GDN 2018 AM programme

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WEDNESDAY 18 APRIL

All conference sessions take place at Université Pierre et Marie Curie, at 4, place Jussieu – 75005, Paris in Amphithéatre 25 or in the adjoining breakout rooms 106, 107 or 1082

TODAY’s THEME: PRIVACY

DAY CHAIR:

Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić, Former Head of Section Higher Education, UNESCO

08:00 CONFERENCE REGISTRATION OPENS

08:00-09:00 First Timers Networking

Breakfast – Sponsored by Parchment

Making you feel at home within the network

Mike Reilly, Dr. Matt Pittinsky and Peter van der Hijden

09:00-11:00 GDN Board of Directors Meeting

11:00-11:15 BRIEF REFRESHMENT BREAK

11:15-12:15 WELCOME ADDRESSES AND OPENING KEYNOTE

Victoriano Giralt, President, Groningen Declaration Network

Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić, Day chair

OPENING KEYNOTE – Sponsored by CollegeSource

“France’s Digital Strategy for Higher Education”

Mehdi Gharsallah, Strategy Advisor on Digitisation to the Director-General for Higher Education and Employability, Ministry for Higher Education, Research and Innovation, France presentation

12:15-13:15 NETWORKING LUNCH

13:15-13:55 GDN TASK FORCE PRESENTATIONS, 10 minutes each (maximum)

  • Dissemination, Victoriano Giralt and Nico Sciasci
  • Empowering Cross Border Enrolment and Student Loan Portability, Jelger de Boer and Tessa Mouha presentation
  • Pilots, Dik van der Wal and Kathleen Massey
  • Verification Policies and Best Practices, Navin Vasudev and Meg Wenger  presentation

13:55-14:15 ANNUAL REPORT INCLUDING FIRST FINANCIAL/FISCAL REPORT

Herman de Leeuw, Executive Director and Neil Robinson,Treasurer

Call for Board of Directors Nominations – put forward your candidacies.

Mike Reilly, Vice-Chairperson, GDN

14:15-14:45 REFRESHMENT BREAK – Sponsored by Credential Solutions

14:45-15:25 PLENARY PANEL DISCUSSION

Under the hood of digital qualifications, qualifications frameworks and their policy challenges

Borhene Chakroun, UNESCO, France presentation

Andy Dowling, Digitary, Australia and Ireland

Andreia Inamorato dos Santos, Joint Research Centre, European Commission, Spain presentation

Digital technologies are creating new opportunities and challenges for qualifications and skills development, verification and recognition globally. With these opportunities come a wide variety of solution architectures including depositories, networks, badges, and blockchain. Digital learners’ records and open data sources are complementing traditional qualifications depositories, while challenging the conventional models of credential verification and evaluation. Many questions are being asked about trustworthiness of data, interoperability of systems, and most critically the ubiquity of the standards and systems that govern this new and dynamic landscape.

The panelists will present and discuss UNESCO’s ongoing work on world reference levels to support recognition of skills and qualifications across-borders. They will also present the European Commission’s JRC report ‘Going Open: Policy Recommendations on Open Education in Europe,’ which brings recommendations to deal with the challenges and make use of the opportunities arising within this new scenario of digital education for the recognition and validation of credentials. They will explore this rapidly evolving landscape and will argue for increased synergies between these developments and the quality assurance systems that have become closely associated with the implementation of a new generation of qualifications frameworks internationally.

15:25-16:05 PLENARY PANEL DISCUSSION

Global, Mobile Learners: A Self-Sovereign Future

Alexander Grech, StrategyWorks, Malta presentation

Natalie Smolenski, Learning Machine, USA

16:05–17:00 PLENARY PANEL DISCUSSION

GDPR and Higher Education Privacy Standards: A Global Perspective.

MODERATOR

Rick Torres, National Student Clearinghouse, USA

 

Panelists

Mary Chapin, National Student Clearinghouse, USA

Mehdi Gharsallah, Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, France

Melanie Gottlieb, AACRAO, USA

Valère Meus, Erasmus without Paper Consortium, Belgium

With the implementation date of May 25 looming, higher education institutions around the globe grapple with this far reaching data protection regulation. Panelists will discuss the implications of GDPR from a global perspective and lead a participant discussion of the implications of international data privacy trends on internationalization efforts in higher education. presentation

MEETING ENDS

17:15-19:00 WELCOME RECEPTION

 

