The Knowledge Society demands that we leapfrog ahead in our education systems, build a new digital literacy, and improve soft skills (creativity, innovation, collaboration, communication, and critical thinking, among others) that could help all 21st century citizens become productive, effective knowledge workers. Educators, policymakers, business leaders, parents, and youth must identify and develop new sets of e-skills and e-competencies to help youth succeed, and build a capacity for success toward the 22nd century. The purpose of this event is to identify, project and discuss the e-skills and e-competencies required for success in the 21st and early 22nd centuries. This event will explore, gather and analyze relevant experiences in training and development of e-skills throughout North America.
The activity builds from the collaborative work of scholars from FLACSO-México, the University of Minnesota and the University of Toronto. This public session invites thought leaders and innovators in the development of the e-skills to share their work and experiences. Guest presenters will be invited to participate physically or virtually, and all presentations will be recorded, translated into Spanish and English, and available for viewing online and discussion.
This event is funded through the support of PIERAN, the Interinstitutional Program for North American Studies at El Colegio de México, and the collaborating institutions.
This is not your typical conference!
To facilitate focused discussions and innovative approaches to dialogue on e-competencies, the organizing committee has established the following rules:
- No presentation may be longer than 10 minutes (this is the maximum length allowed by YouTube, and will be strictly enforced).
- A maximum of four PowerPoint (or similar) slides will be allowed. It is the presenter’s responsibility to ensure both English and Spanish versions of their slides and any accompanying materials are available.
- There are no registration fees for this conference!
- Although in-person presentations are encouraged, presenters may participate virtually (via Skype or Adobe Acrobat Connect) or in-person.
- Participants that find it difficult to participate via live video or in person may contribute a pre-recorded YouTube (or similar) video to be shown during the event and made available in the online library.
- Presenters and participants from throughout the world are invited.
- All participants will be invited to continue our discussions online at this conference website and elsewhere.
- All conference products will be made available for further dissemination and development through a Creative Commons Attribution-Noncommercial-Share Alike license.