Europe’s universities meander between a traditional narrative of Wilhelm von Humboldt’s science orientation and John Henry Newman academic studies orientation dominant for the Anglo-Saxon university model. Antonio Loprieno has called this a demystification process towards a rapidly expanding “world-class university ideal”. However, what are the implications for teaching and learning in the digital era?
The Symposium “B³ - Bildung Beyond Boundaries” brings together educational experts with diverse backgrounds to reflect on the future of Higher Education and to develop radical ideas for its innovation. Breakthroughs in higher education can only be achieved through an united effort by different actors across vast disciplinary terrain. For a great leap forward cognitive and educational sciences must play a significant part in educational technologies, learning analytics and normative values of Bildung.
The symposium on 8-9 November 2018 will be used to develop and refine a concept of a “Radical Ideas in Higher Education Challenge” with internationally renowned experts, and kick-off the Challenge to the public and the scientific community.
The Radical Ideas in Higher Education Challenge posed by the Jacobs University, the Jacobs Foundation in partnership with the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction (EARLI) aims to foster collaboration between cross-disciplinary researchers and seed disruptions in higher education and academic learning.
Strong emphasis is given to an evidence-based application design, which potentially distinguishes this approach from other innovation projects in learning and teaching. Such translational research may comprise psychological, physiological, pedagogical or technological interventions before, after or in an online or offline course.
External scholars will approach Jacobs University faculty, or vice versa, to draft projects
a) within or around the existing curriculum, or
b) experimentally launch a new offer to complement the existing courses or even modules.
An international jury will evaluate all applications and nominates up to three projects for implementation. Each project will be funded with up to 250.000 CHF by the Jacobs Foundation and must be accompanied by a rigorous evaluation. Projects should run for a maximum of two years and start in fall 2019. In line with the international profile of Jacobs University, we explicitly seek innovations and ideas from all over the world to be tested on our campus.
After the first pilot, it is intended to establish, together with the Jacobs Foundation, this format biennially as an ongoing collaboration within an innovation network for higher education.