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Technology in Higher Education

Technology has an important impact in all aspects of higher education worldwide. It brings new opportunities and means for improving access and the quality of higher education. Yet, for various reasons the inclusion of how to use technology to improve higher education is uneven from region to region, country within a region, and institutions within a country. Thus, while recognizing and pursuing the important potential to bridge divides and to reduce inequalities in terms of access to knowledge and information, it is important to acknowledge that the risk of exacerbating existing or creating new inequalities is equally high as it requires means, necessary infrastructure and human skills to harness the potential of technology in higher education. The aim of the IAU’s action in this area is to pursue that the potential of technology is fully harnessed to improve the quality of higher education and to increase access to knowledge and education for all.

Strategic goals for 2016-2020:

The IAU strategic plan (2016-2020) outlines the following strategic objectives to guide the work of the Association in this area:

  • Advocate for equity and solidarity between and within higher education institutions in ICT matters;
  • Promote the design of inclusive ICT strategies in HEIs by encouraging and facilitating networking and cooperation between HEIs, international, and national bodies.

INTRODUCTION

The IAU activities in this field are organized around the following core functions:

Global advocacy

IAU placed technology as one of the four key priorities in its 2016-2020 Strategic plan. The main priority for this period it to develop a policy statement, building on the previous statement: Information and Communication technologies (ICT) and Universities from 2004 and adapting it to the current context. An Expert Advisory Group (EAG) has been established to oversee the process. The EAG is composed of Board members and experts from different regions and it will meet in May 2018 to initiate the work.

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Monitoring trends

As a global Association with members in all regions of the world, the IAU has a unique position to monitor trends around the world in order to favor exchange of best practices. The Association is currently developing a survey in to monitor the role of technology in higher education as a stocktaking exercise that will also serve to inform the revision of the statement Universities and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs) from 2004.

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Catalyst for collaboration and exchange

IAU has an important role to play as a catalyst for collaboration and exchange. In the field of technology and higher education, IAU seeks to pursue this mission through different activities.

One of them being this blog that allows Members to share their experience in this field including perspectives from all regions of the world. Visit the blog

Another activity IAU is launching in 2019 is the institutional site visits where higher education institutions that are very innovative or advanced in including technology in higher education in order to improving the quality or to widening access to higher education, will invite IAU Members to attend a 2-day meeting to learn from their experiences.

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Working Group:

The working group, composed of IAU Administrative Board members, provides advice to the Administrative Board and the Secretary General on the strategic direction in this field:

Chair
- Remus Pricopie, Rector, National University of Political Studies and Public Administration, Romania

Members
- Marta Losada Falk, President, Antonio Nariño University, Colombia
- Pierre-André Pierre, Rector, Université Notre-Dame d’Haiti, Haiti
- Daniel Hernandez Ruiperez, Former Rector, University of Salamanca, Spain

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GLOBAL ADVOCACY

IAU Policy Statement

IAU In the context of the rapid development of technology, which affects society and higher education, IAU is currently developing a new IAU policy statement in order to outline the key principles and values that must underpin the digital transformation.

Expert Advisory Group

In order to oversee the drafting process, IAU established an Expert Advisory Group (EAG) composed of experts from different regions of the world as well as representatives of the IAU Administrative Board.

Hosted by the National University of Political Studies and Public Administration (SNSPA), the IAU Expert Advisory Group met in Bucharest, Romania on 28-29 May 2018 in order to commence the work. The structure and the fundamental principles were discussed during the meeting in order start building the policy statement.
It is the aim of IAU to have a large stakeholder consultation process in order to include the voice of most importantly the IAU Members, both also student representatives and the higher education community at large.

Consultation process

The first consultation process will be a collection of information from IAU Members and higher education institutions around the world in order to take stock of the current state of the digital transformation in higher education and the related opportunities as well as challenges. The consultation process is scheduled to start on 1 October 2018.
The overall drafting and consultation process will take place over the next two years (2018-2020) and the final version of the IAU Policy Statement will be submitted to the General Conference for adoption. The AIU 16th General Conference will take place in Dublin, Ireland in 2020.

IAU calls upon all Members to take active part in the consultation process and in shaping the digital transformation in higher education.

If you are interested in getting involved in the work of IAU in this area and pilot specific activities, provide feedback on initiatives and to shape the work of the association in this area, please contact IAU, specifying your name, position, organization/institution and a few lines on your experience in this field.



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MONITORING TRENDS

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As a global Association with members in all regions of the world, the IAU has a unique position to monitor trends around the world in order to favor exchange of best practices. The Association is currently developing a survey in to monitor the role of technology in higher education as a stocktaking exercise that will inform the revision of the statement “Universities and Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs)” from 2004.

If you are interested in getting involved in the work of IAU in this area and pilot specific activities, provide feedback on initiatives and to shape the work of the association in this area, please contact IAU, specifying your name, position, organization/institution and a few lines on your experience in this field.



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COLLABORATION AND EXCHANGE

In 2019 IAU will launch a series of Institutional site visits. . The purpose of these visits is to create opportunities for exchanging among Members while meeting at a university that is very advanced in using digital technology to improve aspects of higher education. If you believe that your institution is a leader in this field and you wish to promote your institution and share your experience, consider hosting a site visit. Contact IAU to learn more.



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BLOG

IAU is pleased to launch a blog dedicated to the role of technology in higher education and to the transformation of higher education in the digital era. The aim of this blog is to share experiences and information about the digital transformation in higher education with perspectives from all regions of the world. IAU Members and beyond can share innovative initiatives and best practices or voice concern about developments in this field. IAU believes that through exchange and cooperation, we can contribute to shaping the digital transformation in higher education.

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IAU invites its Members to consider contributing and submitting a contribution to IAU (max 800 words).

Please contact Trine Jensen for expressions of interest.



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