The Future of Education

Edition 7

Accepted Abstracts

Building Oneversity. One University for All

Leire Nuere Salgado, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija (Spain)

Cristina Villalonga, Universidad Antonio de Nebrija (Spain)

Abstract

Global Campus Nebrija is the unit in charge of eLearning at Universidad Nebrija. Since 2012 it has been developed a framework of methodology, integrative technologies and, above all, the aim of achieving the same DNA principles of face to face education in this private university, which are personalization, internationalization, innovation, and a learning by doing educate experience. A research conducted in 2016 among eLearning students, determined the pathways to build a one university for all. The main results of the study concluded that an archetype of the students is needed, as far not all the e-students have the same experience and their own expectations. The program ran (technical/social sciences) and the modality chosen (online/blended) are critical, and the university model may be adaptive to them. In first place a focus group between 10 students was conducted. Therefore, with an ATLAS.ti analysis, the survey was constructed and launched with a response rate of 15% (268 participants). Main questions (8) identified in the focus group were professionalization, utility, communication, accessibility, participation, bilingualism, collaboration and personalization. Then the survey treated 28 questions divided in 6 categories. Extra-curricular activities, digital resources, administrative proceedings, international culture, skills for employability, and infraestructures. For students, the activities may result useful (59%) and specific for their future job (69%). About 70% think that their teachers, and also themselves, have a good performance at the virtual campus, but they demand more connected spaces on-campus. 44% consider that the online communication channels are critic for their program success, and accessibility is the more appreciated value (40%) among the university staff with whom they keep in contact. The 55% would want to increase their interactions with students of other nationalities. Traditional teaching spaces (classrooms and libraries) are still the most valued areas in the campus architecture (69%) versus the new kind of study-working places (59%), mostly collaborative and social. In the digital economy, it is not possible to build a new and adaptive educational model excluding students from the formula. This can only be done by a very strong determination of collaboration of all, from academia to students.

 

Keywords

University, Academic Community, Education Design, Blended Learning, eLearning

 

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