Webinar: EU digital education policy and digital sovereignty: how to link it to questions of non-proprietary knowledge creation and dissemination?

Date: Friday 8th of October 2021, on zoom
Time:  11am-12pm (GMT) / 12-13h (CET)

The dilemma of the EU and its digital education policy
Eva Hartmann, University of Cambridge
This contribution will focus on the digital education agenda of the European Union. This agenda is part of the wider effort of the EU to help its member states to get fit for a digital age. The major activities of the EU in this field rebut the end-of-globalisation thesis that had gained momentum with the Covid-19 pandemic. My analysis will highlight a major dilemma the EU is confronted with and how it seeks to overcome it by gaining digital sovereignty. It outlines how this emerging hegemonic project is driven by too narrow economic interests with major repercussions for the EU digital education agenda. I will argue that the EU is about to miss an opportunity to develop a counterhegemonic project that could become a real alternative to a digital future dominated by a few tech giants. 

Promising ways forward: Open Educational Resources and Open Science: Strengthening Equitable Access to Teaching, Learning and Research Materials 
Louise Hoj Larsen, Education International
What role can open educational resources and open science play for enhancing equitable access to teaching, learning and research materials? What are the aims and aspirations and what international developments and instruments can assist on the road towards the widest and most accessible dissemination of knowledge? In this session, I will briefly present how Open Educational Resources and Open Science can be important alternatives for achieving more accessible dissemination of knowledge as well as allowing for more open and collaborative ways of teaching and learning. UNESCO Member States adopted in 2019 the Recommendation on Open Educational Resources and in a couple of weeks from now UNESCO member states are set to adopt the UNESCO Recommendation on Open Science. These two international instruments guide Member States on how to move ahead through a common global framework and international cooperation. I will address how this can be done in practice.


Dr Eva Hartmann is lecturer in sociology of education at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge. Her research explores the internationalisation and Europeanisation of higher education. In more recent years, she studied the role of private actors, particularly quality assurance agencies, professional associations and multinational companies, in setting international education standards. Her current research focuses on geopolitics and higher education, as well as transnational higher education.

Louise Hoj Larsen is programme officer in the research, policy, and advocacy unit at Education International and previously worked at Education International’s European Regional office. She has a M. Sc. in European Affairs and a B. Sc. in Political Sciences and Economics from Lund University.

The webinar is part of a webinar series on Alternative conditions for knowledge creation: Invitation to an explorative journey, organised by Dr Eva Hartmann and the Critical Higher Education research group at the Faculty of Education, University of Cambridge and Professor Sue Wright of the Centre for Higher Education Futures (Aarhus University). The webinar series explores key issues at stake and possible solutions to address them in number of fields. The overall idea is to identify the necessary conditions for the creation of alternative knowledge. 

Please register here. https://cam-ac-uk.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwvdO-tpzgjH9XWvov1-WHv0FL6uRangRCW