Redefining the university (Deadline 18 February 2011)
Changing schools, universities or the education system as a whole, in order for them to be able to serve their purpose and fulfil their roles in today’s rapidly changing societies, is a highly demanding task. While the Bologna process is leading the transformation of universities, PISA studies denounce gaps at basic education levels. Redefining implies innovating in order to transform, to change, and to better respond to new situations or environments. Innovation is the natural way systems adapt to survive.
We can think of innovation in the organisational sense, or in terms of improving teaching methodology, changing learning strategies, implementing ICT, or developing new formats for teacher training. On the other hand, redefining means reflecting on how we understand the human being, the soul or life on the Earth.
The public education system was institutionalised in the 19th Century, refined during the 20th and is now disintegrating. Perhaps the question is when death will arrive to universities, and if schools will survive. We could also reflect on the relationship between the process of redefining education and current changes in modes of communication: are universities and schools a mere product of what is written in books?
We can observe that society is demanding changes in traditional schooling. Multicultural or transcultural societies, new ethical frameworks, a highly individual participation level and networked situations require new education paradigms. Indeed, multiple approaches to this topic clearly illustrate the need for transformation and innovation.
eLearning Papers seeks contributions about ‘Redefining Education’ in both sections: In-Depth and From the Field. These are some of the suggested topics for articles:
Redefining teachers’ roles
Defining new universities and schools
The transformation of Public Education Systems
Innovation with new methods, new media
Education for a new society
Ethics in 21st century schools and universities
Education within a new communication framework
Isolated schools in a networked world
New curriculum or No-curriculum.
Evaluating… what? What for?
Teachers’ reactions to change
Redefining physical space and time (ubiquitous learning)
Foresight in education and learnin.
The article submission closes on 18 February 2011. The provisional date of publication is April 2011.For further information and to submit your article, please contact: firstname.lastname@example.org