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Digital Revolution in Education: The What and How of Learning
Gyöngyvér Molnár, University of Szeged, Hungary

Co-evolution of Human Capabilities and Intelligent Technologies
Sanna Järvelä, University of Oulu, Finland

Key to the Success of e-Learning Studies: Strategies of Finding Innovative Research Topics
Gwo-Jen Hwang, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan, Republic of China

 

Digital Revolution in Education: The What and How of Learning

Gyöngyvér Molnár
University of Szeged
Hungary
 

Brief Bio
Gyöngyvér Molnár is a full professor and the head of Institute of Education at the University of Szeged in Szeged, Hungary. She received her degree in 1999 in mathematics and German language and literature, qualifying her as a secondary school teacher and then earned her PhD in 2004. Since then, she has received numerous awards for her work. Her main areas of interest include: technology-based assessment, improving cognitive skills, studying the quality of school learning, and the potential for using ICT in education – all of which are aimed at improving the quality of learning. She heads eDia, an online diagnostic testing system used in numerous countries.


Abstract
The school lockdowns in response to COVID-19 have called additional attention to the potential for digital tools in education. Teachers and students have had to adapt to new learning methods and environments and to explore options and good practices beyond conventional face-to-face teaching methods. This phenomenon has accelerated the spread of the application of technologies which can boost the effectiveness of learning. For both teaching and learning, the preliminary question is how the use of technology can reshape the methods of traditional teaching and how it could be maximized to increase learning effectiveness, support differentiated instruction, boost student concentration, raise their limits of endurance, and maintain their motivation. The current situation can be emphasised as an opportunity for reimagining and digitally transforming education. Schools typically teach the same content to all students at the same time at the same age; however, age does not determine skills and abilities. That is, the same content cannot match the readiness and needs of all students. Technology can help to address this issue and personalise education. There lies a great potential in using mobile devices, serious games and simulations in primary and secondary education as well as disseminat­ing the application of MOOCs in higher education or taking advantage of big data and learning analytics. Several examples of development are built on all these technolo­gies, for example, the eDia online assessment system devised by the Centre for Research on Learning and Instruction at the University of Szeged. It is as yet unclear which direction will move education in the future.



 

 

Co-evolution of Human Capabilities and Intelligent Technologies

Sanna Järvelä
University of Oulu
Finland
 

Brief Bio
Sanna Järvelä is a professor in the field of learning and educational technology and a head of the Learning and Educational Technology Research Unit (LET) in the Department of Educational Sciences, University of Oulu, Finland. Her main research interest deal with self-regulated learning and computer supported collaborative learning. Järvelä and her research group is internationally recognized in theoretical and methodological advancement of social aspects of self-regulated learning (socially shared regulation in learning) and processes oriented and multimodal research methods. She has published more than 180 scientific papers in international refereed journals and about 50 book chapters and three edited books. She is the co-Chief Editor in the International Journal of Computer Supported Collaborative Learning. and invited member of the expert group of the OECD’s PISA 2024 ‘Learning in the Digital World’. Järvelä is the member of the Finnish Academy of Science and Letters and the past EARLI (European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction) president.


Abstract
The world has increased demand in specialized human skills for tackling complex problems in groups and across globally distributed groups, as witnessed during Covid19 pandemic. Also, rapid advancements in digitalization and artificial intelligence (AI) fuel dramatic shifts in the workplace and economy of the future. There is global consensus that a new set of uniquely human skills and competencies will be necessary to succeed in a rapidly changing world. Regulation of learning involves the ability to be strategic and make adaptive changes in terms of cognition, motivation, and emotions in challenging learning situations. In this talk will discuss how groups, and individuals in groups, can be supported to engage in, sustain, and productively regulate learning and collaborative processes for better learning. I will also discuss how research on regulated learning can be leveraged into intelligent learning technologies.



 

 

Key to the Success of e-Learning Studies: Strategies of Finding Innovative Research Topics

Gwo-Jen Hwang
National Taiwan University of Science and Technology
Taiwan, Republic of China
 

Brief Bio

Prof. Gwo-Jen Hwang is Chair Professor of Graduate Institute of Digital Learning in National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. He serves as an editorial board member and a reviewer for more than 30 academic journals of educational technology and e-learning. Currently, he is the lead editor of Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (SSCI), editor-in-Chief of Computers & Education: Artificial Intelligence, editor-in-chief of International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation (Scopus, Q1) and editor-in-chief of Journal of Computers in Education (Scopus, ESCI).

Prof. Hwang has published more than 700 academic papers, including 350 journal papers. Owing to his reputation in academic research and innovative inventions in e-learning, he received the annual most Outstanding Researcher Award from the National Science Council of Taiwan in the years 2007, 2010 and 2013. Moreover, in 2016, he was announced by Times Higher Education as being the most prolific and cited researcher in the world in the field of social sciences:

https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/ten-most-prolific-and-most-cited-researchers.


Abstract
The advancement of computing and communication technologies has significantly changed the conception of teaching and learning in the past decades. Such a paradigm shift has attracted the attention of researchers from both the fields of computer science and education technology, who have tried to conduct various experimental e-learning studies to improve students’ learning performances. However, it is found that finding a valuable and innovative research topic is a challenging task for most researchers. Many papers submitted to well recognized journals are rejected owing to the lack of innovations in the studies. In this talk, Prof. Hwang is going to present the strategies for finding innovative e-learning research topics as well as the criteria of publishing a quality paper. In addition, several authentic examples will be given to demonstrate how the value of an e-learning study can be promoted.



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