Keynote Speakers

Bryan Alexander. BAC (USA)

Where is higher education going? What changes can we anticipate now?

We begin by examining powerful present-day trends most likely to shape the future of post-secondary education. Demographic, economic, and political forces have already set in motion the creation of very different universities for the global north and south. Technological advances have started to redesign pedagogy, curricula, campus spaces, and research. We then explore the ramifications of more emergent technologies.
What are the learning opportunities enabled by 3d printing? Can blockchain improve credentialing or scholarly publication? How can automated tutors replace or work alongside human instructors? As these technologies combine to restructure society, how should education respond?

Bryan Alexander

About Bryan Alexander

Bryan Alexander is a futurist, researcher, writer, speaker, consultant, and teacher, working in the field of how technology transforms education. He completed his English language and literature PhD at the University of Michigan in 1997, with a dissertation on doppelgangers in Romantic-era fiction and poetry.
Then Bryan taught literature, writing, multimedia, and information technology studies at Centenary College of Louisiana. There he also pioneered multi-campus interdisciplinary classes, while organizing an information literacy initiative.
From 2002 to 2014 Bryan worked with the National Institute for Technology in Liberal Education (NITLE), a non-profit working to help small colleges and universities best integrate digital technologies. With NITLE he held several roles, including co-director of a regional education and technology center, director of emerging technologies, and senior fellow. Over those years Bryan helped develop and support the nonprofit, grew peer networks, consulted, and conducted a sustained research agenda.
In 2013 Bryan launched a business, Bryan Alexander Consulting, LLC. Through BAC he consults throughout higher education in the United States and abroad. Bryan also speaks widely and publishes frequently. His two most recent books are Gearing Up For Learning Beyond K-12 and The New Digital Storytelling.

Vicky Colbert. Fundación Escuela Nueva (Colombia)

Escuela Nueva Activa: Quality Education for promoting Equity , Peace and Democracy.

The presentation will give an overall anaylsis of why improving the quality of the most vulnerable schools in the Lac Region requires a systemic perspective and a paradigm shift, a shift from transmission of knowledge to comprehension and social construction of knowledge and a new role of the teacher for the 21st century.
More of the same is not enough. It will describe how Escuela Nueva, a local innovation that became a national policy in Colombia, transforms the teacher centered conventional mode of education and will describe its main objectives, strategies , adaptations to other contexts, results and evaluations, which demonstrate better cognitive and non cognitive results in Escuela Nueva schools compared to conventional ones. It will highlight why necessity is the mother of innovation and how Escuela Nueva, a systemic perspective and proven solution to improve quality education, enhances equity , instills democratic behaviors, promotes twenty first century skills and both cognitive and socioemotional skills.
It will also analyze how innovations are very vulnerable to political and administrative changes and why it is crucial to work with governments to have impact and coverage and why it is necessary also to have public private partnerships and the role of civil society for ensuring quality and sustainability.

Vicky Colbert

About Vicky Colbert

Vicky Colbert is founder and director of Fundación Escuela Nueva and co-author of the Escuela Nueva educational model, worldwide known for its proven effectiveness in improving the quality of education.
She has developed, expanded and sustained this innovation from different organizational spheres: as the first Escuela Nueva National Coordinator, Director of Distance Education in Javeriana University, ViceMinister of Education of Colombia, UNICEF’s Regional Education Adviser for the LAC region and now, from Fundación Escuela Nueva, a nonprofit she founded in 1987 to ensure the quality and sustainability of the Escuela Nueva model in Colombia and abroad, and to further adapt its proven, cutting-edge pedagogy to new contexts and populations. Under Colbert´s leadership, FEN has adapted the Escuela Nueva model to urban settings (1987) and for migrant, displaced populations in emergency situations (2001) and just recently was ranked 42nd by The Global Journal among the Top 100 Best NGOs worldwide.
Colbert has been recognized as an Outstanding Social Entrepreneur by the Schwab Foundation and by Ashoka. She has been awarded with the World Technology Award in Social Entrepreneurship (2005), the Skoll Award for Social Entrepreneurship (2006), the first version of the Clinton Global Citizenship Award (2008). In 2009 she was awarded with the Qatar Foundation´s WISE Award for her efforts in education for pluralism and in 2011 received the Kravis Prize in Leadership. She was honored as the 2013 WISE Prize for Education Laureate from the Qatar Foundation.
She completed her undergraduate Sociology degree in Javeriana University in Colombia and earned two M.A.´s in Sociology of Education and Comparative International Education from Stanford University in the United States.