The Tools of Change: Giving the Young Unemployed Digital SkillsDescription
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The Tools of Change: Giving the Young Unemployed Digital Skills
Learners with inadequate digital skills are increasingly at risk of becoming professionally marginalised due to a misalignment of competencies versus market needs.
These panellists highlight interventions which address the urgent need to overcome this challenge, helping unemployed youth enter the job market.
UCL Institute of Education, UK
Carla started her international digital career pioneering in the digital media landscape around 30 years ago.
She has worked for international publishers, digital agencies, had her own consultancy, developed digital strategies, directed programmes & partnered on digital initiatives with Blue Chip Clients in Retail, Finance, Telecomms, Healthcare and Life Sciences.
Carla has also worked with a number of start-ups in Healthcare, Technology and Lifestyle.
Having developed e-learning programmes for Healthcare and being asked by an international education publisher to manage their transition from the printed textbook to online and blended learning, Carla got totally absorbed by the e-Learning & blended education. She worked on learning innovation for and with a number of education publishers, before going to Cambridge University Press where she developed digital learning strategies and product concepts as Global Digital Director.
Carla advises e-learning start-ups including Gojimo in the UK and AhadooTec in Ethiopia and is a mentor for Wedu Rising Star.
In February 2016, Carla joined the Institute of Education - UCL London as Director of Futures.
Training Made Accessible: OpenClassrooms Trains Unemployed in France
Natalie CERNECKA is Director of Partnerships at OpenClassrooms, the largest vocational edtech platform in Europe focusing on digital skills.
Natalie has an undergraduate degree in philosophy from University of Latvia and PhD in Classics from University of Cambridge. She was involved in academic research and teaching in the UK, France, and Japan, before moving onto managing international partnerships and projects for public, private, and non-profit sector.
At OpenClassrooms, her job is to develop academic and international partnerships, to pilot innovative learning projects, and to spread OpenClassrooms' renown across the world.
Institute for Research and Technology Thessaly (IRETETH), Greece
Serious Games for Developing Digital Skills for Employment
Olivier Heidmann is lead developer and designer in serious games projects, responsible for designing and creating virtual experiment demonstrators. He has a Master Degree in Parallel Computing from the Louis Pasteur University of Strasbourg, France. He also taught computer science, mathematics and management to students ranging from 14 years old to adults for 7 years. Since 2004, he participated in more than a dozen different EC-funded projects, using ICT and web-based solutions to enhance the teaching and learning methodologies and tools. He has published several papers at international conferences over the past 8 years.
University of East London, The Cass School of Education and Communities, UK
Engagement Before Ownership: Reflections on Participatory Radio as a Learning Intervention with Disenfranchised Groups
Prof. Andrew Ravenscroft is a Psychologist and Learning Technologist who is a Professor of Education in the CASS School of Education and Communities at the University of East London (UEL), where he is Co-Director of the International Centre for Public Pedagogy (ICPuP). The Centre currently has 18 members and includes two major and related themes of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) for Social Innovation (led by Andrew) and Disaster Education (led by Prof. John Preston). These themes are constituted by a portfolio of funded projects that have attracted over £2 Million in research and development funds.
Andrew is a Chartered Psychologist (C.Psychol), an Associate Fellow of the British Psychological Society (AFBPsS) and a Fellow of the RSA, Royal Society for the encouragement of Arts, Manufacturers and Commerce (FRSA).
He has a leading international profile in Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) and socially engaged research through publishing over 130 articles, being an active member of international and national committees and working groups and being a principal or co-investigator investigator on a broad portfolio of projects over the past 20 years (funded by various national and international agencies), that have attracted over £6.4 Million in total. Andrew is currently active in many cross-disciplinary initiatives at the interface of creative digital media, critical discourse, performance-based learning and social innovation.
