Hosted by Beijing Normal University, 2021 Global Competition on Design for Future Education (GCD4FE) is scheduled to be held from June to November 2021. The registration channel will be open from June 1st
. With the theme of “Inclusive Education”, the competition is divided into two categories, for college students and for primary and secondary school teachers around the world, to conduct online competition and case-studies collection in the form of “Cloud Design”. It is hoped that creative ideas on future education will be gathered from global teachers and students in different schools and fields, so as to better cope with the uncertainties and challenges in the future and explore innovative solutions for quality education for all.
This competition aims to provide solutions that can help to achieve inclusive education. The main themes of the competition are:
Education in crisis:
To overcome challenges, such as crises and natural disasters, new solutions should be designed to improve distance education for everyone, ensuring equity education during unexpected situations.
Students differ in their individual characteristics, they therefore behave differently while learning. Therefore, it is important to design solutions that can cater to the different needs of learners, and provide personalized learning according to each student profile.
Several students with special needs are now being excluded from the learning process, due to several reasons, including lack of assistive technologies, and accessible learning platforms and resources. Therefore, it is important to design solutions for students with special needs.
Several students in rural areas are dropping-out of school due to several reasons, including poverty, long distance between their home and school, and lack of quality learning/teaching resources. Therefore, it is necessary to design effective learning and teaching solutions to facilitate the educational process in rural areas.
1. For students
l Undergraduates and postgraduates from all over the world.
l Majoring in education, design, computer science and other related majors.
l Enroll as an individual and then team up on the official website, eventually participate in a team of 5-6 persons (Team members are suggested to include at least 3 different majors).
l Work in groups, complete the learning, training and related tasks together, and finally submit projects online in the form of "PPT+ poster/video" in the first round.
· Registration and Team Building:
June 1 - July 15, 2021, participants should complete the registration, project launch (by the team leader), team building, etc.
· Online Learning and Project Submission:
July 16 - August 31, 2021, participants should complete the online learning of "Training" module on the official website, attend online intensive training organized by the organizing committee, participate in Daily Attendance, submit process materials, complete phase tasks and submit final projects (The final project submission channel will be open from August 25 - August 31).
· Project Review and Results Announcement
: September 1 - September 15, 2021, the organising committee will organise experts to review projects, and the shortlisted projects will be released on the official website.
48H Global Finals:
· The winning teams in the First Round will compete in the online 48H Global Finals.
· The 48H Global Finals is tentatively in November 2021. The notice will be issued one month in advance.
2. For teachers
l Primary and secondary school teachers from all over the world; no requirement on specific teaching subjects.
l Register on the official website individually or in teams, If you have registered in teams, fill in the information of the person in charge. Submit the case-studies online in the First Review in the form of "Word/Pdf document (+ PPT/ courseware/ video/ APP/ website/ model, etc.)".
l Online Registration and Case-Studies Submission: June 1 - August 31, 2021. Case-studies can be submitted from your registration to August 31.
l First Review and Results Announcement: September 1 - September 15, 2021.Case-studies for the final review will be based on judges’ evaluation and the shortlisted case-studies will be released on the official website of the competition.
l Review and Improvement of Case-studies: September 16 - October 31, 2021
l Final Review: Tentatively in November 2021. The notice will be issued one month in advance
Notes：All the starting dates mentioned above refer to 00:00:01 (GMT+8) and all the ending dates refer to 23:59:59 (GMT+8). For instance, the Registration and Team Building time for students starts from 00:00:01 June 1, 2021 to 23:59:59 July 15, 2021 (GMT+8).
Scan the QR code of the official website of the competition, or open the official website link from the browser to register.
Official website link: http://gcd4fe.bnu.edu.cn/en/index.html
QR code of official website:
Since its launch in 2018, co-hosted by Beijing Normal University and world-renowned organizations and universities, Global Competition on Design for Future Education has been successfully held for 3 consecutive years, and it has received wide attention and warm responses from participants worldwide. The competition in 2018 was held in Beijing, in which over 50 students from more than 10 universities in China participated and completed their own design projects about the future of education through teamwork. The competition in 2019 was held simultaneously in China, Serbia and Tunisia, with nearly 1,000 participants registered in the three countries. In China, the number of participants covered more than 10 vocational colleges and 31 universities in 16 provinces and cities. In 2020, the competition were carried out online through the form of “Cloud Design” for the first time, with a total of 537 college students from 157 colleges and universities in 13 countries and regions and 28 provinces in China enrolled. The 2021 competition will continue to offer an interactive opportunity for interdisciplinary and global communication in order to further rethink, reflect and reshape the future education.
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