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Keynote Lecture


Digital Revolution in Education: The What and How of Learning

Gyöngyvér Molnár
University of Szeged

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.

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.