This article focuses on the relationships between hybrid communication environments and skills that will be needed to work in Industry 4.0. It also provides models based on the nemetic system, which are useful to analyze, track, and represent hybrid interactions in extremely digitalized environments.
The Transformation Society was invited by the UnEntretants organization in Valencia, Spain, to present a future vision of communication and networking in education from a connectivist approach. We presented interactive workshops at the ComparTIC-Conference 2016 for the “Xarxa Cooperativa d’experiències TIC per al’ensenyament del Valencià.” This activity widened our training impact in a minority language context. The UnEntretants Organization is a virtual community that facilitates contact between teachers and teacher educators from all educational levels.
The Transformation Society collaborated in the coordination of a thought-leadership group for the World Federation of Associations of Teacher Education (WFATE) in April 2016. We conducted leadership training in an intercultural environment that integrated university research, professional training, and personal development for attendees from 40 different countries. This biannual conference brings together a significant network of teacher educators with representatives from North America, Europe, Asia and Australia. The next WFATE conference will be held in Melbourne, Australia in 2018.
In August 2016, Neus Lorenzo and Ray Gallon began co-chairing the Primary and Pre-primary Teacher Education Research and Development Community (RDC) of The Association for Teacher Education in Europe (ATEE). It started with a workshop at the 41st annual ATEE Conference, in Eindhoven, Netherlands. The focus was to coordinate projects in University Teacher Education settings that can help future teachers meet the challenges of a globalized digital world. Next workshop will take place at the ATEE conference in Dubrovnik (Croatia), 23-25 October 2017 .
Since 2015, the Transformation Society has collaborated with prestigious research institutions, such as Jaume Bofill Fundation and universities, like Universitat Oberta de Catalunya, to debate innovation methodologies for training and networking, and to engage influencers in social change.
Collaborative reflection is part of our professional development techniques, in several Languages. Our expereince can help others to compare opinions and principles on different training methodologies, or discover alternative paths for innovation in difficult contexts and encorage alternative creative thinking processes.
Today, we hardly spend any time at all phoning on our mobile “phones.” Our portable devices have become internet terminals without our hardly noticing it. Soon, they will metamorphose again – and become our personal antennae, sensing devices to feed us very contextually sensitive information based on who, where, what, and how we are at any moment. Ray Gallon prepared this look at the near future for the TC Europe 2016 conference in Porto.
We have provided external assessment to the Cita- Project (EU 2014-1-ES01-KA200-003382, funded by the “Erasmus+”), built because “It is especially important at this moment for local associations to develop and modernize our organisations through international cooperation, sharing common interests, experiences and ways to make the most of our scarce resources.” Neus Lorenzo is an official certified assessor for the European “Erasmus+” programme and provides training and advice to different European projects, for networking and organisational improvement: Lithuania (LAKMA), APABAL (from Mallorca) and IATEFL-H (Hungary).
Ray Gallon presented a talk at the SOAP 2015 conference, in Krakow, Poland, applying theories of Nemetics to technical communications. The problem of complex technical information, and threading our way through it, can be perceived as a “wicked” problem – one which is highly dependent on sensitive conditions, and which is nearly impossible to solve. Nemetics provides an effective approach, not for solving, but for managing this complexity.
The Transformation Society collaborated with Friends of Education in Macedonia, to help teachers reflect on their own practices (Neus Lorenzo) and think about future technological challenges (Ray Gallon). The 2016 EduConference focused on building an international space for sharing ideas and experiences on effective use of IT in Education, with experts from a wide range of fields.