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Recent Event in the Institute for Research in Open Learning and Innovative Education (IROPINE)

Seminar on ‘New Developments in Open Learning and Innovative Education’


"That which is traditionally done in class is now done at home, and that which is traditionally done as homework is now completed in class."

Sams and Bergmann, Flip Your Students’ Learning, 2013

The above notion of a “flipped classroom” reflects one of the paradigm shifts in learning and teaching practices today. Students view lectures at home before coming to class, while class time is devoted to applied activities. Such an evolution in the learning mode is achieved by applying disruptive technologies in education, and this is just one of the many examples of technology-mediated education in contemporary academic settings. In the seminar held on 22 February 2016 — entitled “New Developments in Open Learning and Innovative Education” — Dr K C Li, deputy director of the recently established Institute for Research in Open and Innovative Education (IROPINE), gave an account of the latest developments in open learning and innovative education, with an emphasis on technology-mediated learning and its impact on our educational beliefs, practices and research.

The seminar began with a historical overview of the notions, definitions and connotations of “open learning” and “innovative education”. Dr Li discussed the current trends in technology-mediated education by giving a number of examples — from mobile learning to just-in-time teaching, and from active learning spaces to open educational resources (OER), such as MOOCs. As a result of these innovations, which can be grouped under the categories of learning mode, space and materials, we witness a paradigm shift in learning and teaching practices, not only in open education but also other educational settings. The seminar concluded by exploring some cutting-edge applications of technology-mediated education in some American colleges, such as learning analytics.

It is indeed an endless pursuit for educators to perform better, and use education as an agent of change to benefit learners and the wider community. This pursuit is aligned with the popularization of information and communication technology. As educators enlist new technologies, such as robotics and automation, we are just beginning to see a wave of educational innovations.

The seminar was the first of its kind organized by IROPINE, with funding support from the Research Grants Council. The launch ceremony for IROPINE will be held in July 2016 during the Open and Innovative Education Week.

    

 

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