Policy and strategy development


The future is uncertain. More than ever we need to develop the right types of institutional policies and strategies for a constantly changing world. When done well policy can be an important enabler that helps us to envisage different future scenarios and make explicit the choices we face in shaping a better future. It can also constrain those choices unless we develop the right architecture for our respective institutional cultures. Therefore it needs to live within the institution and should be seen as both an iterative process and outcome.

Meet Mark Brown from DCU and listen to what he says about policy and strategy development.

Meet our experts on policy and strategy development
  • Mark Brown, Dublin City University (DCU), Chair

  • Fred de Vries, Open University of the Netherlands (Former OUNL)

  • Milly Perry, Open University of Israel (OUI)

  • Nurhan Sakar, Anadolu University

  • Raimo Vuorinen, Jyväskylän yliopisto (JYU)

  • Damien Carron, Distance University (UniDistance)

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Policy and strategy development also needs to engage a range of stakeholders and requires leadership at all levels – top down, middle out and bottom up. The people with specific expertise in this area are able to assist other institutions to build a framework for policy and strategy development, which identifies the key drivers, most appropriate consultation processes, timeframe, structures, business models, implementation plan, and so on. They have considerable experience in policy and strategy develop and welcome opportunities to assist other educational providers in harnessing the affordances of new open and online learning pedagogies and digital technologies in supporting 21st Century learners. 

We are frequently organising workshops linked to policy and strategy development. Check out the events page for past and future events.

Tools & resources


Leading in Changing Times: Case Studies in Strategy and Policy Development

This webinar invites participants to discuss and reflect on contemporary models and approaches to institutional leadership and strategy development in today’s rapidly changing digital era. It argues that leadership remains one of the major challenges facing higher education institutions seeking to harness the transformative potential of new technology-enhanced models of teaching and learning. A strong case is made for a more distributed understanding of leadership in fostering transformative change in complex organisational ecologies. After outlining and inviting feedback on a number of guiding principles emerging from contemporary literature on effective leadership in higher education, the webinar briefly describes three interesting case studies. Firstly, it illustrates based on the experience at Dublin City University (DCU) the importance of aligning the language we adopt with the outcomes we seek in attempting to foster new digitally enhanced models of teaching and learning. Secondly, building on this example, the crucial role of vision, stakeholder engagement and strategic alignment are discussed in the context of envisioning and shaping our own institutional futures. Lastly, the webinar describes the experience of the Empower Online Learning Leadership Academy (EOLLA) and some of the lessons learnt about developing strategic leadership for such uncertain times. Overall the objective of webinar is to share and critically reflect on different experiences of institutional leadership, as we grapple with the challenge of the modernisation of higher education in the European context. By Mark Brown (DCU)

31 August 2017