On October 7 Roberto Saracco gave a talk at the Science and Technology in Society forum in Kyoto. His talk was focused on ICT for Education, in particular on MOOCs, as a tool for fostering Innovation.
Roberto Saracco pointed out that MOOCs are relatively new learning tool, although support for remote education has existed for several decades. But todays' tools of learning have become much more advanced. What was necessarily a one way teaching years ago has become a two way interactive teaching today. In the future it will most likely become a multiparty, multi conversation teaching and learning experience. MOOCs should not be seen as competition to existing face to face courses, but as a different way of learning. For example, MOOCs can become a great tool serving continuous education. And MOOCs are not a just about reaching a larger audience. It is about providing more effective education. If you can couple the education support with the real need of each person, you get a much better knowledge transfer.
The 10th Annual Meeting of the Science and Technology in Society forum took place from October 6 to 8, with the participation of about 1,000 global leaders in science and technology, policy, business and media from approximately 100 countries, regions and international organizations who met to reflect on how to expand the "lights" and control the "shadows"of science and technology, and to discuss the two major themes of innovation and sustainability. The forum, marking its 10th anniversary this year, has evolved from a mere conference into a movement for global leaders.