1st Leadership School Programme Summary


Summary: Convene after lunch; welcome and introductions; keynote speech, Block 1; evening reception.

Keynote 1: The Opening up Education and the Modernisation of Higher Education Agendas in Europe

Block 1 Millennials and Strategies

How HE institution has adapted their learning and teaching strategy to cope. The issue of social media for student learning among the new generation of students. Employability issues of millennials


Summary: Focus on on-campus education. Newcomer introductions; Blocks 2, 3, 4 (digital library; academic resistance; learning analytics).

Block 2 Digital libraries and digitally enabled study spaces: more than just a librarian’s issue? (OER is considered along with MOOCs)

Block 3 Overcoming academic resistance to ICT-based teaching
Different kinds of universities in different countries on how their ICT-based reform projects have transformed the pedagogy at their institutions. Lecture-casting and social media.

Keynote 2: The Promise and the Reality of Analytics

Block 4 Learning analytics: ready now to serve institutional needs?


Summary: focus on off-campus. Blocks 5 and 6; afternoon keynote; finish earlier than usual to allow for relaxation; reception for incoming Rector/Vice-Rector delegates.

Block 5 = Topic D: New approaches to assessment

Block 6 = Topic F: Benchmarking digital institutions
Specific benchmarking approach, followed by practical work on benchmarking, criteria across the institutions present (different criteria for different groups).

Keynote 3: What can we learn from small innovative online HE providers?
Three mini-presentations by small innovative online HE providers (public, non-profit foundation, for-profit), followed by a 30-minute panel session. It should be noted that most EU countries do not have such providers – yet they provide interesting role models for innovation pilots, based in particular university departments before later being scaled up across the institution.


Summary: senior leadership focus. Morning keynote; Blocks 7 and 8; evening keynote, evening reception and conference dinner – with Rector, Vice-Rector, Director and Dean tables.

Keynote 4A: European universities disrupted

Keynote 4B: European universities disrupted

Learning gains at university, competences, unbundling and future role of private providers.

Block 7 = The MOOCs Panel

Block 8A = The Business Case for Distance learning in European HE – two speakers

Block 8B = The Business Case for Distance learning in European HE – three speakers


Summary: one final block with groups with focus on quality, analytics, or linguistic or fee regime-specific issues or national groups, then leave after lunch.

Closing Panel: Feasible visions of digital universities/digital extensions and how to achieve them – one speaker

Final block 9: on topics of delegates’ choice (no speakers so just 1 hour of Chat then Work)