Sunday, 9 November 2014

Digital education moments

So I'm at the big European Gartner Conference at the moment - Symposium. One of the the things I like about the Gartner events is that they cover every sector so I mix with CIOs from all sectors. However, this afternoon is a sector specific forum, so just education and kicking off with a session on digital education moments.

First question we're asked is what sort of leader we are?

Looking at the difference between digitisation and digitalisation and its relevance to education.

Ebooks are digitised, ie a first order effect, but adaptive etext books are more towards digitalisation, ie realising second order effects. It's about realising benefits, changing the way we do things, transformational.

What about MOOCs? Interesting discussion about whether they are really transformational, still based on old structure of timed assignments, have to be there at a given time. As they move more towards social learning and peer assessment, will be more about digitalisation.
On hype cycle, MOOCs look like they will be obsolete before they plateau because they're not sustainable at the moment, no business model. Coursera does not yet have sustainable business model, relying on venture capital. But, lots of technologies that are being developed and used in MOOCs will be important including gamification and social and adaptive learning.

Will be different models coming up for education based around digital technology and personalisation. Anytime, anywhere, any pace learning will become the norm. Need to consider what technologies will be strategically important in delivering

Three examples of a digital education moment, well worth a read, and helped me understand what it means.
Teaching and learning:

Nearly everything in above scenario already exists. Much of it is in consumer space. Only thing that doesn't is the augmented reality encyclopaedia.

Turn this into a strategic technology map

Another example from administration:

Is number 4 a bit creepy? Interesting debate about whether it is as the information is out there.
More technologies aren't there in this scenario, but still a lot in consumer space.

Final example is about research, making sure researchers have computational and storage capacity they need as an event develops.

Again, almost everything in above scenario exists, even smoke dust. Still a lot of building on consumer apps, but also a lot of reliance on cloud storage and HPC.

So, our job for next week when we get back is too look at how we can support our institutions business model by implementing new technologies to transform value, performance and funding. Identify our Digital Education moments, and look at what technologies we need to implement them.

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