Join us on 27 May for Building better universities, a Research on Learning and Educational Innovation seminar with Jos Boys.
This seminar starts from the belief that we have reached a key moment for the tertiary-education sector, where the services, location, scale, ownership, and distinctiveness of education are being altered dramatically, whether universities and colleges want it or not. Higher education faces many challenges, including marketisation, internationalisation and the impact of new technologies. Most crucially, these shifts are affecting traditional assumptions about the ‘proper shape’ of higher-education institutions, its teaching and learning practices and the roles of – and relationships between – learners, teachers, researchers, managers, businesses and communities.
At the same time, many universities are developing responses to this changing world. What, then, can we learn from such initiatives – both large and small – in university and college provision across the globe? How can they help us think critically, constructively and creatively about alternative learning and teaching frameworks and practices in our own institutions? This seminar, based on Jos's most recent publication, Building Better Universities: Strategies, Spaces, Technologies (Routledge 2015), offers participants the opportunity to discuss the implications of contemporary change on institutional ‘shape’ and on curriculum design and delivery.
Jos Boys is an academic developer with the Learning and Teaching Unit of the School of Education at the University of New South Wales. She has a background in architecture and design, and has worked across many institutions as an academic, researcher and in curriculum design and development. Jos was employed as a research fellow in learning spaces at the University of Brighton, UK, and has several publications in this area, including Towards Creative Learning Spaces: Re-thinking the Architecture of Post-compulsory Education (2011).