Student active learning in a two campus organisation
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Original versioneLearning and Software for Education. 2020, 1 612-620. 10.12753/2066-026X-20-080
Higher education is facing disruptive changes in many fields. Students wants to have the option of learning anywhere, anytime and in any format. Universities need to develop and deliver to future students a complete learning ecosystem. At the same time universities are facing challenges such as growing costs and the pressure to give the students the knowledge, competence, skills and ability to continuously adapt to future job environments. As a consequence, many universities are investigating new ways of collaboration and sharing resources to cater to the demands of students, industry and society. An example of this collaboration is a new joint master between the two largest Universities in Norway: University of Oslo (UiO) and Norwegian University of Science and Technology (NTNU). In this paper, we present the lessons learned from almost two years of teaching and learning in the new joint master's programme, "Music, Communication and Technology" (MCT), between NTNU and UiO. This programme is a run in a two-campus learning space built as a two-way, audio-visual, high-quality, low-latency communication channel between the two campuses, called "The Portal". Moreover, MCT is the subject of research for the SALTO (Student Active Learning in a Two campus Organisation) project, where novel techniques in teaching and learning are explored, such as team-based learning (TBL), flipped classroom, and other forms of student active learning. Educational elements in this master, provides the student with 21 century skills and deliver knowledge within humanities, entrepreneurship and technology. We elaborate on the technical, pedagogical and learning space-related challenges toward delivering teaching and learning in these cross-university settings. The paper concludes with a set of strategies that can be used to improve student active learning in different scenarios.