The 1st Symposium of Digital Transformation in Continuing Education
Toward: Skipping Barriers and Fostering Professional Development
Date: 30 July, 2018
In Ramallah, Palestine
Digital transformation in Continuing education has accelerated individuals and organizations to realize its positive impact on the professional development, competency-based learning and fostering the knowledge economy.
Along this transformation, several trending models of learning has developed such as Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), SMART self-Learning Courses, Open Educational Resources (OER), online and blended learning and training. And in this context, the effective strategies of blending suitable styles of pedagogy and learning methods with ubiquitous learning technologies have played a key role in introducing these innovative learning models along with suitable solutions to overcome the common learning challenges.
Nowadays, digital success extends beyond of using technology in education. It is about answering of what, how and when to deliver high-quality learning to meet the different learning styles of learners, skip geographical barriers, save time and money.
Furthermore, the success in the digitization of continuing education worldwide would not have been possible without clear strategies in adopting supporting policies, developing effective learning models, and sustainable funding plans.
For the Arab region, despite of it has several success stories and initiatives in this field, it still faces a number of common issues, such as the absence of official regulations and policies in addition to facing economic and cultural challenges with many other issues.
This seminar will focus on digitization of continuing education and lifelong learning in the light of success stories and experiences on global, regional and local levels, in order to overcome the common issues in the Arab Countries.
Objectives of the Seminar
- To exchange success stories and good practices in the field of digitization of continuing education and lifelong learning.
- To focus on the pedagogy design level and effective methods to promote digital lifelong learning.
- To explore the latest learning environments and ubiquitous technologies.
- To highlight the common challenges in the Arab region, such as social, cultural, and economic challenges in addition to relevant regulations.
DEC – FEUP
R. Dr. Roberto Frias
PT – 4200 – 465 Porto
- Has been the representative of Universidade do Porto in Continuing Education and founder of EUCEN (European Universities Continuing Education Network – www.eucen.org) since November 1991; was for seven years vice president of EUCEN; from Sep97 until Nov01 was a member of the Management Committee and was also founder of RECLA (Latin American Continuing Education Network – www.cfp.upv.es/recla); was founder of the Continuing Enegineering Education office of the College of Engineering of the University of Porto in 1995; was Pro-Rector of Universidade do Porto (www.up.pt) in charge of Continuing Education between 1998 and 2003; was founder and President of AUPEC – Portuguese Association of Universities for Continuing Education (www.up.pt/aupec) between 2001 and 2005; from 2001 until 2004 was president of IACEE, International Association of Continuing Engineering Education (www.iacee.org), Washington DC, USA; between 2003 and 2005 was president of SEFI Societe Européenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs (www.sefi.be); between 2004 and 2008 he was the academic director and vice-director of Civil Engineering of the University of Porto (www.fe.up.pt).
- Was a Fulbright scholar between 1985 until 1989 in the University of Florida to obtain his doctoral degree; between 1996 and 1999 was the President of the Scientific Commission of the Thematic Network THENUCE (Thematic Network on University Continuing Education – www.fe.up.pt/nuce); from 1999 and 2005 was a member of European ODL Liaison Committee – http://www.odl-liaison.org/ www.odllc.org, representing EUCEN; in 2000 was the co-chair of the conference of the Portuguese Presidency of the European Union, Higher Education and New Publics, Porto; from 2002 to 2013 he was member of the Municipal Education Council of the city of Porto, representing the University of Porto and the Higher Education sector; since 1997 until 2004 he has been an invited expert of the European Commission to evaluate projects in adult education and in thematic networks; was an invited expert of Group G of the European Commission within the framework of the Lisboa Objectives between 2002 and 2005; in 1998 was an invited speaker at the 800th Anniversary of the University of the Sorbonne in the closing session coordinated by the French minister of education, Claude Allègre, entitled the University without Walls.
- Published and edited the first ten editions of the newsletter of EUCEN between 1993 and 1997; he was a member of the editorial board of the Journal of Higher Education and Outreach between 2001 and 2006; has published and presented several articles in newspapers and magazines about lifelong learning, continuing education and quality of continuing education; has created and maintained the web pages of EUCEN (between 1994 and 1998) and of AUPEC since 2001; has led several lobbying activities at the European level, like the response to the Memorandum of Higher Education in 1994 and the Response to the European Quality Framework, and at the national level participating in the national meetings of AUPEC; has edited for AUPEC the management manual of centers of continuing education and the survey of industry needs of continuing education; has coordinated, besides participating in others, several European projects sponsored by the European Commission in the areas of adult learning and continuing education and the most important ones are the Tempus project to create the continuing education center at Tallinn Technical University, the Grundtvig project to create individualized pathways Equipe (http://equipe.up.pt) and the project DAETE to develop accreditation methods for continuing education (http://daete.up.pt). He was invited professor of Loughborough University, UK in 1997 and 1998, University of Barcelona, Spain in 1994, 1995 and 1996, Polytechnic University of Cataluna, Spain in 2001, Technical University of Vienna, Austria in 2006, 2007 and 2009 in Innovation in Elearning and Visiting Scholar at the Institute of Higher Education, University of Georgia, Athens, USA in 2006 for three months.
- In the area of Education has been vice-president and president of the European Society of Engineering Education (www.sefi.be); he is a member of the board of the European Journal of Engineering Education since 2001 (www.tandf.co.uk/journals/tf/03043797.html) and of International Journal of Quality Assurance in Engineering and Technology Education (http://www.igi-global.com/journal/international-journal-quality-assurance-engineering/41026); was one of the two guest editors of the joint edition of EJEE and the Journal of Engineering Education (www.asee.org/publications/jee/ ) in 2007; has helped the creation of the center of elearning in the University of Porto between 1999 and 2002 including the edition of continuing education courses in cooperation with other European universities; has coordinated and participated in several European projects in the areas of distance learning and elearning; has authored the second ebook in engineering of the University of Porto with the support of a portal; has authored and coordinated an ebook on construction safety that has been supported by the International Labour Organization. He is the representative of Ordem dos Engenheiros in FEANI, vice-chair of the European Monitoring Committee of FEANI (www.feani.org) and chair of the OMP of FEANI. He is expert member for quality evaluation in accreditation agencies A3ES (http://www.a3es.pt/en) and EUR-ACE expert of ANECA (www.aneca.es).
