Talk: Martin Bean at the HE Leadership Summit, 11/2/10
Informal learning: friend or foe?Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor, The Open University Space...
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5 February 2010
Welcome from Ewart Wooldridge and Introduction to Cloudworks from Denise Kirkpatrick followed by:
Informal learning: friend or foe?
Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor, The Open University
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Martin Bean - Vice Chancellor of the Open University title for his talk "A Changing Landscape" to reflect on what had happend in the very short time since moving from Microsoft to the OU.
Three (Meta-)Trends he picked out that reflect the changing nature of HE:
- Globalisation - learners going across national boundaries.
- Massification - need to act at larger and larger scale to meet demands
- Privatisation - experience of blending in USA are heading towards the UK
There is a crisis of the relevance of HE: "How important is HE" ~70% "How relevant is the education that you are getting?" - ~22%. Need to understand the needs and wants of students: like connections, technology, autonomy ... hate complexity, things that get in the way and cost...
Answer lies in blending digital lifestyles and digital work styles. Technology itself is not the answer - need to consider:
- & Technology
On the theme of "informal meets formal" - to remove the artificial barriers: taking a multi-channels approach at the OU. Still use BBC - reaching 120million people in a year. Now connecting up with web journeys and iTunesU > 1.47 million visitors of whom 1 in 12 go on to visit the OU. OpenLearn has also had >6m visitors using the released content of the OU. Martin predicts that OER will "change the landscape" of content. The Why of OpenLearn can also be seen in benefits for the OU: recruitment, reach and projects.
Considering he way to become more "learner-centric" means looking at the informal approaches that now happen. To move away from the big steps of course accreditation, to smooth steps based on open access - and accreditation through reputation as well as institution. iSpot is an example of reputation in action - activity leads to credit and experience. Such approaches may give smaller "on-ramps" to education.
Martin's end point is how to move people from difficulty in access, through open and social learning, to recognition, leading to personal fulfilment and "citizenship".
Martin descrbes the OU as a change agent - and a bit of a rebel in trying things out.
10:50 on 11 February 2010