Keynote Speaker I
Prof. Murali Krishnamurthi, Northern Illinois University, USA
Speech Title: Considerations for Institutional Instructional Technology Decision-Making
Abstract: Instructional technologies have become mission critical elements of higher education institutional infrastructure. Faculty not only are presented with many choices when selecting instructional technologies for their individual courses, but are also sought to give input into institutional decisions regarding instructional technology selection, adoption, implementation, and retention. In this paper, an overview of current emerging instructional technologies on the horizon is provided along with a set of practical considerations and recommendations for higher education faculty who have opportunity to guide the instructional technology decision making process at their institution.
Biography: Murali Krishnamurthi received a
bachelor’s degree in mechanical engineering in 1978 from University of
Madras, a master’s degree in industrial and systems engineering in 1982
from Ohio University, and a doctorate in industrial engineering in 1988
from Texas A&M University.
Keynote Speaker II
Prof. KONG, Siu Cheung, the Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong
Speech Title: Design and Experiences of Implementing Computational Thinking Development in Primary School Education
Abstract: Computational thinking (CT) is a thinking process involving the formulation of problems and solutions by drawing on the fundamental concepts of computer science. It is important to develop CT competency among the young generations in the digital era, in order to nurture their problem-solving skills and creativity for solving everyday problems and continuing innovations in the digital age. K-12 education in recent years pays attention to CT development for introducing this requisite thinking skill to young learners through programming, which has been long emphasized in higher education. This speech will share an experience of designing a three-year programming curriculum for an integration of CT into senior primary education to facilitate young learners’ development of CT and creativity. The learning outcomes of the curriculum are developed based on the three-dimensional CT framework by Brennan and Resnick (2012). Interest-Driven Creators Theory, which suggests the possibility of nurturing learners to be lifelong creators when they engage in an interest-driven learning process with technological support (Wong, Chan, Chen, King, & Wong, 2015), guides the design of interesting learning activities in the curriculum. This speech will also discuss the lessons learnt from implementing the designed curriculum for CT development in 12 Hong Kong primary schools.
Biography: Prof. KONG Siu Cheung currently is Professor of the Department of Mathematics and Information Technology (MIT); and Director of Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology (LTTC), the Education University of Hong Kong. Prof. Kong holds a doctorate from the Department of Computer Science of the City University of Hong Kong. Prof. Kong has produced over 100 academic publications in the areas of IT in mathematics education and pedagogy in the digital classroom, information literacy education, and IT in science and inquiry-based learning. He has completed/conducted 71 research projects since joining the University (the then Hong Kong Institute of Education). Prof. Kong is at present serving as the Past-President of the Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education (APSCE), following his capacities as the President-Elect (2012-2013) and the President (2014-2015) in APSCE. He currently is also serving as the Editor-in-Chief of the international journal Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning (RPTEL) and Journal of Computers in Education (JCE). Prof. Kong was also the Convener of Theory and Practice of Pedagogical Design for Learning in Digital Classrooms International Research Network (IRN) under World Educational Research Association (WERA) from December 2012 to December 2015. He is now member of the Assessment and Monitoring Sub-committee of the Quality Education Fund (QEF) of the HKSAR.
Keynote Speaker III
Prof. Mizuho Iinuma Ed.D, Tokyo University of Technology, Japan
Speech Title: Current Topics and Concepts of Social Design: Integrating ICT into Social Design Education
Abstract: In 2015, UN has adopted a set of development goals called Sustainable Development Goals to end poverty and protect the planet.
Biography: Mizuho Iinuma Ed. D was born in Tokyo, Japan; earned her doctoral
degree in International Educational Development from Teachers
College, Columbia University, New York, NY U.S.A in 2004. Her area
of specialization is international educational development and