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Collaborative Development Fund 2021-22: The Future Student Experience Project

The Future Student Experience Project, funded by the 2021–22 Collaborative Development Fund, intends to spark discussion on the direction of higher education and the types of experiences that industry leaders want students to have in the future.

The 2021-22 Collaborative Development Fund Future Student Experience Project pictures what higher education might look like in the future and how student experiences may differ from the present day. Scenario's identified in the six reports through an analysis of the current trends in the sector and consideration of the potential social, financial, technological and environmental drivers and disruptors to identify alternative futures.

The outputs of the project enable members to plan and develop strategies to position themselves to take advantage of changes in the tertiary education landscape and develop future student experiences that align with their mission and values.

Collaborative Development Fund 2022-23 launched

Three projects are announced for the 2022-23 Collaborative Development Fund (CDF) for addressing key sector challenges together.

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The Project Aim

The aim of the project is to stimulate debate about the future student experience through an exploration of potential, desirable, and less desirable scenarios.

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The Reports

The six reports look at different potential scenarios, both desirable and not so desirable, hoping to stimulate debate about the future of higher education and what kind of experience the sector wants for students in the future.

The reports look at the potential for the increased use of technology such as virtual reality learning spaces, a more marketised HE sector with a proliferation of small alternative providers, a local, community-based university model, a coming together of extended reality and hybrid learning by 2035, a world with no universities at all as they are subsumed into corporate organisations and the introduction of virtual learning analytics to individualise every student's experience to make them most effective.

The reports have been produced by:

  • Deakin University, Australia;
  • University of Greenwich, UK;
  • Manchester Metropolitan University, UK;
  • Staffordshire University, UK and; on behalf of University Alliance.
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Beyond Flexible Learning - Webinar

As part of the 2022-23 Member Benefit - The Beyond Flexible Learning project output, we give you an opportunity to explore one of four future-focused visions of the student experience in our upcoming webinar:

  • Metaversity: Become Immersed in your learning
  • Analytica: Learn how you learn best
  • Universitas: Specialist learning everywhere at a price point you can afford
  • CampusConnect: Working locally to change the world

Working in breakout rooms you will examine and challenge the vision, values, pedagogy, and technology that underpin your future student experience model and discuss whether it is achievable or desirable.

This event is an outcome of our 2022-2023 Member Benefits project: Beyond Flexible Learning.

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