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Arriving at the questions – the process

In preparation for the event, UNESCO commissioned expert authors to propose questions for the participants to address.

Over 50 questions were generated, and these were grouped into fifteen areas:

  1. The impact of emerging technology on models of learning.

  2. Teachers' future roles.

  3. Future models of assessment.

  4. Future of classical educational structures.

  5. The concept of universal "knowledge norms".

  6. Role of the IT private sector in learning.

  7. Future of e-education.

  8. Impact of technology on the evolution of knowledge societies.

  9. The ever expanding "knowledge/learning divide, etc.

  10. The notion of the global learner, ‘sans frontieres’ of geography and imposed psychological constraints.

  11. Recognition of informal learning as a legitimate form of learning and the role of family/community in learning.

  12. The design, placement and use of educational buildings

  13. The design, deployment and use of content material

  14. The design deployment and use of equipment

  15. Software – open source vs. proprietary

These areas may provide further depth to the discussion in the meeting, but it was felt are still too many to focus questions.

Thus the fifteen areas were reduced to eight, conceptualized from an individual’s perspective. These eight conceptual areas relating to knowledge acquisition and sharing are:

  1. Motivation - why do individuals want to know and share?

  2. Importance - what is there to be known?

  3. Process - how do individuals come to know?

  4. Community - who can help individuals and how do they take part?

  5. Environment - where and when can this take place?

  6. Source - what resources can help?

  7. Assessment - what have individuals achieved and what next?

  8. Recognition - how do individuals convince others of their knowledge?


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