Global EdTech Trends & Companies at 2015 Summit
EdTech Europe is proud to announce the inclusion of three international innovators within the 2015 programme. David Sengeh, Sir John Daniel, and Professor Ping-Cheng (Benson) Yeh will offer their unique global perspectives on the EdTech industry to attendees.
These three luminaries will share details about mentoring African youth innovators, developing worldwide open learning systems, and creating gamification platforms for Chinese MOOCs.
We are honoured to showcase these dynamic speakers and their extensive involvement in spreading educational technologies to all parts of the globe.
David Sengeh Co-Founder of Global Minimum InLabs Project
Born and raised in Sierra Leone, David Sengeh has always been passionate about encouraging a culture of innovation among youths that are deeply engaged in their communities across Africa. David is a Ph.D candidate at the MIT Media Lab researching biomechatronics.
He is also co-founder of the Global Minimum (GMin) Innovation Labs programme, which provides youth in select partner schools and surrounding communities with the opportunity to learn user-centered design principles, collaboration, and creative thinking through a carefully crafted curriculum and access to a variety of tools.
Since launching their first InLab in Sierra Leone in March 2014, GMin has garnered critical accolades and support from MIT D-Lab, AutoDesk, SparkFun, Lemelson Foundation, Rockefeller Foundation and Segal Family Foundation to further the Global Minimum mission.
EdTech Europe is proud to collaborate with GMin to help launch the next InLabs programme in Kenya, to be established by the end of 2015. We're excited for David to detail the ways in which InLabs is helping encourage technology within every school and community within Kenya.
Sir John Daniel Former President & CEO of Commonwealth of Learning
Sir John Daniel was educated at Christ’s Hospital, Oxford University, the University of Paris and Concordia University. He held appointments at the École Polytechnique, Université de Montréal (professeur assistant/agrégé, 1969-73); Télé-université, Université du Québec (Directeur des Études, 1973-77); Athabasca University (Vice-President for Learning Services, 1978-80); Concordia University (Vice-Rector, Academic, 1980-84); Laurentian University (President/Recteur, 1984-90); The Open University (Vice-Chancellor, 1990-2001); UNESCO (Assistant Director-General for Education, 2001-04); and the Commonwealth of Learning (President, 2004-12).
He is now Senior Advisor to Academic Partnerships, USA; Education Master at the DeTao Masters Academy, China; and Chair of the International Board of the United World Colleges.
Among Sir John's 350 publications are his books Mega-Universities and Knowledge Media: Technology Strategies for Higher Education (Kogan Page, 1996) and Mega-Schools, Technology and Teachers: Achieving Education for All (Routledge, 2010).
The three countries where he has lived and worked have each recognised his contributions with national honours: France – Ordre des Palmes Académiques: Chevalier ‘pour services rendus à la culture française en Ontario’ (1986); Officier: ‘pour services rendus à la culture française au Royaume-Uni’ (1991); United Kingdom – Knight Bachelor ‘for services to higher education’ (1994); Canada – Officer of the Order of Canada ‘for his advancement of open learning and distance education in Canada and around the world’ (2013).
Sir John won the Symons Medal of the Association of Commonwealth Universities in 2008 and his 32 honorary degrees are from universities in 17 countries.
Professor Ping-Cheng (Benson) Yeh National Taiwan University & Founder of PaGamO
PaGamO was creatively designed by Professor Benson to deepen student engagement with the homework in his Probability course. His Probability MOOC programme was also the first course offered in Chinese on the Coursera platform. With his innovative gamification platform, Professor Benson found that students voraciously answered the questions and were further motivated to compete against their peers while completing the homework assignments.
Professor Benson and PaGamO was also the recipient of the Wharton-QS Reimagine Education 2014 e-Learning Award at the 'Oscars of innovation in higher education' event.
We're looking forward to Professor Benson sharing details about what's next for PaGamO and hear lessons learnt about how to successfully deepen student engagement within MOOC learning enviornements.
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