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Flexible Delivery Workshop Models of collaboration: UHI Millennium Institute David Green. Principal, Lews Castle Flexible Delivery Workshop Models of collaboration: UHI Millennium Institute David Green. Principal, Lews Castle College Vice Chair, UHI Executive Board Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

Pressures to extend HE into remote & rural areas § political – (mass HE, Pressures to extend HE into remote & rural areas § political – (mass HE, equity & the concept of entitlement); § economic - (perceived benefits for local economies); § social - (retention of population); § cultural - (promotion or preservation of local history, cultures and languages) Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

Issues to be addressed § efficiency - (scattered population, small teaching groups); § quality Issues to be addressed § efficiency - (scattered population, small teaching groups); § quality in L&T & R - (multiple locations, small partner institutions, H. E. new to many staff); § access - (distances, remote locations, poor transport & communications); § participation - (no tradition of local HE, excluded groups) Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

UHI approach to these issues § use of ICT to support learning & administration UHI approach to these issues § use of ICT to support learning & administration over large distances; § local colleges & learning centres for easier access and local support; § colleges recruit non-traditional learners and bring them into HE; § links with other universities & institutes to develop research § strong staff development and QA policies Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

Europe’s last wilderness… Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands Europe’s last wilderness… Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

0 Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands Netherlands Germany Italy Denmark Austria 0 Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands Netherlands Germany Italy Denmark Austria Greece Sweden Finland Norway Highlands & Islands Scotland United Kingdom Persons per sq km Population Density 400 350 300 250 200 150 100 50

Features of the Highlands & Islands region § § § huge area with low Features of the Highlands & Islands region § § § huge area with low population low incomes – c 75% of EU average peripheral region – 90+ inhabited islands population loss from remoter areas dominance of small/medium enterprises some population growth (20% since 1960 s), § economic diversification & localised growth Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

Creating a University for the Highlands and Islands § began as a collaborative project Creating a University for the Highlands and Islands § began as a collaborative project 1992 § sponsored by regional government & development agency § aims: - bring HE to a remote area - regional economic development - social & cultural development Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

UHI Partnership § 14 academic partners – community colleges – specialist colleges – research UHI Partnership § 14 academic partners – community colleges – specialist colleges – research institutions § § >50 learning centres area >40, 000 km² >90 inhabited islands students & campuses linked by ICT Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

Progress § approved by the Scottish Parliament as a Higher Education Institution in 2001 Progress § approved by the Scottish Parliament as a Higher Education Institution in 2001 § granted university-level funding 2004 § target for full University title – 2007? Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

Unique Features § employs no academic staff per se § owns no buildings or Unique Features § employs no academic staff per se § owns no buildings or equipment except the Executive Office § a Partnership/ Joint Venture § contractual supply agreements § built on existing institutions § federal and collegiate in structure § close links to local communities § innovative networked learning model Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

UHI Students § § § mainly local full-time 48%, part-time 52% mature (25 years UHI Students § § § mainly local full-time 48%, part-time 52% mature (25 years and over) c 60% male 46%, female 54% more with non-standard entry qualifications § more from lower socio-economic groups Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

The UHI learning experience § traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and seminars § flexible/supported/distributed learning: The UHI learning experience § traditional face-to-face lectures, tutorials and seminars § flexible/supported/distributed learning: – video and audio conferencing – paper-based materials – web-based materials – e-communications, including net meeting Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

ICT Connectivity § broadband connections between major centres § linked into UK academic network ICT Connectivity § broadband connections between major centres § linked into UK academic network § provides: - email, internet, VC, telephony & student data systems Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

Academic provision 3 main elements: § a broadly-based curriculum widely available throughout the network Academic provision 3 main elements: § a broadly-based curriculum widely available throughout the network § specialist courses and centres § short courses tailored to CPD needs of local employers/professionals Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

UHI research § environmental sciences – international standing § developing capabilities in other areas: UHI research § environmental sciences – international standing § developing capabilities in other areas: – – – – aquaculture and mariculture rural development language, culture and migration archaeology and heritage bio-medical and health care renewable energy nuclear de-commissioning Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

Lessons learned (1) : collaboration issues § clarity: - of aims, plans, resources, agreements, Lessons learned (1) : collaboration issues § clarity: - of aims, plans, resources, agreements, targets, responsibilities; § communication: - of information (as above); - with sponsors, staff, students, communities; § consultation: - with stakeholders on issues that affect them Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

Lessons learned (2): teaching & research § curriculum development: - check the need - Lessons learned (2): teaching & research § curriculum development: - check the need - prioritise the activity - control the budget § research: - identify strengths & opportunities - prioritise areas to focus on - research for some, scholarship for all? Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

Lessons learned (3): organisation § design simple, effective structures & processes for development; § Lessons learned (3): organisation § design simple, effective structures & processes for development; § modify these to match changing circumstances; § minimise the risk from individuals & institutions – publish agreements & maximise information flow Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

Continuing challenges § organisational: - maintaining the partnership; - managing tensions § financial: - Continuing challenges § organisational: - maintaining the partnership; - managing tensions § financial: - cost of delivery across large areas - small teaching groups - maintaining infrastructure § academic: - gaining credibility for an unconventional institution Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

Case Study: Rural Development Studies • RDS was first UHI networked degree, validated by Case Study: Rural Development Studies • RDS was first UHI networked degree, validated by University of Aberdeen (1994) • Not closely identified with ICT • Modular structure • Inter-disciplinary studies • Variety of learning methods • Variety of assessment instruments • Close links with other degrees Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

How RDS courses are taught • • Face to face Paper based Telephone tuition How RDS courses are taught • • Face to face Paper based Telephone tuition Email support Video-conference link Web-based resources Net meeting Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

Experiences with technology • Technical problems: – Breakdown – Complexity – Cost People problems: Experiences with technology • Technical problems: – Breakdown – Complexity – Cost People problems: -inexperience -Fear -Personal touch Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

Advantages of mixed format • • Distance and time flexibility Consistency of learning resources Advantages of mixed format • • Distance and time flexibility Consistency of learning resources Subject and student sensitive Resource used in appropriate context Allows rapid updating Provides students with extra skills Gives students more power Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

Lessons for ‘remote’ delivery • • Needs to be responsive Needs to be interactive Lessons for ‘remote’ delivery • • Needs to be responsive Needs to be interactive Needs to be reliable Needs a stable platform Needs to be consistent Needs to be networked Needs to be supported by training Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands

Case Study conclusions • A mixed format delivery is best • Optimum mix varies Case Study conclusions • A mixed format delivery is best • Optimum mix varies with module/course/academic level and individual • Local learning centres help stability • Needs careful management (ac+tech) • Needs staff development (ac+tech) • High or low tech – must be professional Creating the University of the Highlands and Islands