The conference takes place over two days – 17-18 May, 2018 – at the Corinthia Palace Hotel & Spa, Attard. The venue is in the centre of Malta, near to San Anton Palace, the official residence of the President of Malta which was built in the early 17th century as a country villa for Antoine de Paule, a knight of the Order of St John. The Palace gardens are open to the public and house the President’s Kitchen Garden Cafe.
For conference logistics and delegate support, contact Sue Falzon at email@example.com.
The Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning (3CL) is a joint venture between the Ministry for Education and Employment in Malta and the Commonwealth of Learning in Malta. Set up as a Foundation in 2017, it operates as a knowledge hub for a global network of groups, agencies, institutions, educators and activists interested in the rapid deployment of programmes for connected learning in the Commonwealth and the EU.
About Connected Learning
The principles of connected learning have been part of the education vernacular for several years and before the advent of the Internet. Built on the three core values of social equity, full participation and social connection, connected learning advocates for broadened access to learning that is socially embedded, interest-driven, and oriented toward educational, economic or political opportunity (Ito et al., 2013). Rather than focusing on a specific technology platform or pedagogy, the focus is exclusively on the learner experience.
Blockchain, Credentials & Connected Learning
Connected learning implies a lifelong learning pathway that integrates personal interest, peer relationships, and achievement in academic, civic, or career-relevant areas, keyed to the abundance of information and social connection brought about by networked and digital media.
For this learning paradigm to fully meet the expectations of students, it needs to contribute to their personal and professional aspirations, necessitating it to be supported by a system to measure, record and share educational achievements.
Through its ability to act as a decentralised, stakeholder-led, trusted and interoperable ledger of achievement, blockchain has the potential to be the connective fabric that links different learning experiences across formal and non-formal domains, irrespective of the medium.
The conference brings together thought leaders, academics, practitioners, policy makers and entrepreneurs. The two-day programme looks into current and future applications of blockchain technology and how it may transform credentials for both formal and informal learning. The conference programme is grouped around four, interconnected themes.
Connecting Learning through Blockchain
National, Regional and Institutional policy-makers from around Europe will consider how governments can facilitate innovation in blockchain technology, promote standardization and apply it to educational uses.
Taking Stock of Achievement
Leaders of Blockchain pilots in Malta, the Netherlands, India and the United Kingdom will share their ongoing work in live pilots for mapping credentials using the blockchain
Academics and thinkers will consider the possible futures which can be unwritten by technology that allows for true decentralised student-driven learning.
Learning and Earning
Entrepreneurs and stakeholders will present ideas for new educational systems, products and business models enabled by blockhain technologies.
This is the second conference organised by the Commonwealth Centre for Connected Learning in Malta – the 3CL in its abbreviated format. Our first conference was on the state of digital education – the conference magazine with links to videos and slides is here.
The 3CL is an education foundation registered in Malta, and currently supported by the Ministry for Education & Employment in Malta and the Commonwealth of Learning in Vancouver.
The 2018 conference levers on the networks and communities of practice that gravitate around the 3CL to focus on the blockchain as an emerging technology with significant promise for the education and employment sector.
Logistics & Delegate Support
SPEAKERS : Our full speaker list will be online shortly. Click on the names for further details, bios and the sessions speakers are leading.