Our position paper on digitalisation in higher education argues for a cool-headed, but expansive discussion on digitalisation within the context of the Bologna Process. We put forward the claim that digitalisation is not an additional challenge, but a powerful means to meet existing challenges for higher education.
View the position paper v0 here.
We recognise the work of countless universities and colleges within the European Higher Education Area, but also policymakers who are already working from this perspective. It is our aim that the Paris Communiqué from the Ministers’ Conference 24-25 May 2018 (for more see here), and the work programme which comes after it, should pay even more attention to the benefits and the challenges related to the increasing digitalisation of our lives.
We are convinced that this perspective on digitalisation has two main benefits in contrast to approaches starting out from the question of what new technology offers us (‘technology-first’).
- Firstly, the new processes and procedures can be more easily integrated into mainstream discussions on challenges such as how to assure inclusive higher education and how to ensure high quality learning environments.
- Secondly, this perspective is less likely to ignore any new barriers, for instance, obstacles to accessing higher quality learning for all through digital networks, discussed in many reports as the risk of creating a new ‘digital divide’.
You can view the position paper here.
The position paper was prepared with support of the Bertelsmann Foundation by Kiron Open Higher Education in close partnership with Hochschulforum Digitalisierung (HFD), the European Association of Distance Teaching Universities (EADTU) and the Groningen Declaration Network (GDN). It additionally is endorsed by the Institute for Education and Socio-Economic Research and Consulting (FiBS) and the International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE).
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