Regional Conference on 21st century competences and skills

The LELLE Conference "Learning to Learn: Beyond 2020" was a huge success: The conference theme attracted more than 50 participants from both the educational and non-educational sectors: students, lecturers, working professionals, young entrepreneurs, as well as key industry players. The LELLE Conference was organized by the Erasmus+ project LELLE (Let’s Learn how to Learn) and was held on Thursday 1st June 2017 at the Open University of the Netherlands, Heerlen. The regional conference has fulfilled its two-fold objective: First, it provided the platform for the on-going discourse on the challenges, as well as the huge potential in the changing educational landscape and the global workplace of the future. And second, the findings from the LELLE project research activities on integration of core skill-sets into current higher education curricula were shared and lively discussed.

Plenary and panel discussion: Bridging gaps

Each of the four panel speakers surfaced an important perspective on the topic: bridging gaps between school and workplace. The presentations as well as the follow-up discussion revolved around critical themes such as the need to move away from the content learning, i.e., knowledge testing and reproduction to adaptive expertise and skill-based learning, i.e., knowledge transfer and application. Inculcating in our students the spirit of innovation and the ability to adapt and to apply would be more valuable skills for the unknown future and the unknown jobs

Workshop sessions: Rethinking education in the 21st century

The three workshop sessions presented new lens on educating for a sustainable future. Giving greater agency to our students to take charge of their own learning journey is instrumental in equipping and empowering them for the unknown future. Preparing our students to be global citizens would imply a more entrepreneurial approach in educating our young: teaching them how to recognize opportunities, how to make connections. Adaptive expertise becomes pertinent for knowledge transfer and knowledge application. This would also inherently imply a dire need for change in the current pre-dominant education system which is still largely prescriptive.

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