Andrew Keen - Author and salonFutureCast (USA)
The Opening Plenary session of ‘MidSummit’ will explore significant new developments in education and technology and examine their implications for educators, investors and employers. Our panel of keynote speakers will try to provide answers to some of the most important questions facing education and employment. How will rapid technological change alter the way we live, work and learn? What does the future of learning look like? How will changes in learning affect society?
Keynote speakers in the Opening Plenary session are some of the world’s leading authorities on education and technology. This year, writer and Internet analyst Andrew Keen will explain why he believes 21st century society is facing a “structural crisis” and what educators should be doing to help fix it. And Stephanie Butler will look beyond today’s Edtech revolution to explore the impact of technologies that will soon put learners in charge of their learning.
Join them for a fascinating discussion about the implications of technological change, as it continues to push the boundaries of what’s possible.
Valerie Hannon argues in her new book THRIVE that we have to reassess our purposes for public education systems in the light of evidence about the contours of the future in the next 30 years. She proposes a fresh approach to thinking about the fundamental goals we set education to achieve. When the evidence about future trends is examined, the neo-liberal human capital rationale for what education is for is no longer appropriate for modern conditions. Old ideas about ‘success’ are worse than inadequate – they are distorting.
She suggests that the fundamental purpose should be to enable everyone to thrive in a transforming world.
Join this MidSummit Talk to explore what this might look like in the future.
Somehow over the past decades leadership development became elitist and expensive. Somehow leadership got confused with a job position. At its core though, leadership is a social process of how we get things done together - ALL of us. When you look at the many challenges we face as teams, organisations or societies - perhaps more than ever in 2017 - leadership is always part of the answer. So how can we scale up leadership development to reach everyone working together on a common goal? How do we scale it up from the happy few to billions? Technology brings us unprecedented possibilities to do just that and this is our moonshot project. In this session we will together flesh out solutions to bring leadership development to all.
Read more about the background of this session here.
Harold Bekkering - Radboud University (The Netherlands)
The successful implementation of pedagogical methodologies demands commitment from leadership & faculty, a careful selection of technologies and an understanding of design that will engage learners. But what can we learn from our brains about the methods that work best? This session applies scientific insights and research from a “fully flipped” institution – a pioneering Turkish private university. What can we learn from the innovative methods it uses to meet the changing needs of students and industry? How can we use neuroscience to help us improve traditional assessment and testing methods?
You can register on the Matchmaking Platform under this link: https://www.b2match.eu/oebmidsummit
Dublin City University (Ireland)
Mairead Nic Giolla-Mhichil - National Institute for Digital Learning, Dublin City University (Ireland)
Does the digital literacy movement offer a utopian or a dystopian vision of the future? Who is shaping the digital literacy agenda and for what purpose? What is missing in the discourse? The digital literacy movement is complex and its messages are entangled in competing arguments that are often interwoven and contradictory. This session draws on recent examples to show the importance of exposing the hidden curriculum when framing definitions about the nature of digital skills, literacies or capabilities. The objective is to raise greater critical awareness of the risks and dangers of promoting new and emerging definitions of digital literacy in our efforts to reshape education for an uncertain future.
In this session, we will consider the importance of understanding the diversity of needs experienced by learners, and how effective design can meet those needs. We will introduce the principles of universal design and introduce some of the tools and techniques used by people with a disability to access online education in a range of contexts. In addition, we will seek to understand how inclusive design addresses the needs of other disadvantaged groups including refugees and that by introducing inclusive design we offer a better learning experience to all.
Danny Gooris - Oracle Academy (Belgium)
Kirsten Ingmar Heiss - OpenCampus GmbH (Germany)
This three-part session is open to all, particularly to educators and learning professionals looking for inspiration regarding assessment methods and content for online courses geared towards meeting learner and industry’ needs.
Part one: How to Integrate Peer to Peer Review Successfully in an Online Learning Environment (14:30 - 15:00)
No matter how much time we may spend on assessments, learners always seem to crave more feedback. How can we improve the process of providing feedback and avoid a heavier workload for educators? This talk will provide you with key tips and ensures that you leave for home with a clear overview of do’s and don’ts when integrating peer to peer review methods in online education.
