Keynote Speakers 1
Prof. Charles Chen
Minnan Normal University, China
Brief Introduction: Dr. Charles Chen is currently a professor of the School of Business, Minnan Normal University in Minnan Normal University. He is an IT (Information Technology) / OT (Operation Technology) / Corporate Governance and Strategic Planning expert returned from USA, honored with high-level talent of Fujian Province, and also a postgraduate tutor, certified with Senior Knowledge Graph Engineer, Senior Artificial Intelligence Engineer, Big Data Technology Engineer, Enterprise Electronic Planner, and Information Management (Application) Professional. In addition to teaching at the university, he also had worked for many years in large international corporations such as Foxconn Technology Group、Formosa Plastics Corporation (USA)、DHL (Canada)、Taiwan Advanced Semiconductor Engineering、Philips Electronic Building Element Industries (Taiwan) Ltd., and government research institutes such as Industrial Technology Research Institute of Taiwan、National Chip Implementation Center of Taiwan. He also has published many papers in SCI and EI journals and served as a reviewer for many journals.
Speech Title: The Transformation of Higher Education in the Era of ChatGPT and ChatGPT+ Economy
Abstract: With the official launch of the multimodal large model GPT-4 by OpenAI on March 15, 2023, the fourth wave of industrial revolution has taken another step forward, and the new economic form and business model of ChatGPT+ may also be rapidly formed. In this era of industrial revolution led by artificial intelligence, the job market will eventually undergo significant changes, and fundamental changes will inevitably occur in higher education. Educational institutions must constantly seek new solutions to improve students' learning outcomes, improve teaching efficiency, and optimize management and operational strategies. How to carry out higher education reform and innovation from multiple aspects such as talent cultivation models, teaching methods, subject development, educational quality, and teacher training in higher education, as well as potential risks related to academic integrity issues, unfair learning assessments, inaccurate information, over-reliance reliance on AI, pressure on teacher team construction, increased education costs, challenges of individual differences among students, privacy and security, etc, This is where this topic aims to explore. In order to better meet the educational needs of the artificial intelligence era and cultivate more outstanding talents for society, educators have to continuously strengthen their own abilities and update their educational concepts and content.
Keynote Speakers 2
Prof. Yeung Yau-yuen
The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong SAR, China
Brief Introduction:Being named on Stanford University’s list of the world's top 2% most-cited scientists in 2020, Professor Yeung Yau Yuen is a multidisciplinary scholar in two distinct academic disciplines, namely science and education. As a scientist, his research areas have been mainly related to optoelectronic materials such as the atomic structure and electronic/photonic properties of transition metal and rare earth elements, computational science and materials science. As a teacher educator, he actively conducts research in various fields of information technology and science education. The foci of his current research interest include energy technology in luminescent materials, crystal field theory, molecular dynamics simulation, science/STEM education, technology-enhanced learning (including 3D visualisation, virtual reality, remote-controlled experiments) and social network analysis in education. Apart from holding an honorary professorship at EdUHK since 2022, he is a visiting professor at the Sichuan Normal University (Chengdu, China) and an adjunct professor at Xinjiang Normal University (Urumqi, China) and has been an adjunct professor in the East China Normal University (Shanghai, China) during 2008-2011. He was the Head/Acting Head in the Department of Science in 2001-2002 and was the associate head of the Department of Science and Environmental Studies during 2010-2015. He was the Coordinator for the Science Education and Education for Sustainability Specialisation (formerly Science Education) of the Doctor of Education Programme for a decade. Formerly, he was the Programme Leader of the Bachelor of Science Education (Science & Web Technology) Programme and the Chair for the Programme Development Committee of the new dual major Bachelor of Education in Science programme. He has been serving as the supervisor and external examiner for a number of PhD candidates over the last few years. He served as the Secretary and Council Member of the Asia-Pacific EPR/ESR Society during 1997-2004 and then was conferred with the Distinguished Service Award. He is a senior member of The Association for Computing Machinery (New York, USA) since 2007. Over the last 20 years, he has been leading or participating in more than 70 funded projects in research, teaching development, knowledge transfer and consultancy work with more than 200 pieces of academic publications or output, including over 110 refereed journal papers, 70 presentations in local or international conferences and around 50 book/monograph chapters, professional articles/reports, or computer software etc. In addition to teaching and research, he has been extensively promoting public understanding of science, technology and environment to the young children, teenagers, adults, corporates and elderly through founding the open-access journal called “Asia-Pacific