Ingrid Melve, voditeljica programa eCampus, UNINETT, Norveška
Building the digital campus: examples from Norwegian national services and collaborations
Norwegian universities collaborate on ICT infrastructure. A proposal for a national strategy for the digital campus builds on the existing collaborations, but aims to move from application-centric to data-centric solutions. Data is at the core of research, education and administration. The eCampus program 2012-2016 aimed at better digital learning and teaching, and examples will be presented to illustrate how to work on best practices, how working groups built up their skills, how practical collaboration gives results and how the digital environment changed locally as a result of national work.
Ingrid Melve works to improve the Internet for research and higher education. The last 7 years she has be the leader of the eCampus Norway program, an initiative to create a coherent nation-wide campus infrastructure to support the core process of the higher-education community by enabling lecture recording, large-scale use of videoconferencing, digital assessment and cloud solutions. She was Chief Technology Officer for UNINETT 2006-2013. Working for UNINETT since 1994, she became Manager of Applications and Middleware in 1998 and has been involved in the field of Identity Management since 2000. She holds an MSc in Telecommunications from the Norwegian Institute of Technology.
Airina Volungevičienė, direktorica Instituta za inovativne studije Sveučilišta Vytautas Magnus, Litva i predsjednica European Distance and E-Learning Network (EDEN)
Different paths of technology enhanced learning integration into a higher education institution
Several major innovations in education have been changing the landscape of education organizations in Europe for the several past years: Open Educational Resources, Open Educational Practices, Virtual Mobility and international virtual exchange, Massive Open Online Courses, Open Science, open data, Learning analytics, Personalization and flexibility of learning, Recognition of open learning etc.
Lithuanian higher education institutions, lead mainly by Universities, meet these challenges in a variety of ways. Universities implement research in changing concepts and practices which results in the recommendations that TEL should be integrated through TEL curriculum in an organization.
The presentation will focus on the following integral parts:
- Framework of quality assurance of TEL integration into an educational organization (Volungeviciene, Tereseviciene, and Tait (2014)
- cases studies illustrating the application of the framework of TEL integration and TEL impact upon all the areas of organization activities
- different scenarios for integration of TEL in Universities, illustrating the ways how universities are opening up in order to: 1) to implement their public mission – to spread the knowledge, to widen participation, 2) to reduce costs, 3) to enhance institutional reputation, 4) to increase quality of learning for regular students (Souto – Otero, Inamorato dos Santos, Shields et al., 2016), 5) open and transparent management, 6) staff motivation and involvement, 7) leadership provision et al. (Whitehurst, 2015).
- the ways how universities support other education organizations in the country integrating TEL in education
- case studies illustrating teacher training to reach open professional collaboration on the national and international levels.
These different paths of integration of technology into organizations will reveal the complex, but also the most creative way of application of ICT in education serving multiple purposes described, but all directed towards improvement of quality of organization services through opening up.
Assoc. prof. dr. Airina Volungevičienė has been working among leading researchers, methodology specialists and education policy makers in the area of technology enhanced learning (TEL) development in Europe since 1997. Having established the national network for distance and e-learning in the country, she continued as a leader in research and project work to promote the development of TEL in Lithuania and Europe, introducing many innovations in different education organizations from school, VET, adult learning and higher education sectors.
Since 2007, her research activities are based at Vytautas Magnus University, where she is the head of Innovative Studies Institute and an associate professor at the department of Education. Airina is responsible for TEL integration into university studies and curriculum designing. She coordinates international projects and implements research with the focus on TEL curriculum designing and quality assurance, virtual mobility, open educational resources and TEL integration into an organization. She published more than 30 papers on TEL, virtual mobility and OERs, as well as 5 research studies and 2 monographs.
She established and was the first president of Lithuanian Distance and eLearning (LieDM) association in Lithuania (2010 – 2016). Since 2016 she is the Chair of the Board of this association. Airina was the Vice President for Research of European Distance and eLearning Network (EDEN). She was elected the President of EDEN in 2016.