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Lifelong Learning in a new Open Context

In an open source approach to lifelong learning, the student becomes a co-creator of knowledge and skills. This is in contradiction to the 20th Century systemic approach where the learner was a passive receiver of information and strict how-to-instructions. Then, how do you upgrade and value the quality of lifelong learning in an open context? Is MOOC the only possible form of borderless education for lifelong learners in higher education? What about lower levels with… Continue reading

Lifelong Learning or Opportunities Lost

Like in the 13th Century when a borderless network of universities began to spread the internet was from the beginning a network of scientists beyond the reach of the national governments. Later this developed into a global and anarchistic discussion-forum to on the brink of the 21st Century take another step in to become the global interactive marketplace it is today. A market for social networking, collaboration, ideas, products, and services, which means an environment… Continue reading

21st Century School Part 2 – humanism or not

Should the school only teach humanistic values and focus on systemically meet the state’s workforce needs? Or should it use humanistic pedagogical methods where the goal is to empower the learner’s formation and individual choices of life path? We have seen the result of the first alternative during the past century, but to find the historical roots of the second alternative we have to turn Ancient Greece, to its central notion of Paideia. Here you… Continue reading

Promoting entrepreneurial education ahead of 1st European Education Summit

eLearningworld News Developing an entrepreneurial skill- and mindset is a key competence that supports social and economic well being, and is at the same time a required skill on todays and the future labour market. The European Commission that January 25 is arranging the first EU Education Summit ever with the aim to “laying the foundations of the European Education Area: for an innovative, inclusive and values based education”. Besides the opening statement by Tibor… Continue reading

European Commission takes action for Digital Learning

eLearningworld News EU Commission adopted on 16 January 2018 the Communication on the Action Plan on Digital Learning with the focus on adding more fuel to the digitization of education in Europe. This includes how the EU can help individuals, educational institutions and education systems to better adapt to life and work in an age of rapid digital transformation. In the form of making better use of digital technology for teaching and learning, developing relevant… Continue reading

Government taking the lead in improving ICT-competence

eLearningworld News The Norwegian government increases its effort to improve the ICT-competence level by investing in courses of ICT-security and ICT in general. 500 new students will be able to enter the courses during the next year, which is added to the 750 students that started their ICT-studies during 2017 as the first phase of the project. In total, when the goals of the project is reached, 5000 students will be studying ICT. 50 new… Continue reading

Luxembourgish teachers are more satisfied and motivated at work

eLearningworld news A new survey on quality of life and motivation at work, carried out by the Ministry of Civil Service and Administrative Reform with TNS Ilres, public servants and employees in the educational service generally better results than their colleagues in other sectors. 51% said they were extremely satisfied and very satisfied with their professional situation, compared to only 43% among other civil servants and employees. In all areas, like work entrusted to them,… Continue reading

40 years after the Soweto student uprising – ICT builds educational growth

eLearningworld Weekly Review Yesterday, forty years have past since the Soweto student uprising started. High school students protested against racism and other injustices in school and the change of language in education to Afrikaans, in Bishop Desmond Tutu’s words: “the language of the oppressor”. The 20 000 protesters was met by extreme police brutality from the apartheid regime where the official number of students that was killed is 176, but other estimations says that real… Continue reading

Transformation of Recruitment in a Digitized Age

eLearningworld Weekly Review The job market is changing rapidly, but too many politicians still is promoting and sometimes make decisions on subsidies to professions from the 20th Century that is about to disappear. At the same time as they defend labour-market regulations that today only is holding people back. In a Harvard Business Review report the president of Northeastern University, Joseph E. Aoun, outlines a new labour market that is growing with hybrid jobs. This… Continue reading

How to fight ignorance about the world

People do worse than chimps on a simple multiple-choice-test On three simple questions about the global development all groups of people tested did worse than chimps. In the very interesting TedTalk below Professor Hans Rosling and Ola Rosling discuss the role of media and the role of outdated education as well as personal bias as causes of ignorance and how to fight it. Continue reading