Panels

Panel 1

Can or should learning be seamless most of the time? The flip side of Mobile Seamless Learning…

Date, Time, and Venue: CONFERENCE ROOM 1, DECEMBER 2 (TUESDAY), 14:30-11:50

Moderator: Lung-Hsiang WONG, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

Panelists:

  • Gwo-Jen HWANG, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan
  • Jari LARU, University of Oulu, Finland
  • Chee-Kit LOOI, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Marcelo MILRAD, Linneaus University, Sweden
  • Hiroaki OGATA, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Hyo-Jeong SO, Pohang University of Science and Technology, South Korea
  • Marcus SPECHT, The Open University of the Netherlands, the Netherlands

Discussant:

  • Tak-wai CHAN, National Central University, Taiwan

Seamless learning is a notion that emphasizes the continuity and bridging of learning across a combination of locations, times, technologies and social settings (such as formal and informal learning, individual and group learning, and learning in physical and digital realms). Earlier work on seamless learning has focused on developing ICT-based solutions (in particular, in 1:1 or one-mobile-device-per-student settings) and teacher-facilitated pedagogies, particularly leveraging mobile technology, to enable and enhance learners’ ability in switching quickly from one learning activity to another.
Therefore, seamless learning had been perceived as a special form of mobile and ubiquitous learning. Recent studies have also ventured into supporting one’s learning journeys and enculturating learners in the self-directed disposition of seamless learning that may spans a person’s life transitions. Thus, a new perspective of seeing seamless learning as a learning notion on its own right (with mobile and cloud computing as possible technological tools to support it) has been developed.
As an evolving area of research and practice, the landscape of seamless learning will continue to be shaped and reshaped by academics and practitioners. This panel will gather scholars from various countries to explore the provocative questions of should learning be seamless all the time, and how far we are we in understanding and designing for seamless learning – with the support of mobile technologies. Is there a flip side to too much focus on seamless learning? Should learning be continuous and technology supported all the time? What do we mean by continuous?
Implications to the advancements of seamless learning based on the explorations to these questions will then be elicited, thus promoting a dialogue among the panelists and the audience on the future directions of seamless learning.”

Panel 2

Innovative Programs and National Policy of ICT in Education in the Asia-Pacific Region: Looking Back and Moving Forward

Date, Time, and Venue: CONFERENCE ROOM 1, DECEMBER 3 (WEDNESDAY), 10:20-11:50

Moderator: Fu-Yun YU, National Cheng Kung University, Taiwan

Panelists:

  • Tak-Wai CHAN, National Central University, Taiwan
  • Hirashima TSUKASA, Hiroshima University, Japan
  • Ronghuai HUANG, Beijing Normal University, China
  • Sridhar IYER, Indian Institute of Technology Bombay, India
  • Siu Cheung KONG, The Hong Kong Institute of Education, Hong Kong
  • Chee Kit LOOI, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Hiroaki OGATA, Kyushu University, Japan
  • Gunawan SURYOPUTRO, University of Muhammadiytah Prof. Dr. HAMKA, Indonesia
  • Lung Hsiang WONG, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
  • Su Luan WONG, Universiti Putra Malaysia, Malaysia

There has been a rapid growth in the use of ICT in education in the Asia-Pacific region in recent years. Various parties, including academics, governments, non-profit organizations, the private sector and teaching groups in many parts of the Asia-Pacific are currently investing considerable efforts and financial resources in support of large-scale innovative programs, and the planning of master plans and policies for the scalable and sustainable integration of ICT in education. However, the different cultural and socio-economic backgrounds of these areas may require different rationales, goals, foci, programs and policies with regard to this.
Nine senior academic researchers situated in the Asia-Pacific region (including Hong Kong, Taiwan, Singapore, Japan, Malaysia, Indonesia and India) will serve as panelists to share details of innovative programs, policies and regulations with regard to ICT in K-12 and tertiary education in their respective countries and regions, and provide insights based on their experiences and the implications of these.
The panel will conclude with an open discussion that invites researchers, policy-makers, practitioners and graduate students to exchange ideas on the forming, implementation and evaluation of innovative programs and policies for the greater use of ICT in education in a scalable and sustainable manner, and to share professional insights into the future directions of ICT in education, both in the Asia-Pacific region and beyond.