This week I was invited as an expert to host a seminar TAM: EU Expert seminar at Yedju Technical Institute in Tashkent, Uzbekistan 18-19 November 2019. The seminar was organized by the European University Association (EUA) who is managing for the European Commission in partnership with the University of Barcelona (UB): Centralised Support for Higher Education Reform Experts (HERE) in European Neighbourhood countries technical assistance missions’ (TAM). In addition, the seminar was hosted in collaboration with MHSSE, NEO, and Yedju Technical Institute in Tashkent, Uzbekistan.
The seminar gathered some 70 -80 delegates from universities and similar organizations from the country as well as the State Inspection for Supervision of Quality in Education (TBC).
The mission of the seminar was on:
Improving the quality of teaching in educational institutions through the introduction of new educational programs, modern pedagogy and smart-technologies in the educational process (introduction of electronic modules and introduction of distance learning), the acquisition of digital skills and learning methods, the development of open educational resources.
The seminar had its foundation in the UN UNESCO SDG Goals, not at least SDG4, SDG8 and SDG!6. Social Justice was a theme throughout the seminar Practical measures are taken by the Government of Uzbekistan to implement the 2030 Agenda for Sustainable Development. Furthermore, the foundation for the seminar was on the 4th industrial revolution. The 4th Industrial Revolution has an impact on how we live, work, communicate, integrate and interact with others, the environment and society. Of course, it also changes the way we learn. More important, besides the increased digitalization is that we need both science and humanities for a Fourth Industrial Revolution. There are needs for SOCIAL, EMOTIONAL AND ETHICAL revolutions as well. In addition, to the SDGs UNESCO's new initiative on Learning to become was highlighted and argued on. In addition, there was a focus on the forthcoming UNESCO OER recommendations.
The themes, for my presentations during the 2 days were on
- Global Challenges and Trends in the Changing Learning Landscape
- Urgent Needs for Revision of the Quality Agenda and Quality Models around the Globe
- European Standards and Guidelines (ESG) and Considerations for e-learning Provisions
- Modern Pedagogy, OER/OEP/OEC, and Smart Technology
- Digital Competences, Smart Learning related to quality
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