Higher Education Reform in light of Blended & Online Learning

The Higher Education Reform (HER) movement is driven by economic, social, and political imperatives. It raises issues of quality, accountability, accessibility, affordability, relevance as well as privacy and security issues. Blended and Online Learning Technologies (BOLT) are positioned both to disrupt and enhance education. The 2018 conference will explore the intersection of these two movements. How can Blended and Online Learning and associated technologies maintain or improve quality of instruction while increasing access and improving cost-effectiveness? What are the current research trends in technology and pedagogy? Our conference will provide a platform for all forms of blended and online higher education research, practice, and policy work to be explored. The 2018 conference theme aligns with a worldwide movement of reform in higher education associated with the Bologna process in Europe, increasing tuition, and a universal need for greater access to higher education.

Keynote Speakers:

Opening Keynote

Professor Karen Swan
James J. Stukel Distinguished Professor of Educational Leadership and a Research Associate in the Center for Online Learning
University of Illinois, Springfield

Closing Panel

Professor Thomas Michael Power
Faculty of Education
Université Laval, Quebec City, PQ

Professor Louise Bertrand
Former Secretary-General of the Télé-Université

Conference Themes

  • Higher Educational Reform (HER): Blended and online learning to enable higher educational institutions to achieve local, national, and international goals.
  • Institutional Innovations (II): Public-private and/or not-for-profit research partnerships. Open educational resources. Supported use of information and communication technologies.
  • Blended and Online Learning Technologies (BOLT): appropriate technology usage in light of pedagogical change, and impact on and/or support for other demands in higher education.