Ivan is a representative of the digital learning platform Khan Academy for Bulgaria. The platform offers completely free video lessons, exercises and tools to students, teachers and parents. He is also the chairman of the board and a member of the association Education Without Backpacks, which aims to localize free and up-to-standard digital learning services and resources in Bulgarian. He has a Bachelor of Arts in Social science and Philosophy from the Leipzig University and he is currently a PhD student in Philosophy of Education at the Catholic University of Eichstaett-Ingolstadt. Furthermore, he teaches Philosophy and German at SoftUni Svetlina.
For Ivan, teaching is an analytical activity that encourages him to constantly enrich himself in order to do well in his job. He believes the role of the teacher is to understand what the students can actually learn at any given time and to plan education in such a way that they can do it in an objectively measured way, without piling on lacks in their understanding. His interests include the modernization of Bulgarian education and the establishment of alternative educational and cultural resources. In 2016 he received an ICT Media award for Innovations in education and was included in the “30 under 30” list of Forbes Bulgaria. In the same year, he participated in a conference in the European Parliament on Digital education and he contributed with the chapter “Digital Literacy” to the handbook “How to develop 21st century skills in class” published by Teach for Bulgaria.
The accumulation of more and more data about the usage of educational software by modern students contributes to the changes in teaching methods. However, in some cases introduction of technology can lead to reduced student performance. In his talk Ivan Gospodinov will present some contemporary academic critiques on the use of digital tools and the so called datafication of education. When does the digital learning environment support self-education and when does it simplify the learning process and reduce its quality? What principles must an educational software adopt in order to meet the criteria for quality education?