Keynote Speakers

 

 

Assoc. Prof. Chei Sian Lee, Nanyang Technological University, Singapore

 

Dr. Chei Sian Lee is currently an Associate Professor at the Wee Kim Wee School of Communication and Information at the Nanyang Technological University in Singapore, where she is also the Associate Chair (Faculty). She is actively involved in research on issues related to everyday user-information interaction at work, school or play. Specifically, her research focuses on how digital and emerging technologies can be designed to facilitate everyday user-information exchanges and be used to change social behaviors, benefit communities, and create social good. More recently, she has been investigating the deepfakes phenomena from an information-oriented perspective. Dr Lee is on the editorial board for Computers and Education, Online Information Review, The Electronic Library and Journal for STEM Education Research. Dr Lee received her B.Sc. and M.Sc. degrees in Computer and Information Sciences from the National University of Singapore and her PhD in Management Information Systems from the University of Illinois at Chicago, Liautaud Graduate School of Business.

 

Title: Learning with Digital Technologies: Opportunities and Challenges

Abstract: Digital and emerging technologies present both opportunities and challenges for learning. This presentation will showcase two projects leveraging digital and emerging technologies in the educational context. The first project examines the concept of searching as learning and how everyday digital technologies and generative artificial intelligence can be leveraged for learners searching for information during an educational transition. The second project explores the affordances of video conference technologies on learning. The future prospects and broader impacts of digital and emerging technologies on learning will also be discussed.

 

 

Invited  Speakers

 

Prof. Jie Liu, Western Oregon University, USA

 

Dr. Jie Liu is a tenured full professor in the Computer Science Division at Western Oregon University (WOU), bringing over more than three decades of experience to the academic realm. He earned his Ph.D. in Computer Science from Oregon State University in 1993, specializing in Parallel Processing.

Outside of academia, Dr. Liu has shared his expertise with various government agencies and renowned enterprises such as Microsoft, HP, and HollySys, just to name a few. In roles ranging from consultant to senior Software Engineer/Data Engineer and web architect, he has cultivated a diverse skill set. Recent projects at HPI have focused on Mobile, ETL, and Big Data, and AI, showcasing his proficiency across emerging technological domains.

As a prolific researcher, Dr. Liu has made significant contributions to the academic landscape, publishing over 50 peer-reviewed papers covering topics such as big data security, networks, data processing, and parallel processing. Recognized for his expertise in Blockchain and Big Data, he has been invited to author a series of articles for China's Financial News and provide specialized Blockchain training to HollySys, demonstrating a commitment to advancing knowledge dissemination and industry application.  Dr. Liu became interested in Computer Science education recently, especially with the recent introduction and popularity of Generative AI.

Dr. Liu has delivered over 200 invited talks at various universities and organizations in both the USA and China. He currently serves as a visiting professor at Beijing Jiaotong University and Xuchang University.

 

Title: Analyzing AI's Impact on Shaping College Students' Decision to Major in Computer Science

Abstract: Since the introduction of ChatGPT, the discourse surrounding Generative Artificial Intelligence (GenAI) has reached a crescendo, fueled by projections of its potential impact on software engineering job markets. This study delves into the intriguing question: to what extent does this media narrative shape the decisions of students when considering a major in Computer Science? Additionally, we explore the nuanced aspect of pronouns, investigating if and how they contribute to this decision-making process.

Our investigation unfolds within the framework of a 100-level online course titled "Introduction to Computer Science Non-Majors." This course is meticulously crafted to introduce fundamental Computer Science concepts and basic coding skills to students pursuing degrees outside the purview of Computer Science. Amid a spectrum of assignments, our focus narrows in on two of five discussion questions, each designed to elicit insights into the students' technological inclinations and, crucially, their perceptions of majoring in Computer Science, if they were to make that decision again.

