Faculty, alumni attend UNESCO conference

Posted March 12, 2014

Five ACU representatives traveled to Paris last month to attend Mobile Learning Week (MLW), the flagship United Nations Educational Scientific and Cultural Organization (UNESCO) conference on mobile technologies and education. The conference focused on exploring the effectiveness of mobile technologies for teachers.

AT&T Learning Studio director Dr. Kyle Dickson ('93) and Dr. Stephen Baldridge, assistant professor of social work, gave a presentation on how the studio is helping develop faculty skills in digital authorship and storytelling.

"UNESCO is uniquely positioned to bring together a global team of educators and technology leaders who seek education for all," says Dickson. “Equally inspiring for me was the chance we had to meet with ACU alumni from Europe and Africa as all of us seek ways to impact the developing world." 

ACU has been the leader in conversations on the impact of mobility in education since 2008 with its mobile learning initiative, a one-to-one deployment of iPhones, iPod touches and iPads for undergraduate students. Recently, ACU was one of the first universities in the nation to be named an Apple Distinguished School.

George Saltsman (’95), former director of the Adams Center for Teaching and Learning at ACU and recent author of "An Administrator’s Guide to Online Education," contributed to the 2013 UNESCO Policy Guidelines for Mobile Learning.

ACU alumni Baliddawa Edward ('95) and Victoria Ekegren Ahlén (‘98) also attended the conference. Edward is now a member of parliament for the Republic of Uganda and previously served as a chairman of the Uganda Committee on Information and Communication Technology. Ahlén, a social media leader from Sweden, is currently leading a sustainable fair-trade education project in Morocco. She is a recipient of the prestigious ACU Gutenberg Award, given by the Department of Journalism and Mass Communication.

UNESCO was created in 1945 to respond to the firm belief of nations, forged by two world wars in less than a generation, that political and economic agreements are not enough to build a lasting peace – that peace must be established on the basis of humanity’s moral and intellectual solidarity.







 


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