UCO UNESCO Chair in E-learning Fifth International Seminar conclusions


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These are the conclusions of UOC UNESCO Chair Fifth International Seminar: Fighting the Digital Divide through Education.

For further information, please visit http://unescochair.blogs.uoc.edu

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  • It is usual to think about the digital divide as a very concrete aspect of the impact of ICTs, mainly concerning whether there is an existence of infrastructures (sometimes computers, sometimes computers connected to the Internet). It is usual to think about digital literacy as the ability of someone to switch on a computer and playing some cards game, sending an e-mail and, optimistically, run some word processor and type in a love letter. It is usual to think about ICTs as something that won't make disappear the hunger in the world or heal the thousands of people suffering from countless diseases, specially in places where citizens live with less than one dollar a day. It is usual to think about the digital divide as something that does not affect me, as I live on the sunny side of the world, in a developed country that will last this way for centuries. With the aim to dismantle all these (almost) false assumptions, the seminar will try and give "correct" definitions for concepts such as Digital Divide, Digital Literacy, eReadiness or eAwareness and show examples on how ICTs can help underdeveloped and developing countries to reach higher quotas of welfare... and how so-called developed countries can exchange places with the lesser developed ones in case they do not pay attention to what is happening in a global world.
  • UCO UNESCO Chair in E-learning Fifth International Seminar conclusions

    1. 1. Fighting the Digital Divide through Education Reflections & Conclusions UOC UNESCO Chair in e-Learning Barcelona, November 14, 2008
    2. 2. The real fact of the digital divide <ul><li>Multiple factors </li></ul><ul><li>Many different (digital) divides, in relationship to context: culture, geography, education, wealth </li></ul><ul><li>Where to start? Many and different approaches </li></ul>
    3. 3. Importance of the “digital” issue <ul><li>The “digital” embedded in the socioeconomic divide </li></ul><ul><li>The “digital” embedded in the education divide </li></ul><ul><li>What’s the relationship between digital and analogue variables </li></ul>
    4. 4. ICT4D <ul><li>Awareness raising </li></ul><ul><li>Build from previous experience (e.g. best practices) </li></ul><ul><li>Open processes, open outputs, open participation </li></ul><ul><li>If added value, will to pay (i.e. impact and sustainability) </li></ul><ul><li>Evaluation, assessment </li></ul>
    5. 5. Community <ul><li>Communities of practice </li></ul><ul><li>Leveraging communities by focusing on their needs </li></ul><ul><li>Self-organization </li></ul><ul><li>Partnerships </li></ul><ul><li>Networks </li></ul><ul><li>Distributed agoras to debate </li></ul>
    6. 6. ICTs and Education <ul><li>Technology not to replace the teacher </li></ul><ul><li>Need to train teachers in ICT usage </li></ul><ul><li>Who’s the expert? The role of youngsters </li></ul><ul><li>Relevance of open content (i.e. OER) </li></ul><ul><li>The networked, multidisciplinary and multicultural teacher & faculty </li></ul><ul><li>Gain from system disruptions to review teaching & assessment </li></ul>
    7. 7. Digital literacies <ul><li>Multiple literacies: textual, visual... and language </li></ul><ul><li>Evolving and pervasive nature of digital literacies </li></ul><ul><li>Digital skills as part of the curriculum, embedded in the whole educational process </li></ul><ul><li>ICTs as a language , not just technology </li></ul><ul><li>Training the trainers, educating the educators </li></ul>
    8. 8. What’s next? (VI Seminar 2009) <ul><li>Best strategies of knowledge diffusion </li></ul><ul><li>Semantic web in Education </li></ul><ul><li>Teacher training in the Information Society </li></ul><ul><li>Awareness raising in policy-makers and decision-takers </li></ul><ul><li>Education for citizenship, values and attitudes </li></ul><ul><li>Back to open education </li></ul><ul><li>Social learning, peer learning, emergent learning </li></ul>
    9. 9. Barcelona, November 14 , 2008. Fighting the Digital Divide through Education UOC UNESCO Chair in e-Learning Fifth International Seminar More information: http://unescochair.blogs.uoc.edu/ http ://ictlogy.net/tag/uocunescoseminar2008/ More information please visit http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by-nc-nd/2.5/ All the information in this document under a Creative Commons license: Attribution – Non Commercial – No Derivs
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