WISE Learning Ecosystems Living Lab
Dec 2020 – Oct 2021

WISE will be launching Learning Ecosystems Living Lab (LELL) as new initiative anchored in a place-based and collective design approach to mobilize practitionersexpertspolicymakers & innovators as a global community of practice and thought-leadership that will support the design of key components of Learning Ecosystems in different regional contexts. This initiative will see to disrupt and spearhead the sharing of innovative ideas and support the design of Learning Ecosystems globally.

The global community of practice will: 

  • Identify shared challenges and contextualized solutions in designing and implementing Learning Ecosystems
  • Serve as a springboard for content and research that captures and designs high-impact practices and policies in the community and beyond
  • Serve as a knowledge hub of design principles and best practices
  • Positively impact place-based learning and societal objectives in various contexts

As highlighted by the WISE Local Learning Ecosystems: Emerging Models report, there is a clear growing interest in the concept of Learning Ecosystems. Theoretical foundations of Learning Ecosystems are steadily growing stronger, but education stakeholders still lack access to knowledge, a community of practice and practical guidelines on how to build and manage Learning Ecosystems. LELL will serve to bridge this gap and to develop innovative and robust models of Learning Ecosystems to be applied in various global contexts.

Program

Learning Ecosystems
Designing Vibrant and Purposeful Learning Communities

A virtual convening, December 10, from 5pm to 6:30pm Doha time

A consensus is emerging that education and learning need to become “everyone’s business”, and that the more connected, intertwined and interdependent societies become, the greater the opportunity to leverage our collective efforts to address learning gaps and societal challenges. 

Learning ecosystems bring together diverse providers – not only schools and universities but also non-formal learning institutions, private sector organizations, and government institutions – creating new community-based learning opportunities and pathways to success, both for learners of all ages and for communities. This model, however, challenges conventional education hierarchies and decision making. 

How do learning ecosystems emerge and evolve? What enables or prevents their development? How do they impact a community and to what extent can we measure that? This first Living Lab digital panel convened academics, practitioners and community leaders to discuss principles, goals and engagement strategies of learning ecosystems; and explored successful examples from various contexts.

  • 09:00-9:10: Conference Welcome

    Stavros Yiannouka, CEO, WISE


  • 09:10-9:20: Introduction to Day 1 Agenda & Themes

    Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director of Research & Content Development, WISE
    Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar


  • 09:20-09:45: Keynote Speaker + Q&A, Build Back Better: Setting the Scene  

    Speaker: Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

    Discussant: Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar


  • 09:45-10:30: Short talks on Policy & Practice: The Impact of COVID-19 on Education Systems Now and in the Future


    In this session, speakers have shared their insights on the impact of COVID-19, how schools responded to the crisis and what policies needed to be introduced for the future.

    Speakers: Eddie Dutton, Emergency Manager for Education, Education Cannot Wait
    Sara Ruto, Regional Manager, UWEZO East Africa – Download the presentation
    Sungsup Ra, Director Human and Social Development Division, South Asia Regional Department, Asian Development Bank Download the presentation

    Moderator: Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar

  • 10:30-11:00: Break

  • 11:00- 11:45: Panel Discussion: How do we best measure school and system responses to the crisis? What can we learn from this to build better, more resilient systems for the future?

    This panel explored how we can best measure school and system responses to the COVID-19 crisis and what can we learn from this to build better, more resilient school systems for the future. This panel also discussed how their respective institutions have responded to the crisis and what lessons have been learned for moving forward. 

    Speakers
    : Olli Pekkah Heinonen, Director General, Finnish National Agency for Education
    Staneala Beckley, Chair, Sierra Leone Teaching Service Commission
    Hassan Al-Derham, President, Qatar University

    Moderator: Clare Shine, Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar

  • 11:45-12:30: Institutional & Individual Responses: Recommendations for Building Back Better and Future Preparedness

    As countries across the world slowly begin to emerge out of lockdown, what needs to change within education when the ‘new normal’ emerges after the COVID-19 pandemic? Panelists shared perspectives on how educational spaces can accommodate and support transformed education systems in the future. 

