קתדרת אונסקו לטכנולוגיה, אינטרנציונליזציה וחינוך
Welcome to the UNESCO Chair on Technology, Internationalization and Education (TIE)
Today, driven by globalization, technological advancements and knowledge-based economy pressures, many educational reforms are underpinned by emerging policy-level commitments to contemporary global-supranational knowledge and skills. Indeed, the dynamic, technological 21st century environment results in youth living and studying in a global, cosmopolitan world and using novel tools, devices, and skills, thus forcing education systems to adapt to a new internationalized way of teaching and learning. In addition, the increasing accountability pressures (enforced by international comparisons undertaken by supra-national bodies like the OECD) motivate governments to improve their education systems’ quality. The mounting pressures of internationalization emerge in addition to the existing pressures of nationalization, thus forcing education systems to comply with opposing influences and trends that can be expressed in various ways within the nations’ education systems.
This UNESCO chair aims to promote development of research and practices through the understanding of the internationalization processes in schools as well as in higher education and to shed light on those complex processes in different contexts by engaging in research, teaching, and community-related activities. This UNESCO chair is also focused on development of research and practices concerning technological transformations that have tremendous effect on the world of education. Achieving these objectives, will enhance the development of joint efforts directed toward improved scientific understanding of technological transformations and internationalization in education, to better prepare future students and pupils for the challenges of the 21st century.
The Chair is part of UNITWIN / UNESCO Chairs Programme which promotes international inter-university cooperation and networking to enhance institutional capacities through knowledge sharing and collaborative work.
Chairholders: Prof. Rafi Nachmias and Dr. Miri Yemini
Rafi Nachmias is a full professor for science education and technology in the School of Education at Tel Aviv University. Prof. Nachmias was the privious head of the School of Education and currently chair the Science and Technologu Educational Center (SATEC), Virtual TAU- Inegrating information technologies in TAU academic instruction, the Unit for Science–oriented youth of TAU, and the committee doctoral stuents. In the last three decads he was the advisor of over 100 graduate students in Tel Aviv University, published, 5 books and over 200 papers in leading academic journals and academic cofernce proceedings, and leaded over 20 international and national research projects, all in the field of science education and educational technology.
Miri Yemini is a lecturer and researcher in School of Education, at Tel Aviv University. Her research interests include entrepreneurship in education, globalization and internationalization in education and project management in education systems. Her first book titled “Cosmopolitanism, Localism and Internationalization in Education” was published by Magnes Academic Press. Her next book titled ‘Internationalization in Education’ will be published in late 2016 by Palgrave McMillan.
Coordinator of policy, law and education affairs: Prof. Dan Gibton
Dan Gibton (phD, MA, LL.B), Tenured Associate Professor of education policy and law, at the Constantiner School of Education, Adjunct Lecturer at the Buchmann Faculty of law, Tel-Aviv University, Israel, and visiting professor at the London Centre for Leadership in Learning, UCL Institute of Education, London. Areas of interest include: school reform, legislation and school reform, the nature and emergence of education law and law-based reform (mainly in Israel and England); qualitative methods in policy studies.
Deputy Chairholder of technology and education affairs: Dr. Anat Cohen
Anat Cohen (PhD) is a senior academic staff member (on tenure track) at Tel Aviv University at School of Education; Head of the Learning and Technology program in The Department of Education in Mathematics, Science and Technology; A research and pedagogical coordinator of Web-Supported Academic Instruction at Tel-Aviv University. Dr Cohen’s dissertation analysed the cost-effectiveness of Web-based Education, based on theoretical and computational models and empirical data using web-mining techniques. She has vast experience in research and teaching in the field of learning and technologies after 14 years of development of online learning materials, training of academic staff, characterization of learning-management features fit to the University’s needs, as well as research activities focusing on research areas such as social networks and privacy perception on the cyber space, internet implementation in higher education, innovative pedagogical practices using ICT, open educational resources (Learning object repositories and MOOCs), learning analytics and educational data mining.
OER & Emerging Technologies Coordinator: Shani Evenstein Sigalov
Shani Evenstein Sigalov is an educator, lecturer, researcher and Free Knowledge advocate, focusing on the intersection between Technology, Education and Openness and their integration into the academic curriculum. She serves as an EdTech Innovation Strategist at the American Medical program at Sackler School of medicine, where she utilizes technological and pedagogical methodologies such as 'Flipped Classroom' and 'Cased-Based Learning' in a paper-free environment, in order to revolutionize the way medicine is taught in the 21st century.
As a lecturer, she designed and led the first for-credit academic courses in Israel (and the world) focusing on Wikipedia & Wikidata, where students create OERs while developing their academic, digital and collaborative skills, and improving their data literacy. Their work has been viewed by the general public millions of times. As a Free Knowledge advocate she frequently lectures and gives workshops in Israel and abroad focusing on Wikipedia, Wikidata and Project Ben-Yehuda as case studies for open initiatives involving the "wisdom of the crowd". In this capacity, she also serve as chairperson for several local and international NGOs, including The Hebrew Literature Digitization Society that supports Project Ben-Yehuda, WikiProject Medicine Foundation and the Wikipedia & Education User Group.
She is currently conducting her PhD research at the School of Education under the supervision of Prof. Nachmias, working on Semantic Web as a learning platform, using Wikidata as a case study.
Chair Coordinator: Netta Sagie
Netta Sagie is a lawyer, social activist and a doctoral candidate at Tel Aviv University, School of Education.
UNESCO Chair on Technology, Internationalization and Education (TIE)
The Jaime and Joan Constantiner School of Education, Tel Aviv University, Ramat Aviv, Tel Aviv, 69978, Israel.