The connection between teaching quality and student achievement is one area which has witnessed increasing attention by policy makers and leaders of higher education globally. Many researches and studies have clearly indicated that quality teaching is essential to student learning. In response universities and colleges have been trying to find the best strategies and means for developing and sustaining teaching effectiveness and most importantly to create an institutional culture of excellence and innovation in teaching and learning. This becomes particularly significant at a time where Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) are faced with increasing scrutinizing and pressure from different stakeholders to deliver quality education. Much has been done, and is being done, to improve teaching and learning in many institutions, from faculty training and other professional development programs to establishing rewarding scheme for teaching effectiveness. Some institutions have also set centers of excellence to support faculty and teaching staff; however in many instances these efforts are scattered and have minimal impact or impact which has not been assessed. The Role of Technology in the 21st Century University Furthermore, the digital revolution have impacted every aspect of our society including teaching and learning and the provision of educational opportunities overall. New university models have emerged including online and hybrid universities. Other forms of technology enabled education such as the ‘flip-classroom’ concept have also surfaced. Today’s younger generation and students are perceived as “tech-addicts”, who are in continuous search of new means to obtain quality, flexible, engaging and affordable ways of learning. However and while students are increasingly using information and computer-based technologies it is not necessarily in ways that enhance their engagement with the learning experience Online enrollments have also been growing substantially faster than the traditional higher education enrolments in many parts of the world. The expectation of academic leaders has been that such enrollments would continue to substantially grow. The e-learning market just keeps increasing. A recent survey by Ambient Insight Research showed that the worldwide market for e-learning products was $32.1 billion in 2010 and is expected to rise to $49.9 billion in 2015. The recent emergence of MOOCs across the higher education landscape over the last few years has led institutions of higher education to give further consideration to how higher education will be delivered, managed and sustained. While universities became increasingly conscious of the potential technology can offer in providing wider access, cost effectiveness, flexibility and more efficient teaching and learning when properly adopted. The link between the institutional vision and strategy and the integration of technology isn’t always clear. Technology integration in higher education entails little more than just providing the technological tools and infrastructure to allow routine tasks of traditional universities to be done online, it involves a complete re-engineering of the various educational processes from designing curricula and teaching and learning to providing student support. Many institutions fail to effectively integrate technology into the learning and teaching process because they are using technology to replicate their traditional practices. The process thus becomes driven by technology as oppose as by pedagogical rationale and focus. Indeed, the effective use of technology requires a clear strategy and a revolution in thinking about how Learning and Teaching must be delivered and how the institution must overall adapt to change. CLICKS can support institutions with the development of e-learning, hybrid learning and other forms of technology enabled education. It can also work closely with universities and colleges in supporting and teaching effectiveness
Capacity Building Programs
Skilled and dedicated educators, who are committed to providing their students the best possible learning opportunities, are a cornerstone of any reputable institution. CLICKS offers variety of capacity building programs for new and experience faculty wanting to strengthen their teaching skills or looking at using technology to create engaging learning experiences. Such programs are either of public nature and open to registration by individual teaching staff members or could be delivered in-house to specific universities and colleges. View this academic year Schedule of Public Programs | Request an in-house program
Enabling blended and online learning
The Center can work closely with emerging universities and colleges wanting establish themselves as full-fledge online institutions or institutions offering hybrid learning. It can also work with exsistig universities on supporting similar type of initiatives.
Supporting the Setting-up of Centers of Excellence
The Center supports institutions with improving university teaching, enhancing the learning experience and with building internal capability to promote excellence and innovation in both learning and teaching by working closely with the leadership team on setting up centers of excellence. This includes developing the blueprint, plan, structure, portfolio of services of the Centre and working closely with other members at the institution on staff recruitments and building capacity through ‘train-the trainer’ approach as well as supporting as needed with the establishment of international partnerships and collaboration with other HEIs and Centers of Excellence.
Other Consultancy Activities
CLICKS can offer institution with a range of services including but not limited to:
- Developing institutional teaching and learning strategies, frameworks, standards and policies.
- Building toolkits, templates and guidelines to support innovative learning and teaching.
- Supporting with the transfer of ‘know-how’ and best practices
- Establishing rewarding scheme to promote excellence in learning and teaching
- Supporting the establishment of student support infrastructure
- Providing on-going advice and input on latest technologies and pedagogical developments dealing with teaching and learning.
- Assisting with the development of plans and strategies for introducing modern technologies in higher education.