Conference Day 1, 15th June, 2016 (Wednesday)

07:30 AM - 08:30 AM Registration & coffee


Peter Looker

Head of Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy Division
Nanyang Technological University

CREATING INSTITUTIONS OF LEARNING EXCELLENCE WITH BLENDED LEARNING

08:40 AM - 09:10 AM Key Address: Developing a strategic vision for blended learning and the future of education in Asia: Transformation through digital enablement

Thomas Menkhoff, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources, Singapore Management University
  • Implementing your organisation’s blended learning vision through greater digital engagement with staff and students
  • Understanding the crucial role of leadership during transformation
  • Enhancing your blended learning strategy with new learning analytics data
  • Benchmarking your organisation’s readiness for technology enhanced learning against Asia- Pacific’s leading universities

Thomas Menkhoff

Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources
Singapore Management University

09:10 AM - 09:40 AM Taking an holistic approach towards blended learning in higher education institutions

Cher Ping Lim, Professor of Curriculum and Innovations, Editor-in-Chief, Hong Kong Institute of Education, The internet and Higher Education
  1. Blended learning – What, Why and How?
  2. A proposed framework for blended learning in higher education institutions:
  • Vision and underlying philosophy;

  • Curriculum and assessment;

  • Professional development of leaders and teachers;

  • Learning support;

  • Infrastructure, hardware and resources;

  • Policy and institutional structure;

  • Internal and external partnerships; and

  • Research and evaluation.


  • The components of the framework will be discussed with university examples from leading Asia- Pacific countries such as Tsinghua University, Seoul National University and Nanyang Technological University

    Cher Ping Lim

    Professor of Curriculum and Innovations, Editor-in-Chief
    Hong Kong Institute of Education, The internet and Higher Education

    FOSTERING A CULTURE OF EXCELLENCE IN LEARNING BY DEVELOPING YOUR TALENT

    09:40 AM - 10:20 AM Instilling a culture of blended learning excellence in staff and students for effective teaching and learning

    Cecelia Chan, Head of Professional Development & Associate Professor, Centre for Enhancem, University of Hong Kong
    How can universities and institutions enable academic staff to deliver sound blended learning courses? This can be achieved by upskilling staff, improving retention initiatives and sourcing key skill gaps from an international talent pool. This session will discuss all of these areas in detail:
    • Creating an appealing environment for teaching and learning through skills development, staff collaboration and talent acquisition
    • Learning from experience: Improving collaboration between departments and staff to foster a culture of blended learning excellence
    • Designing and implementing baseline operating standards across departments/faculties for today’s blended environment to ensure high quality service delivery

    Cecelia Chan

    Head of Professional Development & Associate Professor, Centre for Enhancem
    University of Hong Kong
    • Ensuring staff have the right skill sets to utilise technology and understand the pedagogy that supports it
    • Using the a a affordances of technology to change staff mind-sets and create higher adaption and adoption rates
    • Allowing for individual teaching styles to achieve buy-in of academics
    • Fostering an understanding of student and academic expectations from technology use and challenges in today’s continuously evolving online learning environments

    Cher Ping Lim

    Professor of Curriculum and Innovations, Editor-in-Chief
    Hong Kong Institute of Education, The internet and Higher Education

    Cecelia Chan

    Head of Professional Development & Associate Professor, Centre for Enhancem
    University of Hong Kong

    Juergen Rudolph

    Senior Lecturer
    Kaplan Higher Education

    Lim Tick Meng

    Director
    Open University of Malaysia

    Mun Kew Leong

    Deputy Director, Institute of Systems and Science
    National University of Singapore

    Claire O'Malley

    Dean of Science, Faculty of Science, School of Psychology
    The University of Nottingham

    10:40 AM - 11:10 AM Morning tea & coffee

    EVOLVING CURRICULUM PRACTICE TO INCORPORATE BLENDED LEARNING

    11:10 AM - 11:50 AM Taking a blended approach to faculty development by preparing adjunct faculties with online and on campus options for blended training

    Juergen Rudolph, Senior Lecturer, Kaplan Higher Education Christopher Harris, Head, Diploma School and Senior Director, Industrial Relations, Kaplan Higher Education
    • Meeting academic requirements by introducing a low-high intensity learning scale for teaching staff to increase comfort levels in the classroom and improve student experiences
    • Taking your staff to the next level with online learning and teaching certifications
    • Improving teacher understanding of what students expect and experience from interactive technology

    Juergen Rudolph

    Senior Lecturer
    Kaplan Higher Education

    Christopher Harris

    Head, Diploma School and Senior Director, Industrial Relations
    Kaplan Higher Education