Andrew’s contemporary theme of Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) for Social Innovation emphasises non-formal, community-based and inclusive learning within a framework of social justice, and his current work is addressing mental health and substance misuse issues through psychoeducation. This work often applies a combination Community Action Research and Design based Research methods to design, implement and evaluate original educational interventions that address pressing education and social issues, by adapting the ‘space’ of participatory radio for example. Since being at UEL (from February 2011) this theme has been constituted by seven funded projects where Andrew was the Principal Investigator that have attracted £908K in total, most of which are international and multi-partner. These projects include: three consecutive funded projects and two funded PhDs – RadioActive101 – that are national and international projects using participatory radio as an educational intervention with a range of excluded groups throughout Europe and as a psychoeducation intervention to address mental health and substance misuse; Digging by Debating (DbyD), an international project that won the prestigious International Digging into Data Challenge 2011; and, Westfield Opening Observation Exercise, a research and consultancy project commissioned by the Olympic Delivery Authority (ODA) and working with the ODA, Engineers and Transport specialists to test the readiness of the transport system for the London 2012 Olympic Games.
Previously Andrew was Deputy Director of the interdisciplinary Learning Technology Research Institute (LTRI) at London Metropolitan University. This had 17 members and contributed to Education for Research Assessment purposes, that was ranked in the top fifth for the UK (with half the output ratings being 'world-leading' or 'internationally excellent'). The LTRI had attracted over £9 Million in competitive funds for collaborative research and development projects (e.g. Digital Dialogue Games, CETL in Reusable Learning Objects and MATURE: Continuous social learning in knowledge networks), with partners from the Academic and Commercial sectors in the UK and European Community.
Andrew’s work can also be viewed as Deep Learning Design (or DLD), which is a design based research approach to Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) that is particularly focused on learning and education in naturalistic settings linked to the evolving social media landscape. He has previously worked in key positions within other institutes which had the highest rating (5) for research in the UK, and out of the total of £6.4 Million in competitive funding for projects from a range of sources, he has been the Principal Investigator on those that have attracted over £1.8 Million. The interrelated foci of Andrew's research at this time were: the changing nature and practices of communication rich learning; designing next-generation social media systems; serious and social games; contemporary theory; and generally, designing for the interplay of non-formal and formal learning (related to education or learning at work). He was a co-investigator and Evaluation Work Package Co-leader on an EC funded Integrated Project, “MATURE: Continuous social learning in knowledge networks”.
Andrew has also led a significant strand of research and development into Digital Dialogue Games for Learning, that: attracted four rounds of external funding worth over £600,000 and additional internal funding; generated many publications; received considerable national and international recognition through invited talks and articles; and, delivered 'state of the art' learning technologies (AcademicTalk and InterLoc) to the education and research communities.
These lines of work build upon a significant portfolio of previous projects that included: intelligent agent-based training simulations; pioneering networked and multimedia learning support systems (before the Web); computational modelling of learning dialogue and collaborative processes; and, generally, the development of new theoretical and pedagogical frameworks for learning in the digital age.
Developing Tomorrow's Leaders and Innovators
Danny joined Oracle in January 2013 with more than 15 years of experience managing vendor-led technology education programs. He was formerly the EMEA program leader at Learning@Cisco. He has worked with Ministries of Education around the world from Russia to Africa. Danny’s global experience contributes to his passion for ensuring that young people develop the skills to become the leaders and entrepreneurs of the future. Danny looks after the Oracle Academy EMEA, as Senior Manager, and works closely with the European Union Grand Coalition and is board member of the European e-Skills Association.
Tech LAB on Motivating Learners Through VideoDescription
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Tech LAB on Motivating Learners Through Video
If you are eager to learn practical methods to make instructional videos this is a tech lab you cannot miss. It will demonstrate how to present theories and how to use handwriting-tools.
Facilitators will demonstrate some of the tools that are typically used, and explain how simple measures can be taken in order to motivate and engage learners in particular for specific subject matter such as mathematics.
As seats are limited, please make sure to sign up for this session at the event.
