Development of a blended learning approach to a jo..
Development of a blended learning approach to a joint degree in business and law
Date du début: 1 sept. 2015,
Date de fin: 31 août 2017
Aarhus University, Bifrost University and University College Dublin have agreed to join forces and develop a high quality and innovative degree that will attract students interested in studying business law in Europe. The impact of this partnership is a joint degree in business and law that will be launched in fall 2018. The innovative aspect of the degree is that all lectures will take place in an online setting. By this, borders are eliminated between participating countries, as the classroom is moved to the “cloud” using ICT and social media to enrich the student experience. Therefore the actual place of residence of the students or faculty will not be the deciding factor in their possibility to participate. Partners aim to contribute towards the strengthening of education in Europe and graduate professionals with broad but interlinked competencies.
The reason behind this partnership is that there is a need for innovative thinking in law schools. E-learning is relatively uncommon and underdeveloped in law. We aim to transform the way universities cooperate and communicate with students. Cross border teaching of courses, using technology can be a response to the challenge facing higher education. The current forms of teaching in law school are not sufficient to prepare students for the technological advances. It does not connect with the new generation of law students, and does not take into consideration the benefits of technology for teaching.
The project is innovative and complementary to other initiatives carried out by the participating organization. All three partners support information and communication technology for learning and digital competencies of students and faculty, using the goals stipulated in the 2013 Communication on Opening up Education.
We are going to design and implement a methodology to convert conventional classes to blended learning and to find a common language of what planning and developing such a degree entails. The methodology aims to facilitate the transformation for other universities, and assisting current and future adaptors of blended learning. The partners will use the A.D.D.I.E model to design the methodology behind the development of the blended learning. The model includes five stages: Analysis, Design, Development, Implementation and Evaluation where the parameters of each phase are defined beforehand. All elements of the plan are carefully evaluated and monitored. Within each phase project activities are set up with the aim of reaching the project objectives.
It is our goal to expand the network of participating universities as the joint degree is running successfully. Blended learning can facilitate the cooperation of universities, regardless of the location of faculty and students. By ensuring a thorough quality control and constant improvement of the degree, the joint degree can continue to grow and improve with time and technological advances. This joint degree in business and law, might in the end, be a degree where you can choose your courses from hundreds of universities, based on a common curriculum and a successful network of innovative partners.
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