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Institute of Continuing Education (ICE)


In recent years, there has been a global renaissance in the interest in flexible and life-wide forms of higher education. 

Drivers such as longer working lives, the fourth industrial revolution and the unsustainable cost of conventional forms of higher education have projected continuing and lifelong learning back into the spotlight.

As we consider a post-COVID-19 context, it is likely that interest in the field will accelerate further as adult learners explore how to engage with higher education in new ways to enhance their employability and to understand rapidly changing societal backdrops.

Throughout the course of the afternoon, in a series of short ‘postcard’ presentations, leading thinkers in the field will highlight themes of interest.  An informal Q&A will follow each presentation, and attendees will have the opportunity to join a Zoom breakout chat room for informal discussion during the break.

The central aim of the session is, ultimately, to provoke discussion across the University of Cambridge and our wider networks pertaining to emerging forms of ‘non-traditional’ higher education.

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14:00 -14:15: Welcome and Setting the Scene
Dr James Gazzard, Director of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education

14:15 - 14:45: Micro credentials: relevance for lifelong learning and employability
Professor Ann Brewer, Education Advisor, NUW Alliance (University of Newcastle, UNSW and University of Wollongong).  Emerita Professor, University of Sydney, Australia

14:45 - 15:15: UK university part-time higher education: an analysis of undergraduate prospectuses
Adam Matthews, Lecturer and Dr Ben Kotzee, Reader, School of Education, University of Birmingham

15:15 - 15:45: Designing learner focused programmes in the age of digital transformation
Mark Andrews, Strategic Development Manager - Higher Education, Adobe

15:45 - 16:15: NETWORKING BREAK

16:15 - 16:45: First Commitments: Being Human in a World of Online Teaching and Learning
Ramu Nagappan, Ph.D., Assistant Dean, UC Berkeley Extension, USA

16:45 - 17:15: Moving beyond the traditional: Building a lifelong learning ecosystem
Dr Betty Vandenbosch, Chief Content Officer, Coursera, USA

17:15 - 17:45: Equity and the 60-year curriculum
Dr Rovy Brannon, Vice Provost, Continuum College, University of Washington, USA

17:45 - 18:00: Concluding Remarks
Dr James Gazzard, Director of Continuing Education, University of Cambridge Institute of Continuing Education

Event date

Thursday, 7 January, 2021 - 14:00