Blackboard has previously produced several white papers that provided senior leader perspectives on the challenges facing higher education. These included the ‘View from the Top’ series, a decade ago, that reported higher education sector challenges in the USA (Segall & Freedman, 2007) and Australia (Johnson & Lorenzo, 2008). This white paper is slightly different in that it is a collaboration between ASCILITE (Australasian Society for Computers in Learning in Tertiary Education) and Blackboard and it focuses exclusively on learning and teaching challenges.

The aim of this study was to engage senior academic leaders (Deputy Vice Chancellors and Pro-Vice Chancellors, with learning and teaching portfolios) in prioritizing the major learning and teaching challenges facing Australian universities in 2016. We compiled a list of 10 learning and teaching challenges gathered from recent keynotes and presentations from Australian academic leaders. We assembled these into a short survey that required leaders to rank challenges in order of importance.

Following the survey, we conducted interviews with 9 of the respondents to gain deeper insights into their survey responses.

This white paper provides insights from our survey and interviews with senior leaders about the major challenges and how their universities are responding. 

To download the white paper, please complete the form on the right.

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Learning and Teaching Challenges in Higher Education in Australia: 

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