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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