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Tittel: Tune in for the experts’ views on the technological revolution in open education
Avsender: ICDE
Dato: 05/09/2014

Tune in for the experts’ views on the technological revolution in open education
An international panel of experts will have a high-level and global discussion on the technological revolution in open education during the Kavli Prize Science Forum in Oslo, Norway, on Monday 8 September.
The experts are four well-known and distinguished leaders of education and advocacy, including Professor Mandla S. Makhanya, Principal and Vice Chancellor of the University of South Africa.

The topic for this year’s forum is ‘Higher Education in the 21st Century - The Technological Revolution in Open Education: The Death of a Traditional System or the Next Wave of Democracy?’ 

Technology plays a major role in providing better access to education. High-income countries have better access to technology, in particular high capacity networks, but non high-income countries are catching up to meet with the huge needs for higher education. Mobile broadband is the fastest growing technology ever, and offers great opportunities.  The future is challenging; by 2030, the world will need to educate 410 million students, up from 180 million today. 

A wide range of issues will be discussed during the forum, from the impact of Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) to the relationship and dependencies of emerging technologies on policy-making. 

Held at The University of Oslo in Norway, the public has the opportunity to tune in to the live webcast. People can also recommend questions for the panellists by posting on Twitter using the hashtag #KavliPrize or submitting an email to info@kavlifoundation.org  

Torbjørn Røe Isaksen, the Norwegian Minister of Education and Research, will deliver the opening address. Professor Mandla S. Makhanya will be joined with three other panellists including Martin G. Bean (Vice-Chancellor at The Open University), Monique Canto-Sperber (PSL Research University) and Sanjay E. Sarma (Director of Digital Learning at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology).

Professor Mandla S. Makhanya, who has an outstanding position in Africa, is also an Executive Committee member of the International Council for Open and Distance Education. 

The International Council for Open and Distance Education (ICDE) is the leading global network for making quality learning accessible throughout the world using open, distance, flexible and online education. ICDE, a consultative partner of UNESCO, connects open distance learning (ODL)  institutions from across the globe so that they can share ideas, resources and best practices, partner on major projects and advocate together.

The Open University has been pioneering Open Education since the end of the 1960’s and is a driving force within ICDE. The Open University is pioneering MOOCs through the launch of Futurelearn.

The Kavli Prize Science Forum is organized by the Norwegian Ministry of Education and Research, The Norwegian Academy of Science and Letters and The Kavli Foundation. It will be broadcast live on Monday 8 September between 3.30pm and 6pm CEST. For more information, visit kavliprize.org

Forall the latest news and information on open, distance, flexible and online education from a global perspective, visit icde.org

Contact ICDE’s Secretariat on +47 936 31 891 or email icde@icde.org to:
  • arrange a phone interview with Gard Titlestad, Secretary General at ICDE
  • arrange a phone interview with Mandla S. Makhanya following the forum
  • establish contact with the leaders of over 140 educational institutions and 10 regional associations in the ICDE network

For mer informasjon:

Cell: +47 936 31 891
E-mail: icde@icde.org


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