Collaboration between private and public initiatives in Online HigherEd: Generating more equity?

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On November 9, this Chair held the workshop “Collaboration between private and public initiatives in Online HigherEd: Generating more equity?”. This project launched a new research field on economics of online higher education.

The invited speakers Santiago de la Barrera, Permanent Secretary at CONETyP (National Council of Education, Work and Production) of Argentina, and Melissa Highton, Director of the Learning, Teaching and Web Services Division, University of Edinburgh, UK, with their presentations have put the basis to the lively following discussion we will report later on.

 

Noticia UOC

La Càtedra UNESCO d’Educació i Tecnologia per al Canvi Social organitza el taller «La col·laboració entre les iniciatives públiques i privades en l’educació en línia: ¿Generadora de major equitat per a l’educació superior?», dins del seminari internacional «Efectes econòmics i impacte social de l’educació en línia». El taller se celebrarà a la seu de la UOC a Barcelona el dimecres 9 de novembre 2016.

catedra-unesco El taller té com a objectiu identificar i valorar els efectes econòmics de l’educació en línia i, més específicament, dels models de negoci singulars que poden proporcionar més oportunitats per a un desenvolupament de l’educació en línia equitatiu i a un cost sostenible. De la mateixa manera, es pretén analitzar quin pot ser el paper que el capital privat podria jugar en els escenaris actuals i futurs, i quins podrien ser els avantatges i desavantatges.

Aquest taller es dirigeix a experts en educació, economia i empresa, amb l’objectiu de discutir i analitzar la dimensió econòmica de l’educació en línia des d’una visió transversal i interdisciplinària, a partir de la perspectiva pròpia de cadascú.

Experts convidats

Els dos experts convidats son Melissa Highton, directora de la Learning, Teaching and Web Services Division de la Universitat d’Edimburg, i Santiago de la Barrera, secretari permanent de CONETyP (Consejo Nacional de Educación, Trabajo y Producción) i membre de la Fundación Oficios de Argentina. Tots dos han desenvolupat projectes amb finançament públic-privat en l’àmbit educatiu.

English translation

Moving Beyond Access

What Online Education can contribute to Capacity Building and Social Development of Students

Workshop May 2016 – Going beyond Access  (for more pics here)

The UNESCO Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change at the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC), jointly with the Penn State University School of Education (PSU), have started a research project focused on how online education institutions are moving beyond providing access and toward building students’ capabilities and societies’ capacity.

The study aims to define what going “beyond access” means, at a time when access to higher education seems to be the only important issue, forgetting or undervaluing what happens to students after having got this access.

Through a survey based on Alan Tait and Jessica O’Rourke’s Social Justice Audit approach (2013), students from different online universities programs, initially at UOC and PSU, and later from universities settled in other continents, will be asked to define the main elements of their learning experiences, the capabilities they consider online education have provided them, and the constraints they have encountered and how they have eventually being overcome.

Albert Sangrà, Academic Director of the UNESCO Chair, and Adnan Qayyum, Associated Professor at PSU, are the main researchers of the project, in line with the research aim of the UNESCO Chair in identifying and fostering evidence of social impact and economic effects of online education.

The project has been presented in 2016 at three International conferences: EDEN (European Distance and E-Learning Network) Conference in Budapest, The Learner Conference in Vancouver, and EduTeach 2016 in Toronto. Initial findings from the survey are foreseen to be presented by the end of 2016.

Alternative Economic Models for Equitable Online Higher Education

On October 21-22, this UNESCO Chair held a series of events aimed at opening up a new research field on economics of online higher education. This initiative is meant to be our response to widely discussed Sustainable Development Goals announced by the United Nations.  Broadening of access to the higher education and making it affordable and equitable is the new imperative for global policies on education.

We have launched these new activities with a Roundtable, Alternative Economic Models for Equitable Online Higher Education, organized under sponsorship of Obra Social “la Caixa”  (Internationalization at Home Program). Central part of it is a public talk by the invited expert from USA, Burck Smith, CEO & Founder of StraighterLine. As Burck Smith had testified to the U.S. White House´ Committee on improving higher education and the workforce.

“Despite massive investments in technology, higher education prices are rising and quality declining. In every other industry, technology investments yield cost savings which translate to lower prices and higher quality – productivity increases. Why not in higher education?”


StraighterLine has found its innovative and sustainable business model to resolve the apparent conundrum. This video contains the presentation of Burck Smith, while the second part, discussion, will be published later.

Conferencia el 22 de octubre en Barcelona

Burck_SmithLa Cátedra UNESCO en Educación y Tecnología para el Cambio Social les invita a la conferencia pública: “Do the Principles of Digital Economics Apply to the Higher Education Market?” a cargo de Burck Smith, CEO y Fundador de StraighterLine, de Baltimore (EUA).

En unos momentos en que el crecimiento de la demanda de educación superior en todo el mundo está retando a la economía global, a las Administraciones y a las propias instituciones educativas, conocer experiencias innovadoras nos puede abrir la puerta a valorar nuevas oportunidades para resolver esta situación que debe tener en la equidad y la sostenibilidad su punto de equilibrio.

En este sentido, StraighterLine ha sido el centro de las miradas de muchos de los principales medios e investigadores en el campo de la Educación (Inside HigherEd, Chronicle of Higher Education, Educause, etc) consolidándose como uno de los proveedores privados de cursos de educación superior online más innovadores y exitosos de los Estados Unidos. Además, B. Smith es autor de diversos capítulos en tres libros sobre políticas educativas para el American Enterprise Institute (AEI), de artículos para múltiples revistas especializadas en educación superior y es un ponente habitual sobre las oportunidades, los peligros y la estructura del mercado de aprendizaje online.

La conferencia se celebrará en la sede de Tibidabo de la UOC (Avenida Tibidabo, 39-43), en la Sala Josep Laporte, el próximo jueves 22 de octubre a las 18:30h.

Esta actividad se realiza con el apoyo del programa Internationalization at Home de la Obra Social de La Caixa.