UNESCO Tech4Dev conference presents L3EAP capacity-building session

UNESCO Tech4Dev conference presents L3EAP capacity-building session The 2016 UNESCO Chair Conference on Technologies for Development, 2-4 May 2016, Lausanne, Switzerland, provides a critical platform for knowledge exchange, enabling researchers to present their findings and practitioners to outline their needs and insights, while relating their experiences from the field. Technological innovation is vital to address global challenges such as climate change, pollution, disease, rising inequalities, and chronic poverty. We need renewable energy sources, efficient transport networks, effective public health systems, well-designed infrastructure, improved agricultural systems, and access to quality education for everyone. In order to accelerate innovation and maximize its positive social impact, stakeholders from different disciplines need a platform to exchange and discuss their ideas and experiences.

Within this truly international setting, the L3EAP project (www.project-l3eap.eu) organizes on May 2, 2016, an international capacity-building session, focussing on the didactical design, development and use of online-based learning modules. Embracing ICT solutions can be a valuable crosscutting measure to raise awareness of climate change and address the lack of human capacity that constrains e.g. a quicker uptake of sustainable energy, especially in Small Island Developing States (SIDS). The special session will highlight the need and addresses the opportunities for integrating climate change and energy access/energy security/energy efficiency into lifelong learning initiatives, e.g. by utilizing open educational resources (OER). OER offer free access to knowledge, enable self-determined learning and interaction and facilitate the international transfer of knowledge and skills. Thus, they can play an important role in strengthening and building human capacities in less developed regions of the world, e.g. where awareness of and knowledge about sustainable energy technologies and climate change are lacking. In particular, the session seeks to present inspiring approaches and examples that involve the use of open educational resources but also further ICT technologies that enable wider dissemination, embrace new learning approaches and foster learning in a development context. Selected strategies, MOOCs and project examples demonstrate how these challenges are addressed and which solutions and sustainable approaches have been developed that may, in the long run, benefit the sustainable socio-economic development of highly vulnerable countries such as SIDS.

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