Preparing for the future: meeting the needs of tertiary education through the edgeless university

Reushle, Shirley (2010) Preparing for the future: meeting the needs of tertiary education through the edgeless university. In: ASCILITE 2010: 27th Annual Conference of the Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education: Curriculum, Technology and Transformation for an Unknown Future, 5-8 Dec 2010, Sydney, Australia.

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The university is becoming defined by its function – provider and facilitator of learning and research – not its
form. The function the university performs is no longer contained within the campus, or within the physically
defined space of a particular institution, nor, sometimes, even in higher education institutions at all. The term
'edgeless' has been used to describe this phenomenon. Rapid changes in the nature of the workplace, work, the structure of organisations, and the pervasive presence of networked technologies are requiring a shift in focus in the world of education and training. The internet, social networks, and collaborative online tools allow people to work together more easily and the provision of open access to content can be both the cause of change for universities, and a tool with which they can respond. The key to organisational change and sustainability is to embracethese 'disruptions', exploit the energies created, accepting that this may require significant change in the cultural orientation and behaviour of stakeholders. This paper promotes a need for
shared vision and an institution-wide response, consultation and collaboration, a commitment to a 'futures'
perspective, a culture of 'openness' and a willingness to embrace elements of risk as being significant to an institution in shaping its future direction. As an example, the paper refers to the establishment of a Digital Futures Institute at an Australian regional university.

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Item Type: Conference or Workshop Item (Commonwealth Reporting Category E) (Paper)
Refereed: Yes
Item Status: Live Archive
Additional Information: Copyright © 2010 Shirley Reushle.
Faculty / Department / School: Historic - Australian Digital Futures Institute
Date Deposited: 09 May 2011 01:56
Last Modified: 10 Nov 2014 01:28
Uncontrolled Keywords: disruptive; futures; edgeless; openness; risk management
Fields of Research : 13 Education > 1303 Specialist Studies in Education > 130306 Educational Technology and Computing
13 Education > 1301 Education Systems > 130103 Higher Education
08 Information and Computing Sciences > 0807 Library and Information Studies > 080703 Human Information Behaviour
Socio-Economic Objective: C Society > 93 Education and Training > 9302 Teaching and Instruction > 930203 Teaching and Instruction Technologies

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