Teachers play an important role in developing the future of learning and implementing Digivisio. Teachers are key persons offering high-quality teaching to an increasing number of learners. Digivisio places the learner and learning content right at the centre, while also strengthening the role of the teacher as a producer of high-quality content and as a facilitator of internationally recognized study experiences.
Pegadogical methods, study models and study content are primarily specific to each higher education institution. The content used by teachers in their teaching is usually produced for and targeted at the students and community of their own higher education institution, based on the operating methods and objectives of each institution. The prevailing operating model may result in a situation where the invaluable competence of teachers is only available to a single higher education institution.
Extensive societal phenomena affect the work of teachers
Trends outside the higher education world challenge learning, so the role of teachers as facilitators of learning based on researched knowledge is emphasized. Changes in working life and the need for continuous learning and supplementing competence bring the relationship between higher education institutions and working life closer, thus also affecting learning content and the everyday life of teachers. In the future, education leading to a degree will not be the only way to supplement one’s own competence, and learning should be something one does throughout their life.
The role that technology plays in supporting teaching will be further emphasized in the future. The COVID-19 crisis has forced higher education institutions to review pedagogical methods, thus pushing them into inevitable change, where flexible learning environments play a more critical role. The utilization of research-based digital pedagogy will become increasingly important in the future, and teachers will play a key role in providing teaching and education suitable for different stages of one’s career using the latest methods.
Digivisio creates new opportunities for teaching
Enabling flexible forms of study may become a competitive edge for some higher education institutions in the near future, as the pandemic has stimulated the attractiveness of time and place-independent forms of study. Globalization accelerates the competition for students, which emphasizes the role of teachers in adapting teaching and the entire higher education community to a genuinely international environment. The high level of competence and pedagogical innovations of teachers could be used even more strongly to attract international experts.
Digivisio 2030 is a joint project of higher education institutions aimed at opening up learning and teaching resources to the shared use of higher education institutions and bringing together higher education institutions to develop digital pedagogy. As part of the project, a bridge will be created for the utilization of digital pedagogy practices and innovations across traditional higher education institution boundaries, also internationally. The teaching materials used by and challenges facing many higher education institutions are very similar. Digivisio enables the easy sharing of information between teachers, thus sparing the resources of higher education institutions and increasing cooperation between higher education institutions.