Τhe Open Classroom Conference 2020 “Open and Distance Education: New challenges and Perspectives” took place on 6-8 November through virtual facilities (zoom and youtube) while participants were additionally able to join at the virtual conference hall of Ellinogermaniki Agogi in Second Life.
The Open Classroom Conference 2020 “New challenges for school change” highlighted the concept of Open School Culture that imports external ideas that challenge internal views and beliefs and, in turn, exports its students – and their assets – to the community it serves. Such an engaging environment makes a vital contribution to its community: student projects meet real needs in the community outside of school, they are presented publicly, and draw upon local expertise and experience. The school environment fosters learner independence – and interdependence – through collaboration, mentoring, and through providing opportunities for learners to understand and interrogate their place in the world.
The Open Classroom Conference 2020 “New challenges for school change” focused also on the use of self-reflection tools as a vehicle to support innovation and systemic change in schools. It focused on the use of self-reflection tools as a valid way to support innovation and systemic change in education. School heads, teachers, researchers, experts and other stakeholders had the opportunity to explore how schools may move from self-reflection to developing a comprehensive plan of action that utilises the results of a self-evaluation exercise. The conference presented the latest developments from the forward looking cooperation project Reflecting for Change as well as from the Joint Research Centre.
The conference also offered the occasion to schools to come together and exchange experiences, ideas and practices on innovative projects of open schooling that they have developed through their involvement in the Open School for Open Societies project. The conference also gave the stand to the schools that stood out in the “Build your own seismograph” Greek national school contest.