World Engineering Education Forum
International Federation of Engineering Education Societies
The Global Engineering Deans Council
15th – 18th November 2021 | Madrid, Spain
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P1256: Lifelong Learning in a Changing World: A Vision from the eMadrid Project
Carlos Delgado Kloos, Universidad Carlos III de Madrid (UC3M)
Ruth Cobos Pérez, Universidad Autónoma de Madrid (UAM)
Baltasar Fernández-Manjón, Universidad Complu-tense de Madrid (UCM)
Miguel Rodríguez Artacho, Universidad Nacional de Educación a Distancia (UNED)
Edmundo Tovar, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid (UPM)
Ángel Velázquez Iturbide, Universidad Rey Juan Carlos (URJC)
The effect of a changing world is being analyzed by this panel from the eMadrid network with respect to how the educational system should be not just at the traditional years of Bachelor and Master studies, but also along the whole life. Technologies change our daily life and the future of work, and therefore what needs to be studied and what skills need to be taught. They also impact the teaching process itself liberating itself from space and time.
The world is changing continuously, but there are milestones where one can recognize significant changes. These milestones are not single points in time, they are periods of transition. Not recognizing these fundamental shifts or not willing to accept them due to inertia are a bad basis for a bright future. Life and work are not the same in the agricultural era than in the industrial era. And so are the education systems. Apprenticeships were replaced by universities shaped by metaphor of the conveyor belt.
The question now is: how should education be in the information society? Higher-education institutions still follow today the patterns of the industrial society, but many aspects are changing. Let’s mention a few: rapid increase of knowledge volume, changing professions and appearance of new ones, changing demography and migration, longer lives, need for new skills, new teaching methods and tools, lifelong and life-wide learning, … The field is broad and has many different implications. Much has been written  and action needs to be taken urgently.
This broad and important field is being analyzed by this panel from different perspectives.
eMadrid (https://www.emadridnet.org/index.php/en/) is the Excellence Network about educational technology funded by the Regional Government of Madrid. The panelists are members of the Management Committee of eMadrid, representing the 6 universities that are partners in the project.
Lifelong Learning in a Changing World: A Vision from the eMadrid Project
1Universidad Carlos III de Madrid, Spain; 2Universidad Autónoma de Madrid, Spain; 3Universidad Complutense de Madrid, Spain; 4UNED, Spain; 5Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Spain; 6Universidad Rey Juan Carlos, Spain
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