The first EdCrunch international conference dedicated to new technologies in education is to take place 17-18 October in Moscow. Conference participants include the founders and heads of leading educational platforms—Daphne Koller (Coursera), Anant Agarwal (edX), Hans Klepper (Iversity), Sotiris Makrygiannis (Eliademy), as well as the head of the main office of Knewton in Europe Charlie Harrington and other experts.
At EdCrunch, pedagogues, startups, venture capitalists, government workers, and professionals in the educational sphere will discuss massive open online courses (MOOCs) and gamification, adaptive and mixed instruction, work with big data, and achievements and research in the field of digital pedagogy.
“New educational technologies are not only tools for instruction; they could also become a catalyst for changing the entire system of education,” says the conference’s program director, publisher of Edutainme.ru Vladimir Sinelnikov. “We want to bring together a variety of specialists: pedagogues, designers, entrepreneurs, managers, programmers, investors–all the stakeholders in the development of new educational technologies.”
The conference’s organizers believe the event will kick start research in the field of digital pedagogy in Russia and define new educational standards that take into account the influence of modern technologies.
As part of EdCrunch a hall of startups will be operating, where participants can receive expert appraisal of their ideas. A hackathon for educational projects will also take place.
The conference is being organized by the National University of Science and Technology (MISiS), the center for technological entrepreneurship Digital October, and the online magazine on new educational technologies Edutainme.ru with support from the Russian Ministry of Education and Science.
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