“20XX.EDU: Grand Challenges in Education (Part 1)” by Barr, Malina, Goldberg, Allen, Jennings, et al. …

  • ©Marc J. Barr, Roger F. Malina, David T. Goldberg, Rebecca Allen, Pamela Jennings, Sarah Cunningham, and Glenn Entis

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    20XX.EDU: Grand Challenges in Education (Part 1)

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    This panel, organized by the ACM SIGGRAPH Education Committee and Leonardo/ISAST, brings together a diverse group of outstanding researchers and artists, academy and industry professionals, educators, and government officials to discuss the future of education in its broadest sense, encompassing both formal and informal learning. 

    New digital technologies for human expression and communication have given birth to a 24/7- connected worldwide community that offers individuals and institutions a myriad of new models for shared, interactive learning. Information from a variety of digital devices that we now carry with us at all times is reshaping the way we perceive the world and interact with it. Online collaboration and social networking now play a major role in how we acquire and spread knowledge. 

    How can educational institutions take advantage of the increasing popularity and dissemination of these technologies? How can individuals and institutions benefit from the massive increase of participatory and collaborative learning in our society? What are the major challenges in education today, in the sciences and the humanities? What are the new educational trends and paradigms for the coming decades? What kind of new learning contexts can be created outside of traditional institutions? 

    The recent MacArthur report on The Future of Learning Institutions in the Digital Age provides one set of responses to these questions. This panel continues the conversation.


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