September 8th - 9th

After Corona: Transforming higher education?

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About WLS 2021

The past year has brought changes to higher education. It has brought changes to our thinking about higher education. In a year of pandemic isolation that has affected students and staff alike, COVID-19 has reminded us of the importance of place and social interaction for learning to take place. Educators and students have adapted to new technologies. Students have gone through a year of studying from home, without the support that social contact and campus life offers. Education technologies at our disposal have been better understood by some than others. How we have chosen them and combined them has been discussed only to a limited extent. How will we bend campus and virtual media in the future, in a horizon of mutual expectation and understanding shared by students, lectures and managerial staff alike?

Now towards the end of 2021 we are all reflecting on what permanent changes we might be seeing in higher education? There is talk of returning to “normal” and references to “the new normal”. There is also the fact that COVID-19 is far from over, the pandemic on the rise in many countries and the availability of vaccination extremely uneven.

What reflections do we make in light of this, concerning higher education´s digital future? Will we see a return to an old “normal”? Explore a deeper sense of virtual spaces and forms of immersion? New combinations? Please join us at the 11th World Learning Summit to explore research, teaching and learning practices, engaging with world thought leaders.

WLS 2021 is a live recorded digital event, video editions and summit transcripts available to registered attendees.

Program outline

September 8th

Opening remarks: WLS Co-chairs Donna Kidwell and Oddgeir Tveiten

Keynote: Ebba Ossiannilsson
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Global Higher Education after COVID-19: Pathways to innovations in the context of Open Education Resources

Keynote panel : Open Education – Post.Covid challenges and opportunities.
Panel host: Donna Kidwell

Q & A: Innovating education technology in an age of intensified globalization
Panel host: June Breivik


September 9th

Keynote: Stephen Dobson
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Students´well-being in a post-Covid world: Reflections on Nordic Higher Education in an international context

Workshop 1: Will the Freedom of Learning Mean students choose to be digital bystanders?
Workshop host: Stephen Dobson

Workshop 2: Exploring and promoting digital transformation of higher education

Workshop host: Josef Rebenda

WLS 2021 Roundtable session hosted by Donna Kidwell and Oddgeir Tveiten. Special guests: TBA at event

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WLS 2021 Team

Donna Kidwell

CTO, Arizona State University

Vidar Mortensen

CEO, Sunsense

Abit Hoxha

Researcher, University of Agder

Phil Long

Senior Scholar, CNDLS Georgetown University

Judith Molka-Danielsen

Vice President, Molde Universirty College

Josef Rebenda

Assistant Professor, SEITEC

Banani Debnath

MA Student Assistant, University of Agder

Phil Komarny

Vice President of Innovation, Salesforce

Cathy Casserly

Former CEO Creative Commons

Anjum Malik

Hofter Institute, Austin, Texas

Oddgeir Tveiten

Professor, University of Agder

Eilif Trondsen

Nordic Ed Tech specialist

Solomon Kebede

PhD student, University of Agder

Partner Alumni