Report: Research & Innovation
The Research and Innovation Taskforce was established by ICDE with the focus to:
Initiate a meta-study on the state of research and innovation in open, distance, flexible and online education, including e-learning
Identify the grand challenges of research in open, distance, flexible and online education, including e-learning
Encourage cooperation amongst ICDE members on research and innovation (R&I); and
Advise the ICDE Executive Committee on R&I issues.
The ICDE Research and Innovation Taskforce conducted research in 2014 to better understand the state of research and innovation in open, distance, flexible and online education, including e-learning across ICDE members. The Taskforce is led by Prof. Belinda Tynan, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Learning and Innovation) at Open University UK.
This research was conducted in the form of a survey disseminated to ICDE members in October to December 2014. Analysis of data demonstrated a number of trends as well as insight into next steps.
In concluding this stage of the research the following elements were reported:
That the respondents targeted for the survey was correct for their ability and knowledge of their institutions strategies.
That a wide range of educational institutions from within the ICDE members responded, ensuring that the data was not skewed toward predominantly large or small institutions.
That resource is primarily provided centrally for innovation in learning and teaching however, however, predominately this equates to a low percentage of total spend across the institution.
Educational institutions highlighted that future research might focus on MOOCs and OERs. Although, flipped classrooms was a reoccurring theme which is in line with broader developments globally within the education sector. Quality issues remain a topic of concern.
According to respondents it was felt that learning analytics and blended learning would be of immediate concern over the next 12 months.
The most prevalent concerns in using new technology for teaching and research was a lack of knowledge about technologies and the corresponding fast pace of change along with adequate and appropriate professional development of staff.
Approximately 60% of respondents either disagreed or strongly disagreed that in ten years that there would only be a small group of global providers comprising of large brand universities and companies.
The split was fairly even with regards to whether the majority of teaching will be online in the next five years. However, 42.11% agreed and 7.02% strongly agreed that automated assessment and analytics will form at least half of the student feedback within five years.
There was an acknowledgement towards the movement for increased inclusion of open content constituting to at least 50% of all courses within five years.
Nearly 71% of respondents either agreed or strongly agreed that how education is delivered will substantially change over the next decade.
A strong and encouraging response of 82.84% was had from respondents wishing for further collaboration within the ICDE network to undertake research, with 87.27% responding positively to publication and dissemination of this research.
Research and Innovation Taskforce members
Prof Belinda Tynan, The Open University (Project Accountable Executive and Chair)
Hannah Gore, Project Manager and Research Assistant, The Open University
Dr Theresa Koroivulaono, University of the South Pacific
Dr Vijay Kumar, Massachusetts Institute of Technology
Prof Mpine Makoe, University of South Africa
Dr Albert Sangra, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya
Dr António Moreira Teixeira, University of Alabama at Birmingham
Dr Martin Weller, The Open University