Exploring Barriers to Change in Higher Education
Date Wednesday, Dec 1 Time – Room Tegel
Head of Online Learning Innovation, Institute of Technology Sligo, Ireland
Brian qualified as an Engineer in 1978 and originally worked in mathematical modelling and simulation, and the application of IT in engineering. He is currently Head of Online Learning Innovation in the Centre for Online Learning at the Institute of Technology Sligo where he has worked as a lecturer and learning technology developer since 1984. He has been a leader in online distance learning in Ireland, initiating it in the country’s largest provider, IT Sligo, in 2002 and has contributed significantly to the growth of e-learning in Ireland since 1999 as a founding member of the Irish Learning Technology Association. His particular interests at the moment are in lean methods of content development, lowering the cost of higher education, work-based and project-based degrees.
The barriers to change in higher education are many and often subtle. They also vary by the type of institution and by country. The workshop will draw participants together from many backgrounds to share their perceptions of the issues that are inhibiting change in their institutions or countries. Through discussions and online voting tools, the participants will identify the most important barriers and then propose possible actions to address these barriers.
1. Presentation by the facilitator on barriers to change in higher education (10 minutes)
2. Breakout table discussions by smaller groups (4-6) on their perceptions of barriers. Groups
contribute barriers they have identified to online Padlet that will be displayed live (20 minutes)
3. All participants are invited to score the barriers listed in the Padlet and the most important
identified. Participants are invited to speak to the full group on why they suggested certain
barriers and influence the voting. (15 minutes)
4. Break (45 minutes)
5. Facilitator presents on the types of actions that might address barriers to change (5 minutes)
6. Participants, in groups, discuss actions that might address barriers and contribute ideas to the
Padlet. (15 minutes)
7. Participants start scoring suggested actions. Participants are invited to speak to the full group on
why they suggested certain actions and influence the voting. (20 minutes)
● A deeper understanding of barriers to change.
● An insight into other organisations.
● Some ideas for addressing barriers to change.
Higher education policy makers and influencers at institutional and government level, as well as academics interested in innovation within higher education.
Please note: Participants should bring a smart device that allows them to access menti.com and padlet.com
As seats are limited, Pre-Conference Workshops require prior registration.