SydEduTech has invited the community to:
- Review the draft strategy framework
- Comment to Facebook, directly or link blogs to there.
- Attend a SydEduTech “strategy reset” meeting, 6pm, 3 February 2015.
- What are the major trends predicted for EdTech for the next 5 years?
- What are the outcomes that need to be achieved for Sydney to be recognized as a global EdTech hub?
- What are the challenges/strategic investments that we need to do as a group to achieve this goal and how would you approach them?
- What are the major trends predicted for EdTech for the next 5 years? Interest in MOOCs will gradually transform into demand for courses which ordinary students actually complete, have a viable business model and provide credible credentials. Within five years on-line education will become the norm, with the upper secondary, vocational and university student spending about 80% of their time on-line.
- What are the outcomes that need to be achieved for Sydney to be recognized as a global EdTech hub? Sydney needs to build on its strengths as a good place to live and popular destination for international students. An area which Sydney could work on is training and qualifications for ICT professionals and educators in EdTech. As well as skilling up the thousands of local educational designers and on-line teachers required, training and qualification packages could be marketed to the world.
- What are the challenges/strategic investments that we need to do as a group to achieve this goal and how would you approach them? The Australian and state governments, along with higher education providers need to be convinced that the golden age of international students coming to Australia for face-to-face courses is about to end. Existing educational institutions need to be convinced that there is benefit in cooperation, rather than competition, to retool for on-line education, while they are still in business. One way to do this would be for the NSW government to emulate the Canberra Innovation Network (CBRIN),which has the major universities as members.
Interesting projections and predictions.
The key to MOOCs I think is that industry recognises the 'credible credentials' and moves towards a more flexible system where people are up-skilled according to the rapidly changing nature of that industry. As I write this I'm thinking about whether this is this the future? Where we have industry in super hyper mode changing to the whims of the consumer. So much that it needs the ability to transform in an agile way and so needs a workforce that can be easily directed in a certain way. Hmmmm. Is it moving too fast?
For me the great value of Sydney as a source of education to the world is that we have people who think in a certain way that is desired by others who think in a different way and we also have the the skills to deliver this way of thinking in a very successful way. What I mean is that we may be teaching science or even English online and through this learning we are actually inculcating a way of thinking.
Anyway looking forward to meeting you at the Edtech hub.