Peer Sverre Andersen
University College of South-East Norway, Norway
Peer Andersen is associate professor in mathematics didactics at Department of Teacher Education at University College of South-East Norway. Andersen has 23 years’ experience from teacher education, and has in the last six years taken a central part in developing the online teacher education programme at the university college. Andersen has given several presentations demonstrating the technical possibilities within online teaching. In the autumn of 2015, Andersen was awarded the Norwegian Online Teacher of the Year prize by the organization Flexible Education Norway (“Fleksibel utdanning Norge”, in Norwegian).
Nils Henry Rasmussen
University College of South-East Norway, Norway
Nils Henry Rasmussen is associate professor in mathematics at the teacher education at University College of South-East Norway. He has a PhD in mathematics from the University of Bergen, and one year from the teacher certificate program in Bergen. Rasmussen has since autumn 2011 been involved in online mathematics courses, involving a variety of teaching methods. He also does research in mathematics and mathematics education, involving both algebraic geometry as well as the study of teaching cultures found in Asian countries.
University College of South-East Norway, Norway
Siv Svendsen is an educator with 10 years teaching experience from lower- and upper secondary education in Norway. She has a Master in Teaching and Education from the University of Bergen. The last 3 years she has been an assistant professor in teacher education at the University College of South-East Norway.
HPI School of Design Thinking, Germany
Studied fine arts and design at the Academies of Fine Arts in Munich and Berlin. 1980 to 1986 freelance work as TV graphics designer at public and private production houses. Since 1986 specialized on 3D computeranimation (mental images, ART+COM, etc.) on scientific, industrial and art projects for companies like ARD, BMW, Daimler Benz, Siemens, Schering, Telekom, ZDF. Founder of the companies TERRATOOLS and CYPARADE, specializing on 3D animation, simulation and interactive 3D projects such as computer games and cross media projects. Since 1994, Mr. Weinberg is working as a professor for computer animation at the Film & Television Academy Babelsberg (HFF). 2003 Co-initiator and head of n_space, the interdisciplinary network of excellence for nonlinear media in Potsdam. Since 2004 Visiting Professor at CUC Communication University of China CUC, Beijing. 2005 head of “Innovation Forum Nonlinear Media”. 2005-2007 director of Digital Media Institute DMI at HFF. Since 2005 programme director of EU symposium INSIGHT OUT. Since June 2007 head of “School of Design Thinking” at HPI Hasso Plattner Institute in Potsdam.
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Phones, homes, factories and even cities: Devices and whole organizational units are becoming “smarter” through new technologies. It is time for universities to become “smart”, too: New technologies can not only enhance teaching and learning but improve services, open up new models of participation, use their resources more sustainably and enable new options for on-campus research. This session will focus on opportunities and challenges for universities through the use of smart technologies. The first part of the session will highlight a variety of concepts for the “Smart University”. The second part will be devoted to an open panel discussion.
The session is organised by the expert group on new technologies, business models and lifelong learning of Hochschulforum Digitalisierung, a think tank financed by Germany’s federal ministry of education and research, devoted to developing ideas on teaching and learning in higher education in the 21st century.
Amongst others, speakers will include:
Technische Universität München, Germany
Hans Pongratz is Senior Vice President for IT-Systems & Services and the Chief Information Officer (CIO) of the Technische Universität München (TUM) in Germany.
Since 2011 he is responsible for the implementation of TUM's IT-Strategy 'Digital University' and set up e.g. TUM's MOOC-programme. Hans started his career at TUM after working for FOCUS Online, Hewlett-Packard and abroad for Siemens Corporate Research (SCR) in the USA.
He is member of several programme committees, reviewer groups, boards and thematic sponsor of the expert group "new business models, technologies and lifelong learning" of the German Forum for Higher Education in the Digital Age (Hochschulforum Digitalisierung), an initiative by Centrum für Hochschulentwicklung (CHE), Stifterverband für die Deutsche Wissenschaft and the German Rectors’ Conference (HRK), funded by the German Federal Ministry of Education and Research (BMBF).
