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This seminar focused on the use of technology in the higher education sector, assessing its effectiveness and discussing ways forward for maximising its potential in both learning and teaching. Delegates considered the impact of technology on the learning experience and what more can be done to meet students’ expectations by further developing personalised teaching. Discussion assessed the benefits and challenges of flipped and blended learning practices in delivering instructional content and improving students’ engagement.
Those attending also discussed the latest findings on the use of virtual reality teaching, including concerns about its potentially negative effect on students’ ability to memorise quantitative data and its successful application in subjects such as science and geography.
Further sessions examined the development of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), including key lessons that can be learnt from examples of best practice in marketing and student recruitment. Delegates considered how MOOCs have fostered co-operation between hi-tech industry and the higher education sector, while also assessing their impact on lifelong learning and social mobility.
Delegates also considered the impact of the Fourth Industrial Revolution more broadly on the HE sector, looking at how to design and implement an evolutionary path towards education 4.0.