School, college and university systems are facing unprecedented challenges. Education leaders are capitalizing on new technology trends to face these challenges, drive innovation and transform education. These themes, and more, will be explored during the Cisco Virtual Forum for Education Leaders, 2013. We invite you to join us on March 19th (Americas and EMEA) and March 20th (Asia-Pacific), to hear from education futurists and innovative educators, and learn about leading-edge strategies and practical solutions that are improving the quality of education, everywhere.
The Virtual Forum will open with a keynote discussion on Amazing Trends that are Shaping the Future of Education, featuring Dr. Larry Johnson, CEO of the New Media Consortium and founder of the Horizon Project. He is an acknowledged expert on emerging technology and its impacts on education. Larry will be joined by Dr. Ellen Junn, Provost and Vice President for Academic Affairs at San Jose State University. San Jose State is at the forefront of developing new education delivery models. Larry and Ellen will explore new and emerging technologies that are shaping the future of teaching and learning. They will offer insightful assessments of the impact of these trends and offer practical guidance on how schools, colleges and universities can capitalize on these trends to improve education outcomes.
Michael Stevenson, VP Global Education addressing delegates at EWF 2013
About a week ago, I posted a blog sharing my expectations on the Education World Forum 2013, as well as key details on Cisco’s participation as Platinum sponsor of this event. After what was a very interesting gathering, I think it is time to share with you some of the learnings and outcomes I took from the meeting.
This year, I was particularly struck by the vast predominance of attendees coming from Africa, the Near East, as well as other emerging regions of the globe. One of the reasons behind this pattern could be that many of these countries are starting to adopt a more visible position in the education debate (as it is the case for Brazil, now a major player in the global education dialogue and a major Cisco role viaGELP) or that regional economic progress (with Africa housing 7 of the fastest growing economies in the world) is paving the way to more active engagement. Another reason could be that the Forum’s intention was rather to reflect more on how to improve access to achieve education for all and less so on leveraging lessons from more mature countries.
My first blog entry from the Education World Forum (EWF) reported how the powerful opening presentations challenged this high powered conference. By the half-way mark we have been given a fascinating snapshot of the issues and opportunities facing education systems all around the world.
Two founding presentations have set the tone for much of the event: from Russell Quaglia, the US’s foremost authority on student aspirations, on the importance of valuing student voice not only to encourage and motivate the individual learner, but also to help drive education systems; and from Andreas Schleicher of OECD on the importance of developing 21st century skills to meet the challenges of a radically changing employment market where the need for routine manual skills is rapidly disappearing, and individuals will need to change jobs much more frequently.
Charles Clarke, former UK Secretary of State for Education and founder of the EWF, brought his huge experience of and commitment to turning political vision in to practical action, challenging the delegates to create the conditions that can transform education systems – forging consensus, building leadership, driving change. Education leaders everywhere have a huge responsibility for ensuring that they build opportunities for all, not just a few. Because that is both right and necessary to compete in the modern world.
In just a couple of days, the city of London will be home again to one of the world’s most significant education events: the Education World Forum (EWF). Once more, the city will warmly receive about 480 delegates, including over 100 Ministers of Education, leaders of International, for Profit and Non-for Profit Organizations, Social Entrepreneurs, Innovators, and Practitioners from around the world, all gathering to address the big challenge of making education accessible, equitable, and relevant.
Over a period of four days (Jan 27-30), the delegates will engage in a variety of panel discussions, workshops and activities that will allow them not only to share experiences and policies, but also to exchange genuine and valuable lessons learned through the process of national education reform and system transformation. The event is hosted by the British Educational Suppliers Association (BESA) and supported by the Foreign and Commonwealth Office (FCO), the Department for Education (DfE), the Department for Business, Innovation and Skills (BIS), and the British Council. Through the Global Education team, Cisco is proudly contributing to this event as one of their Platinum Sponsors with a significant presence in the Forum’s agenda and exhibitions: