Looi Chee Kit delivers Invited Talk at Tenth Intelligent Tutoring Conference

Looi Chee Kit delivers Invited Talk at Tenth Intelligent Tutoring Conference

Date & Time

16 June 2010, 00:00

Venue

Department

Learning Sciences Lab (LSL)
Office of Education Research (OER)

Category

Talk

Events Details

Prof. Looi's invited talk contributes to 
ITS 2010
, which is part of an on-going bi-annual series of top-flight international conferences on the use of advanced educational technologies that are adaptive to users or groups of users. These highly interdisciplinary conferences bring together researchers in the learning sciences, computer science, cognitive or educational psychology, cognitive science, artificial intelligence, machine learning, and linguistics The ITS 2010 conference theme --Bridges to Learning --addresses the use of advanced technologies as bridges for learners and facilitators to robust learning outcomes, encompassing all aspects of learning with advanced technologies, including cognitive, social, affective, and motivational aspects. ITS 2010 also addresses the design, development, use, and evaluation of advanced educational systems in a wide variety of contexts, as well as the mining of data about student learning generated by such systems.

Abstract for Prof. Looi's Talk

Can research-based technology change school-based learning?

We start with the broad realization that despite decades of research work in technology-mediated learning that have produced many exciting systems and studies, we have not seen many pervasive, sustainable and scalable improvements in actual classroom practice. Nonetheless, there are some countries and regions in the world in which such systemic approaches to innovating educational reforms in the classrooms hold the promise of impacting real world practice. In this talk, we would like to present the case of Singapore where such a realistic possibility can be actualized through a coherent program that spans the spectrum of many critical dimensions: from policy imperatives to school ground-up efforts, from research to impacting practice, from one research project in a classroom to sustainability and scaling up, from mere usage to cultural and epistemological shifts of the stakeholders, and from technology experimentation to providing robust technology infrastructures. Addressing these dimensions provide the conditions for technology to have an impact. Situations where technology works include those where students use technology all the time, where technology is truly personal, where the curriculum leverages the affordances of technologies, or where it is easy for teachers or students to add to the repertoire of technology-enabled activities. In Singapore, we have embarked on a journey in the Learning Sciences Lab to conduct school-based research to develop models of how to enact effective innovations and how to sustain their routine use in schools. I will discuss some of the innovations we are working on, and the issues and challenges we still face to achieve adoptability in schools, challenges that the ITS community might well be able to address.

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