eLearning: e is for easy. Also, e is definitely for enhanced learning.
eLearning is actively changing the face of school education. Years ago, eLearning promised to truly bring personalized and individualized content to the classroom – but has it?
British and Romanian pedagogists and edtech professionals formulate the problem and also suggest a possible answer in an exciting debate.
The school education should shift from the industrial age to the digital age. eLearning should be easy and inexpensive for teachers, because they already use digital technology, interactive whiteboards and online tools in the classroom. But most eLearning softwares on the market are perceived as a burden rather than as help.
eduVision 2020 revolves around eLearning solutions that enable a 360º approach to education in schools, putting together all key actors: pupils, teachers, parents and decision makers, into a continuum learning process without physical borders.
eLearning should be accessible to every teacher in the world. Guided by this philosophy, the team of experts enrolled in eduVision 2020 has created a basic version of the eLearning platform that is free. Today, eLearning breaks down barriers. The open education resources encourage and enable sharing free content, while leading to social empowerment of millions of people around the world.
The conference aims to gather ministers and representatives of education ministries from Europe, Africa, Middle East and CIS, delegates of embassies and consulates, educational professionals and teachers, education researchers and opinion leaders in order to support the eduVision 2020 initiative.
The eduVision 2020 conference debates the causes for which the adoption of eLearning lags behind the adoption of IT in society, bringing to the table policy makers, education pioneers and experts to discuss lessons learned and present real case-studies based on UK’s and Romania’s experience in the adoption of the magical eLearning platform of the future.
YEARS OF EXPERIENCE
1. Gain attention of the students.
2. Inform students of the objectives.
3. Stimulate recall of prior learning.
4. Present the content.
5. Provide learning guidance.
6. Elicit performance (practice).
7. Provide feedback.
8. Assess performance.
9. Enhance retention and transfer to the job.
The second edition of eduVision 2020 brought together specialists in educational strategies and technology creators from UK and Romania in order to promote the best practices in eLearning. The live presentation of Wand.education™ platform, with the participation of a group of students and teachers from Saltash Community School, demonstrated the benefits of digital interactive lessons, both for learning and training.
The event was opened by His Excellency Dan Mihalache, Ambassador of Romania to the Court of St. James’s, who underlined the importance of adapting education to the dynamics of global developments and technologies. Mr. Pavel Nastase, the Ministry of National Education of Romania, delivered his message via a video transmission; he highlighted the Romanian experience in the field of digital education, and expressed the support for further digitisation and modernisation. Mr. Daniel Böjte, the Minister IT Advisor – Ministry of National Education of Romania – explained why he believes the “e” from eLearning should also stand for “emotion”, and how this plays an important role in learning, memory, and performance in school. He suggested that ICT can help to easily transfer emotions in the classroom, making an astonishing difference in the learning process. Mr. Dan Buckley, CEO of South East Cornwall Regional Multi Academy Trust, provided an insight on the core competencies identified internationally that underpin learning. He defined a “SECRET” set of skills that teachers need to embed within their students to help them achieve future success. SECRET is an acronym that stands for: Self-Managers, Effective Participators, Creative Thinkers, Reflective Learners, Enquirers, and Team Workers. He also suggested that Wand.education had the potential to actively support this SECRET model in schools. Professor Radu Jugureanu then presented the five steps for implementing a successful eLearning nationwide project: train champion teachers to produce local content, promote best practices, piloting the eLearning platform in the local schools, use the free platform at a nationwide scale and deliver a project proposal to the Ministry of Education.
At the end of event, the Ambassador awarded the students with Wand.Ambassador Certificates of Excellence.
“It is time that eLearning is finally delivering on the promise – to be affordable, easy to use and to allow an integrated approach to education in schools. eduVision project was initiated in an effort to offer viable solutions to today’s challenges of education, increase access to quality education by modernizing and digitizing existing curriculum and tools for teaching, learning, assessment and examination.”, said professor Radu JUGUREANU, Senior Expert Wand.education™.
ExCeL London exhibition Center, North Gallery Room No. 8, 2nd floor,
Royal Victoria Dock, 1 Western Gateway, London, E16 1XL