In this session, Dr. Valerie Irvine and Dr. Jillianne Code will discuss issues facing brick and mortar universities in the current global context of post-secondary education. The economic situation facing most universities is one of diminishing funds through cutbacks, increasing competition both locally and globally as a result of the increasing number of post-secondary institutions (specifically colleges and online universities) and the growing prevalence of online programs. We are also dealing with a natural demographic phenomenon whereby the number of people aged 18-22 are smaller than in previous boom eras.
What can brick and mortar Universities do to adapt, innovate, remain both competitive and relevant in this situation? In essence, become part of the 21st century? The presentation speakers will discuss the issues universities face and how they can meet the demands of students for flexibility. University of Victoria is currently piloting a new delivery method, termed “multi-access learning”. Through modification of our registration system, we will be able to let the learner choose the delivery method they want for course enrolment.
This session will also discuss open education and connected learning and introduce you to our TIE*21 proposal for a pan-Canadian open online program for K12 teachers at UVic. The speakers will overview the infrastructure and human resources required to develop and deliver a program of this scope.
Citation: Irvine, V. & Code, J. (2012). The 21st century university: Implications and benefits of choice and learner access and openness. BCNET & HCPS Conference 2012. Vancouver, BC.