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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 met 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

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.

Consult the list of the members of the Expert Advisory Group (EAG).

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

Introduction

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 development of a new IAU Policy statement about the digital transformation in higher education.

The digital transformation in higher education and in society more broadly offers new opportunities to disseminate information, enhanced access to higher education, new learning pedagogies which are more student centred among others. However, the digital transformation requires online access, technical devices to explore and benefit from the opportunities as well the necessary infrastructure (hard and soft), conditions which are very different among countries as well as within countries.

IAU plays an important role as a convener and facilitator for the exchange information and good practices beyond countries and beyond regions. IAU also strives for equal access to digital opportunities around the world, grounded in principles of collaboration and solidarity.

Collectively defining and shaping the digital transformation in higher education

IAU is currently (2018-2020) in the process of developing a new policy statement in order to define the values, principles and ethics that must accompany the digital transformation in order to ensure that it contributes to the global common good. As part of the large consultation process for the development of the statement. IAU is developing a global survey in order to collect the views and opinions of the higher education community at large.

The survey is currently being reviewed by the Expert Advisory Committee (EAG) composed of Board members and experts from all regions of the world and once the validation process is finalized, the survey will be launched in October.

Make sure that your institution takes part and contributes to:

-  Shaping the IAU policy statement on the transformation of higher education in the digital era;
-  Providing information that allows to establish trends around the world but in terms of opportunities as well challenges;
-  Establishing to what extent the national governance frameworks are supportive of the digital transformation;
-  Becoming more aware of what kind of intitiatives are taking place in higher education in other regions of the word.

Two entry points for contribution

IAU is well aware that higher education institutions are subject to many surveys that that is time consuming to contribute. The overall survey is therefore divided into two distinct surveys as follows:

1) A survey for higher education leadership (Vice-Chancellor/Rector/President).
This survey is composed of only 12 questions, which can be completed via check boxes only. It is possible to elaborate on answers in comments boxes but this is purely optional.

Expected time required to complete the survey: 5-10 minutes

2) A survey for colleagues involved in the digital transformation at the institutions
This survey is more comprehensive as is composed of 25 questions. All questions can be completed via check boxes only. It is possible to elaborate on answers in comments boxes but this is purely optional.

Expected time required to complete the survey: 20-25 minutes

Expected survey launch: October 2018

Plan to take part and become activitly engaged 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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COLLABORATION AND EXCHANGE

Introduction

In 2019 IAU will launch a series of Institutional Site Visits. The purpose of these visits is to create opportunities for exchange among Members while meeting at a university that is very advanced in using digital technology to improve aspects of higher education in order to learn from the institutional experience at the host univerisity. The aim of the programme is capacity building through exchange of information and experiences, but based on the basic principle that the participants can be inspired by the insights and adapt the ideas, insights and knowledge required to the local context and needs in his/her area.

The Institutional Site Visits are exclusively open to representatives from IAU Members (all categories). IAU will charge a very low fee in order to cover the cost of the organization of the event and participants have to cover travel and accomodation. Catering during the meeting will be included in the registration fee.

IAU will seek funding in order to support participants from Least Developped Countries (LDCs) and Small Island Developing States (SIDS) and if funding is secured, a special call will be launched for participants from these countries.

Open University of Catalonia (UOC)

IAU is pleased to announce that the first IAU Institutional Site Visit will be hosted by Open University of Catalonia (UOC) which is the first open university. UOC has agreed to open the doors and welcome IAU members to Barcelona in order to learn from their expereience. UOC is an innovative university that is rooted in Catalonia, Spain and open to the world. It offers people lifelong learning to help them and society advance, while carrying out research into the knowledge society. Its educational model is based on personalization and accompanying students using e-learning.

- When: 6-7 March 2019
- Where: Barcelona, Spain
- How to register: registration will open in October 2018

Hosting an Institutional Site Visit

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 has launched 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.

Click here to discover the blog

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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