Skills for the digital Era @ Cátedra UNESCO UC3M

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Next Tuesday 31st January I will be participating in the Seminar “Skills for the Digital Era” organized by the Prof. Carlos Delgado Kloos, director of the UNESCO Catedra Educate-Digital Education For All. Together with the Prof. Matthias Hauswirth from the University of the Italian Switzerland in Lugano, we will talk about the skills needed to become citizens and learners of the 21st  Century. Here I leave the description of the the talk as well as the abstract of the talk and I will send the thoughts and the slides of my talk as soon as I do it.

About the event. Much has been published about the skills for the XXI century or the digital era. In this seminar, two will be analyzed: one is self-regulated learning (SRL) and the other one computational thinking (CT). Now that there is so much educational material online, persons with good SRL skills have a tremendous advantage when they want to acquire new knowledge whenever needed. Prof. Mar Pérez Sanagustín from PUC Chile will report on recent findings on this topic. On the other hand, programming skills are nowadays an asset in the digital age. On top of it, understanding the essence of the concepts behind programming languages can help solve problems in a structured and systematic way. This is what has been called computational thinking. As Mitch Resnick from MIT says, you can learn to code, but you can also code to learn. From Prof. Matthias Hauswirth from the University of the Italian Switzerland in Lugano we will hear an interesting experience around CT.

About my talk. We are living a time of continuous change. In an increasingly globalized world, changing jobs, and even country is part of the daily life of many people. Today, working in interdisciplinary groups and in a variety of contexts, from online to face to face, is very common. Given these circumstances, today’s workers need to continually learn and be flexible in order to adapt successfully to change. In this context, having the skills that allow you to plan, organize and control your learning goals is key. That is having the ability to self-regulate our own learning. In this talk, we will analyze what we learned about the characteristics that define self-regulated workers and how they behave in massive online learning environments. This analysis will allow us to better understand how we should prepare the workers of tomorrow.

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