Theme

Technology, Faculty Engagement and Student Learning: Expanding Mindsets and Changing Culture in Higher Education

Technology has the potential to change the way we teach and learn. The ubiquity of technology in higher education implies that we need to prepare ourselves, and our students, to better harness this potential in meaningful ways - to enhance engagement and learning experiences. The theme for this conference is apt, in that it sets the scene for us to expand our mindsets and explore ways to bring about a positive cultural change for technology-enhanced learning in this Digital Era.

In order to tap on the potential of these new technologies, we need a whole-of-system change in culture. Some of the challenges moving forward include: 

  • How do we leverage on the affordances of digital technologies to foster deep learning?
  • What is needed to support not only student, but also faculty learning, in a time of rapid technological change?
  • What kinds of learning environments can result in more active and interactive learning experiences—ones that do not merely enhance the transmission of knowledge, but enable self-directed learning, i.e. learning how to learn?
  • How can we use analytics to measure learning gain and inform practice to improve student learning outcomes?

In this conference, we are extremely excited to have leading experts in the learning sciences, instructional design, and high-impact practices to share their perspectives on how IT innovation can help us move towards adaptive learning systems and new models of teaching. They will pay special attention to the changing role of university teachers, in particular, the kinds of support for academic teachers to complement their disciplinary expertise and foster rigorous, student-focused engagement with digitally enhanced and enabled practices. The conference is designed to highlight both the benefits and challenges of learning technologies, as well as the potential impact their integration may have on advancing teaching and learning. Opportunities will also be created for inter-institutional interactions through focused panel sharing and discussion.

Sub-Themes

Engaging learners

  • Identify, discuss and share practical strategies, innovative approaches and success factors for TEL
  • Examine learner issues that will impact TEL
  • Discuss major issues, new developments and current trends in TEL that will enhance engagement, motivation and performance outcomes

Enriching teaching

  • Identify and discuss the affordances and challenges of TEL on curriculum, pedagogy and assessment
  • Consider the support needed to develop teacher knowledge, competencies and skill sets to leverage on and manage TEL
  • Reflect on progress made in TEL and future possibilities

Creating multiple pathways

  • Consider the role of higher education institutions in the digital era given the beyond-institution pathways enabled by technology
  • Discuss the affordances and challenges of TEL data collection, use and management
  • Identify and discuss the resources needed to support learners through the multiple pathways created by TEL

Building interconnectedness

  • Facilitate networking among educators, researchers and administrators in TEL
  • Build TEL communities of practice (CoP) in IHL
  • Create a culture of TEL