Forum on Science Learning and Teaching” (ISSN 1609-4913) of which he has been the Chief Editor since 2000 and actively serving in various government and NGO committees, functions (including being invited speaker for delivering talks, seminars, exhibitions and workshops) or competition activities (as advisor, judge, adjudicator and/or mentor). Besides, he has served as vice chair, chair or executive chairperson in organising a number of international conferences. One of his great adventure was to serve as the chair of the organising committee for the Hong Kong STEM Olympiad 2016. Recently, he won a Gold Medal Award and a Special Inventor Award in the 2017 International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada for the invention and innovation of a new educational device called Mobile Logger for effective learning and teaching of science and environmental studies. The invention was further converted into a STEM education kit which was conferred with a Silver Medal in the International Exhibition of Inventions of Geneva 2018. He also got the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Knowledge Transfer (Individual Award) from The Education University of Hong Kong in 2018. He was conferred with a Gold Medal and a Special Prize (from The Association of Thai Innovation and Invention Promotion) in the 2018 International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada for the invention of an innovative method for easy and rapid development of online experiments to facilitate effective STEM education. In 2020, he was also awarded a Gold Medal and a Special Award (Toronto International Society of Innovation & Advanced Skills) in the 2020 International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada for the invention of a Remote-controlled Digital Hydrometer as well as a Gold Medal and a Special Award (World Invention Intellectual Property Associations) in the Kaohsiung International Invention & Design Expo 2020 . He is currently serving as Vice Chairman, Working Committee at Central and Southern Region, Steering Committee for Physics Teaching in Higher Education, Ministry of Education, PR China (2018-2022).
Speech Title: Online laboratory practices for effective STEM education in secondary schools
Abstract: Because of the COVID-19 pandemic, most higher education institutions and schools around the world have already resorted to the online mode of teaching and learning for two to three years. While the online mode of education could readily replace face-to-face lectures, tutorials and discussion activities etc with little risk of viral infection, it does pose much challenges and severe problems for those courses or programs in STEM, medical or nursing education because practical work forms an integral and indispensable requirement for training those graduates with the necessary psychomotor skills or competence. Since a few years ago, we have developed a dozen sets of remote-controlled practical work for our students in a teacher education university to access our online laboratory (OL also known as remote-controlled, remotely accessed, web-based or online experiments or laboratories) outside the university campus. In essence, OL refers to a learning environment in which students can control, observe, manipulate and interact with physical experiments or equipment from a distance, usually via the Internet. Its main advantage is to enable students to conduct real-time experiments anywhere and at any time, extending their laboratory practice beyond the university setting and hours. Prevention of viral infection (through people-to-people contact or shared use of experimental apparatus and tools) becomes another key advantage amid the pandemic period. Other advantages include cost savings and global access to laboratory facilities, space, and technical support and management of resources, as well as elimination of many safety issues for students. Just like the Zoom service, some people believe that OL will still retain much wider attention and adoption after the pandemic because the teachers and students have experienced its educational merits. Eight master of education degree students had carried their research projects on the development and evaluation of various online experiments with implementation in 15 different secondary schools in Hong Kong and Mainland China. Their projects were all based on an innovative way of rapidly developing low-cost online experiments as pioneered the author a few years ago (seehttps://stemed.online/oe/ for details). This new approach has won a gold medal and a special prize in an international invention innovation competition in Canada. A number of local and overseas mass media have conducted interview of us and/or written reports on our online laboratory, demonstrating our educational impact of OL in secondary and tertiary STEM education. In this presentation, we will focus on research question about whether OL practices could really and effectively provide the essential elements of experimental learning to ‘school students’ as expected in traditional laboratory work. From our pilot implementation, we had involved a total of 172 participants from four secondary schools in Hong Kong and Mainland China, exploring the OE experiences of different experiments and cognitive performance among students (with region and gender as two independent underlying factors) using the conventional mixed methods research and design-based research. Furthermore, we analyszed students’ qualitative feedback and suggestions for improvement of the OL experiments as well as their specific implications for effective science/STEM education.
