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The universities of the future: educational and organizational challenges

In the context of the radical transformation to knowledge and learning that digital technologies and the Internet have brought to teaching and learning in the last decade, it is imperative that universities develop new models and strategies if they want to continue to be relevant in the 21st Century. Issues such as innovation, access to education, sustainability, quality, diversity, citizenship, new partnerships, research and funding have become key players in the planning of the future of the university, or the university of the future, where universities are no longer the only institution that holds access to knowledge and promotes learning. With the active participation of many other organizations in the creation of learning spaces and open learning resources (such as community development NGOs, industry training units, indigenous knowledge centers, etc.) the traditional model of university administration is becoming archaic and obsolete. These challenges have brought about epistemological and ethical changes within higher education, some of which can be traced back to the willpower of individuals who have come up with initiatives and practices that helped pave the way for the emergence of new models. This thematic series discusses and debates the tasks and challenges that the University of the Future is facing, and the strategies and policies that should be developed for its survival and transformation in the future.

Edited by: Martha Burkle, Alan Tait, Rikke Toft Nørgård, Sarah Guri-Rosenblit and Laia Canals

  1. Content type: Research article

    Canada has a long history of online and distance education, but until 2017 there had been no comprehensive national data on online enrolments in both the university and college sectors. However, in 2017 a team...

    Authors: Tony Bates

    Citation: International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education 2018 15:29

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  2. Content type: Review article

    The aim of this article is to establish the extent to which the concept of e-leadership has taken off as a lens through which to study leadership for technology-enhanced learning (TEL) in higher education. Bui...

    Authors: Deborah Arnold and Albert Sangrà

    Citation: International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education 2018 15:24

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  3. Content type: Research

    Learning in environments such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and its variations have become a turning point in the design and range of university courses offered, although there is some difficulty in t...

    Authors: Ada Freitas and Joaquín Paredes

    Citation: International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education 2018 15:5

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