The 21st Century University – Implications and Benefits of Choice of Learner Access and Openness

In this session, Dr. Valerie Irvine and Dr. Jilliane Code will discuss issues facing brick and mortar universities in the current global context of post-secondary education. The economic situation facing most universities is one of diminishing funds through cutbacks, increasing competition both locally and globally as a result of the increasing number of post-secondary institutions (specifically colleges and online universities) and the growing prevalence of online programs. We are also dealing with a natural demographic phenomenon whereby the number of people aged 18-22 are smaller than in previous boom eras.

What can brick and mortar Universities do to adapt, innovate, remain both competitive and relevant in this situation? In essence, become part of the 21st century? The presentation speakers will discuss the issues universities face and how they can meet the demands of students for flexibility. University of Victoria is currently piloting a new delivery method, termed “multi-access learning”. Through modification of our registration system, we will be able to let the learner choose the delivery method they want for course enrolment.

This session will also discuss open education and connected learning and introduce you to our TIE*21 proposal for a pan-Canadian open online program for K12 teachers at UVic. The speakers will overview the infrastructure and human resources required to develop and deliver a program of this scope.


Dr. Valerie IrvineAssistant Professor, TIE Lab Co-Director, UVIC

Dr. Valerie Irvine is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education, founding director of the Technology Integration and Evaluation (TIE) research lab funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation, and a national and internationally recognized researcher and practitioner in educational technology and teacher education. Valerie is currently a member of the executive committee of World Conference of Educational Multimedia and Telecommunications coming to Victoria in 2013. Valerie brings expertise in multi-access learning environments, open education, global learning, and digital literacies for 21st century teaching and learning.

Dr. Jillianne Code, Assistant Professor, TIE Lab Co-Director, UVIC

Dr. Jillianne Code is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Education, University of Victoria and co-director of the Technology Integration and Evaluation (TIE) research lab. Jillianne joined the TIE lab from Harvard University where she completed a Postdoctoral Research Fellowship in Technology, Innovation and Education. An internationally recognized researcher and innovator in the area of instructional design, educational technology, and the learning sciences, Jillianne has won numerous awards, published many articles, and is an invited author for the forthcoming books Digital Identity and Social Media (IGI Publishing) and Technology Based Assessment for 21st Century Skills (Springer-Verlag).




Intended Audience 

General, Higher Education, Teaching

Session Duration

60 minutes

Session Schedule

Wednesday, May 2nd
3:00 – 4:00 p.m.
Scotia McLeod Room (1315)


Valerie Irvine