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Welcome to Week 3

Learners are presented with an overview, in addition to an abridged summary of the outcomes of the workshop.
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Hello, and welcome to Week 3 of Higher Education 4.0: Certifying your Future. This is our final week together, and we’re very glad you have decided to join us. This week, we will be focusing on an important topic for understanding the future of Higher Education; authentic and learning-centred forms of pedagogy. We will look at a range of examples from across the globe,
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and ask a few critical questions: How can students become co-constructors of learning experiences, materials, and their own assessment? What are the types of pedagogical frameworks that might enable more authentic, real-world oriented forms of learning? What are the challenges in doing so, for both students, teachers, and educational systems?
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As in other weeks, we will be looking to hear from you, including your opinions and perspectives on these important issues. We will be on hand to engage with you, and to steer the discussion, and we are looking forward to interacting with you, and learning together. Towards the end of the week we will wrap up by discussing some of the wider questions of Higher Education 4.0. If you have any queries, make sure to leave them in the comments section, and we will endeavour to get back to you. And now, for the last time, let’s begin! [Music Playing]

Hello again, and welcome to Week 3 of Higher Education 4.0: Certifying your future.

We are pleased that you have joined us once more, on what is our final week of the masterclass. Last week, we explored the central topic of micro-credentials in some depth.

This week, we will shift the focus to another critical topic, new forms of pedagogy for new times. The emergence of Industry 4.0 has given rise to the concept of Higher Education 4.0, which has in turn gotten us thinking about Pedagogy 4.0 and the future of learning. You might like to start this week by glancing through The Future of Learning Report published in February 2021 by FutureLearn. Let us know what you think of this report?

We don’t have space this week to explore all of the interesting threads contained in the report, so we have chosen to anchor our discussion of Pedagogy 4.0 in the language of “authentic pedagogies” and the notion of a “learner-centred” approach. A hybrid mix of these two elements is predicated on three interwoven assumptions:

  • Authentic pedagogies following learner-centred principles offer considerable potential in terms of responding to the future skills agenda.
  • Such pedagogies anchored in real-life challenges are well-suited to supporting new flexible life-long learning pathways and recognition models promoting the co-construction of micro-credentials.
  • The adoption of learner-centred, authentic pedagogical approaches helps to connect the classroom to the real-world, and provides greater opportunity to exploit the benefits of digitalisation in reimagining teaching, learning and assessment.

In the next step, we add a little more flesh to some of the ideas and concepts underpinning this week’s topic.

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