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Taking the digitization of school seriously

The Norwegian government now is working to overbridge the digital divide for the next step of the digitization of school. In this spirit, it is starting eight new projects for further training of teachers to improve their digital competence. A flexible and adaptable curriculum and the individual teacher’s work situation will be the main focus of the courses. The themes of the courses are programming and robotics in the industry. Furthermore, how working life can… Continue reading

The making of an Educational System that works in the Digital Society

  The educational system is transforming, the edtech market booming and learning is becoming adapted to humans like machine learning is adapted to artificial intelligence. So, let’s dig deeper of what the latter means in practice with a focus on five areas: Evaluating learning performance, soft skills development, relevance and inspiration, teaching and the Lab. Evaluating learning performance The industrial society grading system for schools is rather strange. Since it starts with an A as… Continue reading

Transformation of Recruitment in a Digitized Age

Transformation of Recruitment in a Digitized Age The job market is changing rapidly, but too many politicians still are promoting and sometimes make decisions on subsidies to professions from the 20th Century that is about to disappear. At the same time as they defend labour-market regulations that today only is holding people back. In a Harvard Business Review report the president of Northeastern University, Joseph E. Aoun, outlines a new labour market that is growing… Continue reading

Sign of the time: more freedom for schools and focus on craftsmanship

The Danish government is planning a proposal for more freedom for schools to manage their education and pedagogy. Besides pilot projects with self-governing schools, the new policy proposal also includes a more interdisciplinary approach to education, and initiate a reading campaign. Vocational directed education is another prioritised area for the Danish government where source analysis and English verbs increasingly should have the same status as customer service and robot technology in primary school. The Danish Minister of… Continue reading

Obstacles for School’s to go Digital in Sweden

Last year the Swedish government introduced a national digitization plan for schools. The plan includes that the local authorities should offer a workable digital infrastructure as well as a detailed strategy for adapting schools to the digital society’s requirements. In a new book by Åke Grönlund, Professor of Informatics and Matilda Wiklund at the Örebro University, the authors identify this foundation for the digitization of school as a bottleneck. During three years the researchers have… Continue reading

Lifelong Learning in a new Open Context

In an open source approach to lifelong learning, the student becomes a co-creator of knowledge and skills. This is in contradiction to the 20th Century systemic approach where the learner was a passive receiver of information and strict how-to-instructions. Then, how do you upgrade and value the quality of lifelong learning in an open context? Is MOOC the only possible form of borderless education for lifelong learners in higher education? What about lower levels with… Continue reading

Lifelong Learning or Opportunities Lost

Like in the 13th Century when a borderless network of universities began to spread the internet was from the beginning a network of scientists beyond the reach of the national governments. Later this developed into a global and anarchistic discussion-forum to on the brink of the 21st Century take another step in to become the global interactive marketplace it is today. A market for social networking, collaboration, ideas, products, and services, which means an environment… Continue reading

21st Century School Part 2 – humanism or not

Should the school only teach humanistic values and focus on systemically meet the state’s workforce needs? Or should it use humanistic pedagogical methods where the goal is to empower the learner’s formation and individual choices of life path? We have seen the result of the first alternative during the past century, but to find the historical roots of the second alternative we have to turn Ancient Greece, to its central notion of Paideia. Here you… Continue reading

Promoting entrepreneurial education ahead of 1st European Education Summit

eLearningworld News Developing an entrepreneurial skill- and mindset is a key competence that supports social and economic well being, and is at the same time a required skill on todays and the future labour market. The European Commission that January 25 is arranging the first EU Education Summit ever with the aim to “laying the foundations of the European Education Area: for an innovative, inclusive and values based education”. Besides the opening statement by Tibor… Continue reading

European Commission takes action for Digital Learning

eLearningworld News EU Commission adopted on 16 January 2018 the Communication on the Action Plan on Digital Learning with the focus on adding more fuel to the digitization of education in Europe. This includes how the EU can help individuals, educational institutions and education systems to better adapt to life and work in an age of rapid digital transformation. In the form of making better use of digital technology for teaching and learning, developing relevant… Continue reading