Acting on his other capacities as CEO of Tratos UK Ltd and member of MSB-IEC, on 19 January 2021, Consul Bragagni participated in a virtual Strategic Seminar with members of MSB – Market Strategy Board of the IEC – International Electrotechnical Commission.
He delivered a presentation on “Education on technologies”, which was prepared in close cooperation with Regent College London.
Dr Bragagni’s presentation was followed with increased interest by the audience, as the use and impact of technology in education are extremely high, particularly in light of the significant disruption to education systems globally caused by the Covid-19 pandemic.
Throughout his presentation, drawing on the latest data available, Dr Bragagni emphasized the great potential of educational technology in providing enhanced access to educational content, enrichment experiences and learning communities as well as its role in making learning more interactive and collaborative, helping students to better engage with course material.
Recent closures to educational settings forced on the world by the Covid-19 pandemic have put pressure on schools, universities, students and families to rapidly rethink traditional paradigms and embrace technology as an educational lifeline now and for the future.
Thanks to technology, the learning environment no longer has fixed boundaries. Instruction can be provided by any number of subject matter experts in addition to the person teaching a particular course.
Dr Bragagni also warned that technology in itself, although undoubtedly a lifeline during the Covid-19 pandemic, is not a panacea. Technology must be used correctly to be effective, must be matched to the instructional environment and context. As well, it is especially important to strike the right balance between widening digital access and opportunity whilst at the same time ensuring that children are protected when online.
In conclusion, Dr Bragagni, as a successful entrepreneur and leader with a strong focus on corporate social responsibility, stressed the importance of and offered his unconditional cooperation to working together with governments, academia, businesses and international organisations to narrow the dangerous gap of digital inequity in learning.
He asked the IEC to speed up the standardisation process, which could help in increasing accessibility and affordability to modern technology by all the countries of the world.