Mobile Learning Week 2020

When :

from Monday 2 March, 2020
08:00
to Friday 6 March, 2020
18:00

Type of event :

Category 7-Seminar and Workshop

Where :

UNESCO Headquarters, 7 place Fontenoy, 75007, Paris, France

Contact :

mlw@unesco.org

Mobile Learning Week is the United Nations' flagship event for ICT in Education, held at the UNESCO Headquarters in Paris, France.
The 2020 edition of Mobile Learning Week will work under the theme "Artificial Intelligence and Inclusion".
Mobile Learning Week (MLW) is the United Nations’ flagship event on Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education, and has been organized by UNESCO and its partners for eight years consecutively. The 2020 edition of MLW will be held from 2 to 6 March 2020 in Paris under the theme Artificial Intelligence and Inclusion. It is designed to steer the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) towards the direction of inclusion and equity in education – core values underpinning the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) and digital opportunities for all.

The event will provide a global platform to demonstrate promising applications and practices that leverage AI to advance inclusion and equity in education, and to share enabling factors such as innovative funding mechanisms and partnership strategies. It will facilitate an evidence-informed policy deliberation among ministers, policy makers, private partners, researchers, and practitioners on how to ensure that the AI revolution will not further widen digital divides, gender gaps and inequalities in access to quality education and lifelong learning opportunities for all.

As a follow up to the implementation of Beijing Consensus on AI and Education and the Cali commitment to equity and inclusion in education, Mobile Learning Week 2020 will take the initiative of exploring the best possible ways to gear the use of the most advanced technologies to deal with the long-lasting challenges of inclusion and equity in education. It aims to provide a platform for global educational communities, governments, private companies, civil society organizations and other stakeholders to join forces to (1) solidify international cooperation to promote inclusive access to AI and digital innovations; (2) leverage AI to advance inclusion in access to quality learning opportunities; (3) foster AI innovations to enhance learning outcomes across learning settings; and (4) ensure non-discriminatory and gender-equitable use of AI for lifelong learning. This event will convene hackathons and competitions of innovative AI applications – especially among young people – and incubate cross-sectoral and cross-regional partnerships.

MLW 2020 will also facilitate a Policy Forum among ministers and other stakeholders. The Policy Forum will examine the key policy measures required to put at work the key recommendations of the Beijing Consensus on AI and Education, including the adoption of appropriate national strategies; the creation of multi-stakeholder partnerships, platforms and networks; the definition of regulatory frameworks and institutional arrangements; the mobilization of resources and attraction of investment. The Policy Forum will also discuss key areas for international cooperation and solidarity including - through the sharing of AI technology and programmes - knowledge transfer, capacity building, peer learning and networking.

Mobile Learning Week brings together leaders and experts in education and technology from around the world. Over 1500 participants from 130 countries took part in the most recent Mobile Learning Week in March 2019. Continuing the conversation on the role of AI in education, the week-long event will create a platform for the educational community, governments, and other stakeholders to discuss and explore the dynamics of Artificial Intelligence and Inclusion.

In order to thoroughly explore both the potential risks and benefits of AI and inclusion in education, the three major topics of the Mobile Learning Week 2020 will be:

  • How to promote inclusive access to AI and emerging digital opportunities?
  • How to leverage AI and digital innovations to advance inclusion in education?
  • How to ensure non-discriminatory and gender-equitable use of AI in education?

This 5-day event will consist of a dynamic combination of high-level plenaries, workshops and hands-on demonstrations. To get an idea of what to expect, explore a selection of photos from Mobile Learning Week 2019.

More information on UNESCO’s AI in education events can be found in the two outcome reports from Mobile Learning Week 2019:

or in the report and consensus from the International Conference on Artificial Intelligence and Education:

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