Transforming Higher Ed.

Monday October 22 saw the thoughts and opinions of educators from around Australia collide in a lively symposium hosted by the Office for Learning and Teaching with a focus on digital transformation in higher learning and the increasing demand for the development of free online courses. Many have predicted a great change ahead in higher education, but the question is what impact will this have on the way in which universities operate and how will they respond? Leading up to the Monday afternoon event across a two week period, The Conversation put forward their ideas on the how the university sector can respond. From 15 authors, five were selected to present their ideas on the future of higher education in a conversation with Tertiary Education Minister, Senator Chris Evans.

The panel consisted of:

  • Professor Jane den Hollander, Vice-Chancellor and President, Deakin University
  • Professor David Sadler, Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Students and Education), University of Tasmania
  • Professor David Lamond, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Offshore Branch Campus Development), Victoria University
  • Professor Shirley Alexander, Deputy Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Teaching, Learning ,Equity), University of Technology, Sydney
  • Mr Paul Wappett, CEO, Open Universities Australia
  • Ms Donherra Walmsley, President, National Union of Students, responding on behalf of students.

Damien Maher and his team from Newcast filmed the 3-hour symposium streaming it live to an online audience using The Conversation's website. Having never before live streamed an event, the Office for Learning and Teaching broke the Newcast record for the most amount of simultaneous viewers of a live stream, with over 41,000 total viewer minutes, more than 4,000 streams served in Australia and just under 300 total streams served.

Sydney based graphic Facilitator, Gavin Blake from Fever Picture was also present for the Future of Higher Education symposium where he captured the highlights of the panel's ideas in graphic form using the IdeaPaint walls in the Teal Room.

To conclude the afternoon, Bella Counihan from The Conversation interviewed members from the audience for their final thoughts on the issues raised during the symposium. You can view the video of listen to the podcast at  The Conversation.

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Read and comment on the shortlist of 15 articles: www.theconversation.edu.au