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What is the E21 Consortium?

The E21 Consortium hosts yearly events, which focus on critical issues around technology and education.

E21 Consortium

The goal of the E21 Consortium is to encourage disruptive dialogue within and across four spheres of engagement to break conventional thinking and explore alternative ways of imagining, conceptualizing and conveying a wide-range of emerging and evolving questions in the educational arena writ large.

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Make a meaningful difference for learners across the world is an ultimate goal.

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Vision

The impetus of this initiative is to bring the right people together to engage and provoke a strong dialogue from which will emerge a vision that anticipates the broad ramifications of education in the 21st Century.

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Goal

The goal is to encourage disruptive dialogue within and across four spheres of engagement – to break conventional thinking and explore alternative ways of imagining, conceptualizing and conveying a wide-range of emerging and evolving questions in the educational arena writ large.

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Global network

Developing a strong and global network of parties interested in uniting thoughts and actions to imagine Education in the 21st Century is an equally important goal.

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Members

In order to achieve this vision and these goals, the Consortium E21 brings together representatives of educational institutions (all levels), organizations, and associations directly or indirectly linked to education, government agencies, and private sector companies, from the Ottawa-Gatineau region, from Canada and from other parts of the world.

Balancing local and global perspectives while envisioning the education of the 21st Century is indeed essential to root discussions in the cultural and socio-economic realities of societies.

For more information about E21 Consortium, visit our About Us page.

Symposium 2021: Re-thinking the Relevance of Higher Education

The theme of the 2021 conference is “Re-thinking the Relevance of Higher Education: Which model could best respond to the needs of a 21st century society”. This conference is designed to challenge educators to re-think how the delivery of education in a post-pandemic society meets the needs and expectations of both students and employers.

Rethinking the relevance of higher education

Join thought leaders from all levels of educational institutions, organizations and associations linked to education and the private sector at our annual conference. Engage in critical discussions, thought provoking problem solving activities and networking activities.

THE E21 CONSORTIUM WILL:

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BRING PEOPLE TOGETHER

Bring people together to engage and provoke strong dialogue to anticipate the broad ramifications of education in the 21st Century.

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ENCOURAGE DISRUPTIVE DIALOGUE

Encourage disruptive dialogue – to break conventional thinking and explore alternative ways of imagining, conceptualizing and conveying a wide-range of emerging and evolving questions in the educational arena writ large.

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DEVELOP A GLOBAL NETWORK

Develop a strong and global network of parties interested in uniting thoughts and actions to imagine Education in the 21st Century.

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MAKE A DIFFERENCE

Make a meaningful difference for learners across the world.

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BALANCE PERSPECTIVES

Balance local and global perspectives while envisioning the education of the 21st Century is indeed essential to root discussions in the cultural and socio-economic realities of societies.

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BRIDGE LIFELONG LEARNING

Education in the 21st Century is seen in its longitudinally of life-long learning, bridging K through 12, to post-secondary education to the work place, and its horizontality, recognizing the important complementarity of formal, informal, and non-formal learning opportunities.

THEY SAY

As AI continues to progress and businesses across the globe benefit from its capabilities, it is important to ensure that the technology is being harnessed for good, to create a better, fairer society. AI systems are already superior to humans in certain tasks such as image recognition, data analysis and problem solving tasks. These advances present a wealth of ethical questions surrounding biases that could appear in the data, security issues, and potential consequences if systems are hacked or used irresponsibly.

Abhishek Gupta, Founder of the Montreal AI Ethics Institute

If we build a machine with the intellectual capability of one human, within five years, its successor will be more intelligent than all of humanity combined. After one generation or two generations, they’d just ignore us. Just the way you ignore the ants in your backyard.

James Barrat, Documentary Filmmaker

When we talk about 21st century pedagogy, we have to consider many things—the objectives of education, the curriculum, how assessment strategies work, the kind of technology infrastructure involved, and how leadership and policy facilitate attaining education goals.

Chris Dede, Harvard University

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