Russian Island digitises leadership ability

Published 28/08/2018

A new intensive program to map out learners’ study pathways and provide a dataset of their leadership competencies in a bid to connect with like-minded individuals has taken place in major Russian port city Vladivostok.

For the 11-day module, the Russian Island event brought together over 1,000 individuals including technicians, entrepreneurs, and data specialists to train for the digital economy through computer-based tests, roleplaying and games.

“I am sure a lot of them will try to combine different teams to start different projects”

Running for 14 hours a day, the summit recorded participants’ decisions and digital footprint to provide them with an understanding of their leadership competencies.

“The main idea is that we have a lot of information about those people,” said Vasily Tretyakov, founding CEO of University 20.35, which organised the event.

“We have a digital trace of any activity during the Island, we have a lot of information that was collected while the diagnostic tools worked in the first period. It’s very important to give to people an ability to choose their digital profile.”

The first major event of University 20.35, a platform that utilises AI to give learners a personalised educational roadmap across other institutions’ education material, Russian Island attracted 8,000 participants in the first round, before being reduced to 3,340 for the second, and 1,000 for the event.

Dale Johnson, adaptive learning manager of Arizona State University, who ran a workshop around creating survey tools for students said the summit was one of the most unique he had experienced at a conference.

“There is a new energy here around education and in my area, technology. Everyone came ready to work,” he said.

Speaking with The PIE News, Tretyakov added Russian Island also sought to provide opportunities for individuals to connect and create projects of their own in the future.

“We believe this will give a new opportunity for [participants],” he said.

“They will be very close to each other and it could be very easy to find the right person for the right project, so in the future, I am sure a lot of them will try to combine different teams to start different projects.”

Future programs are planned, which will include a foreign student component.

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