Organised by: London Tech Week
The Covid-19 pandemic accelerated education technology, digitising education at an unprecedented rate as the world experienced the largest online learning experiment in history. Impacting teaching, learning and life outcomes, 2020 presented an opportunity for real, transformational change within education.
The question now; What’s next for EdTech? Will it continue to grow at such pace, and how will its role evolve within the future learning ecosystem? What have we learnt and what do we need to adapt? As part of London Tech Week, Future EdTech 2021 commits to exploring the key insights and learnings from the past year, providing space to discuss and debate future challenges and opportunities for technology in education. The conversation will move beyond the present reimagination of education, looking to find a sustainable learning ecosystem for the future.
Learning without borders – Virtual learning in Higher Education
With no warning, universities transitioned to online pedagogy in a matter of days. With lockdown rules came the sacrifice of the social aspect of campus life making high-priced online education less attractive. Future EdTech looks to explore the new relationship between technology and university; what were the lessons learnt and what challenges lie ahead?
A new approach to learning and work
EdTech took off at speed in 2020, as teachers, students, and parents were forced to upskill their digital capabilities. As the world of work advances with technology at the fore, lifelong learning is essential in changing the way we think about education. To create pathways to meaningful and purposeful work, a new learning ecosystem is required which rebuilds our economies in a more sustainable way.
Inclusion, wellbeing, and tech – the new normal
Covid-19 amplified pre-existing educational inequality; from access to devices and connectivity to dedicated and quiet workspaces. Time and investment are needed to create successful and equitable remote learning. Student wellbeing has increasingly taken priority over content delivery in schools, whilst the move to virtual mental health support for university students has increased access. This reframing has highlighted the importance of inclusion and wellbeing within education, something which must be sustained.
Future EdTech 2021 will focus the conversation around the future of education and the role tech will play in creating and maintaining a new learning ecosystem. Bringing together leaders within the industry who are taking this opportunity to build back better and drive system-level change.