November 9-11, 2021


Innovate Learning Summit Speakers 2021

Meagan Fallone
Barefoot College International

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers
Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University

Darya Yegorina

Tuesday, November 9

Meagan Fallone

Former CEO and now Board Director of the International Hybrid Social Enterprise, Barefoot College, India

Talk title & abstract coming soon!

Bio: Entrepreneur, social and otherwise. Women Leading Climate Change, Education Innovation, Rural Technology, Economic & Social Justice Champion. Explorer, Photographer, Writer, Speaker and Strategic Thinker. Learning, Re-learning and Un-learning daily. Founder of Step Up Advisers, Chief Impact Officier at Innoterra Inc, Former CEO and now Board Director of the international hybrid social enterprise, Barefoot College. Focus on the Global South; rural women and their communities as agents of transformation through technology and knowledge transfer. Dedicated to investing in the rural poor to transform economies at scale through enterprise and partnerships that target equity, inclusion and economic participation. Working to leverage systems change partnerships and the spectrum of philanthropic engagement to drive impact socially, environmentally and through all governance. Dedicated to the Great RESET and building holistic Stakeholder Value by working with Government, Private Sector and Social Entrepreneurs in the pursuit of new economic models.
Passionate about nature, service and pushing the boundaries of innovative thought in action.

Wednesday, November 10

Ulf-Daniel Ehlers

Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University

Future Skills for Future Higher Education – The day when we started to rethink learning…

Abstract: The keynote will discuss the new emerging star-concept of future skills in a world of global and digitally transformed societies and present examples of transformative approaches to higher education.

It is a matter of felt truth and percveived reality that higher education institutions all around the world have to find an answer to the burning question: How do we contribute to the future transformation of societies visibly expressed in the transformative change of the systems under which we live: planetary and personal health, economy, democracy, and more. While higher education is traditionally set-up for working with well-elaborated curricula, more and more providing approaches to solving life-challenges will become the focus. The emerging concept of Future Skills is providing answers. It has meanwhile globally contributed to a decisive change of the public discussion about higher education.

The starting point for the enormous career of the Future Skills concept is the insight that current concepts of higher education do not meet the urgent needs of our societies with convincing future concepts. Neither they are fit to help sustain our environment nor associated social or economic challenges. While social challenges are exacerbated by an accelerating process of globalization and digital advancement, at the same time these are the very forces that enable a multitude of new options for human development. In this situation of digital acceleration, the characteristic feature is that of uncertainty and the inevitable necessity is that of creative responsibility. It is a platitude that the future is unpredictable, however we must be prepared to shape it.

In ten to twelve years’ time, children who attend primary school next year will be entering vocational training or higher education, and in fifteen years’ time they will be the new professionals who as young citizens take over the responsibility in our society. We know little about this future. In the year 2060-2065 they are likely to retire, end their employment and/ or cease working. About this future we do not know anything. Our schools must prepare them for jobs that do not yet exist, for technologies and applications that have not yet been invented, for living in a society whose social structures we cannot foresee today, and for dealing with challenges that are not yet discernible. It is our shared responsibility to make the most of the opportunities and find ways to deal with this uncertain future. It is about nothing more and nothing less than the preservation of our planet and our livelihoods.

Bio: Ulf-Daniel Ehlers has been appointed Professor for Educational Management and Lifelong Learning at the Baden-Wuerttemberg Cooperative State University in Karlsruhe in 2011. From 2011-2016 he held the position of Vice president at the same university and has been responsible for Quality and Academic Affairs. He is the elected Vice-president of the European Association for Institutes of Higher Education in his second term (2017-today) and director and member of the executive committee  of the European Distance and  E-Learning Network (2018-2021). Ulf is founding member and past President of the European Foundation for Quality in E-Learning (2011-2014). He has served as elected President of the largest Association for E-Learning in German speaking countries, The Society for Media in Science (GMW e.V.)  (2008-2010).

Thursday, November 11

Darya Yegorina, CEO of CleverBooks, Ireland

3D Dimensional Way to Empower Future Growth Mindset & Grow Polymaths

Abstract:  Empowering global education system to re-think emerging edtech (AR, VR and AI)

Innovative technologies like Augmented Reality change the way we learn in the future. Questions like why technologies are entering our lives as consumers so rapidly or why the transforming business sector and the education sector in the digital transformation era still remain in the analog age? TED-talk type of presentation about technology in education and its influence on the future of the kids as the workforce of the future. How technology can enforce personalized learning, help kids to gain new skills and empower the growth mindset. Why do we need to introduce technology at primary school and what are the benefits? Personal stories and interesting statistics will help attendees to get inspired in shaping the future of kids.

Polymath is a person of wide knowledge or learning. New evolving skills are important in our constantly changing world driven by technology. How can we prepare kids to be future polymaths? How technology is involved?

Interactive session is full of interesting and engaging facts about the importance of innovation, creativity, imagination, futuristic and strategic thinking approach.

Bio: Dr. Darya Yegorina, CEO of CleverBooks is a TEDx top global thought leader who influences Digital Transformation in the Education system. She inspires new generation from early childhood to develop necessary skills to help them survive the digital era through a strategic use of EdTech, thus shaping a sustainable future society and influencing future economic growth. Darya is the winner of Digital Female Leaders Award in the category of Entrepreneurship in 2018, named as Innovator by Irish Times in 2018, awarded Young Irish Entrepreneur in 2016, Women in IT 2019, Young European Leader in 2020/2021 (#EYL40), Top Thought Leader in B2B, AR/VR by Thinkers 360 (2019, 2020) featured in, Forbes and other global media as a promoter and facilitator of education technology for the best future of the kids in the world. Under Darya’s leadership, in 2020 CleverBooks was awarded in Reimagine Education as a Bronze Winner 2020 in the AR/VR category, enrolled in one of the biggest EU funded projects HORIZON 2020, GESAward 2020 winner and the winner of the Digital Innovation Challenge 2020 organized by the European Commission.

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