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eLearning and institutional development: Positioning the University of Vienna in the European Higher Education Area Arthur Mettinger Vice Rector Educational and International Affairs Major points PART ONE: Institutional perspectives – strategic aspects

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eLearning and institutional development: Positioning the University of Vienna in the European Higher Education AreaArthur MettingerVice Rector Educational and International Affairs


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Major points

PART ONE: Institutional perspectives – strategic aspects

  • The University of Vienna: a brief status quo

  • Institutional development: Changing framework conditions and windows of opportunity

  • Developing an institutional eLearning (Blended Learning) strategy


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PART TWO: eLearning at the UoV – components, dimensions and implementation

  • The UoV „strategic box“

  • Support structures and activities

  • Major challenges 2005 – 2007

  • Achievements: Facts & figures


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The UoV: a brief status quo and implementation

  • Founded in1365, research + education

  • 65.000 students, 7.000 staff

  • Annual budget 360.000.000 Euro

  • Degrees in „traditional“ system (Mag./Dr.)

  • Degrees in „Bologna“ system (Bakk./Mag./Dr./*PhD)

  • Legal basis for double degrees, joint degrees


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Institutional development: Changing framework conditions and implementation

  • at the European/international levelemerging of EHEA, ERA, ECA- necessitates positioning of HEIs through adequate profiling - necessitates choices (cooperation and/or competition)


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  • at the national level and implementation- University Act 2002: higher degree of institutional autonomy + accountability public funding on the basis of „performance agreements“ (as of 2007) additional funding by contracts + student fees- Implementation of Bologna → curricular reforms


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  • at the institutional level: and implementation- higher degree of steering by leadership- internal „performance agreements“ as basis for allocation of funds- strategic development plans (research, education)- different strategies for research and education?→ development of new institutional culture


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Institutional development: Windows of opportunity and implementation

  • Possibility to create a new teaching and learning culture:- student centred (student workload, learner autonomy, LLL,…)- learning outcome oriented- transparent- observing trans-national standards


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Developing an institutional eLearning strategy and implementation

  • must be part of general institutional strategy

  • eLearning must be seen as an investment into quality of educational process(es)

  • eLearning must come to be regarded as object of research and development

  • Organisational framework & administrative/technical processes must become congruent with demands of eLearning


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Critical points in the development of an institutional eLearning strategy

  • Clear definition of goals:- flexibility, individualization of learning- strengthening of theory-based reflection- creation of standards & transparency- professionalisation of HE teachers- enhancing educational cooperation (Joint Degree programs, joint modules, shared content pools etc.)


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  • Clear focus on specific areas: eLearning strategy- introductory phase- „seminar stage“/ Master + Doctoral levels

  • Involvement of stakeholders

  • Cooperation of technology – administration - didactics – content development – curriculum development

  • Support structures

  • Financial stability



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The UoV „strategic box“ and implementation


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Support structures and activities and implementation

  • Intensive collaboration between New Media Support unit (UoV Computing Center) andCentre for Teaching and Learning (Vice Rectorate Educational and Int‘l Affairs)

  • Virtual eLearning Center (http://elearningcenter.univie.ac.at)

  • Lectures, research network, UoV eLearning Conferences (2003, 2004)


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Major challenges 2005 - 2007 and implementation

  • Encourage faculties to develop eLearning strategies

  • Intregration into curriculum development

  • Creating incentives for teachers + integration into personnel development

  • Further development of quality assurance + integration into overall QM of the UoV


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Achievements: Facts & figures and implementation

  • 22 eLearning projects (before implementation of WebCT in 2004)

  • MEDIDA-PRIX 2004 for www.pastperfect.at

  • Currently 152 WebCT Vista courses(2% of total UoV courses; taken by appr. 6.000 students; 10%)


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  • Budget figures: and implementationtotal UoV investment 2004: 20 million €eLearning investment 2004: - 813.000 € support - 400.000 € projects6% of the UoV investment budget 2004


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