Keynote & Invited Speakers
Keynote, Tuesday, June 25th
Abstract: In the past decade digital technologies have transformed countless areas of life, from healthcare to workplace productivity to entertainment and publishing. During the same time, education has not been subject to the same degree of transformation.
EdX, a nonprofit online learning destination and MOOC (massive open online course) provider founded by Harvard and MIT, aspires to reinvent education through technology innovation and partnerships between academic institutions, governments, the private sector and beyond. EdX’s mission is to increase access to high-quality education for anyone, anywhere; to enhance teaching and learning online and on campus; and to advance research into teaching and learning.
In this talk, Johannes Heinlein, VP of Strategic Partnerships at edX, will discuss the future impact of technology and how edX is working with its partner
s to reinvent education on a global scale through collaboration on digital strategies, innovation of educational pathways and implementation of stackable credentials such as MicroMasters programs. He will touch upon edX’s Reimagine Education goals, and outline how educators, researchers and others can work together on articulating a vision of the education of the future.
Biography: Johannes Heinlein is vice president of strategic partnerships for edX, leading university partnership and collaboration initiatives. Prior to joining edX, Johannes served as director in the Office of the President and Provost of Harvard University where he was responsible for the planning and execution of university-wide transformations in strategy and operations. Prior to joining Harvard, Johannes worked in the public sector and for global industry leaders, to develop and implement change management and program strategies. Johannes holds degrees from the University of Hamburg, Germany, the University of Edinburgh, Scotland and the University of Strathclyde, Scotland.
Keynote, Wednesday, June 26th
Abstract & Bio Coming Soon!
Invited Speaker, Thursday, June 27th
Why we must continue exploring Personal Learning Environments
Abstract: In order to untangle the learning process in the digital age, it is necessary to develop a deep understanding of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs). The recognition of the socio-material nature of PLEs implies radical changes in the current understanding of educational ecology that suggest not only a different perspective about how we see ourselves—as learners and agents of our learning—but how we could learn and how we must teach. Research about PLEs has revealed them to be a central idea of the pedagogy of the abundance, but one that does not limit personalization to the use of data to predict or enable learning
trajectories. Also, the research exposes that the development of the PLE concerns not only digital competencies but the empowerment of people to enact the learning competencies critically, to be an engaged learner in the digital era.
Biography: Linda Castañeda holds a Ph.D. in educational technology and is an associate professor in educational technology at the Faculty of Education, and member of the Group of Research in Educational Technology (GITE) of the University of Murcia, in Spain. Thanks to her educational background in pedagogy, she has a strong interest in making EdTech research more pedagogical.