The 19th Annual MEITAL National On-line Conference “Teaching and Learning Technologies Accelerating Higher Education: Trends and Developments” takes place on Wednesday June 30, 2021. The conference is a large, national gathering held annually at a MEITAL member academic institution. The program focuses on the achievements and challenges of integrating and advancing digital learning technologies in higher education, and the trends that are shaping the future of this field both in Israel and globally. The conference will include on integrating e-learning in academic instruction, poster exhibitions and sponsor exhibitions. Academic instructors and others interested in e-learning in higher education institutions in Israel are invited to participate.
Keynote: Chee-Kit Looi - 1/7/2021, 8:45-10:00 CET
How are Universities are coping with the New Normal during and after the Pandemic: Sharing of Practices, Research and Reflections from Singapore and Asia
The Covid-19 pandemic has brought about challenges for universities to continue the education they are providing even as students have to stay out of campus for most of the lessons. The lockdowns in schools and universities have necessitated emergency responses in the quick adoption of online and blended learning. Practices have quickly emerged such as the movement of examinations and yearly admission exercises to online, and live hybrid learning in which instructors become TV show hosts, teaching students in-person in the classroom as well as students watching the lecture live online. Indeed, more opportunities arise to bring about educational change or paradigm shifts that were once out of reach. Some universities have used the pandemic as an opportunity to re-define the intent and curricula of their undergraduate education.
In this talk, I will discuss some of the policies and strategies that universities have adopted to continue undisrupted learning, speaking from a Singapore perspective and also sharing examples from elsewhere in Asia. From these varied practices and supplemented by reported research studies, we will tease out new salient understandings from a learning sciences perspective.
Chee-Kit Looi is Professor of Education at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He was the founding Head of the Learning Sciences Lab, the first research centre devoted to the study of the sciences of learning in the Asia-Pacific region. He is currently the Co-Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Learning at NTU.