Section 1: General Information

1Why an Agora?

Learning along life (LAL) with basis in competences, has become a major goal for OCDE countries and others, and, in consequence, is an essential condition to achieve success. The Agora is Transgresor in this line, it aims to go beyond the stablished and usual rules, it invites to the attendants go out its confort zone, , using proposals and techniques that will take you to revolution more than to innovation, through solutions and training , facilitating and improving people lives, fostering the LAL. Do you still wonder WHY an Agora is needed? You can get more information in: Why an Agora?...COMPETENCES You can know more in Why the Ágora?...Competences

2What is Agora?

It is a space for meeting and International conexión that integrates different educational/formative levels or ambits: previous to the Universidad, the Universidad, and the sociolaboral environment where the graduate moves once he/she has ended his/her degree. It thus emerges as a space where these three ambits, by means of a logical coordination that can facilitate the competence-based performance in a world based in COMPETENCES. Although the Agora is much more than that and you can get more info in: What is Agora?...NOVELTY .

 
3When does Agora start?

The I Agora starts on the 10th september 2019, but you can start participating on it through the several collaboration ways available. You can get more info at ForAgora…PARTICIPATE .

4Does Agora end on the 13th september?

Although the I Ágora main nucleus ends on the 13th septiembre, the Ágora is Long-lasting, it does not finishes after the 4 Event central days, it continues during the remaining 361 days of the year by means of work actions and collaborative learning emerged from the sinergies created during the event, and from the resulting projects. This web patform will alow the subsequent tracking, support and adequate diffusion. If you need further info you can visit the section: When will the Agora be? CALENDER.

5Where will Ágora take place?

It will take place in Badajoz, in Spain, with epicenter in the University of Extremadura. Additional activities will also be celebrated in other close places. More info at ZonAgora…Headquarters.

6Then, is the Agora a Conference?

But Agora is not only a Conference, or a Multimeeting event, or an entrepeneur forus,… it is more than all that, because of its different structure and configuration, the disadvantages of this type of events are mitigated in Agora, and the advantages are enhanced, embracing three dimensions: education, research and employment.

7The, is the Agora a Multimeeting?

But Agora is not only a Conference, or a Multimeeting event, or an entrepeneur forus,… it is more than all that; because of its different structure and configuration, the disadvantages of this type of events are mitigated in Agora, and the advantages are enhanced, embracing three dimensions: education, research and employment.

8Why an Agora and not a Conference?

Because we think that the approach of a conference is too limited; from our point of view, in a Conference there is a perception that a minor attention is paid to the networking that can arise both at individual and collective level. It is for us essential that the Agora goes beyond the joint of a conference, with known benefits and a multimeeting, where different forms of collaborative scenarios can be scheduled, in order to favor the continuation of the work after the central days of the event, during the remaining 361 days of the year. Have you ever participated in an Ágora?

9Can I start “living” the Agora before the 10th september 2019?

The social networks of the Agora are already active, sharing information, news,… and allowing you to share your information with us.

Moreover, working nodes, are already being created so that you can, if you wish, be part of the engine that makes the Ágora be accesible for all, allowing a dynamics Win-Win in which you can spread your experience and knowledge and get associated benefits. Do you want to form a node? If you are already registered as Ágora participant, form a node at: form a node  and get benetifs of all this event can provide you.

Section 2: Benefits of the Agora

1I am a University teacher, what do I get from the Agora?

The RD 1393/2007 that stablishes the regulation of the oficial universitary degrees in Spain stablishes that “...the teaching agendas of the universitary degrees must, in consequence, have as major goal, the acquisition of COMPETENCES by the students, widening, without excluding, the traditional approach based on contents and teaching hours. Emphasis has to be made on the learning methods associated to these competences, as well as on the procedures used to evaluate its acquisition (…). The new organization of the teaching processes will increase the employability of the employees (…)”.

However, it seems that the needed adaptation of the university has not taken place yet, and new teaching-learning strategies are required, as it can be read in the “employability barometer of graduates in Spain” del OEEU, realizado sobre una cohorte de más de 13000 egresados de 46 universidades, donde las competencias y no solo los contenidos, marquen el camino.

presented by the OEEU, made from data from more than 13000 graduates from 46 universities, in which not only the contents but also the competences draw the wayYour participation as teacher in the Ágora will allow to know and/or show ways of achieving and fostering the ideas shown in former paragraphs, improving its competence performance as teacher and the learning of the students.

2I am a manager, what do I get from the Ágora?

The Agora is inclusive, Merging, including all the person interested in improving its degree of competential performance or that of the people at its charge. One of the main concerns of the Ágora is the Employment and how to improve the employability of the people and the competitiviness of the organizations through the improvement of the competence-based performance applied both on education and research, at individual and organizational levels.

Moreover, the Ágora will allow you to stablish different conexions, entering networkings, participate in collaborative works, present projects… (you can get more info at ZonAgora-Spaces Agora ZonAgora-Spaces Ágora), or even collaborate with the Ágora in any of the modalities Sponsor&PartnAgora. Sponsor&PartnAgora.

3I am a teacher of primary school/secondary school/high school/technical education studies…or any other level previous to the university, what do I get from the Ágora?

Taking Spain as reference, in the Order ECD/65/2015, from the 21th January, for different educational preuniversitary levels, it can be read that “… “… a methodological approach based on key competences and on the learning results involves important changes in the perception of the teaching-learning process, changes in the organization and schocal culture. It requires the narrow collaboration between the teachers in the curricular development and in the transmision of information about the student learning, as well as the teaching practices and methodologies”, and that "…an adequate coordination between the teachers on teaching methodologies used…”.

