eLearning Papers. Call for articles on "Redefining the university". eLearning Papers publication is part of European Commission's portal, elearningeuropa.info, which aims to promote the innovative use of ICT in education and training.
Changing schools, universities or the
education system as a whole, in order for them to be able to serve their
purpose and fulfil their roles in today's rapidly changing societies, is
a highly demanding task. While the Bologna process is leading the
transformation of universities, PISA studies denounce gaps at basic education
levels. Redefining implies innovating in order to transform, to change, and to
better respond to new situations or environments. Innovation is the natural way
systems adapt to survive.
We can think of innovation in the
organisational sense, or in terms of improving teaching methodology, changing
learning strategies, implementing ICT, or developing new formats for teacher
training. On the other hand, redefining means reflecting on how we understand
the human being, the soul or life on the Earth.
The public education system was
institutionalised in the 19th Century, refined during the 20th and is now
disintegrating. Perhaps the question is when death will arrive to universities,
and if schools will survive. We could also reflect on the relationship between
the process of redefining education and current changes in modes of
communication: are universities and schools a mere product of what is written
We can observe that society is demanding
changes in traditional schooling. Multicultural or transcultural societies, new
ethical frameworks, a highly individual participation level and networked
situations require new education paradigms. Indeed, multiple approaches to this
topic clearly illustrate the need for transformation and innovation.
eLearning Papers seeks contributions about
‘Redefining Education' in both sections: In-Depth and From the Field.
These are some of the suggested topics for articles:
- Redefining teachers' roles
- Defining new universities and schools
- The transformation of Public Education Systems
- Innovation with new methods, new media
- Education for a new society
- Ethics in 21st century schools and universities
- Education within a new communication framework
- Isolated schools in a networked world
- New curriculum or No-curriculum.
- Evaluating... what? What for?
- Teachers' reactions to change
- Redefining physical space and time (ubiquitous learning)
- Foresight in education and learning
Antonio Bartolomé, Universitat de
The article submission closes on 18 February 2011. The provisional date of
publication is April 2011.For further information and to submit your article,
please contact: email@example.com