ED:XY is an organizational and publishing umbrella for national and international cooperation in elearning. The ED:XY partners are typically learning centers, pedagogical and media support units, publishers, libraries etc. The national initiative in Norway is organized as MOOCAHUSET.
We invite educators and learners, editors and instructional designers, technological support officers, videographers, digital curators, librarians and others.
Main activities are organized as projects where the LATINA SCHOOLS plays a core role. The schools are organized jointly with the International Summer School at Oslo and Akershus University College. We also conduct online courses, workshops and seminars in several countries throughout the year as well.
One main purpose is to
Develop and implement sound design principles for joint courses in the blended mode using "flipped" virtual and physical classrooms/auditoriums.
Digitalization is driving changes in the workplace that put new demands on education. Workers in the knowledge economy must solve complex, unfamiliar and non-routine (CUN) tasks. Some specific challenges:
- Design of product, process and interaction gains importance relative to realization.
- Exactness of execution becomes more important relative to an accumulated mass of brute force. This relates both to working with computers and to excel in tasks that resist digitization.
- Consistent coordination over time is a significant advantage.
- Ethics become more important to motivate production and cooperation.
The following is inspired by how the Horizon Report 2015 [HTML] divides some of the current challenges for higher education into solvable, difficult and wicked problems:
- Solvable To mix traditional and blended modes of learning and to improve digital literacy among teachers, students and other staff.
- Difficult To personalize the learning process for the students and to train them in how to identify and handle complexity. To develop "grammars of schooling" that sustain smooth student and teacher exchange programs between institutions and countries.
- Wicked: To handle the conflict between competing models of education, particularely between applied analytics versus deeply vested interests in research and lecturing formalisms, and develop reward systems for good quality teaching.