DAY 2 – Tuesday 3 May – 14:00-15:30
Swiss Tech | Room 3B | Level Garden
The need for professional education in developing countries is in constant progression as economies grow and societies evolve. Professional education modes, tools, and techniques are rapidly changing, with a number of innovations linked to the development of Internet and mobile technologies.
The evolution in information communication technologies (ICTs) has resulted in the rise of new education modalities (distance or blended learning, online courses, etc.), and the development of a variety of tools (eLearning, MOOCs, etc.). Dispensing with constraints of time and place, internet-based solutions offer an incomparable opportunity for large scale, flexible and cheap knowledge-sharing and capacity building initiatives, which can be tailored to developing countries. The objective of this session is to identify the main challenges faced by developing countries in professional education and to review a panorama of innovative ICT solutions that could reply to those needs.
Presentations will show both the demand and offer aspects in the field of professional education in developing countries, namely the needs and the innovative tools available (eLearning, MOOCs, Simulations, Serious Games, e-Mentoring, etc.). The ensuing discussion will focus on designing a double-entry matrix of educational needs on one hand, and ICT educational solutions on the other hand. This will allow us to evaluate any matches, and point out the gaps.
To summarize, the objectives for this session are threefold:
- To present the latest developments in ICT-supported educational tools and solutions to education providers in developing countries;
- To show the critical educational needs and constraints of e-Education tools and services in developing countries;
- To initiate and favor dialog and cooperation between the two communities, to orientate research and development towards delivering adapted and effective solutions.
Participants are encouraged to take advantage of this session to establish contacts and collaborations with a view to building and delivering effective ICT-based educational solutions with social impact in developing countries.
► Training needs for Actuaries in Developing Countries
Carlos Arocha, Chairperson, International Section Council, Society of Actuaries
► Meeting Actuarial, Organizational and Technical Challenges, A Case Study on Microinsurance
Eric Gerelle, Director, IBEX Project Services
► Impact of Academic MOOCs in Developing Countries
Patrick Jermann, EPFL MOOCs Factory
► Content, Tools and Services, To Deliver Effective Professional Education in Developing
Stefano Riboni, Yverdon Insurance Consortium
► Panel Discussion and Conclusion: Are ICT Educational Tools Matching the Needs?
What are the Critical Gaps?
Michael Horner, Scientific & Medical Network Coordinator and Yverdon Insurance Consortium