Registration open: Preparing Higher Education leaders to become the change makers of the university of tomorrow

The 1st D-TRANSFORM Leadership School will take place in Barcelona, 14-18 November 2016 at Universitat Oberta de Catalunya

The 1st D-TRANSFORM leadership school will be a unique opportunity to update leaders and senior managers in European higher education institutions with knowledge, skills and attitudes which they need to have in order to make effective decisions about the use of digital techniques in learning and teaching, drawing on expert presenters including from innovative universities.


To register for the event, please visit the event page on the UOC website
by clicking on the above link.

Venue: Hotel Silken Diagonal, Av. Diagonal 205, Barcelona

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Who should attend

Rectors, Vice-Rectors, Deans of Faculties, Directors of operational units in HE institutions across Europe interested in e-learning, distance learning, MOOCs and digital transformation of pedagogy for residential or distance teaching/learning.

Key topics

  1. Understanding the latest thinking on Millennials, digital visitors and digital natives. Building this knowledge into revised strategies for teaching and learning.
  2. Digital libraries and digitally enabled study spaces: blending service provision across physical and digital infrastructure. Viewing this as more than just a library issue.
  3. Understanding and overcoming academic resistance to ICT-based teaching.
  4. New approaches to assessment especially online: automation, authentication, etc. (Badges are covered in the MOOCs session.)
  5. Adapting the institutional quality assurance regime within the national and European contexts to encompass digital learning.
  6. Benchmarking progress towards digital learning.
  7. Change management techniques that derive from business theory and good practice but have worked in European higher education institutions.
  8. The business case for MOOCs, for institutions and consortia.
  9. The business case for accredited HE distance learning and the merits or otherwise of collaboration with the private sector.
  10. Lessons that can be learned from innovative providers.
  11. Learning analytics: ensuring it can serve institutional needs.

 What to expect

  • Exposure to world-class speakers in a forum sufficiently compact that delegates can get good interaction with them.
  • Practical input from European universities and other experts leading the field in digital developments for learning.
  • Excellent networking opportunities with delegates’ peers across Europe, be they Rectors, Vice-Rectors, Deans or Directors.
  • An increased knowledge base of policies, fee/loan schemes and innovative provision outside each delegate’s home country.
  • New skills, particularly in strategy, benchmarking and creation of business models.
  • A personal portfolio, built up by interactive group work in Blocks and delegates’ personal reflections, of notes towards updating delegates’ institutional strategy for digital learning.

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