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Keynote by Oleg Liber

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Juliette Culver
5 November 2009

Oleg Liber, outgoing Director of CETIS

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 Oleg Liber – Transition

  • What to reflect on where we are now?
  • The state of the education system. Still feel things could be so much better
  • We live in a technology rich world, very different from 10-15 years ago, 75% computer ownership in the UK, Over 70% internet use. ¼ involves uploading content to share
  • 50% of 8-17 age have online profile and 15% of their parent
  • 5000 days of the web, Kevin Kelly, we thought the web would be like TV but only better – YouTube video
  • Like university education only better?
  • Our institutions are largely unchanged, structurally it’s the same - they seek to incorporate technologies without changing structures
  • But pressures are enormous - globalisation - knowlege ecoomy - widening participation - funding - fees - student as customer - employability -.....
  • ICT causes this problem and promised to solve it! But we don’t know how to use it, We hang on to the old and try to fit ICT into it – like a half car and horse

Gráinne Conole
11:09 on 10 November 2009 (Edited 11:11 on 10 November 2009)

Oleg Liber "Transition"

  • Over 70% internet use - one quater uploaded content to share. Other statistics.
  • About 5000 days of the web (Kelly).
  • Kevin Kelly "We thought the web would be TV only better."
  • Our institutions are largely unchanged. Huge blackboard - huge Powerpoint screen.
  • Doesn't always work eg. Global banking - controversial?
  • Stresses, in education are increasingly evident. Cycle: globalisation - knowledge economy - widening participation - funding - fees - student as customer - employability - (globalisation).
  • ICT caused this problem!
  • "We look at the present through a rear view mirror" (? Marshal ?)
  • The old way works. (lectures, courses, admin, cert.) versus new models - no repeatable patterns, no tacit behavioural forms - screen shots of Moodle, Twitter.
  • Examples from online shopping, online music (Pirate Bay)...
  • UNiversity Inc. (Jennifer Washburn, book). Big diagram: primary to University education.
  • OER Africa ... Directory of Open Access Journals (DOAJ).
  • "We must preserve universities as creators of knowledge" - collaboration, open access publications, apprentice research, work-based learning at university(!)
  • ... Current questions...
  • "What has been the impact of VLEs...?" "Is OER just another content programme?" "How can we build a better understanding of our institutions ...?"...
  • Lots of quotes "The cure can be worse than the disease" "Faster is slower" (impact assessments happen too fast)...
  • "The fith discipline", book, (1990) Peter Senge. (systems thinking, personal mastery...)
  • "Everything that can be invented has been invented" Charles H Duel, US office of patents, 1899. "640k ought to be enough for anybody" Bill Gates
  • Key point: difficult but creative times ahead. Less funding, bigger challenges, sustainability, in open education.
  • Good luck!

Nick Freear
11:16 on 10 November 2009 (Edited 11:30 on 10 November 2009)

  • The old ways work – why change? New models of technology based co-working have no formality
  • We see the uneasy co-existence of these two worlds everywhere – newspapers vs. blogosphere etc example – TV, banking, news, shopping, music. All these industries are struggling with the impact of alternative ways of working and business models. Same happened before shift from hand-made to industrial. Now a niche for specialised hand made. Will the same happen with education. The challenge for us to is made this transition. We have to see the education system as a service but a collection of business. We need to put our effort in bringing education to the people
  • We can make learning freely avaialble online - we have the technology. More than resources (OER). OER - OE (Open Experiences). free, open and self-organised. Beyond content.
  • We can make learing available in the workplace - relevant, problem, inquiry-based. Lecturer as consultant. Enhacning individual and buinsess capacity. Beyond curriculum.
  • We must make certification manageable. Beyond grade equivalence
  • Electronic portfolios book - Simon Grant
  • We must perserve univeristies as creators of knowledge - collaboration in research, sharing data, open access publications, apprentice researchers, universites are work places too! Beyond eResearch

Gráinne Conole
11:16 on 10 November 2009 (Edited 11:20 on 10 November 2009)


Three areas - we must transform university management

  • Research - knwoedlge creation and researcher development
  • Adminstration - Agile, collaborative, business intelligvne, multiple services, beyond e-adminstration
  • Learning - Open learning, work-based learning

Currently a complex time, after confusion comes learning. In 1993 thought technology was done, and then along came the web.... feels like a similar situation now, but will we be surprised? In a period of confusion, we are doing the right things at the moment?


  • What has been the impact of VLEs and where now?
  • Is OER just another content programme?
  • How should we developent online assessment further?
  • What the urgent focus for e-portfolio - work, learning or showcase?
  • How can we build a beter understanding of our institutions and is Enterprise Architecture worth the effort?
  • What do we mean by pedagogy and has technology helped?

Gráinne Conole
17:06 on 10 November 2009

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