THURSDAY 19 APRIL

All conference sessions take place at Université Pierre et Marie Curie, at 4, place Jussieu – 75005, Paris in Amphithéatre 25 or in the adjoining breakout rooms 106, 107 or 1082

TODAY’s THEME: TRUST

DAY CHAIR:

Dr. Judith Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation, USA

09:00-09:40 KEYNOTE ADDRESS – Sponsored by Deloitte

The Alternative is not Necessarily Inferior – Re-thinking Education Pathways

Dr. Francis Fabri, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Education and Employment, Malta presentation

09:40-10:20 PLENARY PANEL DISCUSSION

“Bologna Digital” – Shaping the Digital Future of the European Higher Education Area

Florian Rampelt, KIRON, Germany presentation

Dominic Orr, Germany

Peter van der Hijden, Belgium

“Bologna Digital”, a Discussion Paper. With the support of the Bertelsmann Foundation and Kiron, the presenters have taken the initiative to draft a discussion paper entitled ‘Bologna Digital”. The paper was written with the deliberate intention to influence the political debate in the run-up to the May 24/25 Bologna Ministerial Meeting in Paris and to build a ‘coalition of the willing’. The aim is to ensure that digitalization will get a prominent place in the Ministerial Communiqué (agenda setting document) and the subsequent Bologna Action Plan (follow-up). The paper is also a response to the Digital Education Action Plan published by the European Commission on January 17, 2018.

10:20-11:00 PLENARY PANEL DISCUSSION

Safe & Open Higher Education Institutions: a Balancing Act.

Paul Goossens, Rotterdam University of Applied Sciences/ Program Integral Safe Higher Education, The Netherlands presentation

HEIs have a unique ‘open’ character, due to their social assignment. This open character is vital to create the optimal setting to learn, teach and research. HEIs also have to offer a safe environment (digital, physical, social) to their (international) students, teachers, researchers and staff. In the Netherlands, this challenge is addressed by the program ‘Safe and Open Higher Education’, a cooperation of HEIs. This program would like to present and share three deliverables, and reports on current work in Armenia on combating fraud in higher education.

11:00-11:20 REFRESHMENT BREAK – Sponsored by HECSU/Prospects Hedd Service

11:25-11:55 CONCURRENT SESSIONS, FIRST SERIES

Ia – Open Badges in the Higher Education Student Lifecycle

Marica Franchi, CINECA, Italy presentation

Ib – The Comprehensive Student Record Movement Today in Theory and Practice.

Dr. Rodney Parks, Elon University, USA presentation

Dr. Matthew Pittinsky, Parchment, USA

Elon University’s Visual Experiential Transcript is a significant departure from the traditional paper-based student transcript. This digital-only document synthesizes the overall collegiate experience for employers and stakeholders.

Ic – Beyond Qualifications

Sharon Robertson, Vetassess, Australia presentation

Qualifications do not provide the necessary confidence or understanding about an individual’s capabilities. What other key areas of understanding are necessary to support global mobility and employment?

Id – Groningen Blockchain in Education Field Lab

Johan Tillema, Quintor, the Netherlands

Hidde-Jan Jongsma, TNO/Groningen Blockchain in Education Field Lab, The Netherlands

StudyBits is a blockchain application development that will provide trusted and secured credentials, certificates and diplomas supporting access, mobility and excellence in Education and Science, Talent Management and Life Long Learning.

12:00-13:00 NETWORKING LUNCH

13:05-13:35 CONCURRENT SESSIONS, SECOND SERIES

IIa – Digital Credentials in Medical Licensing in The United States

Michael Dugan, Federation of State Medical Boards, USA presentation

IIb – Everyday Digital – Credential Accessibility and Security is Now Business as Usual

Anthony Manahan, University of Melbourne

Joanne Browne, University of Auckland, New Zealand

Credential accessibility and security will be explored in the context of how digital credentialing can leverage other technologies, such as robotics and blockchain, as well as micro credentialing, to both improve efficiency but also potentially relieve.

IIc – How Not to Lose Your Head but Innovate with Blockchain in Mobility and Education

Hennie Bulstra, DUO, The Netherlands

Vera Mol, DUO, The Netherlands

Dik van der Wal DUO, The Netherlands

IId – Authenticating the Origin of Public Documents in the Digital Age – Is There a Need?

Mayela Celis, Hague Conference on Private International Law, The Netherlands presentation

Rick Torres, National Student Clearinghouse, USA

Chris Jackson, Paradigm Inc., USA

13:40-14:40 PLENARY PANEL DISCUSSION

What Role for Europe in the Global Digitisation-in-Education Effort?

