Wednesday, 14 February 2018

Workshops worth attending: #storytelling, #citizenship and #mobile learning

Great workshops and seminars are open for registration, and gladly listing three that caught my attention: two in Europe (Germany and France), one in Maryland, USA.

Beyond Storytelling 2018: Re-Authoring Futures
When: 8 – 9 June 2018
Where: Hamburg, Germany
Cost to attend: 1000 EUR.
Early bird: 790 EUR (28 February)
Program: (Keynotes from: Joe Lambert (Chief listener and convener), Chené Swart (Consultant and trainer), Sohail Inayatullah (UNESCO)
Description (from organisation)
Futures are unknown and cannot be known. Yet, individually and collectively, we need an image and an idea how the future will look like to inform and guide our decisions and actions in the here and now.
At the same time, we are tempted, as individuals, organizations and communities to project what we know into the future. All too often, these imagined futures are constrained by what we think is possible or impossible to do.
True change and innovation rests on our ability to re-imagine and re-author the futures we want to live into – to open new perspectives and new ways of thinking and doing.
At BEYOND STORYTELLING 2018 we want to explore the potential of narrative approaches and working with stories to support organizations, individuals and communities in exploring their futures anew.

UNESCO Mobile Learning Week 2018
When: 26 – 30 March 2018
Where: UNESCO headquarters, Paris, France.
Cost: registration mandatory. No cost to attend, but travel and stay at your own expense.
Mobile Learning Week is UNESCO’s flagship ICT in education conference. Mobile Learning Week 2018 is being organized in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for ICT.
The 2018 event will be organized under the theme “Skills for a connected world”. Participants will exchange knowledge about the ways governments and other stakeholders can define and achieve the skills-related targets specified by Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4).
The conference, consisting of four related sub-events, will facilitate actions to:
Defining and mainstreaming digital skills;
Innovating skills provision for jobs in the digital economy;
Closing inequalities and gender divides; and
Mapping and anticipating changing skill needs
The sub-themes and sub-events of the conference are explained in detail in the concept note. Overall, Mobile Learning Week 2018 will provide a platform to share exemplary practices in mobile learning, with a specific focus on blending ‘non-digital’ education approaches and mobile learning applications in order to reduce inequality, spur innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and bridge formal and non-formal systems.
Workshops - Monday 26 March
The Workshops will facilitate demonstrations of innovative policies, research, projects, and mobile learning solutions. Workshop presenters will be selected from wide range of international organizations, NGOs, governmental agencies, and academic institutions that are implementing digital skills development programmes. Sixteen workshops will be conducted.
Symposium – Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 March
The Symposium forms the core of Mobile Learning Week and will feature opening and closing remarks from UNESCO, ITU and other partner organizations, keynote speeches, highlevel plenary addresses, and over 60 breakout sessions.
Policy Forum – Thursday 29 March (invitation only)
The Policy Forum will offer a platform to discuss the different pathways that governments are using to support the development of the digital skills required in the digital economy.
Download the Policy Forum agenda.
Strategy Labs - Friday 30 March 
Strategy Labs will be hosted by UNESCO and ITU partner organizations to help guide the conceptualization and refinement of projects for defining frameworks, assessing digital skills across groups and across time, and anticipating the changing needs for digital skills.

Seminar: Citizenship in the American and Global Polity: An Interdisciplinary Seminar for College and University Faculty
When: 15 – 20 July 2018
Where: Aspen Wye River campus in Queenstown, Maryland, USA
Registration: 1 March 2018 at the latest

Full participant = $2,975
Accompanying spouse/guest = $2,100 (shared room, all meals)
All costs include lodging, meals, group events, and materials. Airfare and transportation to and from the closest airport is not included; early flight booking is strongly recommended.
Part of the Wey Academic Programs. The Wye Faculty Seminar is one of the premier faculty development programs. The seminar seeks to address what we believe is a central need of faculty members—to exchange ideas with colleagues from other disciplines and other institutions committed to liberal education, and to probe ideas and values that are foundational to liberal learning in a free society.

Modeled in the tradition of the Aspen Institute Executive Seminars, the Wye Faculty Seminar combines three essential goals:
to gather a diverse group of thoughtful individuals in intellectually rigorous discussions;
to explore great literature stretching from ancient to contemporary time; and
to translate ideas into action suitable to the challenges of our age.

Outcomes and Impact
Past participants have emphasized the following outcomes and impact of their participation in the Wye Faculty Seminar:
Personal and professional refreshment;
Deeper and broader knowledge of interdisciplinary approaches to classroom discussions;
Exposure to diverse academic and personal perspectives.
An example of past curriculum can be found here.

The Wye Faculty Seminar is offered to selected faculty members who have the honor of being nominated by their presidents and deans for their distinctive contributions to the quality of liberal education.
The Wye Faculty Seminar combines vigorous intellectual exchange with time to read, reflect, exercise, and socialize on the beautiful Aspen Wye River campus in Queenstown, Maryland. The seminar is supported jointly by AAC&U and the Aspen Institute.