Panel Session TRA104
Learning Leadership to Tackle the Threat of Ongoing Disruption
Institutions around the world have faced similar challenges, and have rapidly learnt and adjusted to unprecedented conditions and (perhaps) inevitable changes.
Was balance maintained between pragmatism and a vision on education futures? What were successful strategies and approaches taken in response to COVID-19, to obtain active support from everyone involved?
Examples of how universities have approached governance-related challenges and what they learnt, highlight success stories of inspiring leadership.
Global Learning Council, Germany
Friedrich W. Hesse studied psychology at the Universities of Marburg and Düsseldorf, received his doctorate at the RWTH Aachen and qualified as Professor of Psychology at the University of Goettingen.
His research focuses on learning with digital media, especially on net-based knowledge communication and computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL).
Since 2013 he is the Scientific Co-Chair of the Global Learning Council. He is also Founding Director of the Research Cluster „Digitalization, Diversity and Lifelong Learning – Consequences for Higher Education“ (D²L²) at FernUniversität Hagen.
Formerly he served as Director of the Leibniz-Institut für Wissensmedien (2001-2016), Scientific vice-president of the German Leibniz Association (2010-2018), and Head of the Department for Applied Cognitive Psychology and Media Psychology at the University of Tuebingen (1999-2019).
University of Edinburgh, UK
Melissa leads services and projects in support of the University’s strategic priorities for digital and distance learning on global platforms, blended learning, virtual learning environments, technology enhanced learning spaces, the digital student experience and use of the web for outreach and engagement.
She has particular interests in digital skills, 21st century curricula, open educational resources, research led teaching and online media. She leads the continuing expansion and diversification of the University website and provision of digital AV technology services in over 400 teaching rooms across the campus.
Melissa is strategic lead in the University for a wide range of technologies and support for innovative learning and teaching, including blended learning tools, bespoke web development, online video, lecture recording, VLEs, open education resources, partnerships with platforms such as Coursera, Edx, FutureLearn and Wikimedia. Her teams support a range of online provision including taught online Masters programmes, Micromasters programmes, CPD and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). The Learning, Teaching and Web Directorate is one of the most successful and comprehensive learning technology groups in the UK, with diverse teams of muti-professional staff, student interns and expert consultants.
University of Applied Sciences (HTW) Berlin, Germany
Professor Tilo Wendler studied mathematics and physics. He also completed an additional study in computer science. Since 1997 he has been working in the financial services sector as a product and project manager. His interest in solving practical problems with mathematical-statistical methods in combination with IT led him to do a doctorate in the field of Multivariate Statistics.
For many years, he worked as a department director in the general management of a banking association, where he was responsible for rating and research. Here he worked on projects with major banks and international rating agencies. Meanwhile he can refer to numerous publications in the field of business mathematics and Data Science.
Since 2010 Tilo Wendler is Professor for Quantitative Methods. His research areas are the application of statistical multivariate methods as well as LISREL models and data mining.