Despite indisputable influence of massive open online courses (MOOC) on all the levels of education – university, school and cooperative – the future of MOOC is still a matter of debates among professionals.
In the "Universities/MOOCs" section, we will discuss goals and objectives of MOOC and try to answer the following questions: Can MOOC be helpful for everyone: students, pupils, seniors? Is it possible to decrease the cost of Higher Education through MOOC? Is this old or new pedagogy? Is MOOC a field for innovations or a transformation of known online remote learning techniques? Who will become the leading MOOC provider: universities or corporations? How do we define quality MOOC? Can analytics significantly increase the quality of MOOC? Russian online education and MOOCs: development pathways.
Have teachers stopped understanding their pupils, and have pupils stopped understanding what teachers are explaining to them? The world has changed! The first smartphone was released 10 years ago, the first tablet computer – about 5 years ago. Technologies have changed our lives forever. The educational system cannot keep ignoring this fundamental shift. In the school education section we will be discussing the place of IT technologies in schools, questions related to inclusive education, and modern methods that speed up the process of children's adaptation and integration into society.
Will distance education abolish the class and lesson system or propel school lessons to a whole new level? Should we continue fighting the use of cell phones in class or try to turn them into our assistants according to the BYOD concept? Will digital educational resources and electronic textbooks manage to increase pupils' motivation?
As opposed to school and university education, professional training is poorly regulated by legislation. At the EdCrunch conference we will learn about successful cases of using new educational technologies and approaches both from independent providers and corporate universities. Are corporate universities the employer's "last hope"? Will corporate universities manage to become the leading driving force for training complex professional skills? Will new educational technologies find their place in corporate universities?
We will also discuss the makering development as a new approach to professional education: makering culture, that more often occurs in technology enthusiasts communities, presents a perfect alternative to niche specialization in an environment of constantly accelerating upgrade of technologies and business management tools.
How can we make educational process exciting and effective? We are going to try and find an answer to this question in the experimental methodology section. This is an overview of the best international and Russian teaching practices when teachers are not afraid of experimenting and testing new approaches. Discussion participants will touch upon the topics of inductive learning, mixed teaching of different age groups, interactive tools for student involvement, new education approaches for training teachers and many others. What really works? Is it worth modernizing the whole educational process?
Traditional school buildings cannot contain new educational technologies anymore. It is high time to reconsider design and architecture of educational spaces, as today we are learning everywhere: in a library, in a museum, in a park. What an optimal space for acquiring new knowledge and skills should look like? Is there a connection between learning space and students' educational progress? Who will become the driving force for new design and architecture?
At the EdCrunch conference we will try and discuss these issues and consider the most effective cases both from international and Russian experience.
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