    Speakers
    : Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC Bangladesh Download the presentation
    Grace Maina, Senior Deputy Director, Curriculum and Research Services, Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development Download the presentation
    Nayef Al ibrahim, CEO, Ibtechar Download the presentation

    Moderator: Ahmed Baghdady, Research Manager, WISE

  • 12:30-12:45: Closing

    Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director, Research and Content Development, WISE, Qatar


    > Replay the session on Youtube

    > Download the presentation

  • 18:00-18:05: Welcome

    Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director of Research & Content Development, WISE
    Stavros Yiannouka, CEO, WISE

  • 18:05-18:35: Keynote Speaker + Q&A, Build Back Better: Setting the Scene

    Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Former Prime Minister -UK, Commission Chair, The Education Commission

    Discussant
    : Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar

  • 18:35-18:50: Highlights from the 2020 GEM Report

    In this special address, Manos Antoninis, Director of GEM Report, UNESCO, shared highlights from the 2020 GEM Report.
    Download the presentation

  • 18:50-19:35: Short talks on Policy & Practice: The Impact of COVID-19 on Education Systems Now and in the Future  

    In this session, speakers have shared their insights on the impact of COVID-19, how schools responded to the crisis and what policies will need to be introduced for the future. 

    Speakers
    : Emiliana Vegas, Senior fellow and Co-director at Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution Download the presentation
    Liesbet Steer, Director, The Education Commission
    Jaime Saavedra, Global Director, Education, World Bank

    Moderator: Faye Hobson, Program Manager, Salzburg Global Seminar

  • 19:35-20:00: Break 


  • 20:00- 20:45: Panel Discussion: How do we best measure school and system responses to the crisis? What can we learn from this to build better, more resilient systems for the future?

    This panel explored how we can best measure school and system responses to the COVID-19 crisis and what can we learn from this to build better, more resilient school systems for the future. This panel also discussed how their respective institutions have responded to the crisis and what lessons have been learned for moving forward.

    Speakers: Darleen Opfer, Vice President and Director RAND Education and Labor, RAND Corporation
    Manos Antoninis, Director of GEM Report, UNESCO
    Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of The International Education Policy Program, Harvard University

    Moderator: Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar

  • 20:45- 21:30: Institutional & Individual Responses: Recommendations for Building Back Better and Future Preparedness

    As countries across the world slowly begin to emerge out of lockdown, what needs to change within education when the ‘new normal’ emerges after the COVID-19 pandemic? Panelists shared perspectives on how educational spaces can accommodate and support transformed education systems in the future.

    Speakers: Shelby Cosner, Professor and Director of the Center for Urban Educational Leadership, University of Illinois Download the presentation
    Andrea Escobar Vila, Executive Director, Empresarios Por La Educación Download the presentation
    Saran Stewart, Senior Lecturer of Comparative Higher Education and Deputy Dean for Quality Assurance and Undergraduate Matters in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of West Indies, Jamaica Download the presentation

    Moderator: Julia Kirby, Manager of Research & Content Dissemination, WISE

  • 21:30-21:45: Closing

    Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director of Research & Content Development, WISE


    > Replay the session on Youtube

    > Download the presentation

  • 09:00-9:10: Conference Welcome

    Stavros Yiannouka, CEO, WISE


  • 09:10-9:20: Introduction to Day 1 Agenda & Themes

    Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director of Research & Content Development, WISE
    Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar


  • 09:20-09:45: Keynote Speaker + Q&A, Build Back Better: Setting the Scene  

    Speaker: Stefania Giannini, Assistant Director-General for Education, UNESCO

    Discussant: Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar


  • 09:45-10:30: Short talks on Policy & Practice: The Impact of COVID-19 on Education Systems Now and in the Future


    In this session, speakers have shared their insights on the impact of COVID-19, how schools responded to the crisis and what policies needed to be introduced for the future.

    Speakers: Eddie Dutton, Emergency Manager for Education, Education Cannot Wait
    Sara Ruto, Regional Manager, UWEZO East Africa – Download the presentation
    Sungsup Ra, Director Human and Social Development Division, South Asia Regional Department, Asian Development Bank Download the presentation

    Moderator: Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar

  • 10:30-11:00: Break

  • 11:00- 11:45: Panel Discussion: How do we best measure school and system responses to the crisis? What can we learn from this to build better, more resilient systems for the future?

    This panel explored how we can best measure school and system responses to the COVID-19 crisis and what can we learn from this to build better, more resilient school systems for the future. This panel also discussed how their respective institutions have responded to the crisis and what lessons have been learned for moving forward. 

