(Getting to) The Heart of Education
Date Friday, Dec 7 Time – Room Potsdam I
Will there be a new golden age for higher education? How will technology change our approach to learning? How will it help to place education at the heart of life? How will it inspire a new generation? How will we change the nature of education? How will we learn to love learning?
Sara de Freitas
Deputy Vice Chancellor (Academic) at the University of Cumbria, UK
Professor Sara de Freitas is Deputy Vice Chancellor at the University of Cumbria where she leads on academic matters and the student experience. She is also an Honorary Fellow of Birkbeck, University of London, Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy and Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts. Her consultancy work includes being a Board Advisor to Bibliotech (https://bibliotech.education), a start-up which provides textbooks to students via mobile devices, and has grown from three universities to 43 over the last two years. Over her career, she has worked as an educator, researcher and senior executive in five universities in Australia and the United Kingdom most recently as Pro Vice Chancellor at Murdoch University and Assistant Deputy Vice Chancellor at Curtin University, leading on cross-university curriculum change, blended learning and transnational education. Before working in Australia, Sara was Director of Research at Coventry University, UK, where she founded and developed the Serious Games Institute, bringing together commercial and academic partnerships to fuel regional economic growth. As Director of Research, she led on 56 projects attracting over £10 million in research income from European Regional and Framework funds and UK research councils, charitable organisations and industry, supporting the development of the education games industry and regional growth and development.
Sara is a passionate advocate of pedagogy-driven approaches to leadership and has a special interest in online, blended, accelerated, game-based and active learning to enhance flexibility, retention and high quality learning in different student cohorts. Her research findings are published in seven books and over 200 peer-reviewed journal articles, conference papers, book chapters and technical reports (over 8,000 citations). Her cross-disciplinary and cross-sectoral influence upon the academic domains of educational technology and higher education policy and leadership development has been fostered by sitting on over 60 programme committees and advisory groups, and undertaking over 120 international keynotes, presentations and public lectures in four continents. She has led significant international industry and academic clusters in ICT, manufacturing and digital games.
Her most recent book, Education in Computer Generated Environments (2014) has been published in hardback by Routledge, in their Research in Education Series, outlining a vision for future learning in higher education which aligns policy and practice whilst focusing upon designing engaging learning experiences. She blogs on disruptive education at: https://saradefreitas.wordpress.com/, her books can be found at: https://www.amazon.co.uk/-/e/B072L5TMH6 and full list of publications at: https://scholar.google.co.uk/citations?user=d1iK6I0AAAAJ.
Edu.Director at EIT Digital and Professor at KTH, Sweden
Prof. Flodström is the Chief Education Officer of EIT Digital and a member of the Management Committee of EIT Digital.
Prof. Flodström started his career in Palo Alto, USA, as a member of research staff in Xerox Palo Alto Research Center. Since 1985 he is professor in physics at the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH) in Stockholm, Sweden. Prof. Flodström has been the Secretary General of the Swedish Research Council for Engineering Sciences and President at Linköping University (LiU), Sweden. He was President of the Royal Institute of Technology (KTH), Stockholm until July 2007 when he was appointed University Chancellor for Swedish universities.
Flodström is member of the Swedish Academy for the Engineering Sciences (IVA). He is also honorary doctor at Riga Technical University in Latvia, honorary doctor of Helsinki University of Technology (TKK) and honorary professor in Dalian University of Technology in China. He is a member of the advisory board of Karlsruhe Technical Institute (KIT) and a former Chairman of CLUSTER and Baltech - a network of technical universities around the Baltic Sea. He has also been guest researcher at HASYLAB/DESY in Hamburg, Germany as well as in National Bureau of Standards (NBS) in Gaithersburg, USA.
Educator, Journalist and IT & OER Consultant, USA
Esther Wojcicki is an internationally known journalism teacher and the founder of the Palo Alto High School Media Arts Program, a program that focuses on empowering students through the use of media (newspaper, magazine, yearbook, websites, video production, photography, radio, & television). The program started in 1984 with an already established (1918) 6 -8 page newspaper and 19 students; it has grown to become one of the most distinguished and the largest scholastic media program in the nation today (2016) with 600+ students, five additional teachers, nine publications, and a new 25,000 sq. ft Media Arts Center (2014).
Esther is a Distinguished Visiting Scholar at MediaX at Stanford, a 2009 MacArthur Foundation Research Fellow, ; the 2002 California Teacher of the Year by the California Commission on Teacher Credentialing; the 2011 Charles O’Malley Award recipient from Columbia Scholastic Press. In 2013, she was awarded an honorary doctorate from Palo Alto University, and in 2016 an honorary doctorate from Rhode Island School of Design. In November, 2016 she was awarded the MyHero Award for her work in global education. She has been a speaker at multiple conferences including TED (2015), G20 Summit, and Singularity University Summit. She co-authored popular education book on blended learning entitled Moonshots in Education: Launching Blended Learning in the Classroom (2015) that explains a way to revolutionize education for the digital age. Her focus is give student agency in the classroom to empower their creativity and innovation skills. She is also the mother of Susan Wojcicki, CEO of YouTube, Janet Wojcicki, Professor of Pediatrics at UCSF Medical School and Anne Wojcicki, CEO of 23andMe. She is married to Stanford Physics Professor Stanley Wojcicki. She and her husband are proud graduates of UC Berkeley. They have nine grandchildren.
Author and Senior Researcher at the University of Edinburgh, UK
Dr Ben Williamson's research traces the connections between educational policy, digital technologies, and practices in schools and universities.
He is the author of Big Data in Education: The digital future of learning, policy and practice (Sage, 2017) and over 30 research articles and chapters. Recent topics of Ben’s research include data analytics, algorithmic decision-making, coding in schools, behavioural apps, and the development of performance metrics in the schools and HE sectors.
He is especially interested in examining how digital technologies and data are brought into education policy and practice through the involvement of policy networks of government agencies, think tanks, consultancies, policy labs and software companies. His current projects focus on ‘intimate data analytics’ such as wearable technologies, and on the ‘data infrastructures of higher education’ that are required for performance measurement of universities.
Ben is a Lecturer in the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Stirling, maintains a public research blog at https://codeactsineducation.wordpress.com/, and on Twitter he is @BenPatrickWill.