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Solution for Redefining Universities

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There are two big trends in higher education: "individualization" and "massification." The former is important mainly in developed countries whereas the latter takes places mainly in developing countr ...

There are two big trends in higher education: "individualization" and "massification." The former is important mainly in developed countries whereas the latter takes places mainly in developing countries. Yet distinctions between the systems of developed and developing countries cannot be sharply drawn: on the one hand, outstanding students from developing countries want individualized education; and on the other hand, aspiring students from developed countries want good value for money (which means massification).

Governments and other funding agencies need to build an evidence base on how online or blended learning and modularization affects learning, progression and drop-out rates.

The world is moving from the traditional learning model to something that is at least partly digitized, scaled up and delivered at a distance. But there is very little empirical evidence on the broader policy implications of this development.

There is a need for intensive research on many questions: how do online, distance and blended learning relate to particular subject areas (computing versus the liberal arts, for example) and types of students (working adults versus school-leavers)? What support mechanisms do students need to be able to put together suitable modules to make their own customized courses of learning, raise their employability and stay motivated over the course of their studies? What role can be played by corporate partners through mentoring, self-assessment systems or peer group support via social networks? Furthermore, what is the impact on learning outcomes of online and blended learning offerings?

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