Track

EdTech for Social Change

The EdTech for Social Change track is a connective hub that opens space for partnerships, applied research and projects with industry stakeholders. Together we use technology to boost individual learning, corporate training and to make learning accessible to vulnerable social groups.

Track Team

Dimitrios Vlachopoulos

Program Manager

What will we work on?

In today’s complex and fast-changing economy, more and more people like to develop themselves to their full potentials. Not only the demand for learning is growing exponentially but also the way we learn and teach continuously changes education and technology. Unfortunately, not everyone on our planet gets the same opportunities for development. Access to learning opportunities, success at school and chances of higher and further education remain socially and spatially divided.

Defined by the Association for Educational Communications and Technology as “the study and ethical practice of facilitating learning and improving performance by creating, using and managing appropriate technological processes and resources”, EdTech can help as a powerful tool to establish positive social change and enhance sustainable development of all social groups in the world.

The following questions help us to better understand the environment of EdTech, so we enable educators, administrators, researchers, and industry stakeholders to better understand our current social landscape:

  • How do we use the power of technology to make people ready for today’s fast-changing labour market and prepare them for the jobs of the future?
  • How can technology help us to make education and training available to vulnerable populations?
  • How can technology help to bring together better education innovations, ideas and solutions for society?
  • How can EdTech help sustainable development?
  • What is the use of technology within a wider systems approach to education?

Dimitrios Vlachopoulos

d.v.vlachopoulos@hva.nl
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EdTech for Social Change

The EdTech for Social Change track is a connective hub that opens space for partnerships, applied research and projects with industry stakeholders. Together we use technology to boost individual learning, corporate training and to make learning accessible to vulnerable social groups.

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