After 18 months of global pandemic, the central role and place of higher education in society has never been this disrupted. As the pandemic unfolded and courses moved online in over 100 countries, existing issues were highlighted. Disparities in diversity, equality and equity were exposed. Course delivering bodies that package smaller credentials as academic currency started challenging traditional education institutions.
Student populations expressed the need to become better networked, and content-heavy courses were highly criticized. With the rapidly evolving demographics and technologies, a focus on inclusive, democratized and participatory aspects to lifelong learning is becoming the norm rather than the exception. Our three featured panelists, Dr. Tanja Tajmel, Dr. Nadia Naffi and Dr. Ann-Louise Davidson will discuss new developments for the future of education and new approaches to designing course content, building connections and designing learning experiences that prepare the students for the future of work and full participation in society.
Dr. Ann-Louise Davidson is an Associate Professor of Education. She holdst the Concordia University Research Chair in Maker Culture. She is the Director of the Concordia University Innovation Lab. She is also Associate Director of the Milieux Institute for Arts, Culture and Technology and she directs #MilieuxMake, the Milieux makerspace initiative.
Dr. Tanja Tajmel is an Associate Professor with the Centre for Engineering in Society, and Concordia University Research Chair in Equity, Diversity and Inclusion in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (EDI in STEM). She established the EDI Lab, a platform for students and researchers to discuss EDI research in STEM fields. She is also leading Decolonizing Light, an interdisciplinary project exploring approaches to decolonize science.