Higher education in the digital era
Should higher education institutions embrace the digital revolution as
the key to a new future? Should they resist it as a threat to their very
essence, or just ignore it as just another dot com bubble? Did Flemish
universities and colleges miss the train already?
The latter certainly not (yet). Flemish institutions are intensively engaged in e-learning: by scientific research, through a wide range of pilot projects (up to the organization of their own MOOCs, the famous Massive Open Online Courses) and by thorough discussion and reflection.
The above was one of the conclusions made by the two Thinkers-in-residence
who were invited in 2014 by the KVAB to explore the state of the art in
Flemish Higher Education and to confront it with their own vision and
experience. Thinkers Pierre Dillenbourg and Diana Laurillard are
international top experts in the advanced use of ICT in education.
Both of them has cast his/her conclusions and recommendations into a final position paper, contained in this report. Diana Laurillard lucidly develops her thinking about blended learning in Flanders: blended learning requires thoughtful learning design in order to improve the learning of the student as well as the cost effectiveness of higher education. Pierre Dillenbourg firmly proposes a digital strategy for Flanders universities in order to strengthen and broaden their societal function by the optimal integration of digital technology.