8 November 2016

Maastricht Law Faculty team shortlisted twice for prestigious Re-Imagine Education Awards

Catalina Goanta, Gwen Noteborn and Bram Akkermans have, like last year, been shortlisted for the Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards 2016 (www.reimagineeducation.com). Last year Goanta, Noteborn and Akkermans where nominated for their efforts implementing wearables in the legal classroom,This year, two of their projects made the prestigious awards shortlist: "Implementing Wearables in the Classroom: Making IT Real” and “The SkillsChannel”.

wearables in class

The Wearable technology project (which includes devices such as Google Glass and smartwatches such as Pebble and Apple Watch) examines the benefits of implementing wearable technology in training students 21st century skills in order to prepare them for the labour market. The development of procedural knowledge, next to the development of content knowledge, is one of the main aspects of this project. By using wearable technologies, such as Apple Watch and Google Glass, students can develop procedural knowledge, preparing them for the changing labour market needs.

The SkillsChannel is a YouTube channel used in addition to the traditional education providing  students with additional information, instruction, and training on matters relating to their skills courses. These material can entail Vlogs on research skills, on legal questions as well as on matters of employability such as professional behaviour or certain 21st century skills students need to train to be more eligible for a job.

The Wharton-QS-Stars Reimagine Education Award is a world-wide competition to celebrate higher education innovation and is considered “The Oscars for pedagogical innovators”.  The three finalists in each Award category as well as the overall winner and recipient of the US$ 50,000 cash prize, will be announced at the Wharton- QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards & Conference 2016, which will take place in Philadelphia, 4-5 December, where the project team will pitch their projects to an international jury of industry experts, leading researchers in educational innovation and the jury of the Wharton School.

Over 500 completed and excellent projects where received for consideration for nomination and the Maastricht applications are among those shortlisted. The team is therefore invited to present their projects at the Reimagine Education conference for an audience of Academics, university leaders, EdTech entrepreneurs, and venture capitalists (e.g: William Rankin, Director of Learning, Apple & Rob Curtin, Director of Higher Education, Microsoft and Jonathan Rochelle Director of Product Management, Google). 

More information: catalina.goanta[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl, gcm.noteborn[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl and b.akkermans[at]maastrichtuniversity[dot]nl or visit: www.educationrevolution.nl (coming soon)