MODERATOR

Dr. Alex Grech, Founder and CEO, StrategyWorks, Malta

PANELISTS

Vanessa Debiais-Sainton, Head of Unit, representing European Commissioner to the DG Education and Culture Tibor Navracsics, Belgium

Denis Despréaux, Director of Europe and International Division at Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, France

Dr. Francis Fabri, Permanent Secretary, Ministry for Education and Employment, Malta

Marjan Hammersma, Secretary-General, Ministry of Education, Culture and Science, The Netherlands

Peter Hassenbach, Head of Division International Exchanges in Higher Education, Internationalization, Federal Ministry of Education and Research, Germany

14:40-15:10 REFRESHMENT BREAK

15:15-15:45 CONCURRENT SESSIONS, THIRD SERIES

IIIa – Credentialing in a World of Digital and Technological Transformation

Franklin Shaffer, CGFNS International, Inc., USA presentation

The digital transformation in credentials assessment requires collaboration across multiple stakeholders with a goal of producing a credentials and career continuum superhighway that could be used for pre-professional mobility, continued higher learning and professional development, as well as digital credentials and credentials depositories.

IIIb – DEQAR, the European Database of External Quality Assurance Results and Decisions

Melinda Szabo, Policy Analyst, EQAR – European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education presentation

Kathryn Máthé, Project Leader DEQAR,  EQAR – European Quality Assurance Register for Higher Education

The Database of External Quality Assurance Results (DEQAR) will allow users to identify whether a higher education institution or its programmes have been subjected to external quality assurance in line with the ESG, by an EQAR-registered agency. The database is expected to satisfy the information needs of a wide range of users (i.e. recognition officers, students, quality assurance agencies) and support different types of decisions (e.g. recognition of degrees, mobility of students, portability of grants/loans).

 

IIIc – EXTRAsup Project Toolkit and Endorsement of Open Badges to Foster Student Mobility

Caroline Bélan-Ménagier, Confederal University Leonardo da Vinci, France presentation

As validation arrangements regarding informal and non-formal learning are still a complex issue in higher education institutions (HEIs) in Europe, the French ministry for higher education has launched, with stakeholders, the national EXTRAsup project, funded by the Erasmus + program, on the issue of competences acquired by students during extracurricular activities.

IIId – How the World’s Biggest Student Exchange Programme is Going Digital

João Bacelar, European University Foundation/Erasmus without Paper, Luxembourg

This session will present the latest findings from several EU funded projects, explain how they are combining their strengths to address current challenges and anticipate the impact of new flagship initiatives.

15:50-16:20 CONCURRENT SESSIONS, FOURTH SERIES

IVa – PESC GEO Code: A USA Case Study

W. Matt Bemis, University of Southern California, USA presentation

Emily Tse, International Education Research Foundation, USA

IVb – The Blockchain in Education

Chris Jagers, Learning Machine, USA

IVc – Lifelong Student Identity

Bryan Georges, EVERNYM, United Kingdom presentation

IVd – South African Steering Mechanisms for Mutual Recognition of Qualifications Agreements: Enhancing Student Articulation and Mobility Globally

Dr. Shirley Lloyd, Department for Higher Education and Training, South Africa. presentation

16:20-16:40 SIGNING CEREMONY

New signatories

MEETING ENDS

19:00-22:00 ANNUAL MEETING DINNER at University Restaurant La Barge (CNOUS) Quai François Mauriac, Port de la Gare – 75013 Paris

Opened by Lionel Veer, Permanent Representative, Netherlands Permanent Delegation to UNESCO. Musical performance by Edoardo Liberati Jazz Quartet.

Annual dinner – Sponsored by Digitary

Musical performance – Sponsored by Groningen Blockchain in Education Field Lab

FRIDAY 20 APRIL

All conference sessions take place at Université Pierre et Marie Curie, at 4, place Jussieu – 75005, Paris in Amphithéatre 25 or in the adjoining breakout rooms 106, 107 or 1082

TODAY’S THEME: LEARNER MOBILITY

DAYCHAIR:

Dr. Hilligje van‘t Land, Secretary-General, International Association of Universities

08:45-09:25 PLENARY KEYNOTE

On UNESCO’s Global Recognition Convention and the Relevance of Digitization for Recognition and Mobility

Stig Arne Skjerven, Director of Foreign Education at NOKUT, Norway/ President of the ENIC Network presentation

09:25-09:55 SHOWCASE SESSIONS FIRST ROUND

Ia – Australia and New Zealand – My eQuals Program, sharing learnings of the first 18 months in operation

Jay Segeth, My eQuals, HigherEd Services, Australia

Ib – India – CDSL NAD Presentation

Joydeep Dutta, CDSL, India presentation

Ic – Belgium – Belgian Blockchain Proof of Concept

Tessa Mouha, AHOVOKS, Belgium presentation

Dr. Aurélien Fiévez, Fédération Wallonie-Bruxelles, Belgium

Presentation by the Flemish Government and the Federation Wallonie-Bruxelles, with focus on checking authenticity and exchanging diploma data.

