Flexible learning: Charting a strategic vision for UBC (Vancouver campus)

Posted on September 10th, 2014

UBC has recently published a report about the flexible learning strategy at UBC-Vancouver. The report highlights progress over the first eighteen months of flexible learning implementation and distills key issues and strategic questions. Through 2013-2014, the flexible learning efforts were targeted at providing better institutional support for faculty members who wished to transform their courses to take advantage of new technologies and learning research (blended transformation in learning). For 2014-2015, there are three areas of increased focus:

  1. improving the learning ecosystem – working both to implement short-term fixes to common issues and to facilitate a cross-campus process to explore how UBC’s suite of learning technology tools and applications will evolve over the next few years;
  2. continuing and professional education (CPE) – the consolidation of a team in the Provost’s office to provide integrated business, marketing, and policy support to departments and faculties interested in developing new applied and ‘access’ programs; and
  3. embedding and leveraging UBC’s new partnership with edX to enhance platform development, accelerate learning analytics and pedagogy research, fuel CPE growth through global marketing and reach, and continue to shape UBC and peer thinking around flexible learning.