On November 12th 2018, the XIV International Seminar organized by the UNESCO Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change was held at the Col·legi d’Agents Comercials of Barcelona. The objective of the seminar was to discuss the new forms of learning throughout the life of today’s society, with special attention to the constant changes that citizens have to face in their daily lives and the role of technology in these new ways of learning.
The seminar began with several presentations made by experts in the field. The first one was carried out by professor Lisa Blaschke of the Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg of Germany, who presented the concept of heutagogy, a concept that helps to understand how adults gain the capacity of autonomous learning throughout life. The other presentation was made by professor Dave Cormier of the University of Prince Edward Island of Canada, who described rhizomatic learning, a concept that is used as a metaphor for the educational development of people.
After the main speakers concluded their presentations, the director of the UNESCO Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change of the UOC, and member of Edul@b, Albert Sangrà made a presentation on learning ecologies as a framework for analysis and investigation of the learning throughout the life of people. According to the concept of learning ecologies, citizens learn in many ways throughout life, mixing formal, non-formal and informal activities, in face-to-face, mixed or online environments. Its study allows us to know the mechanisms of development and professional updating of different types of people and professionals.
Teresa Guasch, director of the UOC’s Psychology and Education Sciences Studies
Albert Sangrà, director of the UNESCO Chair for Education and Social Change
Lisa Blaschke, program director of the Master in Management of Technology Enhanced Learning (MTEL) at the Center for Lifelong Learning (C3L), Carl von Ossietzky Universität Oldenburg (Germany)
Dave Cormier, Head of Student Engagement and Retention at the University of Prince Edward Island (UK)
Mercedes González Sanmamed, teacher and researcher at the Pedagogy and Didactics Department at the Universidad de A Coruña (Spain)