Seizing the opportunity of online learning for UK higher education

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This report documents successful and diverse case studies of institutional and consortia provision, including partnerships between HE institutions and the private sector. These case studies deserve careful study across the higher education sector as each institution considers its strategic options for the next five to ten years. But the report can only give a flavour of the exciting possibilities: each case study in Annex 3 shows a wealth of imaginative offerings that point us towards an even more exciting future.

The international market for online learning is growing rapidly although estimating its size remains a challenge. While UK higher education institutions are extremely successful in attracting international students to study in the UK there are also opportunities for growth in online and more flexible patterns of provision which combine UK and home country study; online, blended and on-campus UK experience. However, universities in many countries are strong competitors to the UK for these markets, and private sector providers are moving in quickly and aggressively. Similar opportunities for enhanced flexibility apply within the UK as students seek more work-based, flexible and part-time opportunities, to fit work and learning opportunities into their lives. ‘Going to university’ will take on many, varied meanings and manifestations over the next ten years.

About Giorgio Bertini

Research Professor. Founder Director at Learning Change Project - Research on society, culture, art, neuroscience, cognition, critical thinking, intelligence, creativity, autopoiesis, self-organization, rhizomes, complexity, systems, networks, leadership, sustainability, thinkers, futures ++
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