International Symposium on Employability and the Learner Profile (ISELP)

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The needs of employability, and life, are urgent questions which humanity needs to resolve decisively. Yet Higher Education’s graduation requirements are biasing the school curricula in both visible and subtle ways, and thus preventing students from acquiring important Knowledge, Skills and Character qualities necessary for a modern world.

We invite you to join us this international symposium where the following questions will be explored:

  1. What are the similarities and differences between OECD countries, as far as tertiary entrance requirements are concerned? What are the best practices, and do they provenly not bias primary/secondary education?

  2. What are the possibilities to modify assessments to match the desired outcomes? What does an expanded Learner Profile look like? How can formative assessments and badges/certifications be used appropriately?

  3. What exercisable leverage does tertiary accreditation hold, in helping or hindering change?

  4. If governments do not react fast enough, should corporations drive the emergence of a ‘double bypass” mechanism, to accelerate the drive towards a fairer, wiser system? Are there already emerging strategies being put in place by leading corporations?

Please download the BIAC position paper here

Limited capacity, please reserve asap.

This event is organized by the OECD and BIAC and sponsored by Center for Curriculum Redesign and Microsoft.

Agenda as Follows:

8:30 – 9:00 Coffee/tea and light pastries

9:00 – 10:00 Introductions, welcome, setting the stage

  • Greetings and setting the stage (5 mins): Charles Fadel, BIAC Chair of Education committee

  • Greetings (10 mins): TBD Microsoft as host, re importance of conversation to business

  • Presentation (30 minutes): Employability in the age of Artificial Intelligence (Charles Fadel, BIAC)

  • Presentation (15 minutes): Importance to OECD countries (Andreas Schleicher, OECD)

10:00 – 11:00

  • Panel* 1: Global comparisons of university entrance systems and views from leading-edge employers

  • Panellist 1: Dirk Van Damme, OECD

  • Panellist 2: Riikka Heikinheimo, Confederation of Finnish Industries

  • Moderator: Tony Mackay

11:00 – 11:30 Coffee Break

11:30 – 12:45

  • Panel 2: The need for sorting in Higher Ed admissions offices: how do we expand the Learner Profile without “breaking the bank”?

  • Panellist 1: TBD NACAC

  • Panellist 2: Stacy Caldwell, MTC

  • Panellist 3: Sarah Maddison, Swinburne University

  • Moderator: Charles Fadel, BIAC

12:45 - 13:45 Lunch On-Site

13:45 – 14:45pm

Panel 3: Changing the Assessments to change the behavior, and focusing on qualifications

  • Panellist 1: Andrea Gray, NZQA

  • Panellist 2: Yuri Belfali, OECD PISA

  • Moderator: Tony Mackay, NCEE

14:45 - 15:05 Coffee / tea break

15:05 – 16:15

  • Panel 4: Could Accreditations provide the higher leverage?

  • Panellist 1: Tala Khudairi, Babson Global

  • Panellist 2: Bradley Shrimpton, International Baccalaureate

  • Moderator: Charles Fadel, BIAC

16:15 – 17:15

Panel 5: “Double Bypass” strategy: should technology firms provide alternative strategies that accelerates change?

  • Panellist 1: Maria Langworthy, Microsoft

  • Panellist 2: Ulrik Christensen, Area9

  • Moderator: Charles Fadel, BIAC

17:15 – 17:30 Final Comments & next steps; audience polling: Charles Fadel (BIAC) and Tony Mackay (NCEE)

* All panels format is moderator + panellists

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Organizer OECD and BIAC, Sponsored by Center for Curriculum Redesign and Microsoft

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