OUR 2017 GLOBAL FORUM

Ready or Not - The Role of Online & Blended Learning in HE
11-12 December, London
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Whatever you call it- online, digital, virtual, e-learning- it has been a rough ride. In the 1990's, champions imagined a near-future of dramatically better access to higher education, a wealth of online learning resources and plummeting costs. All over the world, students would be able to enrol at the best universities, and all but the top institutions would perish. Reality proved a bit more complicated.

Twenty years on, bricks-and-mortar universities are very much alive, and most international students still travel, but it is undeniable that online learning is growing in popularity. Internet access has surged, bandwidth exploded and smartphones are ubiquitous. MOOCs, adaptive learning and AI-based student advising are the latest examples of online education. A growing number of traditional universities are partnering with the private sector to launch online degrees.

Is online higher education about to realise its promise?

The OBHE's 2017 Global Forum will reassess the potential of online and blended learning in higher education, to meet the needs of domestic and international students. Drawing on a unique series of country studies from around the world, this event is an opportunity to engage with the latest data, learn from experience, and consider new models and technologies.

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2 October 2017

Online higher education in South Korea -
The cyber-universities 20 years on

Richard Garrett, Director, OBHE
Rachael Merola, Sr Researcher, OBHE

South Korea took an interest in online learning early on. As part of a wide-ranging Cyber Korea strategy in the 1990s, turning the country into the most wired nation in the world, the government encouraged universities to establish online or so-called cyber-universities. An emphasis on lifelong learning, to help the country cement its rapid economic rise, positioned cyber-universities as a way to reach working adults and experiment with new technology.

Today, Korea enjoys a particular combination of circumstances. Young adults boast the top tertiary education attainment rate in the OECD but live in a country where graduate unemployment is seen as too high. Korea is rapidly ageing. This means a surfeit of universities and worries about return on investment. At the same time, tens of thousands of Koreans still study abroad, and the government is trying to create a regional hub for foreign higher education institutions.

In a country with excess higher education capacity, where does online learning fit in? How have cyber-universities fared over the past twenty years?

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5 September 2017

Just a Delivery Mode?
Online Higher Education in Mexico

Rachael Merola, Senior Researcher, OBHE

Mexico boasts a large and fast-growing higher education system, with a plethora of public, private and for-profit providers. Government sees online learning as part of the system’s future, and many institutions are now active. This article examines the size, shape and status of online higher education in Mexico. Can online help Mexico enhance quality and access in higher education?

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5 September 2017

Using online learning to internationalise the curriculum: CETYS University Case Study

Rachael Merola, Senior Researcher, OBHE

Based on an interview with Fernando León García, President of CETYS (Spring 2017)

The Centro de Enseñanza Técnica y Superior, commonly referred to as CETYS University, is an example of a prestigious university taking steps to internationalise curriculum, with online learning as a lever to do so. An interview with Fernando León García, President of CETYS, sheds light on the process and why it is important.

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Forthcoming Events

2017

17 October 2017:  Westminster Higher Education Forum, 'The future for international research partnerships: responding to Brexit, the Newton Fund and new partnerships', London, England

17-19 October 2017:  27th International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) World Conference, Toronto, CANADA

18-20 October 2017:  IAU 2017 International Conference,'Leadership for a changing public-private funding higher education landscape', Accra, GHANA

25 – 27 October 2017:  The Online, Open and Flexible Higher Education Conference (OOFHEC2017), Higher education for the future: 'accelerating and strengthening innovation', Milton Keynes, England

26-27 October 2017:  European Conference on e-Learning (ECEL), Porto, PORTUGAL

2-4 November 2017:  Global  Access to Postsecondary Education (GAPS)2nd World Congress on Global Access to Postsecondary Education: Working Together for a Democratized Postsecondary Education, São Paulo, BRAZIL

14 November 2017:  Westminster Higher Education Forum, 'Next steps for developing the 2021 Research Excellence Framework', London, ENGLAND

14-16 November 2017:  MENA Higher Education Leadership Forum: 'Strengthening the Dialogue between Higher Education, Government and Industry – Working Together towards a Common Vision', Dubai, UAE

21 November 2017:  Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, Next steps for international student recruitment in the UK - changes to the visa system and promoting the UK as a destination post-Brexit, London, England

23-25 November 2017:  European Quality Assurance Forum (EQAF), Riga, LATVIA

11-12 December 2017:  OBHE Global Forum, 'Ready or Not - The Role of Online and Blended Learning in Higher Education'Draft Programme, London, England

2018

16 January 2018:  Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, 'The future of Transnational Education - developing international branch campuses, cross-border quality assurance and priorities for growth', London, England

30 January 2018:  The future of UK science and innovation - Brexit, the Industrial Strategy and the HE and Research Act, London, England

14-15 February 2018:  The 16th Annual Washington International Education Conference, Washington, DC, USA

18-21 February 2018:  AIEA Annual Conference, 'The Internationalization Imperative in Turbulent Times', Washington, DC, USA

6 March 2018:  Westminster Higher Education Forum Keynote Seminar, 'Next steps for the UK’s outward student mobility strategy and involvement in Erasmus+', London, England

10-13 March 2018:  ACE 2018 - 100th Annual Meeting, Washington, DC, USA

21-23 March 2018:  The Forum on Education Abroad's 14th Annual Conference, 'Building on Strong Foundations: Best Practices for an Evolving Field', Boston, MA, USA

25-29 March 2018:  Comparative and International Education Society (CIES),'Re-Mapping Global Education' South-North Dialogue, Mexico City, MEXICO

26-27 March 2017:  AUA Annual Conference and Exhibition, 'Beyond Brexit; embracing uncertainty, defining our purpose, sustaining successful professionals', Manchester, England

5-6 April 2018:  European University Association (EUA) 2018 Annual Conference, Zurich, SWITZERLAND

23-26 April 2018:  Scholars at Risk Global Congress, Berlin, GERMANY

2-4 May 2018:  Going Global, 'Redesigning Excellence: Higher Education for Global Societal Impact', Kuala Lumpur, MALAYSIA

27 May - 1 June 2018:  NAFSA Annual Conference & Expo, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA

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