Roundtable with Yong Zhao: Defining High-quality Education

23 December, 2011

The UOC UNESCO Chair in e-Learning held a Roundtable on December 13:

Defining High-quality Education: A Critical Analysis of National Trends, Measurement and Outcomes

The roundtable was led by an exceptional guest: Dr. Yong Zhao

– Presidential Chair, Associate Dean and Professor, College of Education; Director of the Centre for Advanced Technology (CATE), University of Oregon, USA.

– Dr. Zhao is a reknown author of books and academic blogs with huge impact on educators all over the world.

More information on Yong Zhao’s CV & projects |


High-level experts were invited to this event (in alphabetical order):  Manuel Castells, Director and Research Professor, Internet Interdisciplinary Institut (IN3), UOC; Begonya Folch, Education Council of Catalonia, Generalitat de Catalunya; Emma Kiselyova, Executive Director of the Chair, UOC; Joan Mateo, Professor, University of Barcelona; currently President, Superior Council of Evaluation, Generalitat de Catalunya; Julià Minguillón, Professor of Computer Science and Academic Director of the Chair, UOC; Dubravka Novkovic, Senior Manager, CISCO; Ismael Palacín i Giner, Director, Jaume Bofill Foundation; Terhi Rantanen, Full Professor, London School of Economics; Ferran Ruiz Tarragó, President, Education Council of Catalonia, Generalitat de Catalunya; Teresa Sancho, Vice-President for Research & Innovation, UOC; Albert Sangrá, Academic Director, e-Learn Center, UOC; Ricardo Torres, Citilab Cornellà; Imma Tubella, President, Universitat Oberta de Catalunya (UOC).

The attendees in the roundtable, following recommendations of participants of the VIII International Seminar of the UNESCO Chair in e-Learning, agreed on the need to confront a deep reform of the educational system, in order to respond to the changes our society needs. This reform needs to be faced at different levels:

  • The use of technology in the classroom for learning, not just teaching
  • Profound changes in the curricula and evaluation and measurement of the teaching and learning process, both locally and globally
  • The standardization of knowledge, skills and competences versus promoting creativity and innovation
  • The purpose and learning objectives and competences of education in a globalized world


This will serve us as a base  for the IX International Seminar of the UNESCO Chair in e-Learning, to be held next year in Barcelona, October 4-5 (tentative. Mark your calendars!).

After an engaging presentation of ideas and concepts of the invited speaker, the attendees joined a Q&A session and explained their concerns and proposals in an atmosphere of sharing and trust.

 We offer you the Audio of Yong Zhao’s presentation:

Roundtable with Yong Zhao: Defining High-quality Education

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