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From blended learning to unbundled student learning experiences. Utopia or Dystopia?

Presented by the Learning and Teaching Academy, and sponsored by the DVC(E) Professor Belinda Tynan, this symposium is an opportunity for members of the learning and teaching community to engage with the ideas related to blended learning.

Provocation for this symposium will be provided by Professor Barney Dalgarno. Professor Dalgarno will examine Higher Education futures and the way in which unbundling of the university learning experience will take existing notions of blended learning to a whole new level. In particular a future scenario will be explored in which an unbundled degree product driven by a deregulation political agenda and enabled by artificial intelligence and machine learning technologies could have a major impact on student learning experiences and academic career paths.

This future scenario is illustrated by the

  • You Tube video at https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UTY3wPj9NU4&feature=youtu.be and

  • the printed supplement at https://barneydalgarno.files.wordpress.com/2013/01/unbundled-higher-education-supplement.pdf.

Participants are encouraged to watch the video and/or read the supplement ahead of the presentation.

After providing a short overview of the future scenario, Professor Dalgarno will discuss the early change indicators that make this scenario believable, including recent technological developments and the current Higher Education reform legislation. Participants will be encouraged to consider the strengths and weaknesses of the student centred experience within the illustrated scenario and the parallels with blended learning options available to us at the current point in time. More broadly, participants will also be encouraged to consider alternative technologically enabled futures they might aspire to and the ways in which they might leverage existing technologies to implement blended and polysynchronous learning designs as a step towards these aspirational futures.

Professor Dalgarno’s research contributions have spanned three broad areas: the relationship between learning technology and learning theory; learning in polysynchronous learning environments, including 3D virtual environments; and university teacher and student use of learning technologies. He has had international influence over many years through journal editorship, conference program committee leadership, and assessing of teaching awards and research grants for international bodies. This scholarly contribution has been recognised through awards and recognition for his teaching and research.

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