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Regulatory framework

Watch Professor Nick Mount discuss the impact of regulatory frameworks on innovation.

The work of universities takes place within frameworks of guidelines and codes of conduct. These are established and overseen by regulators with responsibility for ensuring high standards of integrity and safeguarding the quality of the student learning experience. In England (not the UK as a whole), the Office for Students is the main regulator for the Higher Education sector. According to the OFS website, it is charged with:

  • helping students to get into and succeed in higher education
  • helping students stay informed
  • making sure that students get a high-quality education that prepares them for the future
  • protecting students’ interests.

Before we look at the regulatory framework for blended and hybrid learning, watch my colleague, Dr Nick Mount, as he explains how the work of the regulator can have significant consequences, particularly in areas where universities are seeking to develop new and more innovative ways of addressing the needs of learners. Nick is the Academic Director of University of Nottingham Online – a key strategic investment for the institution aimed at achieving its goal of being a university without borders.

As you watch, focus your attention on:

  • what Nick believes the regulator does well and not so well
  • what universities can do to overcome any obstacles in the regulatory environment
  • the implication’s for Nick’s workload!!!

Use comments below to share any thoughts.

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