Domain Networks

System and Institutional Design and Transformation
This domain builds directly on the core theme of the HEIT conferences. Higher education is ever changing and changes both locally and internationally. Some examples of system and institutional change include: funding formulas, workplace demands, government reporting requirements, institutional differentiation, industrial linkages, student demographic changes and student funding programs.

Progression, Transfer and Recognition
This domain is important both domestically and internationally. How students progress through their programs is affected by many aspects of curriculum design, course delivery, and personal achievement. Transfer and articulation is a live issue between colleges and universities in Ontario as well as for international exchanges. It also ties in to the European Bologna process around harmonization.

Teaching and Learning in a Digital Context
Information technologies are part of the new ubiquitous environment and are treated as an essential tool kit in many contexts. There are many pedagogies that operate within this landscape including: flipped classrooms, problem based learning, online instruction and maker spaces to name a few. No matter the pedagogy, all teaching is now conducted within a broader digital context. This domain is focused on teaching and learning whether actively engaged with this digital environment.

Curriculum Development and Transformation: Skills, Learning Outcomes and Universal Design
There are many considerations in curriculum development and transformation. Student skills, including soft skills, have become a focus for academic performance and workplace readiness. Learning outcomes as a design principle have been driving key aspects of vocational education but are now being adapted to higher education more generally. Universal design broadens accessibility through attending to learner diversity. These transformational forces are confronting competing curriculum priorities, including: disciplinary requirements, professional accreditation, cultural transmission, critical reasoning, liberal education, citizenship, and quality assurance.

Supporting Student Access and Success
Supporting student access and success is a broad topic area that involves many professionals across higher education institutions. Student access and success includes: performance and retention, learner analytics, attending to the needs of first generation students, recruitment, student financial support, minority students, social class, disabilities, and gender. Any aspect of tracking, researching and supporting student access and success would fall within this general topic area.

Internationalization, Globalization and Exchange in Higher Education
As an international collaboration between Canada and Ireland we have a fundamental interest in internationalization and globalization. Globalization is the process whereby there is an increasing global standardization, homogenization and interdependency. In a perfectly globalized world movement and exchange would be easy because everywhere would be like everywhere else. Internationalization assumes that there are cultural, national and jurisdictional differences and that these differences must be attended to in order to understand others or to do academic exchanges. Over time internationalization may further globalization. The Centre is engaged in these processes and will facilitate exchanges among its members and develop its expertise in these dynamics.

Cultural and Personal Identities
There are increasing efforts within higher education to validate and support cultural and personal identities including: indigenous cultures, minority cultures and alternative personal identities. Dominant cultures and identities also can be a focus within higher education systems as these communities react to globalization, immigration, and minority accommodations. This topic area is a dynamic and sometimes contested space.

Partnerships and Community Engagement
Higher education has always engaged with government, community and private sector actors. The balance of partnership and collaboration with various external actors varies across jurisdictions and over time and there can be tension over the extent that higher education systems and institutions depend on external relationships and supports.

Work Life, Careers and Professional Development
As institutions of higher education are changing so does working within them. The changing and dynamic workplace of higher education includes: increasing research demands for faculty; the expansion of part-time work; managing relationships between service, administrative, and academic roles; adapting to increasingly diverse student populations; professional development; unionization; collegial governance; institutional and occupational cultures; and the professionalization of support positions.