This ARC8 Expert Group discusses risks and opportunities related to inclusion in digital learning and teaching in higher education. Members are jointly working on a chapter of the ARC8 Outlook Report 2030: Inclusive and Diverse Higher Education in Asia and Europe to be presented in the summer of 2021. Experts will make recommendations for the ASEM Senior Officials and university leaders in Asia and Europe on advancing inclusion in digital teaching in higher education.
Topics discussed: digital learning, digital skills, inequality in access to digital infrastructure, student-centered learning, 21st century skills, society 5.0 skills, blended teaching, virtual platforms, exchanges, COIL.
Expert Group Members
The first session of the experts was dedicated to gather inputs to the Outlook Report 2030: Inclusion and Diversity in Higher Education in Asia and Europe. Two experts shared their views on the status quo of inclusion in digital learning and teaching, and proposed risks and opportunities to be discussed by group members. Below is a short summary of their presentations, but you can also access the more detailed summaries and ppts via the links below.
Presentation by Dr Nopraenue Sajjarax DHIRATHITI, Vice President for International Relations and Corporate Social Communication, Mahidol University, Thailand
Presentation by Marcela CHAVEZ OCAMPO, Director of Outreach and Capacity Building Erasmus Mundus Association (EMA); Director of Virtual Learning, Entrepreneurs’ Organization
Marcela started her presentation with a global overview of issues related to the topic of the Expert Group: inclusive digital learning and teaching. She shared facts and trends described by various reports to describe the status quo. She shared her thoughts on potential risks that could prevent greater inclusion in digital learning in the future, such as the digital divide, cost of formal education, and the lack of social interactions. Regarding the opportunities Marcela pointed out the learning design has a great role to play in inclusion, 21st century curricula needs to incorporate exponential technologies and thinking, and technology enhanced learning platforms.