It’s a truly exciting time to work in education.
Virtually all aspects of higher ed are transforming at once, and the pace is only accelerating. Learning experiences are integrating more authentic as-you-go assessments; universities are building courseware production teams to develop top-quality online lessons; career readiness is becoming a key focus.
On July 21, educators from around Australian and international universities came together in Melbourne to take the next step forward, move away from purely theoretical discussion, and delve into how innovative practices happening right now are dramatically improving student learning.
Together, academia and industry can collaborate to create higher-quality, research-backed learning solutions that positively impact every learner.
Highlights from the Learning Innovation Summit 2017
- 270 attendees
- 61 institutions
- 44 presenters
- 100s of LIS17 tweets
Top 5 things we took away from LIS17
- Educators are putting renewed focus on innovating the way students are learning in order to improve outcomes – by embracing technology and learner-centred design techniques.
- Online learning today is low-quality because educators try to force face-to-face content to fit into an online format. Higher-quality experiences are created by designing from the bottom up, so the content fits the medium and fully takes advantage technology’s capabilities.
- Courseware production teams plays a key role in the success of a new learning program. We must hire more people, train them in learning design and technology, and start creating great courseware.
- All too often, the biggest barrier to success is budget. We need to go out of our way to find it.
- Previously, the majority of institutions relied on outside partnerships to design and develop online content. Now, with the growing desire to create smart lessons, smart courses, and even smart degrees, universities are creating smart learning experiences internally.