The journey begins with the inaugural discussion question, assigned in the first week, prompting students to introduce themselves and share their favored technologies or frequently used tools. Since the question sample contains their instructor’s pronouns, coupled with students' names, we have a window into the diverse pronouns employed by students. The crux of our exploration lies in the fourth discussion question posed during weeks seven and eight. By then students have learned topics such as the History and Basics of computer science, Hardware and Software, The Internet and Web, Operating Systems, Computer Applications, Web/Mobile Apps, Privacy, and coding with branches and loops. Then, students are candidly asked whether, given the chance to choose a major again, they would opt for Computer Science and, crucially, the rationale behind their decisions. The richness of their responses, preserved over the past five years of teaching, forms the basis of our nuanced analysis.

Through this investigation, we aim to discern patterns in students' choices by examining the intersectionality of pronouns and potential major in Computer Science preferences. By comparing aggregate data before and after 2023, we seek to unveil trends that could be indicative of the influence of GenAI discourse, particularly against the backdrop of widespread layoffs in the United States.

Respecting the privacy of our participants, we employ internal keys to anonymize responses during data collection and analysis. The findings will be presented in an aggregated format to ensure confidentiality while shedding light on the intersection of GenAI publicity and students' decisions to major in Computer Science.

In presenting our insights, we hope to contribute valuable perspectives to the ongoing dialogue on the evolving landscape of technology education, unraveling the intricate factors that influence students' academic choices.

Keywords: Artificial Intelligence, Computer Science Major, Pronouns, Technology Education

 

 

 

Assoc. Prof. Chew Fong Pen, University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia

 

Associate Professor Dr. Chew Fong Peng is the Chair of the Centre for Research in Language Education (CRiLE), Faculty of Education, University of Malaya (UM), Malaysia. She teaches Malay Language Education, Chinese Language Education, and early childhood education programs. She has presented approximately 180 working papers in international and international seminars and conferences in Malaysia and foreign countries, published 9 books, 148 articles published in journals, 74 papers in conference proceedings, 45 chapters in books, 21 translated books including creative writings, 14 edited books, and edited creative writings. She is the book editor of Taylor & Francis, editor for Malaysian Year 4, 5, and 6 History textbooks, and Year 1 Arts and Music Education textbooks. Assoc. Prof. Dr. Chew has completed 31 research projects, 10 of which were led by Chew. She won many medals in the academy and innovative expo, besides being listed in Marquis Who's Who in the World 2011, 2012, 2014, 2015, 2017, 2018, 2019, and 2020. Chew is an article reviewer for established international journals on the Web of Science and Scopus, such as Frontiers in Psychology, Frontiers in Education, Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, Asia Pacific Journal of Education, SAGE Open, Educational Research and Reviews (ERR), Pertanika: Journal of Social Sciences and Humanities, GEMA Online, etc.  Associate Professor Dr. Chew is also a member of the editorial board of many national and international journals including the Journal of Contemporary Educational Research, Review of Educational Theory, GATR Global Journal for Business & Social Science Review, and Advisory of International Research and Development Center for Publication (IRDCP). She was invited as a visiting professor at Peking University, China from October 2011 to June 2012.

 

Title: Malay Language Performance of the Candidate in the Malaysia Certificate of Education in a Decade

Abstract: Malay is the national language in Malaysia by Article 152 of the Constitution of Malaysia and became the sole official language. Those applying for government jobs in Malaysia must pass the Malaysia Certificate of Education (MCE) or O-Level Malay Language without exception. The Malay language is accepted by those who are looking to enter public universities and services. Thus passing the MCE Malay Language is of utmost importance for secondary school students. This study analyzes the questions of the MCE Malay Language to find out the format of the examination papers and the trend of performance of the Form V candidate in the MCE ranging from 2011 to 2019. The analysis indicated that the questions for MCE Malay Language covered all the levels of Bloom’s Taxonomy. The difficulty level for Paper I is at a high level because it involves creation in parallel with the cognitive domains as described in Bloom's Taxonomy. In Paper II, the majority of items consisted of medium-level items followed by low-level items and high-level items. The results of the comparison MCE results for Malay language subjects from 2011 to 2019 showed a similar pattern which is the percentage of candidates who obtained distinction grades were higher than excellent, passed, and failed. Therefore, secondary school candidates must keep up efforts to learn and master the Malay language to guarantee them a good prospect in the future.