09:55-10:25 SHOWCASE SESSIONS SECOND ROUND

IIa – Canada – Advancing Student Mobility for Canada

Charmaine Hack, President, Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC)

Dr. Rob Fleming, Co-Chair, British Columbia Council on Admissions & Transfer (BCCAT)

Romesh Vadivel, Vice President, Association of Registrars of the Universities and Colleges of Canada (ARUCC)

Canada’s ARUCC Groningen and Student Mobility Initiative is a multi-year project with the vision of advancing national and international student mobility through trusted student data exchange at the national and international level. Our partners include the Pan-Canadian Consortium on Admissions and Transfer (PCCAT), the Canadian Post-secondary Education Standards Council (CanPESC), and the Canadian University Council of Chief Information Officers (CUCCIO). We invite you to join this session to gain an update regarding this Canadian project.

IIb – Germany – Bracing for Europe and beyond: A German perspective on EMREX

Guido Bacharach, Stiftung für Hochschulzulassung, Germany presentation

IIc – India – Digital Empowerment of Students and Universities in India – NAD a beginning

Vijay Gupta, NSDL Database Management Limited (NDML), India presentation

Prashant Prachand, NSDL Database Management Limited (NDML), India

10:25-10:55 SHOWCASE SESSIONS THIRD ROUND

IIIa – China – On Privacy, Trust and Verification of China Higher Education Information

Dr. Cheng Weixing, CHESICC, China

Presentation on the Cyber Security Law of China and how CHESICC facilitates global student mobility. presentation

IIIb – EMREX update with Norwegian case study

Jonna Korhonen, EMREX consortium, Finland presentation

Geir Vangen, CERES, Norway

IIIc – South Africa SAQA Update: National, regional and Continental African activities

Navin Vasudev, Director, GDN Board of Directors & SAQA, South Africa presentation

10:55-11:25 REFRESHMENT BREAK

11:25-12:05 PLENARY PANEL DISCUSSION

The Mobility Agenda – Barriers and Opportunities

MODERATOR

Melanie Gottlieb, AACRAO, USA

PANELISTS

Stamenka Uvalić-Trumbić, Former Head of Section Higher Education,
UNESCO

Dr. Judith Eaton, President, Council for Higher Education Accreditation,
USA

Dr. Hilligje van t Land, Secretary-General, International Association of
Universities

Stig Arne Skjerven, Director of Foreign Education at NOKUT, Norway/ President of the ENIC Network

Mobility is a multi-dimensional goal that requires a coordination of efforts at every level – government, organization, and institution. As the GDN paves the digital path for student mobility, how does the work of the ENIC-NARIC Network, AACRAO, NACES,TAICEP and other such organizations align with GDN? How do comparative education research, policy and politics support or impede mobilty? Where are the opportunities for stronger alignment and how do we get there?

12:05-12:15 SIGNING CEREMONY

Frédéric Forest, Deputy Director General for Higher Education and Employability, Ministry of Higher Education, Research and Innovation, France

12:15-12:55 CLOSING KEYNOTE

“Weaving All of the Above into One”  video presentation

Sir John Daniel, Former President and CEO, Commonwealth of Learning; Former Assistant Director-General, UNESCO; De Tao Master of Education presentation

12:55-13:15 CLOSING WORDS AND NEXT YEAR’S VENUE

Victoriano Giralt; Meet next year’s GDN Annual Meeting venue presentation

MEETING ENDS

13:15-13:55 LUNCH

Grabbing boxed lunches, social event: visit to Musée des Arts et Métiers

14:00-16:00 Cultural Event

Musée des Arts et Métiers

GDN BoD meeting

16:30-17:30 FAREWELL COCKTAIL

New signatories

1 Programme may be subject to minor changes until conference starts

2 Meeting spaces to be confirmed and subject to change until conference starts

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