Professor George Veletsianos Awarded Fellowship: A Transatlantic Conversation on the Future of Universities
We are pleased to announce that Professor George Veletsianos from Royal Roads University, Canada will be hosted by the National Institute for Digital Learning (NIDL) at Dublin City University (DCU) in March.
This virtual academic exchange is possible thanks to the support of the Ireland Canada University Foundation who have awarded Professor Veletsianos a prestigious D’Arcy McGee Beacon Fellowship. George holds the Canada Research Chair in Innovative Learning and Technology and the Commonwealth of Learning Chair in Flexible Learning.
As part of his Fellowship, Professor Veletsianos will feature in a free online Masterclass on Higher Education 4.0: Certifying Your Future starting on March 8th and will be giving an invited presentation on the changing nature of higher education in the digital-era. Details of this presentation appear below.
Title: Learners and Universities in the 21st Century - Future-ready?
Drawing upon his significant experience as an educational researcher, Dr. Veletsianos will offer a presentation on how social and technological trends, such as automation, are disrupting and transforming the nature of skills development for 21st century learners, and in particular, how these changes are reflected in educational practices and systems. Students in higher education today face many challenges, from a changing world of work, a sustainability crisis, and core questions of equity and participation which require bold, socially-sustainable solutions. Dr. Veletsianos will question common assumptions, such as that technological change inherently leads to wider participation in education, and invite us to consider how “...flexible education…can support better—more equitable, just, accessible, empowering, imaginative—educational futures” (Veletsianos & Holden, 2020).
This presentation will be conducted on the week commencing the 8th of March, 2020, and will consist of a 30-minute presentation, and a 15 minute Q+A session, and will be embedded in DCU’s online learning masterclass, Higher Education 4.0: Certifying Your Future.
Participants are invited to consider the following questions as reflective prompts before the session:
- What does flexible learning mean to you?
- What kinds of learning models do we need to support today’s learners?
- What types of skills do you feel that students should be developing in Higher Education, to become 21st century learners, and global citizens?
- From whom is greater flexibility required?
- How can we build more socially-just systems and ways of teaching and learning?
Participants need to register for this event, which will be an opportunity to hear one of the leading researchers in digital educational practice speak, and give voice to both local, and global perspectives on these critical issues.
The Ireland Canada University Foundation is also thanked for the generous support through the D’Arcy McGee Beacon fellowship’s mission, which “provides light, guidance and hope in challenging times.” The foundation was established to provide a “positive contribution to society, through the promotion of such shared values, which it does through the organisation of scholarly exchange and related events, and the support of academic and research networks linking both countries.” For more information regarding the foundation’s work, please visit the ICUF website.
You can also register here for our online masterclass, Higher Education 4.0: Certifying Your Future, starting on March 8th.