This seminar discussed the use of technology in the Higher Education sector, and ways forward for developing its role in enhancing learning and teaching - as well as its role more widely in HEI business processes.
It came amid increasing emphasis being placed on the use of technology and data-led teaching methods by HEIs, within the wider discussion on the effectiveness of different teaching methods in higher education, and was facilitated by developments to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
Delegates discussed the role of Big Data and data analytics for universities, including targeted marketing of prospective students, improving retention and personalising learning experience for individuals.
The agenda also brought out the latest thinking on the use of technology in teaching and learning, assessing progress in areas such as flipped and blended learning, and potential uses of virtual reality (VR). Those attending also considered examples of best practice in developing a culture among the teaching community across all disciplines that would support the full potential use of technology. Further sessions looked at MOOCs, specifically emerging business models and uses including lifelong learning, marketing, pre-sessional support and credit-bearing modules.
Attendees included key policymakers and stakeholders from universities, learning technology companies, education technology providers, online learning platforms, technology and education consultancies, academics and others with an interest in this area of policy and practice.