Dorthe Skovgaard Lund
Technical University of Denmark, Denmark
- 2009 - Project Manager - Technical University of Denmark, Innovation and Sectors Services
- 2006-2008 - HRM Manager - PostNord (the former Post Denmark)
- 2003-2006 - HRM Development Manager - Danish Metal Workers Union
- 1995-2003 - HRM Manager and Head of Secretariat – Technical Knowledge Center of Denmark
Ivan is an international entrepreneur based in France, he has lived in Argentina, Spain, China and traveled to more than 35 countries. He is an engineer from the Universidad Politécnica de Cataluña (Spain) and ENSIMAG (France) and he holds an MBA from Neoma BS (France/China).
His international experience includes working in information systems, organization management, training and change management acquired in corporation (CaixaBank, SFR, Air France), public institutions (UPC, CNAM) and consultancy (EY).
Always involved in teaching and learning environments led to co-found Domoscio in 2013, a start-up specialized in combining cognitive sciences, Big Data and artificial intelligence to make true adaptive and personalized learning.
Thanks to his expertise on the Edtech market, he is teaching in Master EdTech curriculum for the famous and top-ranked Université Paris-Descartes. He is also a frequent speaker in different Edtech events, recently at TEDx.
Chatbots and How Conversational Software Will Reshape EducationDescription
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Chatbots and How Conversational Software Will Reshape Education
Bots can learn. Bots can teach. What happens when AI adds empathic qualities to the mix? Join this session for an introduction into what bots are, learn about cool use cases from different industries, and join the conversation on how chatbots will impact education, learning and training. Let’s discuss the opportunities and get your questions ready for Alexander Weidauer, creator of AI-powered conversational software.
Knowledge Networking and Engagement with United Nations AgenciesDescription
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Knowledge Networking and Engagement with United Nations Agencies
This gathering provides an opportunity for staff from UN, affiliated organizations, universities and development agencies to share recent trends and highlights in capacity development, learning methodologies, approaches and tools, and explore areas of potential collaboration.
Mehmet Korkmaz is a Learning and Development Specialist with the UNICEF Supply Division and is based in Copenhagen, Denmark. Prior to joining the HR team at UNICEF, he worked for the Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO) in Rome, Italy. He has extensive experience in designing and delivering learning programmes for different target groups and leads the online learning initiatives for the UNICEF Supply Division. Mehmet holds a Master's degree in Sociology and Pedagogy and is specialised in blended learning, e-learning, instructional design, social media, educational technology and knowledge management. He recently delivered comprehensive learning programmes to develop capacities of food security professionals in three regions: Southeast Asia, Western Africa and Eastern/Southern Africa.
Mehmet is a member of the UNeLearn network and engages with various expert groups and online communities to exchange knowledge on good practices and trends in the field of online learning.
Food and Agriculture Organization of the United Nations (FAO), Italy
Cristina Petracchi is heading the e-learning Center in the Capacity Development Unit in FAO, she manages and coordinates the design, development, delivery and language adaptations of e-learning courses, blended learning programmes and face-to-face training events, for the benefit of FAO member countries. Within the context of the position she holds, Ms Petracchi also consolidates partnerships with United Nations agencies, academic institutions and universities, regional organizations, CSOs and NGOs. In addition to a university degree in Biological Sciences, Ms Petracchi holds a PhD in Nutrition and Food Science, and has several years of experience of capacity development activities in India, Ethiopia, Nepal, Namibia, Senegal and Mali. Ms Petracchi is fluent in English, French, Italian, Spanish and has a good knowledge of Arabic.
Social and Educational Technologist, UK
Josie Fraser is a Social and Educational Technologist who has worked across education sectors, with governments, commercial service providers and not for profit organisations, developing innovative and effective practice in the use of technology to support learning and teaching.
Between 2010-2016, she lead the technology strand of Leicester City Council’s £340million Building Schools for the Future Programme - setting, promoting and delivering an agenda for educational transformation in relation to the use of technology within schools. Her work developing school workforce digital literacy, and introducing open education licences and practices to the compulsory education sector has been recognised internationally.