Keynote Speakers 3
A. Prof. Yinyin Xiao
School of Cyber Security, Guangdong Polytechnic Normal University, China
Brief Introduction: Dr. Yinyin Xiao, Deputy Secretary of the Party Committee of School of Cyber Security of GPNU, Associate Professor, Master's Supervisor. Now she is the member of the Chinese Computer Society, entrepreneur mentor of China's E-commerce, and vice chairman of the Cross Border E-commerce Professional Committee of Guangdong Province Industry Education Integration Promotion Association. Her research interests are formal methods, e-commerce security, information technology vocational and technical education, and curriculum ideology and politics. Under her guidance, students participated in innovation and entrepreneurship competitions and won provincial and national awards for many times. At present, she has presided over more than 10 scientific research and teaching research projects (including 8 projects at the provincial and ministerial level or above), published nearly 20 academic papers (5 SCI indexes, 7 EI indexes), and edited a teaching material "Teaching Design and Case Analysis for Information Technology Major".
Speech Title: Exploration of Ideological and Political Education in the Course Teaching of New Engineering Major
Abstract: Under the background of the new era, the ideological and political education in the teaching of the professional courses for New Engineering major is very important, and it is responsible for the arduous mission of cultivating political red line, legal bottom line, and moral bottom line. To construct the ideological and political education system of New Engineering major in an all-round way, we need to implement the classroom teaching reform with the goal of "ideological and political curriculum". This lecture takes the "Network Public Opinion Analysis" course of cyberspace security major as an example, focusing on the educational goal of "building morality and cultivating people", introduces the implementation path and method of integrating "ideological and political curriculum" into the teaching design, and how to build a multi-dimensional ideological and political teaching team and innovation mechanism, so as to cultivate New Engineering application-oriented innovative talents with the implication of the times, Chinese characteristics and craftsmanship spirit.
Keynote Speakers 4
A. Prof. Constantine Andoniou
Abu Dhabi University, College of Arts and Sciences, Department of Education, United Arab Emirates
Brief Introduction: Dr. Constantine Andoniou holds a Bachelor of Education in Teacher Education, a Diploma in Education in Educational Psychology and Sociology of Education, a Master of Education in Philosophy of Education and Educational Sociology, and a Doctorate of Philosophy in Education. His academic and research interests include the information theory, post-modernity, digital learning theory, digital transformation, integration of educational technology applications in teaching and learning environments, and metaverse technologies. Dr. Andoniou has held positions in higher education in Europe, Australia and in the Middle East. Currently he is an Associate Professor of Education at the Education Dept, CAS, ADU.
Speech Title: I ChatGPT, therefore I am--TRANSFORMING EDUCATION WITH AI: OPPORTUNITIES AND CHALLENGES AHEAD
Abstract: The recently generated interest for artificial intelligence (AI) tools in education is once more disrupting our established models of teaching and learning. Advanced language models, such as ChatGPT and others, are an attempt to support humans to provide a more personalized content of knowledge. Important ethical considerations arise regarding the pervasive nature of AI technologies and how they can be used in the context of inclusive and equitable education for all. Despite the wide range of potential benefits, such as enhancing the teaching and learning experience, there are also potential risks and challenges which need to be considered. Most importantly we need to consider the ethical, social, and economic impact on humanity ensuring that the integration of AI is used to enhance rather than replace and demote human intelligence. As the world moves to a hybrid post-pandemic era of new possibilities and endless variety of alternatives towards a digital future it is important to rethink and establish a balance between the use of AI in education and the maintenance of human intelligence as the principal factor that will ensure the future of humanity.
School of public administration，Guizhou university of finance and economics
Brief Introduction: Prof.Bowen Zhang is executive director of Guizhou Sociology Society, member of the Democratic Progressive Party Committee of Guizhou Province.Invited researcher, expert member of think tank of integration of defense and civilian technologies Development Committee of Guizhou Provincial Committee of the Communist Party of China.
Speech Title: Teaching reformand digital governance underthe application ofChatGPT —— On the digital transformation of teaching governance
With the wide application of ChatGPT in teaching, digital teaching is ready to emerge, and puts forward new requirements and expectations for teaching reform and teaching governance transformation. The artificial intelligence technology represented by ChatGPT is gradually changing from the traditional auxiliary teaching means to the role of an independent third party in the modern new teaching relationship, and a teaching revolution with far-reaching influence and fundamental change significance is coming quietly. The combination of intelligent learning machines and teaching elements highlights the technology integration and resource integration between big data, the Internet and mathematical media, which will further promote the digital transformation of teaching governance in the information age. Correct understanding and grasping the digital essence of the teaching revolution in the information age is not only helpful to strengthen the scientific popularization of the information literacy, digital knowledge and technical means of teachers and students, but also has important theoretical and practical significance for deepening the teaching reform, promoting the teaching revolution and the transformation of teaching governance.