#124 – Digital Transformation in Higher Education (UK/Bahrain)
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What’s in this episode?
This week’s episode is all about digital transformation in Higher Education and we range from Anglia Ruskin University in the UK to the University of Bahrain.
First up, as part of our new mini-series feature with Canvas by Instructure, I share a conversation with Professor Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor of Anglia Ruskin University.
Our next guest in this week’s episode is Cameron Mirza, Head of Transformation, at The University of Bahrain. We talk about everything from working in the DFE during Tony Blair’s Government, the role of edtech – and specifically online – to support new learning opportunities in the Middle East, and where to pick up the best knowledge on twitter.
- Sophie Bailey is the Founder and Presenter of The Edtech Podcast | Twitter: @podcastedtech
- Professor Iain Martin, Vice Chancellor, Anglia Ruskin University | Twitter: @AngliaRuskin
- Cameron Mirza – Head of Transformation – University of Bahrain |
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Quotes from this episode
“Students want an experience which matches their expectations.”
“When we look at our students they want an educational experience which suits their increasingly complex life…part-time working, caring responsibilities etc.”
On Digital Transformation: “I came in saying this is something we MUST do…It’s never going to stop. We are constantly looking for new things.”
“Broadly in the Middle East…online learning is not really recognised.”
“We’ve got some work to do to build up that resilience in this region at the moment…[learners] are used to that didactic learning.”
“What is the future of education? For me, it’s being modular, omni-channel and, absolutely, life-long.”
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Thank you to Canvas by Instructure
This episode features an interview forming part of our mini-series on digital transformation co-curated byCanvas by Instructure.
“Instructure Inc. is the software-as-a-service (SaaS) technology company that makes software that makes people smarter. With a vision to help maximise the potential of people through technology,Canvas by Instructure enables organisations everywhere to easily develop, deliver and manage engaging face-to-face and online learning experiences. To date, Instructure has connected millions of teachers and learners at more than 1,600 educational institutions and corporations throughout the world.”
Thank you to Blockcerts
Thank you to our friends at Blockcerts who are sponsoring this episode.
Blockcerts is an open standard for creating, issuing, viewing, and verifying blockchain-based certificates. These digital records are registered on a blockchain, cryptographically signed, tamper-proof, and shareable. The goal is to enable a wave of innovation that gives individuals the capacity to possess and share their own official records. We invite feedback, contributions, and general discussion.The initial design and development was led by MIT’s Media Lab and Learning Machine. For ongoing development, this open-source project actively encourages other collaborators to get involved.The goal of this community is to create technical resources that other developers can utilize in their own projects. Rather than independently developing custom implementations, let’s work together to build an interoperable future.For more information about this project join the community forum.
The Edtech Podcast Festival, 22nd September, Plexal, London