She has worked on behalf of Childnet International to produce national cyberbullying guidance for both Labour and Conservative UK governments.
Since 2015 she has served as a board member of Wikimedia UK, a charity dedicated to supporting access to knowledge for all, promoting engagement with Wikimedia projects, including Wikipedia, Wiki Data, and the Wikimedia Commons.
Customer Activated Learning StrategiesDescription
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Customer Activated Learning Strategies
Do corporate L&D organisations and departments understand, capitalise and respond to the needs of their customers? Do they attune to how modern employees learn? This interactive session shares best practices in making the shift to a more personalised, digital learning experience by listening to staff first.
World Bank Group, USA
Brenda is a Knowledge and Learning professional with over twenty-five years of experience leading teams and managing projects that empower people to capture and use knowledge well. She is the Manager of the Knowledge and Communications Department of the World Bank Group’s (WBG) Independent Evaluation Group (IEG). The department aims to ensure effective learning and knowledge sharing from IEG’s work.
AkzoNobel, The Netherlands
The Journey to 70-20-10
Jeff is a Senior e-learning specialist working in Global L&D AkzoNobel, with 20+ years of experience in training, online learning and multimedia. He’s an Articulate e-Learning Super Hero, initiator and co-organizer of the annual Dutch and Belgian Articulate User Days and loves sharing his insights with others.
Donald H. Taylor
Learning Technologies Conference, UK
Donald H Taylor is a 25 year veteran of the learning, skills and human capital industries, with experience at every level from design and delivery to chairman of the board. He has been chairman of the Learning and Performance Institute since 2010.
A recognised commentator and organiser in the fields of workplace learning and learning technologies, Donald is passionately committed to helping develop the learning and development profession.
His background ranges from training delivery to director and vice-president positions in software companies. Donald has been a company director and shareholder for three companies through start up, growth and acquisition.
He is an influential writer and speaker in the fields of the professional development of L&D and of technology-supported learning. He was the 2007 recipient of the Colin Corder award for services to training and has chaired the Learning Technologies Conference since 2000. He also chairs the Learning and Skills Group, hosting its bi-weekly webinar programme, and edits Inside Learning Technologies Magazine. He is a graduate of Oxford University and in 2016 was awarded an honorary doctorate by Middlesex University in recognition of his work developing the L&D profession.
AXA Konzern AG, Germany
Learning & Development in the Digital Age
Sina is truly a wanderer between the worlds and has never stopped being curious and open for what life offers her. Her passion is building a new reputation of HR as a strong partner of the huge (cultural) transformation many companies are going through.
Born in a little village in the German area “Sauerland”, she spent her Kindergarten-time in the Netherlands and her teenager years by travelling to China twice a year. She studied, worked and lived in Germany, Switzerland, UK, the Netherlands and Belgium. Her highest degree is a Ph.D. about the future of Learning & Development (University of St.Gallen).
She changed sides several times: from academia to the business world, from smaller (e.g. inside, Fressnapf) to larger companies (e.g. METRO Group, Deutsche Telekom, AXA), from Germany to other European countries (e.g. Switzerland, U.K.) – and vice versa.
Modernising Learning & Company Culture to Align with the Future of Work
Anca is the EMEA Head of Social Learning & Collaboration at Citi.
In her everyday work, Anca helps Citi employees and teams across the region become more effective at how they learn and perform. She creates value by enabling better conversations and collaboration at all levels of the organization.
Anca has been with Citi for almost 13 years, and together with her team, she is currently leading the workplace learning evolution, with coaching and collaborative social learning at its heart. (If you are curious to find out more follow Anca on Twitter and explore some of her work on #BeMore).
Anca spends a significant part of her time and energy helping our leaders utilizing new learning and collaboration technologies and platforms, as well as advising on large scale culture and change initiatives.
A Romanian-born, global citizen, she brings listening, curiosity and creativity to everything she does, including raising her two boys, learning, communication and collaboration work at Citi.