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About the conference
Guest of Honour
Assoc Prof Muhammad Faishal Ibrahim
Parliamentary Secretary, Ministry of Education & Ministry of Social and Family Development

This inaugural National conference is a two-day event.

Date : 16 & 17 November 2015
Time : 9.00am – 5.00pm
Venue : Lee Kong Chian Lecture Theatre
Nanyang Technological University

This inaugural national conference, (Singapore Technology-Enabled Learning Experience (Singapore TELE) will bring together the six local universities (NTU, NUS, SMU, SUTD, SIT and UniSIM), to embark on a joint effort and close collaboration to promote technology-enabled learning in shaping future education landscapes at universities in Singapore.

Themed “Shaping Future@Universities” , this conference is about what universities are doing now and what we intend to do to shape the future environment in which students in Singapore learn. It is firmly focused on a vision of the future in which educational technology is adopted and integrated in the everyday experience of students and thereby enhancing and improving the quality of learning.

Current advancements in technology have opened up new opportunities in the areas of pedagogy to achieve self-directed, interactive, collaborative and team-based learning beyond the classroom, anytime and anywhere.

Overview of Conference
“Shaping Future” is about what we are doing now and what we intend to do to create the future environment in which students in Singapore learn. It is firmly focused on a vision of a future in which educational technology is integrated in the everyday experience of every student to improve the quality of their learning and the relevance of what they learn. Technology-enabled learning has become an unavoidable necessity, and “Shaping Future” focuses less on ‘why’, than on ‘how’ and ‘where to now’.
Main Themes and sub-themes

Main themes

Three interrelated main themes are addressed by this conference:

  • A vision of the kind of education we want to create through technology-enabled learning. What kind of learning do we want technology to enable?
  • Current and emerging practices worth developing further. What are we doing now that will take us into the future we want?
  • The technology-enabled world of the future. Where are we heading in terms of creating the technology-enabled learning of the future?

Sub-themes

  • Current challenges of implementing technology-mediated learning
  • Changing faculty mindsets to enhance their students learning through technology mediation
  • Key factors to address and explore when embarking on technology-mediated learning
  • Meeting the needs of the Digital Natives
  • The first step (of many to come) – how to encourage faculty
  • Design considerations for implementation
  • Preparation at the institute level
  • Technology-enhanced pedagogies into the future
The Outcomes and Objectives

The aim of this inaugural conference is to inspire and excite the higher education sectors to engage and adopt technology-enabled learning strategies in the learning and teaching landscape.

The outcomes of the Technology-Enabled Learning Experience conference will be:

  • Empowering students to become competent self-directed learners (life-long learners) with the relevant 21st century skills and self-directed learners
  • Imbibe high value laden attributes such as the ability to take on responsibility, having integrity, being honest, and adopting good cyber behaviors in students.
  • Transforming IHL (Institute of Higher Learning) landscape in the future with the adoption of MOOC and other online modes, thereby freeing up time for students to build up other key attributes to enhance their student experience.

The key objectives of the conference are:

  • To raise awareness among the academic fraternity on the various modes of technology-enabled learning
  • To inspire learning and teaching transformation through the adoption of emerging technological tools to enhance student learning in IHLs.

What can participants expect?

Being a technology-enabled conference, participants will witness the use of cutting-edge and emerging technologies, such as holographic technology, video streaming, social media and collaboration tools which will be adopted to support this event. The organisers are anticipating 600 strong professors/academics from the various universities to be participating in this event, in shaping the new learning and teaching experience.

Participants will be exposed to information about online learning trends and best practices, through the workshops and concurrent sessions. Sharing by renowned keynote speakers will focus on the need to create a culture of mind-set shift by adopting the new online learning approaches to achieve the various learning outcomes, underpinned by sound pedagogical and instructional design perspective.

The workshop sessions are designed to provide an immersive technology-enabled experience which draws on the student engagement models associated with ‘flipped’ and ‘blended’ learning pedagogies, leveraging on state-of-the-art learning technologies.