Human-Connected Learning Experiences: Tapping into Technology & Game-based Methods
Date Friday, Dec 3 Time – Room Köpenick I&II
While digital technologies enable people to work and learn from home during the COVID-19 pandemic, this huge task of seeking to meet particular learning objectives while going online ultimately falls to the people — the educators and learners — who are behind the screens.
This session seeks to share how human connections and meaningful interactions are an essential part of the learning process, especially online, and aims at highlighting practical examples and case studies from UN Agencies.
- Active learning about methods and tools to enhance human-connected learning in online environments (from game-based learing to virtual reality)
- Knowledge sharing of case studies and individual experiences from organisations
Atish Gonsalves is a social technologist, entrepreneur and the Founder of Gamoteca, a collaborative platform for trainers to easily create and publish micro-learning experiences that use human interaction, mixed reality and game-based activities. Atish also leads research & innovation in education at the International Rescue Committee (IRC).
With a background in software engineering, AI and human-computer interaction, Atish’s experience includes leadership roles at technology and international non-profit organisations including the United Nations. Atish has consistently implemented successful edtech solutions that have helped democratise learning for thousands of learners in difficult contexts.
Chief Learning Innovation, International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO), Italy
Tom Wambeke, Belgium, is graduated in Educational Sciences, holds a Master in Cultural Management and an Executive Business LEAD degree in Innovation at Stanford University.Before joining the International Training Centre of the ILO he was assistant Professor at the University of Leuven and innovation coach at Open Higher Education.
He is currently Chief of Learning Innovation which specializes in providing sustainable learning solutions with the objective to generate impact and organizational change.
The unit he is leading has a double mandate: to strengthen the Centre’s in-house capacity to apply state-of-the art learning and knowledge sharing methods and technology, and to provide (e)-learning services to outside partners on a global scale. In this context he works closely together with UN agencies, development banks, international organisations, governments and NGO’s.
As a certified international facilitator (IAF) he’s actively involved in strategy facilitation, participatory knowledge sharing, networked learning and ICT4Development. This he combines with a passion for complexity adaptive thinking, foresight analysis and futures exploration.
Learning Innovation Programme Officer, International Training Centre of the International Labour Organization (ITCILO)
Alessia Messuti, is Learning Innovation Programme Officer at ITCILO where she is responsible of the thematic cluster on Learning Technologies by ensuring the Centre’s in-house capacity to use and mainstream learning technologies in capacity development projects. She is graduated in Foreign Languages for International Communication, with a special focus on the use of new media and webradio for social inclusion and local development. Before joining the International Training Centre of the ILO in 2016, she worked as training specialist in both private and development sector in Italy, Spain, Switzerland and The Netherlands where she gained experience in instructional design and quality assurance for e-Learning, facilitation of online and face-to-face trainings, applied research methods, mobile learning, MOOCs and gamification. As a certified international facilitator (IAF) she is actively involved in training facilitation with a focus on participatory learning approaches.