OLC-UNESCO IITE Partnership Kicks Off Digital Citizenship, Digital Literacy, and Artificial Intelligence (AI) 5-Part Webinar Series


Alexander Case, Associate Vice President, Strategic Partnerships and Grants at Online Learning Consortium and Ben Scragg, Ed.D., Director, Strategic Partnerships and Grants at Online Learning Consortium

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The Online Learning Consortium (OLC), a nonprofit community of education leaders and innovators dedicated to advancing high-quality online, blended, and digital teaching and learning is launching a new five-part webinar series to foster thought leadership across the international education community regarding digital citizenship, digital literacy, and artificial intelligence (AI) applications for teaching and learning.

This five-part series is being made available completely free to both the OLC community and larger international community through OLC’s partnership with the UNESCO Institute for Information Technologies in Education (IITE).

Webinar topics connect to OLC’s on-going research efforts with and for UNESCO IITE. The webinars include:

  • Data Analytics and Adaptive Learning, Tuesday, December 14, 2021 at 10:00 am U.S. Eastern Time; In this webinar, our experts will share ongoing work and emerging trends related to data analytics and adaptive learning solutions, as well as their connections to and implications for digital citizenship education.
  • Artificial Intelligence and Disruptive Innovation in Education, Thursday, December 16, 2021 at 10:00 am U.S. Eastern Time; In this webinar, we will provide a framework for bridging the global digital skills gap through expanded educational opportunity. Expert panelists will provide a frame and pathways for understanding and engaging in global coalition-building and systems-level change.
  • Simulation, Immersion, and Gamification, Monday, January 10, 2022 at 10:00 am U.S. Eastern Time; In this webinar, our expert panelists will explore the emergent possibilities and exciting teaching, learning, and doing taking place through simulations, labs, and immersive, virtual experiences.
  • Ethical and Moral Issues Regarding AI in Education, Wednesday, January 19, 2022 at 1:00 pm U.S. Eastern Time; In this webinar, our expert panelists will explore what is at stake with respect to the moral and ethical issues related to the use of artificial intelligence in education.
  • Bringing it All Together: Strategies for Incorporating AI and Digital Education Innovations, Thursday, February 3, 2022 at 1:00 pm U.S. Eastern Time; In this webinar, OLC researchers will share insights and results from their global case study, and a panel of experts will discuss calls to action and communities of practice driving systemic change across the globe.

Panelists throughout the series hail from leading national and international institutions in the online and digital learning and technologies fields including Arizona State University, Motlow State Community College, King Khalid University, Lamar University, the New School/X-Reality Center, and the University of Arizona as well as top education and digital learning organizations including North America’s Association of Public Land Grant Universities (APLU), Digital Promise, and the International Centre of Excellence for Innovative Learning (ICEFIL).

The OLC is eager to welcome a large and diverse set of community stakeholders to this forthcoming series: especially higher education and K-12 administrators and faculty, online education directors, instructional and educational technologists, learning experience designers, education policy makers, and educational futurists.

Established by the UNESCO General Conference at its 29th session (November 1997), UNESCO IITE holds a global mandate for leading advancements and efforts with education information and communications technology (ICT). In support of the United Nations (U.N.) Sustainable Development Goal 4, which highlights inclusion and equity, quality of education and lifelong learning.

For more information on the webinar series or our UNESCO research efforts, please do not hesitate to reach out to OLC’s Strategic Partnerships and Grants Team at grants@onlinelearning-c.org.

Alex Case, AVP of Strategic Partnerships & Grants – alex.case@onlinelearning-c.org
Ben Scragg, Director of Strategic Partnerships & Grants – ben.scragg@onlinelearning-c.org

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