In less than a month, we will announce the 20 finalists of the Open Education Challenge who will meet in Barcelona to pitch their projects at the Finalists' Workshop. Joining them will be the OEC Jury - the group of people with the unenviable task of whittling the 20 finalists down to the 10 overall winners. The Jury is made up of representatives from each of the partner organisations of the Challenge.
There are 5 partners in total (apart from P.A.U. Education and ARMAT Group, the co-creators of the Challenge), each of whom will be hosting intensive coaching sessions with the eventual winners that are chosen to join the European Incubator for Innovation in Education. So without further ado, please allow us to introduce you to …
Aalto University School of Business (Helsinki, Finland)
Aalto is the leading business school in Finland and one of the top schools in Europe. It was the first business school in the Nordics to have received all three labels of excellence from the world’s leading business school accreditation bodies (AACSB, AMBA and EQUIS) – a Triple Crown status held by only a few business schools worldwide.
Representing the university on the Open Education Challenge Jury is Professor Teemu Leinonen. He brings over a decade of R&D experience in the field web-based learning to the table, and has previously co-founded two companies.
iversity (Berlin, Germany)
iversity.org is one of the leading platforms for Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). All courses are free to everyone, and cover an increasingly diverse range of subjects, including medicine, computer science, economics, physics, law, design and philosophy. Furthermore, iversity is the only MOOC platform to have courses that offer ECTS credits (European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System).
Iversity’s co-founder Hannes Klöpper will bring his expertise on the digitalisation of education to the OEC Jury. Hannes holds a Dual-Masters in Public Administration from Columbia University and the Hertie School of Governance in Berlin and a B.A. in International Relations from the Technische Universität Dresden. He also recently co-authored a book on the university in the 21st century
ESCP Europe (Paris, France)
ESCP Europe is one of the most prestigious Grande Ecoles in France. It is also a founding partner of héSam, a cluster of institutions renowned for research and higher education in the humanities and social sciences - jointly catering for over 55,000 students.
Representing ESCP on the OEC Jury will be Professor Jacqueline Fendt. She holds a Ph.D. in Organization Science, and specializes in Strategy, Organizational Behavior, and Human Resources. Professor Fendt is also the current Scientific Director of the ESCP Europe Chair of Entrepreneurship and Scientific co-Director of the Joint-Chair of entrepreneurship.
London Knowledge Lab (London, UK)
The London Knowledge Lab brings together two of the UK’s most prominent centres of research – the Institute of Education (IOE) and Birkbeck. The Lab’s mission is to understand the place of digital technologies and media in our cultural, social and educational relationships with knowledge.
OEC Jury member Professor Richard Noss is co-director at the Lab. He is Professor of Mathematics Education at the IOE, and holds a Masters degree in pure mathematics and a PhD in mathematical education. He is also the current director of the UK's Technology Enhanced Learning Research Programme funded jointly by the ESRC and EPSRC.
MindCET (Yeruham, Israel)
MindCET is an EdTech innovation center which brings together entrepreneurs, educators and researchers to develop innovative educational technology. The centre aims to reduce the gap between the impact of technology within and outside of the school environment by identifying the pedagogic implications of technology and developing ways in which technology can significantly change teaching and learning processes.
MindCET’s CEO Avi Warshavsky will join the OEC Jury. He holds a MA in Philosophy and Humanities from Tel Aviv University, and incidentally is also a licensed carpenter.