Innovation for Jobs

Innovation for Jobs

i4j Menlo Park: Ken Gabriel

“I’m interested in challenging this group to come up with new ways of accrediting skills that someone has acquired.”

Ken Gabriel, Deputy Director, Advanced Technology and Project

  • Education and lifelong learning
    • How to accredit job skills
      • How to accredit education
      • How to accredit practical and applicable job skills
      • MOOCs are too focused on providing information and fall short in verifying student participation
      • How to certify the MOOC students legitimately participated in the course
    • MOOCs supplement the classroom not replace it
      • MOOCs are the online equivalent of a lecture
      • MOOCs lack the social element that the classroom provides

#MOOC #Classroom #Accreditation #JobSkills

Summary by Darius Mianji

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David Nordfors

David Nordfors is CEO and co-founder of IIIJ and the chair of the i4j Summit. He was previously co-founder and Executive Director of the Center for Innovation and Communication at Stanford University. He was one of the World Economic Forum Innovation 100 in 2009, and has served on WEF Global Agenda Councils. He serves on advisory boards of the Poynter Institute, Discern Investment Analytics and Black & Veatch. He is an adjunct professor at IDC Herzliya in Israel, a visiting professor at Tallinn University, the Tecnologico de Monterrey, and the Deutsche Welle Akademie. He was advisor to the Director General at VINNOVA, the Swedish Agency for Innovation Systems, where he co-initiated the national Swedish Incubator System and set up a bi-national R&D fund between Sweden and Israel for mobile applications. He was Director of Research Funding of the Knowledge Foundation, KK-stiftelsen, administering an endowment of $300MUSD, building a funding framework underwriting over a hundred innovation initiatives between universities and industry. He initiated and headed the first hearing about the Internet to be held by the Swedish Parliament. He has a Ph.D. in physics from the Uppsala University and did his postdoc in Theoretical Chemistry in Heidelberg, Germany.