Documents Ethical Forum 2014

Programme Ethical Forum 2014


Will the universities survive the e-learning revolution? And how?


Part 1: 14.00 – 15.30 h

Welcome : 
prof. Jacques WILLEMS,
 Chairman of the University Foundation

Introduction to the subject:

prof. Michel GEVERS, Coordinator of the Ethical Forum 2014, Université Catholique de Louvain (text)

Keynote addresses:


  • Diana Laurillard, professor London Knowledge Lab, Institute of Education, University of London: "Will the academy’s response to blended learning be moral panic or moral responsibility?" (presentation)
  • Pierre Dillenbourg, professor Computer-Human Interaction Lab for Learning and Instruction, École Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne (EPFL): "Actor or Spectator? Who should design the future of universities?" (presentation part 1, part 2, part 3 , part 4, part 5)
  • Olivier De Schutter, professor Institut pour la recherche interdisciplinaire en sciences juridiques, UCLouvain: "How understanding makes progress. Vertical and horizontal dimensions in the building of knowledge".

An outsider's critical view:

Bart Pattyn

  • Bart Pattyn, professor Centre for Ethics, KU Leuven: "Some critical observations on Massive Open Online Courses" (text)

 Part 2: 16.00 – 18.00 h

Panel discussion chaired by Michel GEVERS


  • Guillaume Miquelard-Garnier, CNAM (Conservatoire National des Arts et Métiers), Paris, France (text)
  • Peter Sloep, Open University, The Netherlands (presentation)
  • Georges Van der Perre, KULeuven and Koninklijke Vlaamse Academie van België (KVAB) (presentation)
  • Sarah Cardinal, student "Information et Communication", Université Catholique de Louvain - Mons (text)

   michelard   Peter Sloep   Georghes van der Perre   

General discussion: Keynote speakers, panel members and audience

Concluding remarks by Philippe Van Parijs, Chaire Hoover d'éthique économique et sociale, UCLouvain (text)


Most of the presentations or texts, as well as some interesting relevant background documents and a newspaper article on the Ethical Forum 2014, can be found in the DOWNLOADS section of this website.