    Speakers
    : Olli Pekkah Heinonen, Director General, Finnish National Agency for Education
    Staneala Beckley, Chair, Sierra Leone Teaching Service Commission
    Hassan Al-Derham, President, Qatar University

    Moderator: Clare Shine, Vice President and Chief Program Officer, Salzburg Global Seminar

  • 11:45-12:30: Institutional & Individual Responses: Recommendations for Building Back Better and Future Preparedness

    As countries across the world slowly begin to emerge out of lockdown, what needs to change within education when the ‘new normal’ emerges after the COVID-19 pandemic? Panelists shared perspectives on how educational spaces can accommodate and support transformed education systems in the future. 

    Speakers
    : Asif Saleh, Executive Director, BRAC Bangladesh Download the presentation
    Grace Maina, Senior Deputy Director, Curriculum and Research Services, Kenya Institute for Curriculum Development Download the presentation
    Nayef Al ibrahim, CEO, Ibtechar Download the presentation

    Moderator: Ahmed Baghdady, Research Manager, WISE

  • 12:30-12:45: Closing

    Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director, Research and Content Development, WISE, Qatar


    > Replay the session on Youtube

    > Download the presentation

  • 18:00-18:05: Welcome

    Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director of Research & Content Development, WISE
    Stavros Yiannouka, CEO, WISE

  • 18:05-18:35: Keynote Speaker + Q&A, Build Back Better: Setting the Scene

    Gordon Brown, UN Special Envoy for Global Education, Former Prime Minister -UK, Commission Chair, The Education Commission

    Discussant
    : Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar

  • 18:35-18:50: Highlights from the 2020 GEM Report

    In this special address, Manos Antoninis, Director of GEM Report, UNESCO, shared highlights from the 2020 GEM Report.
    Download the presentation

  • 18:50-19:35: Short talks on Policy & Practice: The Impact of COVID-19 on Education Systems Now and in the Future  

    In this session, speakers have shared their insights on the impact of COVID-19, how schools responded to the crisis and what policies will need to be introduced for the future. 

    Speakers
    : Emiliana Vegas, Senior fellow and Co-director at Center for Universal Education, Brookings Institution Download the presentation
    Liesbet Steer, Director, The Education Commission
    Jaime Saavedra, Global Director, Education, World Bank

    Moderator: Faye Hobson, Program Manager, Salzburg Global Seminar

  • 19:35-20:00: Break 


  • 20:00- 20:45: Panel Discussion: How do we best measure school and system responses to the crisis? What can we learn from this to build better, more resilient systems for the future?

    This panel explored how we can best measure school and system responses to the COVID-19 crisis and what can we learn from this to build better, more resilient school systems for the future. This panel also discussed how their respective institutions have responded to the crisis and what lessons have been learned for moving forward.

    Speakers: Darleen Opfer, Vice President and Director RAND Education and Labor, RAND Corporation
    Manos Antoninis, Director of GEM Report, UNESCO
    Fernando Reimers, Ford Foundation Professor of the Practice in International Education and Director of the Global Education Innovation Initiative and of The International Education Policy Program, Harvard University

    Moderator: Dominic Regester, Program Director, Salzburg Global Seminar

  • 20:45- 21:30: Institutional & Individual Responses: Recommendations for Building Back Better and Future Preparedness

    As countries across the world slowly begin to emerge out of lockdown, what needs to change within education when the ‘new normal’ emerges after the COVID-19 pandemic? Panelists shared perspectives on how educational spaces can accommodate and support transformed education systems in the future.

    Speakers: Shelby Cosner, Professor and Director of the Center for Urban Educational Leadership, University of Illinois Download the presentation
    Andrea Escobar Vila, Executive Director, Empresarios Por La Educación Download the presentation
    Saran Stewart, Senior Lecturer of Comparative Higher Education and Deputy Dean for Quality Assurance and Undergraduate Matters in the Faculty of Humanities and Education, University of West Indies, Jamaica Download the presentation

    Moderator: Julia Kirby, Manager of Research & Content Dissemination, WISE

  • 21:30-21:45: Closing

    Asmaa Al-Fadala, Director of Research & Content Development, WISE


    > Replay the session on Youtube

    > Download the presentation

Speakers

Alexandra Agudelo

Alexandra Agudelo

Minister of Education
Medellín

David Atchoarena

David Atchoarena

Director of the UNESCO Institute for Lifelong Learning

Soon Joo Gog

Soon Joo Gog

Chief Research Officer and Chief Skills Office
SkillsFuture Singapore Agency

Sébastien Turbot

Sébastien Turbot

CEO and Chief Curator
eko6

Rosie Clayton

Co-Founder
Weaving Lab

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