Hundreds of educational pioneers came together at the Van Nelle Fabriek in Rotterdam on 30 May, 31 May, and 1 June 2022. If you weren’t there, or would like to relive EPIC, please read the report of Day I, Day II, Day III via the above links. For the slides of the presentations of those who have agreed to make them available, please read on.
Please keep an eye on the LinkedIn page of the Acceleration Plan in the coming weeks, as we’ll be sharing some more EPIC content.
EPIC had some EPIC keynotes. We’ll be sharing some of the presentations that were livestreamed for our online audience.
Adam Finkelstein from McGill University in Montreal opened EPIC on Monday 30 May with his keynote titled: ‘Learning environments are access points for changing teaching and learning’. Taking us on a tour past the changes McGill University has made to both the physical and the digital learning environment, he centered his talk around answering questions such as ‘How do we create innovative classrooms?’ and ‘What evidence do we have for how students learn, and what does that mean for how we teach’?
Adam Finkelstein is currently Associate Director, Learning Environments (Physical and Digital) at Teaching and Learning Services at McGill University where he develops university-wide initiatives to improve teaching and learning environments.
If you are intrigued by the statement ‘if you are in a classroom and you can do what you were planning to do without the students being present… don’t do it!’, make sure you watch Adam’s entire keynote.
Dirk Van Damme (Senior Research Fellow of the Center for Curriculum Redesign) gave an inspiring talk about the paradigm shift in higher education. Although universities are very resilient, being the reason that universities are among the oldest institutions in the world, it is clear that we cannot keep the current dominant paradigm that was established after WWII. Massification is under pressure, credentialism is declining and there are growing concerns about social inequality and meritocracy. Also, higher education is not delivering the skills that are demanded by society and the workfield.
According to Dirk, there’s a need for non-routine skills. Students should be trained for the unexpected as everything is changing quicker these days. Higher education should be aiming more at preparing students for the demands of the job market and society: skills and knowledge need to be transferrable and life long learning is essential. In order to do so, we need to change vocational and higher education. This is a slow and difficult change, but Dirk is confident: digitalisation will change higher education profoundly.
Some of the presentations at EPIC were filmed. You can view them by clicking on the link below.
During the three EPIC days there were many inspiring and interesting sessions. We have made a selection of some of these sessions below. You can browse through the presentations.
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