It was a pleasure and honour to address the annual pedagogy conference of the newly named and EQUIS accredited School of Economics and Business at the University of Ljubljana (SEB UL, formerly School of Economics). My topic focused on the many lessons learned through the operation of EOCCS in its first three years.
There is a positive desire for EOCCS certificate holders to be part of an online community and to share their good practice in a collegiate and collaborative way. The response of our community to our webinar “Interactive learning tools to spice up your class” and to our annual EOCCS symposium shows this clearly. Our next webinar in late June 2019 is eagerly awaited.
Successful e-learning strategies begin to change the traditional academic culture. Institutions experiment with, adopt, or even convert to online and blended developments in teaching and learning. Schools engage with faculty members and develop programme teams. The approaches of schools differ, typically based on strong leadership from the host institution and a clear strategy aimed at meeting the challenges of 21st century Higher Education.
One feature of early strategic activities in many institutions has been the creation of their own innovative teaching award. Such awards highlight, celebrate and reward academic and technologist colleagues who have experimented with new tools or new methods of engaging students in learning.
Part of the pedagogy conference in Ljubljana was an awards ceremony for a number of staff who had tried out and piloted elements of the newly installed Canvas VLE. The School of Economics and Business at the University of Ljubljana is aware that celebrating and sharing good practice through awards help to cement innovation and development in the minds of colleagues.
Good luck with the strategy for digitalisation to you and your team Dean Metka Tekavčič!
Accompanying picture: EOCCS Director Keith Pond at the awards ceremony with Metka Tekavčič (Dean), Tanja Mihalič (Vice Dean for Academic Affairs) and SEB UL award winners.