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Title: The (future) educational case for NRENs

The GÉANT Task Force for Educational Activities (TF-EDU) would like to invite you to a pre-TNC21 Conference workshop focussing on both strategic opportunities and challenges, and sharing knowledge and best practice on practical issues related to the delivery of education, both nationally and globally.  

Our annual event for 2021 will be hosted by TF-EDU Steering Committee members, using their experience, individually and collectively, and the knowledge gained from our community sessions over the past year, and during the pandemic. Our annual events attract a global audience, from NRENs, educational institutions, international organisations, governments and commercial companies.  

We are delighted to welcome our keynote speaker, Jet de Ranitz, CEO of SURF, the Dutch NREN with a history of strengths and a focus on education. Jet will talk about SURF’s vision and approach to the digitalization of education, sharing SURF’s plans for acceleration of digitalization and engaging with relevant organisations with a role in education. She will also discuss data, what constitutes ‘meaningful data’, its ownership, learning analytics, and associated ethical questions. Jet will also touch upon how education is changing with the mobility of students and lifelong learning, the NREN’s role, and importance of open educational resources.   

Following this we will deliver a provocative and evocative panel session to consider whether there is a changing role for National Research and Education Networking organisations (NRENs), facilitated by Esther Wilkinson (Jisc), and made up of a globally representative panel of experts with rich experience and a range of views on ‘what next?’ for NRENs.

At the service level, the session ‘What’s next for educational services?’ will be hosted by Nathalie Roth (SWITCH) and Tomi Dolenc (ARNES), where Christoph Graf from the Swiss National Research and Education Network SWITCH will provide an insight in student mobility and edu-ID.

Our legal session will focus on the remaining and/or emerging issues with respect to GDPR that have become more exposed in our sector due to the accelerated use of ICT services in the pandemic year, specifically the uncertainty that follows the Schrems II case. The session will be hosted by Vegard Moen (UNIT) and Tomi Dolenc (ARNES) and include expertise from Andrew Cormack from Jisc as well as insights from the Republic of Slovenia.

We will endeavour to set out the context for these discussions at the outset with an overview of the most recent results from our third ‘Annual Survey on Educational Services and Activities’, looking also at any trends from the earlier surveys and possible early impact of the pandemic, brought to you by Dragana Kupres (CARNET).

The workshop will help TF-EDU develop a forward-looking roadmap to better understand the changes as a community, and for the education sector as a whole.


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Agenda

Tuesday, 17 June 2021

Timing (CEST)

Topic / Talk

12:30 - 13:00 (30’)

Lobby:

Preparation, come and meet the organisers over a cup of coffee and test your audio and video

13:00-13:15 (‘15)

Welcome and general introduction to TF-EDU

Hosts: Erik Kikkenborg (NORDUnet) & Gyongyi Horvath (GEANT)

Introduce how participants can help shape and inform the future TF-EDU Roadmap during this workshop and beyond.

13:15-13:30 (‘15)

NRENs for education - The landscape

Dragana Kupres (CARNET)

She will present our third annual NREN educational services and activities survey result. The latest survey shows a wider, more global scope plus presents current landscape and trends. She will also reflect back from the earlier surveys and possible early impact of the pandemic.

13:30-14:00 ('30)

NRENs are vital to the future of education

Jet de Ranitz (SURF)

From the perspective of a CEO, Jet de Ranitz from SURF will talk about SURF’s vision and approach to the digitalization of education, sharing their plan for acceleration of digitalization and how they are engaging with relevant organisations with a role in education.

14:00 - 15:00 ('60)

The ‘Case for NRENs’ – wherever next? - panel discussion

Hosts: Esther Wilkinson (Jisc) & Birgitta Hemmingsson (MIUN/ITHU)

Following the presentation from SURF's CEO, this session we will deliver a provocative and evocative panel session to consider whether there is a changing role for National Research and Education Networking organisations (NRENs), facilitated by Esther Wilkinson (Jisc), and made up of a globally representative panel of experts with rich experience and a range of views on ‘what next?’ for NRENs.

Panellists:

  • NORDUnet - Erik Kikkenborg

  • KENET (Kenya) - Prof. Meoli Kashorda

  • NSRC (Canada) - Steve Song
  • BCNET (Canada) - Bala Kathiresan
  • PSNC (Poland) - Krzysztof Kurowski
15:00-15:15 ('15)

BREAK


What is next for educational services?

15:15-16:15 ('60)

Technical topics for education:

Hosts: Nathalie Roth (SWITCH) & Tomi Dolenc (ARNES)

  • Student mobility / eduID - Christoph Graf (SWITCH)

  • Student administration system - Maria Johanna Segerkvist Kumle (UNIT)

  • Videoconferencing - Erik Kikkenborg (NORDUnet)
16:15-16:45 ('30)

Legal topics for education: 

Data transfers after Schrems II - the EU data protection perspective

Hosts: Vegard Moen (UNIT) & Tomi Dolenc (ARNES)

  • Andrew Cormack (Jisc)

  • Dr. Jelena Burnik - (Slovenian Data Protection Authority)
16:45-17:00 ('15)

Event wrap up & conclusions

Host: Gyongyi Horvath (GEANT)

Take an initial look at what participants have suggested as topics to inform the future TF-EDU Roadmap for the next year, three and ten years.







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