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.
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?
The challenges we are working on:
TOMAS: Talent Ontwikkeling, Match & Select (vraaghetTomas.nl)
The Talent Ecosystem Guide (TEG)
New Learners Hub
Evidence for Teaching (EIPSI)
Emergency Remote Teaching Hub
Digital Technology and Sustainability in Educational Escape Rooms (EER)
Join our 20-week Traineeship
Joining the Digital Society School will open up a world of opportunities. You’ll be part of a vibrant interdisciplinary group during a semester and have unique access to a network of experts in the field.
Education is going through a transformation. This transformation became suddenly very urgent when we had to teach and study from home. Based on this recent and intense experience, we gained the knowledge and know-how, to now research and design the ideal blend between physical and online education.
The idea of a digital twin, a virtual representation of an object, a person or a process, is not new. But the application of advanced big data analytics and AI might turn it into a truly disruptive technology. What happens when digital twins are linked to the real world, real people, real processes, real time for monitoring and control? Who will be using this technology and for what purposes? Will we be in control, or will digital twins control us? How do we interact with digital twins? The representative and predictive powers of digital twins will be huge, and will have ethical implications. Trend reports and consultancy firms are listing Digital Twin as a key strategic technology trend. Whilst tech companies, and the healthcare industry are heavily investing in these new trends, there is still limited attention from academic and applied universities. At Digital Society School, we are always exploring how new trends in tech and society can contribute to a sustainable and inclusive society.
Design Across Cultures
In this track we design new ways to create meaningful connections between multiple stakeholders to co-create insights, ideas and solutions for the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals. How do you put the power of differences and similarities to work to scale up sustainable innovation locally and globally? How can you design for collaboration across contexts, cultures and nations, sustainably, without having to be physically travel across the globe?