Universal design for learning is the goal of many educational institutions and using accessible digital design is one more step towards making that a reality.
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See how the University of Groningen has approached technology-enhanced learning to meet the demands of today’s learners. Following a strategic decision to move to Blackboard Managed Hosting, it not only freed up valuable resources, but led to a more stable, 24/7 experience for its faculty and students and an even stronger uptake of Blackboard Learn.
The University of Derby uses Virtual Open Days to help grow their fully online distance learning business, giving students a chance to experience Blackboard Collaborate. This has become the key way for the University to convert enquirers through to enrolments, whilst giving prospective students an in-depth overview of a specific course or subject area.
To achieve its goal of effective institution-wide online coursework submission using Blackboard Learn, the University needed to discover the levels of digital literacy among its teaching staff. Following a comprehensive training needs analysis, it identified the key skills that were required and where there were gaps in academic staff skillsets.
The University of the West of England embarked on an initiative to embed the development of professional skills across all areas of study offered by the institution. One of the first projects was SIMITA (SIMulations In Transactional Activities), which provided a seamless experience via Blackboard Learn and Blackboard Collaborate.
With aggressive enrolment goals, Edge Hill took a strategic decision to invest in Blackboard Learn, its virtual learning environment. With its IT department stretched, the University chose Blackboard Managed Hosting to benefit from a much more stable and reliable VLE that couldn’t be replicated internally.
Read how the University of Manchester Library used Blackboard Learn to launch a ground–breaking programme called My Learning Essentials to improve access to learning across a diverse range of learning needs and ensure that students develop the academic skills to support their progression and success.
Quality in teaching and learning, efficient resource use and student engagement are critical to an institution’s future. How can you keep improving when investment resources are scarce?
A learner dropping out impacts the bottom line: funding is directly lost or even clawed back, the recruitment overhead is wasted, and the reputational damage makes recruiting from the same pool harder next time.
Introducing a technology into an institution can transform teaching and learning. But it’s a disruptive process, so institutions are thinking hard about managing the organisational and pedagogical change of introducing new technology.
Global higher education continues to change relentlessly. Enormous opportunities exist for institutions that can identify a successful direction, and move there flexibly, while dangers exist for those who can’t.
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