EdTech Forum experts discuss the role of innovations in education
NUR-SULTAN – This year, the The Fourth International Education Technology Forum in Nur-Sultan held two important sessions to address issues related to human capital development and the digital agenda in education.
The EdTech Forum was held from June 27 to 29. The central theme of the forum was META (Mobility. Edutainment. Technology. Action.).
During the session on investment in education, Minister of Science and Higher Education Sayasat Nurbek said there is a need for universities to develop digitization and educational technologies, and collaborate with major international partners.
“In our country, I think higher education institutions face three big problems,” Nurbek said. “First, we are seeing increased competition… We are seeing large platforms like Coursera providing educational services in the marketplace. Big tech like Google and Microsoft have joined this race. In the past, we had an education that was qualified, certified and it was mainly provided through universities or professional schools. Now we see that other non-classical schools have joined this race.
Second, higher education faces the limitations of infrastructure. While big tech companies provide informal education opportunities to millions of people, universities can now only enroll a certain number of people. The pandemic has been a catalyst for this trend.
The The labor market landscape is changing rapidly. This causes a real challenge for educational institutions. Close the gap between industry and academiait is necessary creating, its necessary to create flexible curriculum and programs.
The Minister also supports the promotion of academic autonomy. He recommended the establishment of self-regulating universities that can adapt to the changing workforce landscape and find solutions quickly.
The opening of prestigious university branches following the University of Arizona and the first UK university campus in Kazakhstan of De Montfort University will improve competition in education.
Strategic adviser and civil service reformer Jonathan Slater pointed out that a combination of literacy, numeracy and digital skills is fundamental to improving the education system.
“We have done an analysis in England that looks at young people’s math abilities and compares how much money they earn based on their maths performance at school. There is a strong correlation. The better you do in math, the more economic potential you have as an individual,” Slater said.
Basic numeracy for all young people has become a fundamental part of reform in the UK over the past 20 years.
When it comes to employment, basic digital skills are essential for employers, but more than that they need soft skills. “They want creativity. They want teamwork. They want people who listen to each other. They want people who are nice to each other and can work together,” Slater said.
The main difference between a human being and a machine is the capacity for empathy, Slater added.
The influence of technologies and innovations on the learning process was on the Mobility agenda. Ludo-educational. Technology. Action session.
According to AIFC’s Office of Continuing Professional Development (BCPD) CEO, TechWoman Elmira Obry, learning formats and opportunities become almost limitless with the help of new technologies. The digital agenda pushes the limits of creativity and brings new solutions to improve education.
Kazakhstan robotics is expected to become one of the country’s trademarks in the future, said director of the robotics school Sanzhar Shalkarbekov. Talented children will contribute to this. The quality of education is necessary to implement this initiative. Teachers who are really interested in this direction should also be involved in the learning process.
The robotics school is currently working on methodological materials that will be distributed in rural areas. The books will help teachers add robotics lessons to the educational process.
Director of Bilim Media Group Rauan Kenzhekhanuly spoke about the importance of training talented specialists using new technologies.
Kenzhekhanuly is one of the founders of the EdTech industry in Kazakhstan. His company was initially involved in the computerization of education. When the company was founded 10 years ago, there was no concept of EdTech at all.
“Our task was quite simple. We have helped teachers integrate new technologies into educational content. Now we have a team of more than 200 people, and our projects are shown in schools in Kazakhstan and Uzbekistan,” Kenzhekhanuly said.
The expert noted that Kazakh legislation does not yet contain the concept of distance education. There are no requirements for platforms or content. This issue should also be addressed. The content, methodology and educational process remain the most important issue.