    11:50 AM - 12:30 PM Implementing blended learning across an entire curriculum to enhance student engagement

    John Arul Phillips, Dean, School of Education and Cognitive Sciences, Asia e-university
    In Asia, diverse and changing demographics fit well with the ‘no one size fits all’ approach of blended learning where flexibility and the ability to incorporate all forms of learning is crucial in facilitating the productive co-existence and development of a multi-generational student body and workforce. This session will highlight key areas to focus on when implementing a blended learning curriculum. Key areas to be addressed include:
    • Ensuring security of your blended learning courses
    • Incorporating effective pedagogy for learning excellence across the curriculum
    • Monitoring and assessing the level of student engagement and implementing incremental improvements
    • Changing practice: introducing scaffolding for staff and students to foster their ability to adopt and use blended learning technologies
    • Evolving curriculum practice to incorporate effective use of technology

    John Arul Phillips

    Dean, School of Education and Cognitive Sciences
    Asia e-university

    DESIGNING INNOVATIVE COURSES

    12:30 PM - 2:10 PM The Importance of Blended Expertise in the Development of a Blended Learning Environment

    Peter Looker, Head of Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy Division, Nanyang Technological University
    • Creating a whole-of-institution blended learning environment requires different forms of expertise and the integration of different specialised knowledge
    • For the last twenty years there have often been tensions between learning designers, IT professionals, faculty developers and faculty and this seems almost universal across the higher education sector
    • University structures in relation to educational development need to take account of the blending of expertise in a collaborative and constructive way
    • A good learning environment for an institutional strategy in the development of blended learning requires the conscious development of relational working environments where different forms of expertise – for example, that of the student, the disciplinary expert, the pedagogical experts, the learning designers, and the learning space developers have an understanding of what they can contribute to each other in a genuinely collaborative way.
    • This presentation proposes that an important aspect of developing a blended learning environment requires actively developing team-work principles among stakeholders rather than just leaving them to work together as part of a strategy

    Peter Looker

    Head of Teaching, Learning and Pedagogy Division
    Nanyang Technological University

    2:10 PM - 2:50 PM Developing engaging course sites to promote continuous learning and effective curriculum practice – Malaysian case study

    Lim Chee Leong, Associate Director, Taylor's University Sdn Bhd
    • Ensuring e-learning is a complementary but an integral part of face to face learning and curriculum practice
    • Understanding different course sites for different learning demands
    • Diversified digital learning objects and platforms to enhance learning
    • Introducing the right enabling technology mix to support learning outcomes

    Lim Chee Leong

    Associate Director
    Taylor's University Sdn Bhd

    BEYOND CONTENT DELIVERY TO INTERACTIVITY IN THE CLASSROOM

    2:50 PM - 3:30 PM Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) experimentation leading to improved student experiences in blended learning

    Bob Fox, Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching, The University of New South Wales
    MOOCs are the latest in a long line of fully online and blended initiatives introduced predominantly into higher education in recent years. MOOCs provide opportunities for institutions to experiment with new learning designs and new technology solutions and the learning analytics from the big numbers of students taking MOOCs offers evidence for rich experiences that can be transferred to mainstream teaching and learning.
    This presentation explores these learnings and technology solutions and outlines how new learning designs used in MOOCs has been mainstreamed into award bearing programs and courses in a research intensive university.

    Bob Fox

    Deputy Director of Learning and Teaching
    The University of New South Wales

    3:30 PM - 4:00 PM Afternoon tea & coffee

    4:00 PM - 4:40 PM Twitter, WhatsApp or Telegram? Lifting student engagement with greater use of ‘messages’

    Thomas Menkhoff, Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources, Singapore Management University
    The hybrid student enjoys learning on their mobile phones or online so what role can smart phones play in and out of the classroom environment? The speaker will share his experiences with approaches utilising ‘smart phone technology’ in a blended learning context to enhance learning and teaching.
    • Using smart phone technology to enhance your blended learning environment and enable continuous learning
    • Examining the pedagogical experiences with using mobiles phones, wikis, and other mobile learning approaches such as podcasts and walking tours as educational tools
    • Enriching learners’ experiences and producing valuable learning outcomes using mobile learning options in blended learning environments
    • Easily and effectively integrating mobile learning usage into instructional classroom strategies for greater learning outcomes

    Thomas Menkhoff

    Professor of Organisational Behaviour and Human Resources
    Singapore Management University

    4:40 PM - 11:59 PM Chairman Closing Remarks and End of Day One