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Keynote Addresses

Keynote Address 1 (Day 1)

30 May 2023 | 11:00 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.
Educating Learners For Their Future, Not Our Past

In today's world, education is no longer just about teaching students something, but about helping them develop a reliable compass and the tools to navigate with confidence through an increasingly complex, volatile and uncertain world. Success in education today is about building curiosity—opening minds, it is about compassion—opening hearts, and it is about courage, mobilising cognitive, social and emotional resources to take action. Those are also good weapons against the biggest threats of our times: ignorance—the closed mind, hate—the closed heart, and fear—the enemy of agency. Starting out from the knowledge, skills attitudes and values that complement rather than substitute the artificial intelligence of our computers, the keynote address will look at the design of learning environments, enabling technologies, the roles and education of staff, and the work environment and work organisation that help educate learners for their future, rather than our past.

Mr Andreas Schleicher
Director for Education and Skills at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD)

Andreas Schleicher is Director for Education and Skills at the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD). He initiated and oversees the Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) and other international instruments that have created a global platform for policy-makers, researchers and educators across nations and cultures to innovate and transform educational policies and practices.

He has worked for over 20 years with ministers and education leaders around the world to improve quality and equity in education. Former U.S. Secretary of Education Arne Duncan said that Schleicher "understands the global issues and challenges as well as or better than anyone I've met, and he tells me the truth" (The Atlantic, July 11). Former UK Secretary of State Michael Gove called Schleicher "the most important man in English education" – even though he is German and lives in France.

Before joining the OECD, he was Director for Analysis at the International Association for Educational Achievement (IEA). He studied Physics in Germany and received a degree in Mathematics and Statistics in Australia. He is the recipient of numerous honours and awards, including the "Theodor Heuss" prize, awarded in the name of the first president of the Federal Republic of Germany for "exemplary democratic engagement". He holds an honorary Professorship at the University of Heidelberg.

Keynote Address 2 (Day 2)

31 May 2023 | 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m.
Teachers as Collaborative Designers of Learning

The digital world is creating great opportunities for the future of education. As using digital technologies for learning is becoming a significant part of education, there is a great deal of work to develop these new opportunities for learning and teaching. The keynote will demonstrate why it is important for teachers to now act for themselves as designers of learning with technology, by collaborating on, sharing, and testing new e-Pedagogies. It will also show how teachers can develop and share a detailed sequence of pedagogic activities, linking to specific types of digital tools and games that demonstrate why it is so important to use technology. These methods can enhance student learning and reduce teacher workload when applied well. The aim is to enable teachers to become collaborative learning designers, by using, for example, Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) platforms to support them in experimenting and sharing new digital pedagogies.

Professor Diana Laurillard
Professor of Learning with Digital Technologies, UCL Knowledge Lab, UCL Institute of Education, UK

Diana Laurillard is a Professor of Learning with Digital Technology, University College London Knowledge Lab (UCL). She was formerly the Head of the E-learning Strategy Unit at the UK government's Department for Education and Skills and a Pro-Vice-Chancellor Learning Technology and Teaching at the Open University. She has served on the Governing Board of the UNESCO Institute for IT in Education, Moscow, the Visiting Committee on IT, Harvard University and is currently on the McGraw-Hill Editorial Advisory Board. Her research includes 'The Transformational Potential of MOOCs' (Centre for Global HE, UCL-IOE), 'Future Education' (RELIEF Centre, UCL-IGP), the Learning Designer tool and adaptive games for low numeracy. She is leading the Blended and Online Learning Design course, which is free and open to all. She recently published a book on Teaching as a Design Science. She holds a Honorary Life Membership for Association for Learning Technology, Club Foundation Universitaire, Belgium and is an Honorary Fellow UCL. She was also included in the list of top 2% world scientists by the Stanford University in Jan 2022.

Keynote Address 3 (Day 3)

1 June 2023 | 9:00 a.m. – 10:00 a.m.
Learning Character Through the Ethos of the School: A Critical Reflection

To explore how character education is caught through the exemplary behaviour of teachers as well as the ethos of the school environment, the keynote address will look at the multiple school factors that allow students to acquire good character. Who are the main players and how is this process planned? What does research tell us about good practice? School ethos embodies a strong vision of character and personal development, and it permeates all subjects and wider school activities. It cannot be simply learned through an uncritical osmosis.

The keynote address will explore the process of conscious assimilation of character through 'caught', 'taught' and 'sought' educational pedagogies. The research outlined is based on the empirical work of the Jubilee Centre over the last eleven years which has sought to describe the distinctive range of values and beliefs which define the philosophy or atmosphere of schools of character.

Professor James Arthur
15th CJ Koh Professor in Education, National Institute of Education
Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues, University of Birmingham, UK

James Arthur is Director of the Jubilee Centre for Character and Virtues of the University of Birmingham. He is also Chair of the Society for Educational Studies, and was Head of the School of Education 2010-2015 and Deputy Pro-Vice Chancellor 2015-2019 at the University. He was previously publisher of the British Journal of Educational Studies for ten years and holds numerous honorary titles in the academy, including Honorary Professor of the University of Glasgow and Honorary Research Fellow in the University of Oxford. James was made an Officer of the British Empire by the Queen in 2018.

He has written widely on the relationship between theory and practice in education, particularly the links between character, virtues, citizenship, religion and education. James established the Jubilee Centre in 2012, and the Centre has grown in size, scope, and impact since its launch at the House of Lords in May 2012.