Mobile Learning Week is UNESCO’s flagship ICT in education conference. Mobile Learning Week 2018 is being organized in partnership with the International Telecommunication Union (ITU), the United Nations specialized agency for ICT. The event will be held from 26 to 30 March at UNESCO Headquarters in Paris.
The 2018 event will be organized under the theme “Skills for a connected world”. Participants will exchange knowledge about the ways governments and other stakeholders can define and achieve the skills-related targets specified by Sustainable Development Goal 4 (SDG 4).Expression of interest and submissions of papers have been extended to 26 January 2018.
The conference, consisting of four related sub-events, will facilitate actions to:
- Define and mainstream digital skills in education;
- Innovate skills provision for jobs in the digital economy;
- Close inequalities and gender divides in digital skills; and
- Map and anticipate the changing needs for digital skills.
The sub-themes and sub-events of the conference are explained in detail in the concept note. Overall, Mobile Learning Week 2018 will provide a platform to share exemplary practices in mobile learning, with a specific focus on blending ‘non-digital’ education approaches and mobile learning applications in order to reduce inequality, spur innovative approaches to teaching and learning, and bridge formal and non-formal systems.
Workshops – Monday 26 March
The Workshops will facilitate demonstrations of innovative policies, research, projects, and mobile learning solutions. Workshop presenters will be selected from wide range of international organizations, NGOs, governmental agencies, and academic institutions that are implementing digital skills development programmes. Sixteen workshops will be conducted.
Symposium – Tuesday 27 and Wednesday 28 March
The Symposium forms the core of Mobile Learning Week and will feature opening and closing remarks from UNESCO, ITU and other partner organizations, keynote speeches, high‐level plenary addresses, and over 60 breakout sessions.
Policy Forum – Thursday 29 March
The Policy Forum will offer a platform to discuss the different pathways that governments are using to support the development of the digital skills required in the digital economy.
► Download the Policy Forum agenda.
Strategy Labs – Friday 30 March
Strategy Labs will be hosted by UNESCO and ITU partner organizations to help guide the conceptualization and refinement of projects for defining frameworks, assessing digital skills across groups and across time, and anticipating the changing needs for digital skills.