In European universities three areas of provision emerge: degree education as the backbone of a university; continuing education and continuous professional development, which probably will exceed the number of degree students and open education which emerged mainly by the MOOC movement. Universities attempt policies and strategies to define their profile in these areas, which can be complementary to each other and to some extent interwoven.
Digital models of teaching and learning can solve some of the problems higher education is facing today and will offer new opportunities for teaching and learning in each of these areas. They will innovate and even transform higher education in the next years:
Blended and online systems are important to accelerate innovation and to keep pace with the needs of learners of all ages and of society.
- Blended and online education
- Accreditation of online education
- Quality Assurance in Blended and Online Education
- Short Learning Programmes
- Open education and MOOCs, European MOOC Consortium
- Networked curricula and Virtual Mobility
- Changing the educational landscape: new competences for teachers
Josep A. Planell is President of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC) Spain, since April 2013.
Michael Gaebel is the director of the Higher Education Policy Unit, EUA (European University Association) which focuses on issues related to higher education learning and teaching, including the Bologna Process, lifelong learning, e-learning and MOOCs, internationalisation and global dialogue.
Alejandro Tiana Ferrer is President of EADTU, professor of Theory and History of Education and Rector of the Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED, Spain).
Diana Laurillard is Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies at the UCL Knowledge Lab, leading externally-funded research projects.
Katie Goeman holds a PhD in Social Sciences and investigates design and implementation issues regarding blended learning, and monitoring of ICT in education.
Willem van Valkenburg is working in educational technology since 2000.
Esther Huertas, PhD, received her qualification as Agronomist Engineer from the Polytechnic University of Catalonia and her B.S. (Food Science and Technology) and M.S. (Environmental Sciences) degrees from the University of Barcelona.
Catherine Mongenet is president of FUN-MOOC since 2015, the French National MOOC organisation.
Liz Marr has worked in UK Higher Education for almost 30 years, as a lecturer for 20 years and more latterly as part of the senior management of the Open University UK.
Christian Dalsgaard is Associate Professor at the Centre for Teaching Development and Digital Media at the Aarhus University.
Monika Skadborg is a member of the Executive Committee of the European Students’ Union.