Hosted by the National University of Singapore, the second meeting and symposium of the Global Learning Council (GLC) was highlighted by a series of engaging discussions from global leaders in education, learning science research, technology, philanthropy and policy. This cross-sector group of leaders and researchers convened around the theme of the 2016 meeting: “Technology-Enhanced Learning in Asia: Promise and Challenges,” and shared important insights and questions around how globalization and cross-cultural factors can and should impact the way technology is used to improve learning outcomes, particularly in higher education. Speakers shared their own unique experiences and research results around this and related topics, including keynotes from Lee Howell, Head of Global Programming of the World Economic Forum and Mr. Ng Cher Pong, Chief Executive of the Singapore Workforce Development Agency.
At the conclusion of the meeting, Professor Subra Suresh, GLC Chair and President of Carnegie Mellon University, announced that the members and delegates present at the meeting approved a resolution to take action around the question of how to define and develop best practices around the issue of the global, cross-cultural context of technology enhanced learning (TEL) design and deployment. The resolution, which can be found at the Meeting & Symposium event page, commits the council to synthesizing the current “state-of-the-art” and best practices for cross-cultural considerations for the benefit of the global educational community. The council anticipates that this work will be released at the next meeting of the GLC, which is slated to take place in the Summer of 2017 in Berlin, Germany, hosted by the Leibniz Association.