Workshop on Internet plus Education or Education plus Internet? – The Latest Research Trends of Online-Learning and Technology-Enhanced Learning in Mainland China

「互联网+教育」还是「教育+互联网」? – 中国大陆在线学习和技术支持学习的最新研究进展

Date: 14 December 2016 (Wednesday)
Part 1: 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Part 2: 5:00 pm – 6:00 pm

Venue: Room C0909, 9/F, Block C
Main Campus, The Open University of Hong Kong
30 Good Shepherd Street, Homantin, Kowloon [Map]

Language: Putonghua

Speaker: Prof. Jiyou Jia (贾积有教授)
Department of Educational Technology, Graduate School of Education
International Research Center for Education and Information
Peking University, China

Prof. Jiyou Jia is a full professor at the Department of Educational Technology, Graduate School of Education, Peking University and the founding director of International Research Center for Education and Information at Peking University. He was also a guest professor at School of Education, Technical University of Munich, Germany.

Prof. Jia obtained his PhD in artificial intelligence from Augsburg University, Germany. His research interests include educational technology and artificial intelligence in education, especially in Technology Enhanced Language Learning, math education with ICT, and decision making support system. He has been responsible for national projects and international cooperation projects such as the Chinese Education Finance Management System of the Ministry of Education since 2013 and World Educational Technology Research Supporting System: WETRSS since 2009. His research has won a number of national and international prizes such as the Excellent Award for Human and Social Science Research of the Peking University in 2015 and Innovative Application of Artificial Intelligence (IAAI) Deployed Application Award by Association of Advancement of Artificial Intelligence in USA in 2008.

Prof. Jia has published more than 100 articles in international or national peer-reviewed journals and conferences including Computers and Education, Knowledge-Based Systems, etc. He has edited the book Educational Stages and Interactive Learning: From Kindergarten to Workplace Training and authored the book Intelligent Web-Based English Instruction in Middle Schools. He serves as reviewer for six international journals indexed in SCI/SSCI such as Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, a co-chair or PC member of more than 20 international conferences including ICCE, ICALT and GCCCE, and an advisory expert for several scientific and governmental organisations such as the Czech Science Foundation and Science Foundation of Beijing City.

Nowadays, smart phones, Internet and other emerging technologies have been popular and greatly impacted traditional industry. Therefore the Chinese government adopts the concept “Internet plus traditional industry” in order to upgrade and transform the traditional industry. “Internet plus education” is one of such ideas and has been paid great attention by many stakeholders. Some hot topics in recent years focused by both researchers and practitioners from mainland China in the area of online learning and technology-enhanced learning, such as MOOC, micro lecture and flipped classroom, are all the theoretical exploration and practical experiments influenced by such a notation. However, some educational researchers believe that technology is just an approach to facilitate the education as the core and the root, thus the notion of “Education plus Internet” is more appropriate. Education, as an open, dynamic, complex, and non-linear system, with all its components including learners, educators, media, content and pedagogy interacting with each other, is also affected by external factors from policy makers, educational authorities and school administrators, technology providers through parents, whose interplays cannot be ignored. Among all the stakeholders of the educational system, the learner is the most important and central one, because educational system will not exist without the learner. Therefore, in the research of online learning and technology-enhanced learning, we should still focus on the learners, especially on the effect of technology on the learners, and the cost-effectiveness analysis.


Enquiries: Dr Manfred Wu (The Open University of Hong Kong)
Tel: 2768 6786

This event was fully supported by a grant from the Research Grants Council of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region, China (UGC/IDS16/15).

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