Part two: Oracle Academy: The Gateway to a Promising Future (15:00 - 15:30)
Today, companies are still looking for graduates with the right skills but research has shown that there will be a gap of 535.000 ICT skilled people. Oracle Academy contributes to reducing this skills gap, by offering access to computer science for everyone and everywhere, ensuring that, when students graduate, they have the required skills in today’s job market.
Part three: An Open Education Ecosystem: an Approach to Connect German Universities in a Joint Academic Mission (15:30 - 16:00)
Together with several German universities, OpenCampus has built a unique framework to manage education processes and facilitate next generation learning. Based on open adaptive software (OAS) a framework in the field of education & training has been created which can continuously be adjusted to meet the individual needs of students, academic fellows and institutions, allowing the integration of all processes into one system. The final part will showcase how at German medical universities the OpenCampus network allows for inter-institutional collaboration and knowledge-sharing and why we need to focus on creating an education ecosystem for sharing experience and knowledge, a “shareducation”.
Andrew Shean - Ashford University (USA)
In this session, your unique range of skills and experience will help solve a teaching and learning challenge. Whether you are an entrepreneur, an instructional designer, an academic faculty member or an administrator, join in our high-energy, idea-generating, collaborative experience and use technology to solve some challenging education problems. Help advance our ideas to the next level and move to action and implementation of the solutions we identify together.
With several rounds of our so-called "Throw Down Challenges," we will make the results available at the end of the session and you will leave with new ideas to share and implement in your home institution.
The four categories for our "Throw Down Challenges" are:
Student Retention: innovate approaches designed to help students complete their course experience or program of study. These may be administrative, system devices or course level approaches.
Addictive Learning: the use of strategies, techniques and design elements similar to those used in the marketing domain that "hook" the learner into "binge learning," learning pursuits and/or deeper exploration of course topic or content.
Student Engagement: Those techniques designed explicitly to engage students requiring response or input in various aspects of their learning experience.
Informal Learning: Innovations that address learning spaces and opportunities external to the classroom/course experience.
You can register on the Matchmaking Platform under this link: https://www.b2match.eu/oebmidsummit
University of Iceland (Iceland)
Karl Fridriksson - Innovation Center Iceland (Iceland)
Applying future studies and methodologies to education is no simple matter. How technological change affects education is influenced by forces both within and outside educational environments. So, shaping the future of education must be a collaborative activity, involving stakeholders from the various strata of society that our educational systems intend to serve.
This session is designed to engage stakeholders in collaborative explorations of possible futures. In teams, using scenario analysis methods, we will hear about the data gathered through various projects by the University of Iceland, Innovation Centre Iceland and the Icelandic Centre for Future Studies. Based on these data and your own ideas, we will consider the implications of educators’ future visions for their own professional contexts.
The session will provide insights into educators’ visions of the future; an understanding of futures methods and their application; and the sharing of future scenarios for education and educational technology.
Roger Schank - Socratic Arts & XTOL (USA)
Two of the most controversial figures in the world of learning and technology will explain their view that universities are no longer either relevant or fit for purpose. They will argue that the expansion of Higher Education and the relentless rise of costs and student debts calls for a more balanced approach to education and training. They’ll consider how we can we do more to stimulate apprenticeships and whether the role of universities in the future should be to focus only on research. And they’ll ask whether it shouldn’t be the role of the private sector to educate the workers it needs.
Roger Schank and Donald Clark will be grilled by our Hard Talk interviewer about their controversial views, as we examine the future of Higher Education and how to deliver a fair and excellent education and training for all.
The speaker in this MidSummit talk defines Artificial Intelligence as mathematical models that enable communication, enhanced decision making, semantic reasoning, responding and learning between machines and humans. Her aim during this provocative session is to first make us consider which steps we could take to direct and embed an ethical layer inside or next to AI in education. Secondly, it is to develop ideas for a connection between ethics, sustainable innovation and AI.
What are the potential consequences of leaving out ethics until it is ‘too late’ to address legal and ethical dilemmas during machine intelligence development? Which type of ethics would we want to embed? In an age in which nature (rivers) can be granted legal rights, what is your view on rights that might be safeguarded or influenced by AI? In support of an inclusive societal education aimed at innovation, should we consistently embed AI ethics layers?
These types of questions will be the start of the in-talk discussion.