networks: R&D institiutes, societies, organisations, business partners share scientific information ( open access ; thesis work, current research, library access) share infrastructure, databases share innovation ( open innovation ) within the partnership

13 Continuous innovation through themes and programmes Lifelong learning / Lifelong Open and Flexible learning USBM: University Strategies and Business Models SIRUS: Shaping Inclusive and Responsive University Strategies Observal: creating a database on validation of non formal and informal learning in European Countries. ALLUME A Lifelong Learning University Model for Europe Quality assurance in on line and distance learning E-xcellence NEXT ( ) E-xcellence Associates in Quality: the building of an e-learning benchmarking community of Associates in Quality Excellence: to valorise the E-xcellence assessment instrument E-xcellence: to set a standard for Quality in E-learning

14 Continuous innovation through themes and programmes Virtual or online mobility Studyportals / EDEA-I European Distance Area: info portal and Awareness EPICS: European Portal for International Courses and Services E-move: an operational conception of virtual mobility Open Educational Resources / Open Educational Practices OEII: Open Educational Innovation and Incubation LECH-e: The Lived Experience of Climate Change OER HE: Open Educational Resources in Higher Education MORIL: Multilingual Open Resources for Independent Learning Employability / Entrepreneurship CBVI: Cross Border Virtual Incubator, CBVE: Cross-Border Virtual Entrepreneurship, CBVM: Stimulating European Employability through Cross Sector Virtual Mobility

15 Social innovation and networking 1. Innovation 1.9: Formal (thematic) networks and associations on European level Joint effort in continuous innovation: experts + themes 2. Open Innovation: Open knowledge sharing via informal learning channels (open access, open innovation, open educational resources) Open and flexible degree education (open university model) 3. Social Innovation Regional networks with sme s Personal networks, professional networks, communities, Learning networks

16 Lifelong learning and European policy Bologna process, Bologna Follow Up Group Lisbon strategy, Europe 2020 EUA, Charter of Lifelong Learning Leuven Communiqué Gap between policy and reality, although high quality models and good practice are in place 16

17 Erasmus for all ( ): a streamlined architecture 3 key actions Existing programmes A single integrated programme Lifelong Learning Programme Grundtvig Erasmus Leonardo Comenius International higher education programmes: Erasmus Mundus, Tempus, Alfa, Edulink, Bilateral Programmes Youth in Action Programme 1. Learning Mobility Erasmus for All 2. Co-operation projects 3. Policy Support Specific activities: Total budget: 19 billion over 7 years (+ 70%) Jean Monnet Sport 17

18 Erasmus for all: priority activities Key action 1: Learning mobility of individuals -Staff: teachers, trainers, school leaders and youth workers - Students: HE students (including joint/double degrees) and VET Students - Masters Students: Erasmus Masters via a new loan guarantee mechanism - Youth mobility: volunteering and youth exchanges -International dimension: HE mobility for EU and non-eu beneficiaries Key action 2: Co-operation for innovation and good practices - Strategic partnerships between education institutions (or between youth organisations) and/or relevant actors - Knowledge Alliances : Large-scale partnerships between higher education / training institutions and businesses - Sector Skills Alliances - IT support platforms, including e- Twinning - International dimension: Capacity building in third countries, focus on Neighbourhood countries Key action 3: Support for policy reform - Support to Open Method of Coordination (ET 2020, EU youth strategy) and EU EU transparency tools: valorisation and implementation - Policy dialogue with stakeholders, - International dimension: Policy dialogue with third countries and international organisations 18

19 Erasmus for all: HE - more mobility and cooperation in EU More and better mobility More emphasis on (academic) quality of the mobility period More flexibility in mobility (rucksack) Better language preparation More intense cooperation: Between HEI: Erasmus Strategic Partnerships including virtual mobility With businesses: curriculum development, innovation, entrepreneurship => Knowledge Alliances More policy support: Support the Higher Education Modernisation Agenda Support the implemenation of transparency tools and EU wide networks Support towards the Bologna process 19

20 Universities in the 21st century universities as nodes of regional and international knowledge networks: pro-active driving forces in the circulation of knowledge apart from research and innovation, three educational tasks: Knowledge transmitters to professional and regional communities (innovative regions) Suppliers of formal degree education Providers of customized education and training on demand 20

21 To support LLL A triple track approach to LLL for Europe 2020 Open knowledge sharing via informal learning channels (open access, open innovation, open educational resources) Open and flexible degree education (open university model) Flexible education/training on demand for companies and the public sector This triple track approach is capitalizing on current developments and will make lifelong learning a reality by reaching out to the majority of people 21

22 To support knowledge sharing Towards accessible and interactive university-led platforms for open knowledge sharing and regional knowledge circulation Based on a combination of approaches: open access, open innovation and open educational resources Discipline or project (innovation) based Institutional strategy and framework, leadership Linked with professional networks, communities, sme s Knowledge circulation in a regional development and international cooperation context. Also part of a rich learning environment for degree education, including networking with other organisations and professionals 22

23 Three reciprocal business zones, mutually nourishing and strenghtening Open Knowledge sharing, free and public zone Customized knowledge sharing programmes, paying zone Degree programmes, regulated zone International Policy K.U.Leuven 23

24 Conclusions Universities should redefine their roles in a knowledge society, where they are crossroads of validated knowledge, linking the global network of universities and regional communities Universities should exploit the strengths and opportunities of their dual proximity physical and virtual/online University education should be strategically developed along three tracks, that go hand in hand : open knowledge sharing combining open access, open innovation, open educational resources; open and flexible degree education; flexible and customised education on demand Universities should define their role with regard to regional and international development, linking with communities of practice and professional communities, incl. companies, sme s and public services 24

25 1. Get connected! 2. Get open! 3. Go co-created!

26 Thank you!!!

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