UOC and International experts to debate the reforms needed in the education system

The 9th International Seminar organized by the UOC UNESCO Chair in E-Learning is to be held in Barcelona on 26 and 27 November. The objective of this annual meeting is to analyse the impact of new technologies on higher education.
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Nov. 23, 2012 - PRLog -- This year, under the title Transformative Changes in Education: System-wide Approach, the seminar is to focus on the changes taking place in the education system not linked to education policy.

The seminar is to be opened by Imma Tubella, president of the Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (Open University of Catalonia, UOC). It will pick up from last year, where it became clear that many of the current problems were linked to the changing nature of teaching and learning, and the increasingly demanding role of teachers. Last year’s seminar detected a lack of room for manoeuvre for innovative initiatives in a highly regulated education system. A survey following the seminar highlighted participants’ high levels of interest in reviewing concepts as fundamental as the core aim of education or the focus of education reforms, in order to analyse their alignment with the realities of the 21st-century world.

With this in mind, this year’s event is to have a less traditional focus and pay particular attention to the different levels of education in an attempt to identify the problems for each. The speakers will look at how we articulate the aims of education today, the trends in education reforms, how brain, mind and education are connected and the importance of social factors in learning, among other issues.

The seminar’s working language is English and the format aims to help speakers and attendees share their experiences, as has been the case each year since 2009. By doing so, it offers a forum for participation and interaction where people can share the results of their research and practice in the classroom and take advantage of the opportunity for high quality networking.

Unesco Chair in E-Learning
The UOC UNESCO Chair in E-Learning was created in 2002 to develop a comprehensive system of research, training, information and documentation activities on the positive effects of the use of information and communication technologies (ICTs) at universities. The Chair’s key aim is to champion equal opportunities for access to ICTs. Indeed, this has become the backbone to its main activities.

Keynote speakers
Ever since the first seminars, this international meeting has always attracted some of the field’s leading figures. The guest speakers at the 9th International Seminar are as follows:

Manuel Castells
Full Professor and Director of the UOC’s Internet Interdisciplinary Institute, Spain
Keynote: Creative education for the information age: mission impossible?
Manuel Castells is also University Professor and Wallis Annenberg Chair in Technology and Society at the University of Southern California, Los Angeles, and Professor Emeritus of City and Regional Planning at the University of California, Berkeley.

Kurt Fischer
Director of the Mind, Brain and Education Programme and Charles Bigelow Professor at the Harvard Graduate School of Education, USA
Keynote: Connecting mind, brain and education
Kurt Fischer leads an international movement to connect biology and cognitive science to education and is founding editor of the journal Mind, Brain, and Education, which received the award for Best New Journal from the Association of American Publishers.

James Tooley
Professor of Education Policy and Director of the E.G. West Centre at Newcastle University, UK
Keynote: Frugal innovation in education: the case of chains of low-cost private schools
James Tooley is renowned for his work on low-cost private education in developing countries. He is the author of The Beautiful Tree (Penguin, New Delhi), a best-seller in India and winner of the 2010 Sir Antony Fisher International Memorial Prize. This work was built on his ground-breaking research on private education for the poor in India, China and Africa, for which he was awarded gold prize in the first International Finance Corporation/Financial Times Private Sector Development Competition.

Peter J. Wells
Programme Specialist, Division for Teacher Development and Higher Education, UNESCO Paris, France
Keynote: The global campus: higher learning on the move
The focus of Peter J. Wells’s activity is the mobility and recognition of learners and learning and in this capacity he is Secretary to the UNESCO/Council of Europe Convention on the Recognition of Higher Education Qualifications in the European Region.

Yong Zhao
Full Professor, Presidential Chair and Associate Dean for Global Education at the College of Education and former director of the Center for Advanced Technology in Education (CATE),  University of Oregon, USA
Keynote: World-class education: educating creative and entrepreneurial students
Until December 2010 Yong Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology and executive director of the Confucius Institute, and the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence. His research interests include educational policy, computer gaming and education, diffusion of innovations, teacher adoption of technology, computer-assisted language learning, and globalization and education.

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9th International Seminar UOC UNESCO Chair in E-Learning. Transformative Changes in Education: System-wide Approach
Day:     26 and 27 November
Place:   Media-TIC building (c. Roc Boronat, 117, 08018 Barcelona)
Time:    Monday, 26 November, 9.30AM – 5.30PM (Spanish hour)
            Tuesday, 27 November, 9.15AM – 2PM (Spanish hour)
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