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1 Million Online Learners: This UK University Says Growth in Online Learning Is 'Inevitable' - Edukatico.org

1 Million Online Learners: This UK University Says Growth in Online Learning Is 'Inevitable' - Edukatico.org | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
More than a million learners from 150 countries have already enrolled in the University of Leeds' online courses. The University has now identified a trend towards full online degrees.
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Mobile-voting software and touchscreen-enabled pods – the University of Leeds builds the classroom of the future

Mobile-voting software and touchscreen-enabled pods – the University of Leeds builds the classroom of the future | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
Credit for both pictures used here: The University of Leeds A technology-led redesign of three lecture theatres has helped the University of Leeds make students the centre of the classroom. The university’s director of digital learning professor Neil Morris told PublicTechnology that, when he redesigned the lecture theatres (one of which is pictured above, and another below), he wanted to create a space optimised for so-called “flipped learning”. The idea behind flipped learning is that the focus of teaching is, as the name suggests, flipped, from the teacher to the student, with an emphasis on engagement and discussion, as opposed to didactic monologue. Rather than long rows of seating all pointed at a teaching lectern at the front, the new “collaborative lecture theatres” are split into pods, which can seat up to five students. Each of these can be set up with a touchscreen computing device, to which lecturers can share teaching content, which students can then engage with in small groups. Morris said that projects such as this remove what often remains a fundamental barrier to universities embracing technology and new styles of teaching. Related content University turns to analytics to track student attendance and engagement Newcastle University to issue digital degree certificates West Yorkshire Police looks to Leeds Beckett University to tackle online crime “There is a traditional lecture paradigm that universities are stuck in,” he said. “Many academics want to change, and recognise that the traditional lecture is outdated. But we are stuck with the students facing the front, and the concentration of the space forces academics to lecture. Many staff want to change that, and want the classroom to be more discursive and engaging. But the space of a lecture theatre does not allow this to happen.” Leeds’ use of digital technology in the classroom will soon include the implementation of an application to allow students to use their own smartphones to take part in quizzes and online polls during lessons. The university previously used dedicated handsets. “The technology has moved on massively, and we want everybody able to vote through their mobile device,” Morris said. Questions are typically posed periodically during lessons, allowing teachers to assess whether the concept they have just explained has been articulated in a way that all students understand. It also provides students with a means of alerting teachers to something they have not understood, without necessarily having to admit so in front of their peers. Earlier this month the university issued a tender looking for a supplier of mobile-voting software. Pilot projects are planned for the next academic year, with the goal of an institution-wide rollout of the technology ahead of the start of the 2019/20 year. Look out in the coming days for a full write-up of our chat with professor Morris, and lots more detail on how the University of Leeds is embracing digital learning.
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Leeds and Cape Town to study role of technology in the future of higher education | Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence

Leeds and Cape Town to study role of technology in the future of higher education | Leeds Institute for Teaching Excellence | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
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VR: a new dimension in learning?

VR: a new dimension in learning? | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
Will virtual reality help students on campus and online learn better and more cheaply? David Matthews reports
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Is digital technology changing learning and teaching? The big debate from Digifest 2017

Is digital technology changing learning and teaching? The big debate from Digifest 2017 | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
Is digital technology making fundamental changes to learning and teaching, transforming it in ways that were unimaginable before the advent of the internet? Or has the digital revolution been overhyped as magical pixie dust that can cure all teaching ills?
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Newton Fund backing ESRC-NRF collaborative research on Higher Education in South Africa - Newton Fund

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Group learning at Leeds Univer | Case-studies | InAVate

Group learning at Leeds Univer | Case-studies | InAVate | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
In partnership with integrator Pure AV, The University of Leeds has transformed three lecture theatres in to true collaborative spaces. Paul Milligan finds
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Blended Learning Essentials | UFI charitable trust

Blended Learning Essentials | UFI charitable trust | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
A free online course for the  vocational and training sector, to promote effective practice and pedagogy in blended learning.Teacher reluctance is often presented as one of the reasons for the slow take-up of technology for learning and teaching. But don't believe the hype. The enthusiastic take-up of the new Blended Learning Essentials MOOC suggests a very different story.
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New ways of learning - HEPI

