I’m very pleased to be part of the first [but hopefully not the last] TEDx in Tampere, Finland. The organizers wanted people to share their thoughts on what to do in order to establish a change in education.
There are a lot of issues to deal with, some of them are easier than others, but the most important thing to keep in mind is that we have to change things as the world has changed and keeps changing still.
We need to question what is the most important mission for formal education. And as I say formal, I mean that there are other ways to learn which, for some people, might even be more effective. For example I learned Photoshop mostly from online tutorials and videos, although I also had classes about it, but didn’t find them effective.
What we also need to do more efficiently, is to link businesses with the education sector. There’s no learning period anymore, as lifelong learning is making its way to our lives. In order to succeed, we need to learn until the day our bodies stop functioning.
I and my wife Hanna Teräs want to contribute to TEDx ProAcademy by sharing our presentation “21st Century Professional Development – Bridging the Gap Between Higher Education and Working Life” which clearly deals with these same issues. We had the chance to have this as a full paper in AACE E-Learn 2010 Orlando, Florida.
Here’s the link to the paper online in Hanna’s profile in academia.edu: http://bit.ly/Teras21st
This is only a draft, the final work published in E-Learn 2010–World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, & Higher Education, Orlando, Florida.
Hanna & Marko