Conference theme

Digital Society and Higher Education: Impact and Consequences for Policy

With the focus on public and institutional policies and reforms and from a multidisciplinary perspective (theoretical and empirical), the 2019 HER conference aims to discuss the consequences for higher education of the transition to the digital society in topics such as the following:

  • New sources and modes for research, e.g. big data, simulation, machine learning.
  • New scientific disciplines and protocols.
  • New ways to disseminate research, e.g. open access (MOOCs), the end of traditional academic journals and monographs, the role of intellectual capital and its distribution and protection in collective research and teaching.
  • Consequences of the changing knowledge production on evaluation systems and academic careers, e.g. ‘impact’ factors and other tools of scientific metrics.
  • Public and institutional policies for the use of information and communication technologies in face-to-face learning and online open programs.
  • Governance in the digital HEIs: the place(s) of senates, departments, faculty unions, community interest groups, government and leadership.
  • Policies to prevent, monitor and sanction plagiarism, forged data and other a dishonest academic behavior.