Modernisation of European Universities

Last week, at the EADTU-EU Summit 2015: Innovating Higher Education by New Modes of Teaching and Learning, Professor Mark Brown gave an invited presentation on the EMPOWER Project and then participated in a high-level panel discussion on the modernisation of European universities. Notably, Xavier Prats-Monne, Director-General of Education and Culture, was also a member of the panel where he shared his views on the future of higher education. Seamus Fox, Head of Open Education, also participated in the Summit.


The day beforehand Mark also attended a special forum in Brussels hosted by the European Commission to review a draft report on the Changing Pedagogical Landscape for European Higher Education. This is a major European funded project which has the objective of examining to what extent government strategies and higher education regulatory and accreditation, funding, quality assurance, assessment and certification frameworks support or hinder new modes of learning and, in particular, the increased use of technology in the teaching and learning process. The final report should be available in the next few months. 


We are pleased to announce that DCU and more specifically the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) has recently been accepted as a new member of the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).  ICDE is widely regarded as the world’s peak professional body for promoting Open, Distance and Digital Learning and is celebrating 75 years of global impact. Last year, at the annual conference in Tianjin, China, Professor Mark Brown was recipient of an ICDE prize under the theme of impact.  The NIDL looks forward to actively contributing to the ICDE community. Notably, staff associated with the NIDL already play valuable leadership roles on a number of professional bodies and currently serve on the executive committees of the following associations:

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