Open debate

29th of June, 16:30 – 18:30 CET
“Transformations of learning ecosystems induced by COVID-19: reflections and future perspectives” 

watch the video of the open debate

The pandemic represented a major shock for learning ecosystems all over the world. However, the Emergency was addressed and managed by most educators at all levels  by leveraging the Internet and software environments that were not designed to support learning processes, but rather CSCW, although could be successfully bent to that purpose.

The emergency transfer of learning environments into a virtual dimension has highlighted: a) structural delays that can potentially produce a cultural divide in a significant percentages of the learning population; b) the limited impact of projects carried out in the past at European, national and regional level; c) the insufficient pedagogical and didactic preparation of the educators.
At the same time, it has highlighted a great individual availability – teachers, parents and students – in seeking solutions and adapting them to a wide variety of learning needs.

From the difficulty, thus, a new awareness and new opportunities seem to emerge that, potentially, could affect every aspect of the educational settings: spaces, contents, competences, methodologies and processes.

This open debate focuses on such new awareness and opportunities with the hope to help in: a) building a new way of thinking about educational processes and learning ecosystems; b) inspiring future research and projects.

Panel of experts

Diana Andone (University of Timisoara), Fernando Delgado (Director School Cluster José Estêvão at Aveiro), Monica Divitini (NTNU), Nic Nistor (Ludwig-Maximilians-Universität München), Rebecca Price (Delft University of Technology), Albert Sangrà Morer (Universitat Oberta de Catalunya), Stefan Trausan-Matu (University Politehnica of Bucharest)

-> read panelists’ short bios and statements

Panel coordinator: Carlo Giovannella (ASLERD and University of Rome Tor Vergata)

The debate will start with short presentations from a panel of experts and will be followed by a round of interventions by participants. Although the debate is open to any interested party, registration to the Open Debate is required for logistic reasons, especially from those who intend to provide their input to the discussion.

-> registration form

On occasion ASLERD, as association, is guest editing an IxD&A Journal special issue on:
‘Learning and learning ecosystems in the time of Covid-19’
the call for paper is now open for submissions -> call for papers

Contribute to the ASLERD survey on
Me and the distance learning at Covid-19 time
-> University Teachers Questionnaire
-> University Students Questionnaire