Online Education: Increasing Visibility and Reputation

Session Description
Online education is growing everywhere. Indeed, in the current COVID-19 pandemic, online education is a feasible solution for keeping people connected to learning that they have started and are continuing. Online education, however, is a fuzzy term. Everyone understands the words depending on the way they experienced it. Many don’t have a clear perspective of the difference between “remote teaching” and online education.

This presentation emphasizes the need for making online education more visible and presents a set of actions to enhance its reputation by providing evidence and increasing accessibility for all.

Albert Sangrà
Albert Sangrà, Director, Chair in Education & Technology for Social Change, UNESCO; Professor, Open University of Catalonia, Barcelona, Spain
Professor Albert Sangra, is Director for the UNESCO Chair in Education and Technology for Social Change, Professor in the Department of Psychology and Education at the Open University of Catalonia, and researcher at the Edul@b research group.

He is a founding team member of the Open University of Catalonia (1994-95), where he served as director of the eLearn Center. He was a consultant and trainer for online and blended learning projects in Europe, America, Asia, and Australia, focusing on implementation strategies and quality for technology in teaching and learning.

His main research interests include ICT in education and training and in particular, policies, organization, management and leadership in the implementation of online education (e-learning) and its quality, as well as professional development for the online educator. He has worked as a consultant and trainer in several online and blended learning projects in Europe, America, Asia, and Australia. He was also a World Bank consultant.

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