Keynote Speakers

Keynote Session I: High Tech + High Touch = High Impact Proactive Learning

July 2 (Thursday) 14:15

Prof. Kai S. KOONG

Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Services and Standards
Editor-in-Chief, International Journal of Electronic Healthcare

Biography

Dr. Kai S. Koong completed his doctoral degree in Business Administration from Mississippi State University and his major area of study is Business Information Systems and Quantitative Methods. He is the Editor-in-Chief of two global journals that are published by Inderscience; the International Journal of Services and Standards and the International Journal of Electronic Healthcare. He has also served as a Guest Editor for the International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisations. Professor Koong has published over 130 papers, over half of which are in peer refereed journals. He is also the recipient of numerous meritorious teaching, research and service awards from universities and professional organizations. His research interests are in the areas of electronic commerce, information security, health information technology, and mobile learning. He routinely teaches classes in research methodology, global information systems and strategies, and health information technology. In addition to being a tenured Professor at the University of Texas-Pan American, Dr. Koong is an Honorary Professor of Caritas Institute of Higher Education in Hong Kong and an Honorary Guest Professor of Xidian University in Xi’an, China, and a grant reviewer for a number of international and state agencies.

Professor Koong has over 15 years of administrative experience in advancing higher education and is a firm believer in “High Tech and High Touch” initiatives. His accomplishments in the areas of change management, assessment evaluation, enrollment management, and community outreach are noteworthy. He is known for having attained major improvements in assessments outcomes, faculty, staff, and student recruitment and retention, experiential and online learning, and community relations at all the institutions served. Finally, Dr. Koong is also a trainer and consultant to corporate clienteles in the healthcare and relocation industries.

Abstract

Advancement in higher education has undergone radical changes in the last 20 years. In the latter part of the millennium there has been a rise of many new categories of institutions of higher learning that have distinctly different missions and charges from traditional universities. Overall, it can be said that more is demanded of faculty in terms of workload and performance impact. Then, in the new millennium, accreditations agencies and governments are asking for accountabilities in the way instruction is delivered and assessment is measured. Today, educators are enthusiastically implementing blended learning, mobile learning, ubiquitous learning, and collaborative learning. With all the push using technology mediated learning, the goal is for students to become engaged and be proactive learners. However, incorporating more technology into the curriculum is not a panacea for academic success. During this presentation, four major shifts in paradigms about academic challenges that are forthcoming in the near future will be highlighted. To begin, administrators and faculty will be provoked to have a systematic and shared understanding of their new academic mission. Second, both administrators and faculty be will challenged to change the way academic success is viewed, delivered, and measured. Third, “high tech and high touch” are two dependent mission critical focus areas that must be incorporated into all instructional processes because its long term impact is truly significant. Examples of the best practices involving “high touch” initiatives for the e-learning environment will be highlighted from several case studies. Last, but of equal importance are suggestions for resource allocation that must be aligned strategically and how success must be communicated.


Keynote Session II: Internet: A New Communication Ecosystem of Education

July 3 (Friday) 09:00

Prof. GUO Wenge

Associate Professor, Graduate School of Education, Peking University
Visiting Scholar of SUNY at Albany and Chinese University of Hong Kong

Biography

Prof. GUO was the director of Educational Technology from 2004-2009. She now serves as the executive member of Global Chinese Education Technology Association and the executive member of Chinese Association for Education Technology. She was selected into the “New Century Talent Support Program” of the Ministry of Education in 2011. Her major research fields include The Outline of Education History: The Media Technology Perspective (journal paper), The Evolution of China’s Online Education Policies ---- From Pilot Modern Distance Learning Program to MOOC (monograph). In 2006, she designed “Peking University Model for Primary and High School Teachers,” which provided training to over 1 million primary and high school teachers from 2006-2013.

Abstract

Education is the transmission of human experience and wisdom in longitudinal dimension, without media, instruction will not happen. Media, the new or the traditional, can be defined by symbol system, carrier, replication of content, and the character of one-way and two-way deliver. Replaying the education history, each “new media”, included the oral Chant, papyrus, Printing Press, Radio and television and Internet, changed the system of recording, collecting, delivering and publishing human’s observations, wisdom and knowledge at first; and then, restructured the structure of education communication; and finally re-coined the whole education system.


Keynote Session III: Technology in Education Today: Potentials and Challenges

July 3 (Friday) 14:00

Dr. LI Kam Cheong

Director, University Research Centre, Open University of Hong Kong

Biography

Dr Li Kam Cheong is the Director of the University Research Centre, the Open University of Hong Kong. Dr Li has obtained three bachelor’s degrees, four master’s degrees and a doctoral degree from renowned universities, including the University of Hong Kong, the University of London and Peking University.

Dr Li has been actively involved in distance, open and innovative education for more than 20 years. Dr Li’s current research interests lie in innovative pedagogy, open and distance learning, and modes of university education, with a hundred publications including journal articles, academic papers, monographs, and edited books. He has successfully obtained funding for a large number of research and development projects. For years, Dr Li has organized many international conferences in areas relevant to open and flexible education. He is a popular speaker in relevant conferences, seminars and professional development functions as a plenary speaker and invited speaker.

Dr Li has been in charge of degree programmes at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels in areas of business, education and language studies. Dr Li currently serves as the Secretary-General of Asian Association of Open Universities, he is actively developing the services of the Association for its members and promoting professionalism and good practices in open and flexible education.

Dr Li is Honorary Chair Professor and Visiting Professor of a number of tertiary institutions in Mainland China and the United Kingdom, Subject Specialist of Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications, and President of Chartered Institute of Linguists of Hong Kong Society. He is a member of the Steering Committee for the Hong Kong Council of Social Services Institute, and Professional Standards Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management. In the past, he contributed as an advisor in a broad range of study and training programmes and as a key member in committees of various professional bodies, for example, Dr Li was the founding Chairman of the Council of Hong Kong Professional Associations.

Abstract

Technologies have penetrated virtually all aspects of educational establishment and delivery. Their effectiveness and value have increasingly been questioned. Some of them bring benefits, while some others not only mutate into disruptive technologies soon after emergence but also become a nuisance to education. This presentation provides an overview on the transformation of technology-mediated education and reviews the current trends in its adoption, from the simple to the cutting-edge technology, singular to multi-level/dimensional integrated programmes, and individual to organisational or cultural adoption. It explores how technology has revolutionized learning-modes, -materials and -space, as well as examines its potentials and challenges by drawing on relevant recent studies and analysing instances of success and failure, including e-learning, mobile learning, OERs and MOOCs. By summarizing patterns of developments, it discusses possible ways to realize the full potential of integrating technologies into education and handling challenges.