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Are digital universities the future of higher education?

Sunday 6 January 2013

Hear from Martin Bean, Vice-Chancellor of The Open University and one of the UK’s leaders in open learning at QM’s seventh annual Drapers’ Lecture on Wednesday 16 January at 5.30pm, in the ArtsTwo Lecture Theatre, Mile End campus. The lecture is followed by a reception with staff, students and special guests from east London, the higher education sector and QM partners in industry, business and the arts. Entry is free, please register online here.

Martin will explore some of the big opportunities and the biggest obstacles for education as technology advances in his lecture, ‘Massive Open Online Courses, Napster and the Tyranny of Conventional Wisdom: Where’s the Next Giant Leap for Higher Education?’.

The Annual Drapers’ Lecture is part of a series which started in 2006 and gives new and challenging perspectives on teaching and learning from a variety of viewpoints, institutions and organisations. The lectures are given by high-profile speakers with expertise and experience connected with learning and teaching in higher education.

The Drapers’ Lecture forms part of the annual Teaching and Learning Conference, ‘Bright Ideas, Building Futures: Teaching and Learning in Changing Times’, which also takes place on Wednesday 16 January. The conference is open to everyone, staff and students alike, who have an interest in teaching and learning. This is where projects, ideas and best practice are showcased and help shape and improve teaching and learning at QM.

If you are interested in attending the Drapers’ Lecture or the Teaching and Learning Conference, please register here.

About the speaker: Martin Bean, Vice Chancellor of The Open University

Martin Bean is Vice Chancellor of The Open University, the UK’s largest academic institution and a global leader in the provision of flexible and inspiring learning.

He is the fifth person to lead the institution in the four decades since its creation in 1969, in which time it has provided quality, innovative, accessible education to millions.

Before joining The Open University in October 2009, he was General Manager within Microsoft’s Worldwide Education Products Group where he was focused on developing solutions to help the global education community address its challenges. In this role he was responsible for product management, business development and marketing.

As well as commercial roles ranging from Europe to Asia Pacific to North America, he is heavily involved in shaping education in the developed and developing world, and is currently a member of The British Council’s Board of Trustees and the Commonwealth of Learning’s Board of Governors.

The 47-year-old Australian holds a Bachelors degree in Adult Education from the University of Technology in Sydney, Australia. He now lives in Buckinghamshire with his wife and three daughters.

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