Conference 21.4.2015: New ways to teach and learn for student engagement

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New ways to teach and learn for student engagement
21 April 2015
Institute for Research in the Social Sciences, IRiSS Conference Room, 30 Alta Road, Stanford, CA 94305

Although definitions of 21st century skills vary, there are some commonalities. The most important factor is that students should have the capacity to learn throughout their lives, and that education should provide the skills and mental tools to enable them to do so. Inquiry and knowledge-creation abilities are the most crucial skills, but they should be connected with analytical and critical thinking, as well as creativity. Students should have the capability to ask questions, and not simply seek or repeat ready-made answers. They need the ability to work independently, but also, increasingly, collaboratively. Life is ever more bound with technology; learning environments are continuously changing, and technology provides many new learning opportunities.

Today, knowledge creation is viewed as a non-linear, dialectical process, with different partners and stakeholders. It is also an interaction with technology-based learning environments and devices. It is an interactive process, in which application of knowledge is no longer a one-directional process. Rather, it is a joint process, whereby all partners, learners, experts, teachers, and other practitioners, as well as representatives of companies and researchers, work together in a complementary manner, seeking evidence for the creation of new tools and improved learning practices.

The conference asks and seeks solutions to the following questions
Are schools dropping out from students or are students dropping out from schools? What should change in teaching, learning and also assessment methods if we want to engage students in learning? Should learning be fun and if so, what it can be? What should change in educational systems, what in teaching and learning culture?

The conference is organized jointly with H-Star Institute, Stanford University and SCOPE, Stanford Center for Opportunity Policy in Education and CICERO Learning Network at the University of Helsinki. The Conference invites researchers, teachers, principals, policy makers and companies to seek new ways to teach and learn. It also provides new research informed ideas from Finland and USA on how to get students actively involved in learning.

Research sessions
The conference program includes 36 researchers' or research groups' presentations which will be presented in parallel groups during the day.

After the conference, there are possibilities for researchers’ meetings for preparing joint new projects on Wednesday 22 April.

Registration
The event is free of charge, but we ask that you register HERE.

Welcome!

Keith Devlin
Executive Director
H-Star Institute
Stanford University
Hannele Niemi
Professor
CICERO Learning Network    
University of Helsinki 
Stanford Center for
Opportunity Policy in Education
SCOPE
Stanford University


Program


Tuesday 21 April

8:30 am Registration and coffee

9:00 am Welcome and opening of the event
Professor John Mitchell, Vice Provost for Teaching and Learning, Stanford University
Professor Anna Mauranen, Vice-Rector, University of Helsinki
Executive Director Keith Devlin, H-STAR
Professor Hannele Niemi, CICERO Learning, University of Helsinki
Professor Roy Pea, Stanford University

9:30 am Success and outcomes of SAVI Innovations in Learning and Education
The cooperation between American and Finnish researchers
Professor Eric Hamilton, Pepperdine University, CA
Professor Jari Multisilta, University Consortium of Pori

10:10 am Research presentations and posters: Towards engagement of all learners
Parallel researchers' sessions

10:50 am Coffee

11.15 am New ways to assess student learning and engagement
Professor Daniel Schwartz, Graduate School of Education, Stanford University
Discussion

12.00 am Lunch
Visit to FabLab (CERAS Building) Paulo Blikstein and Tiina Korhonen

1:30 pm Panel discussion: Should learning be fun? Fun and hard work as components of learning
Founder Tina Aspiala, Fun Academy
Professor Hannele Niemi, University of Helsinki
Founder and Chief Scientist Harri Ketamo, SkillPixels Ltd.
Director Eilif Trondsen, Learning, Innovation and Virtual Technologies, Strategic Business Insights
Future of Learning Strategist, Claudia L'Amoreaux
Executive Director Keith Devlin, H-Star Institute, Stanford University

Moderators: Professor Jari Multisilta, University Consortium of Pori and Professor Heli Ruokamo, University of Lapland

3:00 pm Research presentations and posters: Towards engagement of all learners
Parallel researchers' sessions

4:00 pm Why do we need new ways to teach and learn - conditions for reforms?
Professor Linda Darling-Hammond, SCOPE, School of Education, Stanford University
Discussant: Professor Jari Lavonen, Department of Teacher Education, University of Helsinki
Discussion

4:50 pm Information from Research Funders: NSF, Tekes, Academy of Finland
What can we do together for high engagement of all learners?

5.15 pm Closing the Seminar
Professor Anna Mauranen, Vice-Rector, University of Helsinki
Executive Director John Snyder, SCOPE, School of Education, Stanford University

6.00 pm Reception with BBQ

Wednesday 22 April

9.00 am - 2.00 pm Research group meetings and PIRE preparation workshop


 

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