The Digitalization of the University of the Future

The Digitalization phenomenon that has affected our daily lives has multiple challenges and opportunities for universities shaping their future in the digital age. The second meeting of the “University of the Future Network” at FernUniversität in Hagen from July 11 to July 13, 2017 tried to frame central aspects of this discussion. Under the headline “The Digitalization of the University of the Future”, the network members discussed issues ahead concerning #1 teaching and learning in the digital age; #2 the ways in which we re-define knowledge; #3 the policy of access and digitalization for all; #4 open educational resources; #5 university business models and value propositions; #6 issues of shaping and organizing our virtual networks. Results of these discussions are literature review papers and policy papers. Additionally, some of the topics were further developed into articles being part of a special section of the peer reviewed Journal of New Approaches in Educational Research on “Universities in the digital age: challenges and opportunities”.

#1: Teaching and Learning in the Digital Age: Challenges and Opportunities

“With digitalization we do not lose the teachers. But: we need to think of which roles, which functions academic teachers have, and which career paths as teachers they can follow within the university.” (Prof. Eva Cendon, FernUniversität in Hagen, Germany)
#Video 
Eva Cendon

#Paper 
Narend Baijnath & Eva Cendon

#2: Redefining Knowledge in the Digital Age: Internet and Social Media

“Through the internet we learn from others in new and more tacit ways, formally and informally. In this new landscape, all learning is blended. The boundaries are being more liquified.” (Cristobal Cobo PhD, Ceibal Foundation, Uruguay)
#Video 
Martha Burkle & Cristobal Cobo

#Presentation 
Martha Burkle & Cristobal Cobo

#3: Towards a Policy of Access: Digitalization for All

“There is access to technology and there is access to pedagogy that we want to achieve. Unless we understand the teaching and learning aspect of technology we won´t be able to be successful about it.” (Prof. Mpine Makoe, University of South Africa)
#Video 
Mpine Makoe

#Paper 
Mpine Makoe & Alan Tait

#4: Open Educational Resources as Learning Materials in the New University

“We have a re-usibility paradox with OER. We have to adapt it. And the amount of adaption depends on how specific this resource is.” (Andrea Mangiatordi PhD, Università degli Studi di Milano-Bicocca, Italy)
#Video 
Andrea Mangiatordi

#Paper 
Andrea Mangiatordi & Michael Power

#5: University Business Models and Value Propositions in the Digital Age

“Try to put yourselves in the future, 15 to 20 years in the future, giving you some archetypes of students and thinking of what kind of value proposition they need in order to have their needs served by university” (Alex Gershberg PhD, University of Pennsylvania)
#Video
Alex Gershberg 

#Paper 
Uta Wehn, Alec Gershberg & José Tulio Gálvez Contreras

#6: Virtual networks for the Digital University: Research and Partnerships

“We have to create a stronger alignment between universities, the employment and the corporate world. Because we prepare people for professions, that will change or disappear and for new professions that will appear. How do we forecast that and how do we relate to that in our curricula?” (Prof. Sarah Guri-Rosenblit, The Open University of Israel)
#Video 
Sarah Guri-Rosenblit

#Paper 
Sarah Guri-Rosenblit & Josep Duart

Last updated: September 28, 2018.