OBS Business School is organizing the 2nd International Seminar on Online Higher Education, with the objective of continuing the discussion on online learning and brainstorming new online higher education projects. We will exchange views with institutions from different countries, discuss best practices, start collaborations and develop quality standards to be considered in the online higher education sector.
Welcome and opening speech
9:15 am: OBS Business School Academic Director - Andreu Bellot.
Multiculturalism in reverse: Who adapts to whom in a digital environment?
9:45 am: Gustavo A. Villegas López, PhD., Director EAFIT Virtual, Medellín - Colombia.
In a traditional classroom environment, students from abroad understand the need to comprehend and adapt to the environment they are in, while teachers must know how to give examples or elements that help them understand. In an online environment it is not so evident who should make more effort so that all students understand and relate learning to their daily environment.
10:30 am: Coffee break.
10:45 am: Work groups:
- Lecturer’s role in respecting differences and multiculturalism.
- Advantages and limitations of the online environment for integrating and interacting with and between multilingual and multicultural students.
- Adapting teaching to mixed classes.
12:15 pm: Sharing conclusions.
1:00 pm: Lunch break.
Virtual presence in classrooms, a need or an opportunity?
2:30 pm: Stavros Xanthopoylos, PhD in Philosophy, Business Administration – Knowledge Management. Dean of Fundaçao Getulio Vargas, Brazil.
The speaker will analyze how the student is asked to participate and interact with the lecturer and the group in different online education models as well as in a face-to-face training environment, offering participants a starting point for defining, in work groups, students’ roles and their presence in online training.
3:15 pm: Work groups:
- Concept of the student’s virtual presence.
- Rights and duties of the student in a virtual classroom.
- Responsibilities and limits of lecturers when interacting with the student.
4:45 pm: Sharing conclusions.
5:15 pm: End of day one.
7 pm: Gala dinner.