In our series of interviews with keynote speakers at the 2012 EDEN Annual Conference, Steve Wheeler sat down with David White for a chat.
David White is Honourary Director General at the European Commission, and is a passionate believer in lifelong learning. Ahead of his keynote speech at this year’s EDEN conference, to be held in Porto, I asked him some questions about his life, his passions and what he believes about technology supported education. Here is the interview in ten questions...
III Jornadas Internacionales sobre Mayores y Nuevas Tecnologias III International conferences on Elderly and New Technologies; The motto of this conference: "No one is left behind" promotes the idea of teaching the elderly in the use of ICT so they do not feel excluded from society.
The worldwide 2012 Social Learning Summit seeks moderators for a one-day virtual conference being held on Saturday, April 21st, 2012, from 9:00am - 3:00pm US Eastern Time. This is a free event, with a focus on inclusion and participation. All sessions will be publicly available to attend through the online Blackboard Collaborate platform, and every session will be recorded and made available immediately following the conference.
Through VISIR, seven major European networks are working to collect, analyse and share micro innovation practices in the field of ICT for learning, and to propose, in a multistakeholder and collaborative fashion, a new vision for ICT for learning in Europe.
Dave: I want to talk about Black Swans. A black swan is a suprise event that changes the whole nature of a conversation. They are events that, in hindsight, EVERYONE wants to say they saw coming, but no one (or few people) predicted ahead of time. They are usually dramatic events, though it’s not the level of the drama that’s important, but rather the impact that it has.
This paper presents the design and application of a major individual assessment task created in part to develop students’ capacity for lifelong assessment, a key element of lifelong learning. Additionally the task contributes to fostering a sense of community in asynchronous online learning environments. The task is a supra disciplinary report, recently trialled and now adopted for two postgraduate environmental studies courses offered online.
The enabling power of technology, especially information technology and social software, prompts a radical shift in economic and social interactions in societies around the globe. Existing traditional school based, formalized learning formats are unable to accommodate specific new learning needs. Hence, customized to the respective purposes of personal wellbeing, inclusion or requirements for professional performance, lifelong continuous learning is no longer a choice but a necessity. Read more: http://www.eurodl.org/?article=483
Howard Rheingold isn’t too concerned about whether Google is making us stupid or if Facebook is making us lonely. Those kind of criticisms, Rheingold says, miscalculate the ability humans have to change their behavior, particularly when it comes to how we use social media and the Internet more broadly.
The main findings of Cedefop’s latest skill demand and supply forecast for the European Union (1) (EU) for 2010-20 (Box 1), indicate that although further economic troubles will affect the projected number of job opportunities, the major trends, including a shift to more skill-intensive jobs and more jobs in services, will continue.
The Annual Conference will approach the key questions of learning methodology and technology focusing on the "Open learning generations", the contexts of socially significant target groups: juniour and senior e-learners. We will explore their learning cultures, technology use patterns and discuss new approaches in pedagogy and andragogy that respond to them.
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