PCF9 online forum


Employability Unemployment is a major problem affecting people around the world. ILO estimates that more than 61 million jobs have been lost globally since the start of the global economic crisis in 2008, leaving more than 200 million people unemployed. Over the next decade nearly 500 million jobs need to be created to absorb those currently unemployed and the 40 million new annual entrants to the labour market. Close to 90% of this job creation needs to take place in the developing world, primarily Africa and Asia. Rising youth unemployment, especially for young women, is one of the most significant problems facing economies and societies today, in developed and developing countries. The youth unemployment rate is nearly three times that of the rest of the population. Opening up education Opening up education is a broad concept that became popular with the establishment of the UK Open University. The ‘open education’ movement now encompasses open educational resources (OER), open science, open educational practice (OEP), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC), open pedagogy, open textbooks as well as ‘traditional’ open entry, flexible learning. This sub-theme will focus on how all these approaches can be used to improve access to education at all levels, and particularly with a focus on lifelong learners. Ways of improving access can encompass the use of any of the forms of open education, and institutional models to flexible learning, such as public-private partnership, accrediting informal learning and the use of technology to support online, flexible learning. The aim is to explore new models of learning and evaluate the implementation of existing approaches to foster open education. Perspectives can include student learning, designing open education, delivering learning opportunities, and managing learning organisations. Equity and inclusion At the heart of open and distance learning practice is the different interactions between teachers and students of various types that are significantly mediated through the design and implementation of the educational resources that students must engage with. However, each of these three factors has an inward and outward focus that makes up the whole educational experience. Thus, educational resources can be readily available and accessible (‘open’) or not (‘closed’). Students have their experiences of studying influenced by their personal circumstances. Teachers’ practices are influenced by the support staff and structures within their institutions. In addition, there are another set of external influences such as quality assurance policies, innovations in educational technologies and institutions and cultural norms and practices in relation to life-long learning. Finally, we have an overarching influence of the Sustainable Development Goals. All these factors and their relationships are represented in the influence diagram below and will be discussed during the forum. Technology Advances in emerging technologies continue to drive innovation in education institutions and the workplace. The knowledge and use of these technologies as well as the ability for technology-enabled learning and upskilling are becoming imperative for self-improvement and advancement in the workplace. Developments in artificial intelligence and robotics have particularly seen a demand on employees to add breadth or depth to their current capacities. Only a few years ago, a college degree guaranteed a stable job and to some extent, long-term career success. It is, however, increasingly the case that individuals need to embrace lifelong learning to remain relevant in their workplace, as a college degree now only helps new graduates enter the workforce. It is because of this that many institutions are not only focused on providing high quality learning resources but also equipping learners with the knowledge and skills needed to blend appropriate technologies and online resources, including OER, to attain lifelong learning. The question we might ask is whether the evolution of new technologies and learning platforms like MOOCs, augmented and virtual reality learning environments and microlearning have been successful in realizing flexible, personalized, work-based learning. Are there ways to train a learner to prepare them to become lifelong learners? Is the use of technology in education all that it takes? Are there successes or has this debate over-emphasised the potential of technology for lifelong learning? This forum will attempt to answer these questions and address ways in which education institutions and international development organizations might harness emerging technologies to prepare a workforce that is ready for lifelong learning.
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About the PCF9 online forum category 1 May 7, 2019
Week 4 Summary and Thank You to All 5 July 15, 2019
Thank You For Your Contributions - Summary of Week 4 1 July 15, 2019
The rate of unemployment in Nigeria: prospects and challenges What should be the specific innovations, programmes and approaches to improve the graduate employability in Nigeria? 8 July 15, 2019
Effect of open educational resources 26 July 14, 2019
What will Open Education look like in ten years time? 15 July 14, 2019
Week 1 Summary 6 July 14, 2019
Topic 3: What are the strengths and weaknesses of current educational practices in terms of equity and inclusion? 10 July 13, 2019
Liniking entrepreneurial education to employability of students - question raised by Chris Prince Udochukwu Njoku 9 July 13, 2019
What Are The Strengths and Limitations of Current Education Systems? 28 July 12, 2019
Topic 1: How do we recognise success in equity and inclusion in education? 20 July 12, 2019
Monitoring and evaluation of digital tools and resources 5 July 12, 2019
"Education is a Market" What are your thoughts? 15 July 12, 2019
Effective use of digital tools and resources for transformation 12 July 12, 2019
Equity and Inclusion summaries 5 July 12, 2019
Introductions 30 July 10, 2019
Week 3 Summary 7 July 10, 2019
Are we making employable graduates? 8 July 10, 2019
Poor Time Management and the Impact on Employability 3 July 10, 2019
The use of Social media in online learning is needed in education 38 July 10, 2019
Joint teacher education programs through ICT 21 July 9, 2019
Non-acceptance of qualifications from online programs: The Bane of Online Learners and Their Employment 1 July 9, 2019
Mobile learning and Microlearning 2 July 9, 2019
Use of ICT in ODL 13 July 9, 2019
The Changing Landscape of Employment 2 July 9, 2019
Addressing Identified Challenges Through Online Distance Learning (ODL) and Technology Enhanced Learning (TEH) 14 July 9, 2019
Final Opportunity to share your thoughts and ideas in this this discussion 1 July 8, 2019
The Technology discussions so far 4 July 4, 2019
Equity 1 July 4, 2019
Week 2 Summary 3 July 3, 2019