Your participation in the Ágora as a teacher will allow you to learn and/or show ways of getting and improving the ideas described in the previous paragraphss, improving your competence-based performance and the learning of your students..

4I am a worker and I already have a job, what do I need the Ágora for?

In the spaces ZonAgora you will find the section EmplAgora, that is aimed to improve the employability of people, orientate their career and improve their professional performance, by means of the improvement of their competences, under the premise “continuous upgrading” that is nowadays essential for the people and correspondent companies. In this space processes of staff recruitment can be analyzed, for instance, or new and more effective ways of improving the competences of your employees can be learnt. Measures targeted to collectives with difficult employability are also considered in this section.

Moreover, there are other spaces ZonAgora in the Ágora that can be interesting for any person, with or without employment, to favor their learning along life (LAL), which is a major goal for the OCDE, for improving competitiveness.

Section 3: Development of the Ágora

1Is the Agora celebrated in a unique place?

Because of its integrating character and its ambitious scope, many activities have been designed in the frame of the Agora, that will take place in different spaces. The main headquarter, the Industrial Engineering School, will be the reference point. Besides this center, and not least important, other universitary and non-universitary education, research or employment centers, as well as different social spaces, will harbour Agora activities, specifically related to their scope and dimension.

Further information on the event programme and the places where the activities will take place will be provided through this section as the Agora approaches. This information will be available in any case from 01/06/2019.¿El Ágora es regional, local, nacional…?

2Is the Agora local, regional or national?

The I Agora is Internacional, and therefore people from different countries will be involved on it, to whom you will contact by means of the Agora “nodes”..

3Which languages will be spoken in the Agora?

The preferred lenguaje of the Agora is spanish, although because of its diversity, English will be another of the Agora basic languajes.

4Are all the activities of the event “exposition or monologue activities”?

There are different ZonAgoras qinvolving several participative activities, such as discussion tables, demostrative workshops, technical expositions, Ágora challenges, synergetic spaces,…all these activites are characterized by the collaboirative action of agents, instead of a unilateral communication. (more information at: How?...Space Agora).

5There will only be local companies?

There are different ZonAgoras involving several participative activities, such as discussion tables, demostrative workshops, technical expositions, Ágora challenges, synergetic spaces,…all these activites are characterized by the collaboirative action of agents, instead of a unilateral communication. (more information at.

6There will also be leisure activities or only learning ones?

Inside the spaces ZonAgora existing in the Ágora, you will find what we call CulturAgora, where different activities of cultural and leisure character, but moreover, you will find activities in different spaces ZonAgora that can be ludic, related to leisure, since learning is enhanced when it is funny (you can get more info at: ¿Cómo?...Espacios Ágora).

Section 4: Trips and Accomodation

1How do I get to Ágora?

you can get more info at:  How?...Arrive.

2How will I move between different offices?

The organization of the Ágora has rented, during the event, a particular bus service (free for all the attendants), that will be available at scheduled times for each of the hotels planned, for picking up/dropping the attendants at the Ágora headquarters, and the cultural activities.

If you want to get further information please visit the section:How?...Arrive.

3Should I wait to make the reservation of the hotel or transportation of the prices decrease?

Our recommendation is not to wait too much to the events date. We have tried to get competitive price for the attendants. However, we cannot guarantee the evolution of the prices. The afluence of the city in these dates can be moderate dwelling to the good weather that is expected at that time of the year

To get more info visit: Where?...Stay.

Section 5: Participation

1How can I register in Ágora?

You can sign-up in the Agora by means of the following link: ForAgora…Participate.

2Can I only attend the Agora by the in-person modality?

You can register in the Agora virtual modality, which enables you to have all the benefits associated to the Ágora, despite you don´t physically attend the event. This modality is open for teachers, students, companies, organizations,… anyone having difficulties to attend in person the different scheduled activities. However, you have the possibility of combining the virtual modality with the in-person one during one or two days in case you prefer. Would you like to participate in? Start by signing-up ForAgora…Participate.

3Do I have to register if I am a speaker?

In general, all the Ágora participants (anyone taking a communication to the event or people just attending it) must follow the stablished methodology. In case you have any specific question please do not hesitate in contacting the organization, which will make its best to help.

4Why should I provide my personal data?

Due to organization reasons, attendant’s management and preparation of certificates, a control of the registered people is needed. If, you need to tackle this issue in any particular manner, please contac the Agora Organizing committee.

5I have sent a proposal of participation to the event, will I be told whether it has been accepted?

The Organizing Comitee will contact you to tell you about the state of your proposal, and its acceptance or need of modification when needed. In case you have any specific question please do not hesitate in contacting the organization, which will make its best to help.

6If I can not attend a session, will I have the possibility of obtaining the corresondent information?

After the Ágora is ended, the website will collect all the information regarding to the different sessions. The Ágora will certify the activities actually done, not less nor more.

7Will I have the opportunity to express my opinión in the Ágora activities?

The Ágora is a new concept: a space for open meeting, a space for conexión with reach from the “"cradle to the grave"”, to foster and facilitate the competence-based performance in a world context that demands a need of competence-based learning, as the conceptual sum of spaces ForAgora and CongressAgora. Besides, Ágora is Independent, and welcomes all the reflexions, without conditions or censorship beyond the limits legally stablished. In this way, you will not only have the opportunity of expressing your opinion, you will be welcome to help the Ágora community improving.

8Can I discuss on any topic or is there any taboo?

The Agora is Independent, all the reflexions are welcome, without exception or censorship beyond the conditions legally stablished.

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