Plenary and Workshops
by Sandra Janusch
Plenary: Education 4.0: How Schools & Teaching Must Transform
Advances in digital technologies have accelerated at an unprecedented pace in recent years. It is estimated that by 2025, all work will be performed by a 50%-50% combination of humans and machines. Education 4.0 describes the transformation needed by our educational systems, schools, and teachers to prepare students for this future of work. This session will describe academic foundations of the 1st, 2nd, 3rd industrial revolutions, introduce thought leaders and pioneers in the Education 4.0 movement, and describe specific approaches that teachers must adopt to ensure that the students of today will thrive in the world of tomorrow.
Workshop: Curriculum Design 4.0: Begin with the End in Mind
To prepare learners for the future of work, teachers need to see themselves as designers and facilitators, rather than imparters of knowledge. Backward Design and Project-based Learning provide curriculum frameworks that ensure learning tasks are meaningfully sequenced, have a clear purpose and rationale, and integrate multiple opportunities for developing collaboration, critical thinking, innovation, and creativity skills. This interactive workshop will introduce participants to the Backward Design approach and will provide opportunities to practice using this framework in developing a project-based unit that integrates communicative competence and 21st century skills for language learners of any age.
Workshop: Language Assessment 4.0: Students and Teachers as Partners
In addition to communicative competence, Education 4.0 requires students to demonstrate critical thinking, creativity, teamwork and collaboration, emotional intelligence, decision-making, negotiation, and cognitive flexibility. What assessment strategies allow students to demonstrate these competencies in meaningful ways? How can we partner with students to ensure they are active participants in the on-going development of their language and 21st century skills? In this workshop, participants will explore these questions and more. We will identify and build tools that can deliver pedagogically sound developmental feedback to students and investigate strategies that encourage students’ active participation in goal setting and evaluation of their skills.
About the author
Sandra Janusch is the Assistant Vice Provost, International & Academic Programs at the University of Washington Continuum College. For over 30 years, she has been a teacher, teacher educator and program administrator in Canada, China, France, Indonesia, the Netherlands, the United Kingdom, the US and Vietnam. Her expertise includes training teachers of English and finding creative ways to overcome obstacles to education at every level from pre-K to university, ensuring that students have the tools and skills to succeed and achieve their goals. Sandra holds a doctorate degree in education from the University of Calgary with a specialization in TESOL.