Building better universities

Presented by Dr Jos Boys, Learning & Teaching Unit

Building better universities

This seminar, based on Jos's most recent publication, Building Better Universities: Strategies, Spaces, Technologies (Routledge 2015), offers participants the opportunity to discuss the implications of contemporary change on institutional ‘shape’ and on curriculum design and delivery. It is a must for those interested in how UNSW could respond to, and provide leadership in, the changing contemporary higher education environment.

The seminar starts from the belief that we have reached a key moment for the tertiary-education sector, where the services, location, scale, ownership, and distinctiveness of education are being altered dramatically, whether universities and colleges want it or not. Higher education faces many challenges, including marketisation, internationalisation and the impact of new technologies. Most crucially, these shifts are affecting traditional assumptions about the ‘proper shape’ of higher-education institutions, its teaching and learning practices and the roles of – and relationships between – learners, teachers, researchers, managers, businesses and communities.

At the same time, many universities are developing responses to this changing world. What, then, can we learn from such initiatives – both large and small – in university and college provision across the globe? How can they help us think critically, constructively and creatively about alternative learning and teaching frameworks and practices in our own institutions?

Jos Boys is an academic developer in the Learning & Teaching Unit, and teaches in the Graduate Certificate of University Learning and Teaching (GCULT) Program. She was previously Teaching Fellow in the Faculty of Art, Design and Social Sciences at Northumbria University, UK. Jos trained originally in architecture, followed by many years’ experience teaching design and contextual studies in a variety of higher educational institutions at different levels. She has also worked as an educational technologist and academic developer, developing ways to enhance learning through both technology-rich and pedagogically sound resources and delivery. She has been a consultant for the UK Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC) and has written several books on higher education, including Towards Creative Learning Spaces: re-thinking the architecture of post-compulsory education (Routledge 2010) and, with Peter Ford, The e-Revolution and Post-Compulsory Education: Using business models to deliver quality education (Routledge 2007).

7th Oct 2015, 1:00pm to 2:00pm

Library Room 208

Staff Only: Event open only to UNSW Staff



The Learning & Teaching Unit