New ways of learning - HEPI | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
This guest blog has been kindly provided by Professor Neil Morris, who is the Director of Digital Learning at the University of Leeds. An A-level student seeking to get a head start on their UCAS application. A current undergraduate wanting to study a specific topic with a leading academic at a different university. A recent graduate looking to get a foot in the door of a career that doesn’t directly relate to their degree subject. These are just three people who could gain from a new online learning initiative in which the University of Leeds is playing a leading role. We have teamed up with digital provider FutureLearn on a project that, from September 2016, will see Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) contribute to degrees for the first time. It means that people will be able to take standalone, credit-bearing courses that will count towards an undergraduate degree.  The courses will offer learners an introduction to undergraduate study and provide opportunities for research-based learning and skills development. It doesn’t take much imagination to think through what this could mean for students like those mentioned above. And while we may be some way off students throwing virtual mortar boards in the air to celebrate fully-digital degrees via this initiative, it is no exaggeration to say it represents a significant move away from a purely campus-based education. The initiative will bring two distinct benefits. The first is flexibility. Those that could benefit will include people who do not want to gain a full higher education qualification, but may only need individual elements of a particular degree to achieve their goals or access employment in their chosen field. Some others may want to study for a degree, but over a longer period than the traditional three …
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Online degree units to cut tuition fees - BBC News

Online degree units to cut tuition fees - BBC News | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
A UK online university network is claiming a "breakthrough moment" as students can cut the cost of a Russell Group degree by studying part of it online.
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Universities to use Moocs to offer students credits towards degrees for the first time

Universities to use Moocs to offer students credits towards degrees for the first time | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
Two major universities are set to allow students to earn course credits which will go towards their final degree through massive open online courses (Moocs) for the very first time in the UK.

The move, announced by online learning platform FutureLearn, will see the Open University (OU) and the University of Leeds allow students the opportunity to study for part of a degree or MBA course before progressing further.
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Blended Learning Essentials MOOC

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News & Views from the ALT Community
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University of Leeds | News > Business & Economy > Another online learning innovation for Leeds

University of Leeds | News > Business & Economy > Another online learning innovation for Leeds | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
The University is teaming up with the world’s biggest online course provider, Coursera. It today becomes one of the first universities in the UK to deliver online courses on its platform that can count directly towards postgraduate degree programmes.
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Multimedia interactive eBooks in laboratory bioscience education

Multimedia interactive eBooks in laboratory bioscience education | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
(2017). Multimedia interactive eBooks in laboratory bioscience education. Higher Education Pedagogies: Vol. 2, No. 1, pp. 28-42. doi: 10.1080/23752696.2017.1338531
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Developing digital skills in the modern workplace

Developing digital skills in the modern workplace | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
An online course for teachers and trainers to support the development of learners’ digital skills in the modern workplace.
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Perceptions of the impact of digital technology on unbundling in Higher Education – The Unbundled University

Perceptions of the impact of digital technology on unbundling in Higher Education – The Unbundled University | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
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Blended Learning Essentials: Week 3 Q&A

Prof Neil Morris and Diana Laurillard will answer your questions in a live Q&A session on Wednesday 20th July at 7pm UK time. To find out more about th
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Leeds takes Digital Learning to new levels - SCHOMS

Leeds takes Digital Learning to new levels - SCHOMS | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
Learning at the University of Leeds has been transformed by ‘a truly sector leading’ redevelopment of lecture theatre space and
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Professor Neil Morris and Dr Emilee Simmons

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Investments in digital technology to enhance student education
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'Top universities to offer full degrees online in five years' - BBC News

'Top universities to offer full degrees online in five years' - BBC News | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
Leading universities will offer fully accredited undergraduate courses online within five years, says the founder of a leading US online university network.
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FutureLearn MOOCs now offer degree course credit

FutureLearn MOOCs now offer degree course credit | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
Major UK universities can now award degree course credit through MOOCs for the first time with FutureLearn 'Programs'
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New online courses earn academic credits for degrees

New online courses earn academic credits for degrees | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
Today sees the launch of a new range of online courses that will enable students to earn academic credits towards degrees.
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Leeds University launches online course open to anyone which counts towards a degree

Leeds University launches online course open to anyone which counts towards a degree | Digital technology and Higher Education | Scoop.it
LEEDS UNIVERSITY is to become one of the first in the country to offer the chance to earns credits towards a degree through an online learning course which is open to anyone.
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