In the latest instalment of My Job in Higher Ed, our conversation with Gaute Rasmussen delves into the significant role virtual reality has the potential to play in the future of higher education. Gaute also explains how learning styles should be seen as situational; sometimes VR is a more appropriate method than textbooks for teaching concepts - and vice-versa. With this in mind, Gaute is a firm believer in working alongside subject matter experts to augment the teaching experience.
Last month, I attended the Spring Forum for International Student Affairs which took place at the University of Jyvaskyla. During the event I had the opportunity to speak with João Bacelar, the Executive Director of the European University Foundation (EUF). In this interview, João explains how student mobility is a powerful catalyst to help modernise universities and how the EUF is making digitalisation a priority for the next 5-7 years with projects such as the Erasmus Without Paper, the Online Learning Agreement and the Erasmus+ App.
This month we spoke with Jeff Dieffenbach, the Associate Director of the MIT Integrated Learning Initiative (MITili). Jeff explains the role of MITili in investigating learning effectiveness, how the current traditional 60 to 90 minutes of straight learning in a classroom just doesn't fit the way we're wired as people and how universities can start adopting personalised learning on a course by course basis.
In order to keep her business school firmly at the forefront of business and management thinking, Peggy van der Wallen of the University of St. Gallen uses student voice to help improve processes, both academic and operational. We caught up with her recently to see how it's done
George Yip, a professor at Imperial College London and former Dean of RSM, has had an illustrious career in academia, business and consulting. He is a champion of the ‘blended study’ teaching and learning method, and has implemented pioneering changes to the MBA programme that have resulted in higher rates of student engagement and retention.
After working in sport and hospitality, Carlo Giardinetti is paving the way for innovation in the higher education sector as a champion of Holacracy. We caught up with him recently to find out how self-organised institutions operate, and what makes the Holacracy system so successful in Business School Lausanne (BSL), Switzerland.
Brandon Kirby, Director of MBA Recruitment and Admissions at Rotterdam School of Management discusses brand promotion, disrupting the market and the future of admissions in higher education.
After working in higher education for over 16 years as a lecturer, head of department and consultant, Jade Mountain is now Head of Digital Content at Pearson College. She is passionate about developing and empowering staff to provide students with the best possible learning experience.
Wolfgang explains how he leads digital transformation at Frankfurt School of Finance and Management and tells us how he learnt project management from being a chef.