Future directions and forging connections in Higher Education: GO:IT, Connected Curriculum, and Participatory Academic Communities

Talk by: Connected Curriculum Fellow & Reader in Higher Education Dr. Gwyneth Hughes, UCL Institute of Education, University College London, UK, and Associate Professor, Rikke Toft Nørgård, Center for Teaching Development and Digital Media, Aarhus University, DK.

03.04.2017 | Pia Gjermandsen Andersen

Dato ons 19 apr
Tid 11:00 13:00
Sted CUDiM, Building 5620, Room 139. Paludan-Müllers Vej 48, 8200 Aarhus N

Dr. Gwyneth Hughes, UCL

In this (lunch) talk Gwyneth Hughes (UCL Institute of Education, UCL) and Rikke Toft Nørgård (AU) will explore, present cases on, and discuss future directions and new connections in Higher Education. The talk will present the 3 cases of GO:IT, Connected Curriculum, and Participatory Academic Communities as examples of new directions of HE and invite participants to explore and discuss the potentials, possibilities and pitfalls of such directions and connections.

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Programme:

11.00-11.15: Welcome and introduction, Rikke Toft Nørgård

11.15-12.15: Future directions and forging connections in HE: 3 cases

  • Connected Curriculum, Gwyneth Hughes
  • Participatory Academic Communities, Rikke Toft Nørgård
  • Global Online Inter-university Teaching, Gwyneth Hughes & Rikke Toft Nørgård

12.15-13.00: Cake & discussion: Future trends & new connections: possibilities, potentials and pitfalls?

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In this talk Gwyneth Hughes (UCL) and Rikke Toft Nørgård (AU) will explore, present cases on, and discuss future directions and new connections in Higher Education. The talk will present the 3 cases of GO:IT, Connected Curriculum, and Participatory Academic Communities as potential new directions of HE and invite participants to explore and discuss the potentials, possibilities and pitfalls of such directions and connections. The 3 cases that will be at the center of this talk are:

  1. Global Online Inter-university Teaching (Hughes & Nørgård, forthcoming) in which students and staff from different universities (here Aarhus University and University College London) together run online teaching exchange webinars, tutorials, and feedback sessions. Because these events are held as online dialogues, staff and students can interact between partnership institutions on a resource free exchange basis with no need for time-consuming and costly contracts or travel expenses. This organic approach stimulates innovation and collaboration in teaching and encourages students to have international outlook as well as dialogic collaboration with people beyond their own classroom and campus.
  2. Connected Curriculum initiative at UCL (Fung & Carnell, forthcoming) which aims to enable students to connect both globally and locally and present their research to new audiences.The Connected Curriculum is at the core of UCL’s  20-year institutional strategy (https://www.ucl.ac.uk/teaching-learning/education-initiatives/connected-curriculum).  Here, we will discuss how modular curricula can make it difficult for learners to understand how their research skills are developing and how bridging devices that give these curricula coherence are needed. The overarching vision of the Connected Curriculum will be presented as well as a concrete study of different approaches to establishing such a research throughline in a programme and measuring student learning gain in key programme level attributes over time.
  3. Participatory Academic Communities at AU (Aaen & Nørgård, 2015) which aims to invite students to become co-creators of and partners in HE and research as well as genuine contributors to both knowledge society and academic community through the delivery of projects and research that has an actual impact outside the classroom and campus. Examples of students setting up and partaking in conference, writing journal articles and working together with municipalities and companies both locally and internationally is presented. The goal is to enable students to participate as researchers, business project partners or citizens in society in academic ways.

Through the presentation of these three future directions in HE we invite the participants to engage with and discuss such higher education futures and their potentials, limitations and future directions.

Presenters

  • Connected Curriculum Fellow & Reader in Higher Education Dr. Gwyneth Hughes, UCL Institute of Education, University College London, UK
  • Associate Professor, Rikke Toft Nørgård, Center for Teaching Development and Digital Media, Aarhus University, DK
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