The OEB Global Plenary Debate: 'This House Believes That an Obsession with Economics Is Harming Education and Undermining the Skills We Need for the Future'
Date Thursday, Nov 28 Time –
Education is becoming increasingly focussed on delivering the skills employers need. Is this a good thing? As we struggle to satisfy employers and meet the demands of the market, are we losing sight of what is really important? In our obsession with 'Industry 4.0' and as we try to define '21C skills' in an era of rapid, technological change, are we losing sight of what is really important in education and failing to provide learners with what they are likely to need for their whole lives? Shouldn't we be providing the existential skills that will always be relevant and not just the training for jobs and markets that are likely to be here today but gone tomorrow? Are the short-term needs of industry and an exaggerated emphasis on the importance of economics in planning education policy distorting our priorities? Are the latest models right for what our societies and our planet are likely to need in the future? How can we future-proof learning?
Join us at the OEB Global Plenary Debate for a discussion about the fundamentals of education and an exciting exploration of what learning should mean in the future.
Professor, Author and Internationally Recognised Expert on Interaction in Learning and Collaboration for Learning, The Netherlands
Paul A. Kirschner is university distinguished professor at the Open University of the Netherlands as well as visiting professor of education with a special emphasis on learning and interaction in teacher education at the University of Oulu, Finland.
He is an internationally recognized expert in the fields of educational psychology and instructional design. He is research fellow of the American Educational Research Association (the first European to receive this honour), the International Society of the Learning Sciences, and the Netherlands Institute for Advanced Study in the Humanities and Social Science. He was president of the International Society of the Learning Sciences (ISLS) in 2010-2011 and a member of both the ISLS CSCL Board and the Executive Committee of the Society. He is currently a member of the Scientific Technical Council of the Foundation for University Computing Facilities (SURF WTR) in the Netherlands and was a member of the Dutch Educational Council and, as such, was advisor to the Minister of Education (2000-2004).
He is chief editor of the Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, associate editor of Computers in Human Behavior, and has published a number of very successful books including Ten Steps to Complex Learning (now in its third revised edition and translated/published in Korea and China) and Urban Legends about Learning and Education. He also co-edited two other books (Visualizing Argumentation and What We Know about CSCL).
His areas of expertise include interaction in learning, collaboration for learning (computer supported collaborative learning), and regulation of learning.
Head of Talent and Head of IT at Metronom GmbH, Germany
David is currently responsible for growing the METRONOM Hub in Berlin and has previously worked for numerous companies in Product Management related roles and he additionally actively participates in the area of entrepreneurship.
Being exposed to the various educational systems throughout his life, Germany for his secondary school, Poland for his High-School and Bachelors and Scotland for his Masters, he got first-hand experience on how they differ.