8.1 Bridging the divide: visions of education futures through technology14 March 2012 - 16:45
Despite the incredible advances in technology over the last few years, a large portion of the world’s population still lack access to tertiary education. This session considers how best to utilise technology in the future to bridge the divide and reach much greater numbers of students. Presenters argue that whatever technology is used, the challenge is to deliver appropriate, flexible and relevant content.
Four international experts champion their vision for the future of education through technology. Martin Bean argues for ‘Open Education Resources’ and describes the Open University’s world-leading model. Harnessing the potential of OER in Africa to drive educational transformation is the topic addressed by Catherine Ngugi. Prof. Dr Umar Saif describes an alternative model which he argues is more appropriate in the developing world, explaining why mobile technologies are now leading the way in Pakistan. Finally, Michael Stevenson of CISCO Systems presents their ‘higher education 3.0’ model involving new ways of learning, platforms for collaboration, forms of assessment, models of investment and funding, and an appropriate core infrastructure driven by the education needs of the new millennium.
Our panel debates all three models with delegates left to decide whether one or a combination has what it takes to reach the forgotten students of the world.