- The first relevant contribution to LLL and to VET is the scientific supervision of the three yearly final reports of the project THENUCE (www.fe.up.pt/nuce). These are, after many years, a reliable reference of the state of the art of the university continuing education in Europe. The work performed in this thematic network has created several spin offs with other thematic networks related with continuing education and the development of related themes for research and cooperation. He was awarded the International Hall of Fame in Adult and Continuing Education title in 2006. He received the award of EDEN Fellow in 2008. He received the IACEE (www.iacee.org) Fellow award in 2014. He received the Global Engineering Education Award of IEOM (http://ieomsociety.org/) in 2016. He coordinated some European funded projects ATELCOMA (www.fe.up.pt/atelcoma - 1998), EQUIPE (http://equipe.up.pt – 2004), DAETE (http://daete.up.pt – 2006), VIRQUAL (http://virqual.up.pt – 2009) and TALOE (http://taloe.up.pt - 2015). He is also member of the reviewers of Campbell Award (2010/2012/2014). He was also a partner in several European funded projects like DIALOGUE (http://www.eucen.eu/current/DIALOGUE), Community Service Engineer (http://www.cse-education.eu/project.html) and VMCOLAB (http://vmcolab.eu/). He is currently working as coordinator of Civil Engineering area in the project CALOHEE (www.calohee.eu) and advisor of Civil Engineering in the project TUINING South East Asia (https://tuningasia-southeast.org/).
- Concerning the activities in VET, e-learning and LLL he was external evaluator of the project IQTOOL (www.iqtool.eu), he represented EUCEN (www.eucen.eu) in the group VET4U2 (http://vetproviders-group.eucen.eu/) and in the Expert Group of the VET Providers of DG Employment and Social Affairs (http://ec.europa.eu/transparency/regexpert/index.cfm?do=groupDetail.groupDetail&groupID=3298) from 2010 until 2017, has participated as invited expert in VET workshops of CEDEFOP like “Adult learning - Spotlight on investment” (http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/events/20767.aspx), ECVET Expert “Sustaining permeability, implementing mechanisms, testing credits” (http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/events/19155.aspx) and ECVET Expert “Permeability in Education and Training, a wishful thinking approach” (http://www.cedefop.europa.eu/EN/events/16859.aspx), he is a member of ECVET network (http://www.ecvet-team.eu/) having attended several workshops and seminars since 2010. He is a member of the Council of IACEE (www.iacee.org), of the Steering Committee of EDEN Network of Academics and Professionals (http://www.eden-online.org/professional-community/nap-members-area.html) and of the ISHCCO Qualification Framework group (http://www.ishcco.org).
- As president of AUPEC has coordinated and supervised the production of quality manuals for continuing education and training for universities in Portugal. As consultant of Ordem dos Engenheiros it has supervised the creation of the accreditation system of the continuing engineering education providers. As member of Continuing Professional Development (CPD) Committee of FEANI it has coordinated the methodologies for establishing the European standards for CPD of engineers and technicians. As Pro-Rector of the Universidade do Porto has coordinated and implemented several continuing education training courses for several areas including Pharmacy. As responsible for CPD and CEE in several professional organizations and in educational associations has supervised several training modules in face to face and in e-learning courses.
July 2017 Alfredo Soeiro has the degrees in Civil Engineering (U. Porto, FEUP-1976) and (U. of Florida-Ph.D.-1989).
He was director of the degree and vice president of the department of Civil Engineering (U. Porto, FEUP-2003/7). He was ProRector of U. of Porto (www.up.pt) between 1998 and 2003.
He was founder of EUCEN (European University Continuing Education Network, 1992 - www.eucen.org); RECLA (Network of CE in Latin American, 1996 - www.cfp.upv.es/recla) and AUPEC (Association of the Portuguese Universities for CE, 1999 - www.up.pt/aupec).
He was vice president of EUCEN (1992/8) and SEFI, Société Européenne pour la Formation des Ingénieurs (2002/3 - www.sefi.be); president of IACEE, International Association of Continuing Engineering Education (2001/4 - www.iacee.org; president of AUPEC (2001/5 – www.up.pt/aupec); president of SEFI (2003/5).
He is ambassador of ENETOSH in Portugal since 2011 (www.enetosh.net), vice-president of EMC of FEANI (www.feani.org), member of Steering Committee of NAP - EDEN (2014/...) and of EUCEN (2013-2016), member of Board of AECEF (1995/…), member of Quality Technical Standards WG of ISHCCO (2015/… - www.ishcco.org), member of IACEE Council (1995/… - www.iacee.org) and chair of specialization of Construction Safety of Ordem dos Engenheiros (2015/... - www.ordemdosengenheiros.pt).
He received medal of 800th Anniversary of U. Sorbonne (1998), International Hall of Fame of Adult and Continuing Education title (2006), EDEN Fellow award (2008), IACEE Fellow (2014) and Global Engineering Education Award (2016 – www.ieomsociety.org). He has coordinated six and participated in several European financed projects related with Civil Engineering like DAETE (http://daete.up.pt), TALOE (http://taloe.up.pt), TA-SE (http://www.unideusto.org/tuning/) and CALOHEE (www.calohee.eu).