Partnering with TU Delft for Learning Success
The theme at last December’s OEB, the global cross-sector conference on technology supported learning and training, was ‘Learning Uncertainty’. Throughout a packed agenda, the show delved into how universities, colleges, schools and workplaces can adapt in times of instability and change and how employers can plan for the flexible workforces they need.
Today’s organisations have been transformed by globalisation, technology and the constant rapid exchange of information. This has revolutionised the way organisations work and brought about a step change in the knowledge and skills that people need.
With ever increasing demands on people’s time, diverse and dispersed workforces and the digitisation of the workplace, the way people learn and build skills has also fundamentally changed. At OEB, Erna Kotkamp of TU Delft University spoke about the innovative approach the university has taken to maximise student learning capabilities through D2L’s virtual learning environment (VLE) at a panel session entitled ‘Higher Education Strategy: Putting Learners First’..
Through individual, personalised learning paths, TU Delft has been able to enhance the learner experience and ensure a flexible learning environment thanks to mobile enabled on- and off-campus platform access.
Partnering for Learning Success
Central to the successful implementation of any learning platform is a strong partnership of technology provider and institution. A technology provider should not only analyse and understand the institution’s needs, but also work to meet its strategic ambitions. With that in mind, a successful partnership of technology provider and institution should:
- Demonstrate collaborative engagement – time spent upfront understanding the current situation and the desired end-state is invaluable in delivering the right solution to meet an institution’s needs and to secure the learning outcomes it seeks from a VLE
- Be focused on outcomes – clear goals and objectives for the implementation of the learning platform provide a benchmark for assessing progress throughout implementation and adoption and for measuring benefits delivered over time
- Set direction – a clear plan sets the scope for what is being delivered, to whom, by when and keeps everyone on track throughout delivery
- Have clarity on roles and responsibilities – clear project management is required to implement the new learning platform and to liaise between the institution and the provider’s organisation
- Be long-term – implementation is just the start. Users will need to get up to speed on using the technology and there will be questions over time about how to get the most out of what it can do. Ongoing support is vital to the continuing development of the solution to deliver learning outcomes; however, they may evolve.
The way we learn and train in education and the workplace is changing in response to demands for a more personalised, flexible and engaging learning experience. To successfully transition to a new learning environment requires understanding and collaboration between institutions and technology providers. The right sort of partnership works to understand the strategic ambitions of the institution and to implement a solution to achieve its learning goals and to continually develop, improve and enhance the learning experience.