Keynote Speaker

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Dr. Piet Kommers

  • Professor of UNESCO Learning Technologies

Topic: “Stop Training Now: Entrepreneurship in the Student’s Mind”

Recent trends in economies bring an inconvenient message: “Make your students learn smarter, not harder” and: “Be aware that acquiring knowledge and skills is no longer sufficient!”  Most of the jobs that rely on routine actions have been outsourced. What remains are jobs with a high need for autonomy, creativeness, authenticity and ….. an entrepreneurial mindset. The European Project IV4J ( recognised this drastic trend and brought solutions. Its main message is to integrate PBL (Problem-Based Learning), even if its scope is pretty focussed. Employers want workers to be active co-creators and be prepared for unforeseen conditions that demand creative solutions. Smart learning needs the whole spectrum of web-based tools: simulations, meta-cognitive reflection tools and continuously screening worldwide MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). It needs to be one’s first nature; Joining web-based communities for keeping up expertise. Search for the best solutions world-wide. This interactive keynote confronts you with mind-boggling questions like “what in essence is learning?” and “how can we overcome spoon-feeding in professional training?”  I hope to meet you on July 12 in Amsterdam.

Conference Committee

  • Dr. Zélia Breda, University of the Azores, Portugal
  • Dr. Mark Lee, Charles Sturt University, Australia
  • Prof. Adem Kilicman, Universiti Putra Malaysia | UPM, Malaysia
  • Lect. Joseph Bawa Yaro, Nasarawa State University Keffi, Nasarawa State, Nigeria
  • Prof. Heba Mansour, Sultan Qaboos University, Oman
  • Assoc. Prof. Madona Mikeladze, Batumi Shota Rustaveli State University, Georgia
  • Dr. Chew Fong Peng, University of Malaya, Malaysia
  • Asst. Prof. Moaz Nagib Gharib, Dhofar University Oman, Oman
  • Assoc. Prof. Dr Anas Hidayat, Islamic University of Indonesia, Indonesia
  • Dr. Muafi S.E., M.Si, Universitas Islam Indonesia, Indonesia
  • Dr. Kiddinapillai Sanmuganathan, University of Jaffna, Sri Lanka, Sri Lanka
  • Dr. Hinneh Kusi, University of Education, Winneba, Ghana
  • DR. Merle Talvik, Tallinn Health Care College, Stonia

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