Keynote Speakers

 

 

 

"Learning in the Networked Society"

By Professor Piet Kommers, University of Twente,
The Netherlands

 

 Bio

Piet Kommers specialized during his master degree in education in ICT for adapting to learners’ cognitive style and mental repertoire in the late 70ties. His PhD was in conceptual representations for navigating in hypertext systems. Since 1990 he specialized in 3D virtual reality and surgical training. As editor of the International Journal of Continuous Engineering Education and Life-Long Learning he has coordinated more than 12 special issues. He then started the International Journal of Web-based Communities. Since 2004 he became chairman of the IADIS conferences. As associate professor of the University of Twente he teaches Media for Communication and Education. Since his work together with the Kiev UNESCO Institute for Educational Technology he received the honorary professor title. His work now for International Student Exchange makes him keen on educational policies and capacity building. His publications can be found here.

Abstract

This keynote addresses the growing impact of societal factors like the notion of “Networked Society” in the further evolution of education. So far the role of technology in education has been marginal as it was limited to emulate and virtualize traditional face-to-face teacher/student interactions. Now when societal transformations become visible, it is inevitable that education shifts its accent from the transfer- into the development of new expertise for instance via problem-based learning. The method for making rather accurate extrapolations of current trends into to-morrow’s practice is to re-interpret the recent educational transformations. As exemplar the potential impact of social media on education will be elaborated.

 

 

 

 

"Student-Centred Learning Environment for HE Digital Learners"

By Assoc.Prof. Dr. Sakina Baharom, Director of Centre for Learning Innovation and Excellence (CLIEx), UNITAR International University, Malaysia

 

 Bio

Assoc Prof. Dr. Sakina Baharom is a director of Centre for Learning Innovation and Excellence (CLIEx), UNITAR International University, Malaysia. Besides research, and continuous professional development of academicians, the centre is also responsible for the Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) system for the university. Her research interest varies but within the space of educational technology enhanced learning (TEL) which ranges from learning design, digital learners, mobile learning, TEL policies or strategies and social media participatory particularly in higher education institutions. Prior to UNITAR, she was amongst other duties was the director of Center for Modern Languages and Communication in Multimedia University, Cyberjaya.

 

Abstract

There are claims made that the new generation of students entering higher education institutions (HEIs) is much more comfortable using ICT as part of their lives as compared to previous students. Terms such as ‘millenials’, ‘digital natives’, ‘Google generation’, ‘net generation’ and ‘I-Generation’ indicate that this new generation are familiar with anything digital and internet-related are using such tools widely. These terms provide the impression that higher education (HE) students are synonymous with technology and use technology ubiquitously in their lives. This presentation explores student-centred learning environment (SCLE) concept to address the needs of the current type of leaners we have amongst our HEI today. However, SCLE are usually personalized learning and could only happen in small classes. How can this be implemented HEI wide? The presentation discusses a HEI whole organization approach to implementing SCLE by using technology as a means to deliver the initiative.