KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

This conference invites all educators working and researching from Early Childhood Education to Higher Education level to present their work in various forms i.e. paper presentations, round table discussions, and poster presentations. Please be clear this conference is not confined to open distance learning only. We are inviting researchers from all modes of education. Proceedings of the conference will not only be included in an abstract book but also the best selected papers will be published in the conference book as well as in the journals of AIOU.

HIGHER EDUCATION AND COMMUNITY: STRENGTHENING RELATIONSHIPS

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There is increasing interest in building and strengthening relationships between institutions of higher education and the societies in which they function. “Community Service” is frequently viewed as the third mission of the university, following teaching and scholarship, and there has been considerable research on ways of strengthening the role of the university in terms of regional economic development and service to local populations. This presentation will focus on ways of strengthening the role of the university in terms of social development and community connections, including work-integrated learning, service-learning, and other community-focused education initiatives. [READ BIO]

EDUCATIONAL RESPONSES TOWARDS 21ST CENTURY CHALLENGES

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Education services tend to be reactive rather than proactive - they respond to national needs. At issue is the timeliness of these responses. In this decade we are seeing national education systems responding to globalization and technological imperatives by espousing a broader educational mission to equip students for the future. The context has been set by development of 21st century education frameworks, such as OECD's DeSeCo (2005) report and UNESCO's Delors (2006) report; as well as identification of global trends in workforces by organizations such as the World Bank, and researchers such as Autor (2015). Of interest is how regions and countries are responding to these inputs. This presentation outlines education's responses at global, regional, and country levels. A mapping of education mission statements across over 100 countries (Care, Anderson & Kim, 2016) has demonstrated that more than 75% of these highlight the importance of generic cognitive and social skills such as critical thinking, collaboration, innovation and creativity. Detailed analysis at regional level (e.g., Care & Luo, 2016) by UNESCO Education Bureau, Bangkok, in the Asia Pacific has highlighted some of the issues around adoption of a skills and competencies emphasis by education in terms of teacher training and assessment. The implications of teaching and learning "21st century skills" for required changes in curriculum, assessment and pedagogy are not well understood. In this presentation, examples of these challenges are discussed. [READ BIO]

Gamification, Data and Learning

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Based on his knowledge and expertise in information and library science, computer and design science, e-learning and psychology, and children literature, Dr. Chu has created an award-winning e-quiz platform, Reading Battle (RB), which is highly effective in boosting primary students’ reading interest and motivation, as well as strengthening their reading comprehension ability in both Chinese and English.
Reading is the basis for most learning. However, many students have not developed an interest and ability in reading. As a result, they suffer in courses and assignments that require good comprehension ability. Through applying various game mechanics (points, e-badges, ranking, levels, etc.) into the design of RB, many primary and kindergarten students in Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China and the US have been motivated to read a lot and to take many e-quizzes about the books they have read. Many of these students have improved their reading abilities quickly and enjoyably. The top 6 students have read and answered over 300 books (with 4 read over 400 books) and achieved an average score of 81-97 out of 100. The e-quiz system has essentially helped produced many “young scholars”.
Supported by a Quality Education Fund (USD $364,872)”, “Reading Battle” was released in Feb 2014. Over 6,000 students in 50 schools/libraries have used it. Those who have used it a lot have improved not only in their reading ability, but also in their writing ability. The speaker will share how he has made use of the various kinds of data from the system to fine-tune the system design to excite the students and to help them learn effectively. Since “Reading Battle” has successfully helped many students in various countries/regions to improve their reading ability, the speaker recently obtained a Knowledge Exchange Award from his university. In this talk, the speaker will share his “secret of success” in designing and managing this highly effective learning system for students. [READ BIO]

THE TEACHING CROWD VERSUS THE TEACHING MOB

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The enormous growth of the Internet and the means to connect to it is causing a seismic shift in the ways we intentionally learn. What was once the preserve of formal educators, libraries, and carefully edited publications is now available to all, often at little or no cost beyond time, effort and privacy. Online, everyone and anyone can become anyone and everyone else’s teacher. This is leading to an exponential growth of knowledge and shared wisdom, a new renaissance of understanding, a diversity and richness of dialogue that could never be achieved in the past. Together, we can become wiser and closer than ever before. However, we can equally become more stupid, more separate. There is a counterbalancing explosion of falsehoods, ignorance, and abbreviated caricatures of knowledge that mislead more certainly than lies. There is, perhaps, as much promotion of values of hatred and selfishness as of altruism and caring. Divisions are magnified through filter bubbles and echo chambers, automation and personalization disempowers and isolates us. Trust is easily won and easily lost, half-truths and falsehoods spread mimetically and persuasively through networks, the shouting of the stupid mob out-roars the gentle whispers of the wise crowd. Systems teach us that were never built to teach us, often through distorting and cracked mirrors. Systems that were built to teach us replicate inappropriate pedagogies and patterns from another era and another context that alienate us, demotivate us, and detract from our capacity to learn. In this talk we will explore ways to build and use crowd-powered tools and systems that can be trusted, that converge on wisdom, that are built for learning rather than propaganda, distraction, or profit: systems and methods that are designed for an age of ubiquitous connection and a surplus of knowledge, rather than those that are made to fit the constraints of physical and temporal boundaries. Drawing on principles and practices developed over more than a decade, we will examine some ways that wisdom can triumph over ignorance and glimpse some of the challenges yet to be overcome. [READ BIO]

ENTREPRENEURSHIP EDUCATION FOR SOCIAL CHANGE

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According to ILO’s latest World Employment Social Outlook report, global unemployment is expected to increase in 2017. Recognizing that unemployment is closely linked to other political, social, economic and environmental issues, governments looking for solutions are paying more attention to entrepreneurship as an avenue for generating jobs. Nonetheless, the purpose of education is more than creating a productive workforce: it is also crucial for developing values and capacities to address21st century challenges in an increasingly globalized world. The emergence of social entrepreneurship in modern history presents a strong linkage between these two objectives. Clearly, rethinking education for social change must include social entrepreneurship in general and social entrepreneurship education in particular. This presentation will review the status of entrepreneurship education in Asia based on UNESCO Bangkok’s experiences and discuss the scope for social entrepreneurship education in the region. [READ BIO]