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June 11, 2013


Debate: Will the teaching profession become obsolete?

bc-wise-debate-screenshot.jpgA lively and provocative debate was recently held in Manchester, UK on the question, ‘Future models of learning: will the teaching profession as we have known it become obsolete?'

The event was co-hosted by the British Council’s Going Global conference for leaders of higher education and the Qatar Foundation's World Innovation Summit for Education (WISE). It was held at the University of Salford as part of Qatar UK 2013, and was followed by the announcement of the 2013 WISE Awards finalists. The awards will be celebrated at a special ceremony at the WISE Summit in Doha, Qatar, 29-31 October.

Chaired by Susan Douglas, senior advisor on schools to the British Council, the debate featured Dale Stephens, founder of the Uncollege movement; Professor Sugata Mitra, researcher, professor and TED talk winner; Daniel Stevens, NUS international students officer; Professor Martin Hall, vice-chancellor, Salford University; Pamela Wright OBE, executive headteacher, Wade Deacon High School; and Bilal Shakir, WISE Learners’ Voice.

Watch the recorded video of the debate.

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