UNED, ideas crowdsourcing to build the university of the future
On the occasion of its 50th Anniversary, UNED has opened up to listen to its students, teachers and administrative staff through ideas crowdsourcing to build the university of the future collaboratelly.
'Horizonte 50 UNED' is the name of the community of ideas crowdsourcing through which the National University of Distance Education (Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia, UNED, Spain) has opened up to listen to ideas from its teaching and administrative staff, students and alumni, to co-create the university of the future. For this purpose, it opened a public and participatory process that managed to gather over 2,000 ideas in only six months, taking in account the main strategic challenges of the institution. Thanks to this online comunity, the university also established a unique channel for participation to address the geographical fragmentation of its university sites.
Download the case study (pdf) on 'Horizonte 50 UNED' and discover the application of collaborative intelligence in universities.
A crowdsourced horizon for an university connected to society
The online community 'Horizonte 50 UNED' has allowed the university to 'survey the opinion of the main university’s collectives, in an agile and flexible manner, regarding how they see the university of the future', states María del Carmen García Llamas, Vice-Rector for Media and Technology at UNED. The use of ideas crowdsourcing also enabled the institution to detect that the different stakeholders of the university was demanding, for some time, an official channel and process for this kind of participation. This is evidenced by the more than 2,000 ideas shared in the community, related to strategic needs and plans for the future of the university.