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Rio Conference Agenda


The Conference will be organized into streams focusing on the following themes: 

  1. Early Childhood Learning
  2. Person-Centered Learning
  3. Teacher Education
  4. Basic Education
  5. Higher and Technological Education
  6. Transdisciplinary Education
  7. Online and Hybrid Learning
  8. Education and Innovation
  9. Education and Employment 


November 12, 2018

09: 00 - Accreditation and Registration

10: 00 - Opening Session

10: 40 - Keynote Conference: Education and the 4th Industrial Revolution 

12:00 - Lunch 

13:00-14:00 - Panel 01 - Critical issues for the future of education - The major challenges confronting education in a rapidly changing, interconnected and increasingly complex society that is emerging in the 21st century. Learning in the age of increasing advances in science and technology, online libraries, new information and communication technologies, person-centered education and innovations in early childhood education.

14:00-15:00 - Panel 02 - Education and Entrepreneurship (Entrepreneurship training, technological parks and incubators, innovative companies, intellectual property, articulation between universities and industry).

15:00-15:30 - Coffee break

15:30-18:00 - Presentation of Papers

November 13, 2018

08:30-09:30 - Panel 03 - Reconciling vision of the Future - This panel will seek to reconcile the views of business, society, government, students and universities in order to evolve a shared vision of the changes needed in the educational system and the critical issues that need to be explored. 

09:30-09:50 - Coffee break

9:50-10:50 - Panel 04 - Evaluation as Support for Quality Improvement of Education (national evaluation programs and policies).

10:50- 13:00 - Presentation of Papers 

13:00 - Lunch 

14: 00-15:00 - Panel 05 - Teacher training programmes for Basic Education (the role of pedagogy courses, pedagogical residency, teachers undergoing training in mathematical and natural sciences, the role of culture in training programmes).

15:00-15:20 - Coffee Break

15:20-16:20 - Panel 06 - Contextual Interdisciplinary Education - The STEM Methodology in Higher Education (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics, transdisciplinarity to lead to real-world problems).

16:20-18:00 - Presentation of Papers

November 14, 2018 

08:30-09:30 – Conference-Higher Education, Science, Technology and Innovation as key development factors. Innovation, Creativity and Technology

09:30-10:30 - Panel 07 - Call for a New Paradigm in Education - This session will consider the need for a radical changes in educational accessibility, quality, content, relevance, pedagogy and deliver systems to meet the emerging needs of the 21st century. Higher Learning for Tomorrow: Challenges Ahead. (National exams, samples of selective processes in Latin America).

10:30-10:50 - Coffee break

10:50-13:00 - Presentationof Papers

13:00 - Lunch 

14:00-15:00 - Panel 08 - Online & Hybrid Learning -  Distance Learning Education and Social Inclusion in Latin America (Education aimed at solving social issues) . “MOOCs”, National Programs, Open Universities in Latin America, New Educational Platforms. Technology integrates itself more and more into every aspect of education, and the internet opens up new learning models. This session looks at ways to harness emerging technologies to enhance the reach, quality, affordability and effectiveness of education.

15:00-16:00 - Panel 09 - Education for Full Employment - Some jobs will disappear in the near future. All others will transform radically and many new jobs will be created. Half of all jobs that exist today will disappear by the time children who are now enrolled in primary school graduate. (The organization of curricular structures for training for full employment, short courses, the Bologna process and its feasibility in Latin America).

16:00-16:20 - Coffee Break

16:20-18:00 - Presentation of Papers 

18:00 - Closing Session and Final Report

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Additional information:

Each Panel (there are nine of them) will last 60 minutes. Two invited speakers will address each Panel (for a maximum of 20 minutes each) and 20 minutes will be devoted to debates on both presentations.

A Chairperson will moderate each Session, and ensure that speakers and panelists strictly adhere to the time limits and facilitate open discussion among conference participants.

Papers will also be accepted about the themes of the panels. (Abstracts of these papershave to be submitted to the Secretariat by August 10th). These abstracts should not be longer than 20 lines. The Organizing Committee will decide on them. From those accepted, full Papers should be submitted by October 10th. Accepted Papers will be presented in Parallel Sessions.

One fourth of the time in Parallel Sessions has been reserved for Q&A and open discussion among all conference participants. Participant contributions during open discussions will be limited to 2-3 minutes each, for a question or comment, in order to allow for maximum number of contributions.

There will be simultaneous translation (English, Portuguese and Spanish) in the Plenary and some Parallel Sessions.

Rapporteurs will present an overview of the conclusions of each Session in Plenary, on November 14th at the Closing Session.