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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.

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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 :// More information please visit All the information in this document under a Creative Commons license: Attribution – Non Commercial – No Derivs