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Enhanced Teaching and Learning with Technology: Present and Future
We are now facing one of the most staggering threats to global education. As the COVID-19 pandemic continues to unfold, nearly 80% of the world’s enrolled students are out of school due to social distancing measures. Despite the unprecedented challenges and turmoil, it has been inspiring to see educators around the globe are trying their best to utilize available technologies to deliver live online classes and create contents for students in all sectors. Innovative instruction modes and e-assessment strategies that we have never seen or imagined before are being experimented and employed to mitigate the loss of face-to-face learning.
Amidst the current crisis, the importance and powerful potential of technology in education could not be more apparent. It opens up new possibilities for students and teachers to do things differently and flexibly, resulting in exciting learning opportunities and discoveries in the past few months. In spite of worldwide closures of schools and universities, our curious nature and passion for learning continue to be supported through various MOOC platforms (new enrollments surged by multiple times compared to the same period last year). However, while we rely heavily on online strategies and technological solutions, we may intensify the problem of educational inequality as this kind of learning may only reach leaners from better-off families.
There are still a lot of things we can do with technology to make our education systems more resilient, not only to the present pandemic situation but also unforeseeable challenges in the future. For example, how to harness big data in education to offer personalized learning and cater for learner diversities? How can we make quality education accessible to everyone through open online resources? How can we as educators prepare ourselves for the next threat? In this forum, we will gather members of the educational community to share their experiences and approaches in these endeavours. The scope of the conference includes (but not limited to) the following sub-themes:
- Pedagogy Involving Technology
- Diversity and Inclusivity for eLearning
- Open Educational Resources (OER) and Massive Open Online Course (MOOC)
- Emerging Educational Technology (AR, VR, MR, educational robotics, etc)
- Artificial Intelligence, Personalised Learning Platform and Tool for Smart Learning
- Design for Education Landscape and Future Campus
- Big Data in Education and Learning Analytics
- Technology-Enhanced Assessment and Evaluation in Education
- Technology for Training for Professional Development