Taylor’s Professor Leads Tertiary Leaders Forum at EduTECH Asia In Singapore

Hosted at the SunTec Convention Centre, over 3,000 delegates came to listen learn and debate the future of education. Professor Perry Hobson was invited to lead the Tertiary Leaders Forum.

Prof Perry Hobson (PVC-GE) with panelists at EduTECH Asia in Singapore
This year’s EduTECH Asia 2017 conference and exhibition offered some thirty hands-on workshops on a variety of topics such as: blended learning, gamification, flipped classroom, coding, entrepreneurship, robotics, inclusion, digital storytelling, design thinking, change management, google apps, and team based learning.

Professor Perry Hobson, the Pro-Vice-Chancellor for Global Engagement at Taylor’s University, was not only invited to be a speaker at this year’s conference, but also the track leader for the “Tertiary Leaders Forum”. The Forum sessions included a series of presentations and interactive panels. The panel sessions moderated by Professor Hobson focused on topics such as “How to tackle the challenge of research being prioritised over teaching quality?”.

This session included panelists such as Professor Venky Shankararaman, Associate Dean (Education) Singapore Management University (Singapore) and Professor Romy Lawson, Deputy Vice Chancellor (Education), Murdoch University (Australia). The discussion focused on how to change policies and to create incentives to recognise the value of teaching.  Another of the panel sessions focused on the “Balancing Act: Investing in infrastructure management across the connected campus”, which included panelists Dr Ana Hol, Director of IT Academic Programmes, Western Sydney University (Australia), Catherine Catamora, Director Education, Far Eastern University, (The Philippines) and Dr Chye Seng Lee, Director, Learning Systems and Applications, Singapore University of Social Sciences (Singapore). The panelists discussed the issues relating to how to balance the competing needs of developing interactive physical infrastructure given the high-levels of connectivity and e-learning approaches on-campus.

Ms Preeti Varadarajan, the Project Manager for EduTECH Asia 2017 said that, “Technology is changing the way we live, work and learn. It is also having a profound impact for educators and academics on how we teach, where we teach and what we teach”, she added that the tertiary panel “sessions went really well” and thanked Prof Hobson for being “a fantastic Chair” adding that, “I am grateful that you gave us your time”. As Prof Hobson said, “It was a dynamic day – with a series of both presentations and panels presenting ideas that are challenging the way we have done things”. Prof Hobson was recently the Chair of the “Filipino Education in ASEAN” session at the EduTECH Philippines 2017 event.

Ahead of this year’s main EduTech Asia 2017 conference, Taylor’s University also hosted a EduTECH Asia ‘Meet-up’ at the lakeside campus to bring together speakers and thought leaders in Malaysia - (Global Matters 2017).