What does it mean to engage in ongoing, life-long learning? How have changes in technology, behaviour, and attitudes toward work-life balance impacted the pursuit of academic, professional or personal growth? Can virtual learning replicate the outcomes of in-person learning or even exceed them? How will calling for increased accountability and authenticity in teaching and access for all change how we navigate knowledge exchange systems? In this Nordic Talk, we explore what the future of adult learning could, should or would look like if our panelists had their say.
About Robin Liu Hopson
Robin has worn many hats in the field of education: classroom teacher, policy researcher, published author and curriculum designer. After spending seven years at the Council of Ministers of Education, Canada, where she supported pan-Canadian policy and data development in collaboration with all 13 provinces and territories, she is now the Director of Policy and Research at People for Education. Hopson’s current work focuses on the mission to build public demand for education transformation using evidence-based storytelling and to facilitate intergenerational conversations about how a better future begins with better public education.
About Antra Carlsen
Antra Carlsen is the Head Coordinator at the Nordic Network for Adult Learning. The Nordic Network for Adult Learning was established in 2005 by the Nordic Council of Ministers (NCM) to promote lifelong learning by focusing on cross-sectoral cooperation in the priority areas defined by the Nordic Council of Ministers. Before her role at the Nordic Network for Adult Learning, Carlsen was a Project Leader for Nordic-Baltic cooperation projects and Northwest Russia development projects with the Nordic Folk Academy. She was a lecturer at the University of Latvia, an editorial board member at LLinE magazine and regularly engaged in the assessment of proposals within the selection process for EU Grundtvig (a European funding program that is part of the European Commission’s Lifelong Learning Program).
About Dr. Peter Vietgen, Moderator
Dr. Peter Vietgen is an Associate Professor of Visual Arts Education in the Teacher Education Program in the Department of Educational Studies at Brock University in St Catherines, Ontario. He holds a PhD in Art Education from the Faculty of Fine Arts, Concordia University, Montreal. Prior to joining Brock University in 2004, Vietgen served in the role as Visual Arts Consultant/Curriculum Advisor for the Toronto District School Board. He is the current President of CSEA, the Canadian Society for Education through Art, the national subject association for Art Education in Canada.