OER Seminar on ICT Innovations: Sharings from South Korea and Singapore

OER Seminar on ICT Innovations: Sharings from South Korea and Singapore

Date
Thursday, 27 October 2016

The Office of Education Research (OER) organized an afternoon seminar on ICT-based school innovations on 7 October 2016 with Singapore and Korean researchers. A Korean delegation including Professor Park Dong Yeol, Professor Jeong Dae Hong and Assistant Professor Cho Young Hoan from the College of Education, Seoul National University, attended. In addition, Professor Jeong and Assistant Professor Cho were invited to share their findings on how schools in South Korea have utilized advancements in ICT.

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Assistant Professor Cho Young Hoan presenting (Left) and Prof Park Dong Yeol receiving a token of appreciation from Prof Hung (Right).

The Korean academics spoke about the policies of ICT-based education in South Korea in relation to the development of 21st century competencies and Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts and Mathematics education. Both speakers noted that although the introduction of ICT innovations in schools may have led to improvements in Korean students’ academic achievement and digital literacy, it can nonetheless also conflict with the existing educational system and culture in Korea. 

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Professor Jeong Dae Hong and Assistant Professor Cho Young Hoan from the College of Education, Seoul National University.

In the Q&A session that followed, attendees raised questions about whether the incorporation of ICT advancements into the curriculum can provide students with greater room for experimentation and help reduce the emphasis on formal assessments.  

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The Q&A session with Dr Kenneth Lim YT raising questions to the Korean delegates.

Presentations on ICT-based innovations in Singapore schools by NIE researchers took place in the latter part of the session. Dr Kenneth Lim, Research Scientist from the Centre of Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP) at OER explained how an inquiry-led Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics curriculum that utilizes open-source environmental sensors can help to develop and refine students’ understanding of local microclimate.

Subsequently, Research Scientists from CRPP, Dr Elizabeth Koh (Assistant Dean, Research Translation) and Dr Jennifer Tan(Assistant Dean,Knowledge Mobilisation), showcased projects on blended pedagogical and formative assessments innovations to develop 21st century competencies.

While Dr Koh described the use of My Groupwork Buddy, a techno-pedagogical system to foster teamwork among students, Dr Tan gave an account on the use of COVAA, a web-based collaborative video annotation and analytics platform which helps to develop students’ critical thinking and analytical skills as well as promote independent learning. 

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South Korean researchers and OER researchers after the interactive sharing session.