 

 

Prof. Botir Shukurillaevich Usmonov

Tashkent Institute of Chemical Technology, Uzbekistan

 

Prof. Dr. Botir Shukurillaevich Usmonov, currently serving as the Rector of Tashkent Institute of Chemical Technology is a distinguished scholar in the fields of mechanical engineering, information and communication technologies, and mechatronics. With an extensive academic background, including degrees from prestigious institutions like Kazan State Technical University, Andra University and Hamburg University of Technology, Dr.Usmonov has made significant contributions to higher education, science, and industry integration. His expertise spans across various subjects, including aerodynamics, mechatronics, and robotics, and he has been actively involved in teaching and research activities.

Apart from his role as a Rector, Dr.Usmonov has held several significant positions in academia and government, including serving as the Deputy Minister of Economy and Industry of the Republic of Uzbekistan (2019), Deputy Minister of Higher and Secondary Specialized Education of the Republic of Uzbekistan (2013), Professor at the Department of Information Technology and Engineering, Konkuk University, Korea (2007), Vice-rector for scientific affairs and innovations of Tashkent University of Information Technologies named after Muhammad al-Khorazmi (2017). His efforts in promoting new innovative teaching methods have been recognized, and he has been awarded state honors for his contributions: “Honorary professor of Obuda University” (2023), “Honorary Chair Professor of Qilu University of Technology (Shandong Academy of Sciences)", 30th anniversary of the Constitution of the Republic of Uzbekistan" badge (2022), "25th Anniversary of Independence of Uzbekistan" badge (2016).

Dr.Usmonov's membership in various international organizations and councils such as Association of Technical Universities, Eurasian Association of Universities, Triple Helix, PRME Eurasian Chapter and International Society for Engineering Pedagogy (IGIP) Austria organization underscores his commitment to global cooperation and advancement in education and technology.

Dr.Usmonov has been involved in numerous research projects of European Union, World Bank, German Society for International Cooperation, Swiss NSF, Academic Innovation Fund both nationally and internationally, focusing on areas such as sustainable development, teacher professional development, and technological advancements. He has organized and participated in numerous conferences, highlighting his leadership in academic and scientific discourse. He has authored or co-authored over 100 publications, including books like "Study of Development Experience and Innovation Management in Clusters" and "Ecology and the Transport System: A Sustainable and Ecological Future." Additionally, he holds patents for inventions such as the Solar Dryer and a Machine for Removing Hair and Cleaning the Surface of Leather Raw Materials. His prolific publications and patents demonstrate his dedication to advancing knowledge and innovation in his fields of expertise. More publications are available on

https://scholar.google.com/citations?user=KOyt9gMAAAAJ&hl=en

Fluent in multiple languages, including English, Russian, German and Uzbek, Dr. Usmonov's global outlook and interdisciplinary approach have positioned him as a prominent figure in academia and research, contributing significantly to the advancement of science and technology in Uzbekistan and globally.

 

Title: Improving the quality of higher education in Uzbekistan

Abstract: Higher education in Uzbekistan is in the news for many reasons. The gross enrollment ratio (GER) in higher education in Uzbekistan has improved to 32.6% in 2022-23. The development of education in Uzbekistan faces enormous challenges. The education system faces challenges of quality, accessibility and equity, and some regions are changing much faster than others. The government has proposed and is also taking a number of measures to improve the system. The government could take some steps to make Uzbekistan's higher education system a role model for other developing systems. Although Uzbekistan's higher education system has made significant progress over the past 7 years, it lags significantly in terms of "global relevance and competitiveness". There are various aspects of the quality of education, so ensuring the quality of higher education is one of the main challenges facing Uzbekistan today, and only a few institutions are planning to enter the world rankings. Improving the quality of education is high on the national agenda. Although there is an extensive literature that links school conditions to educational quality, as well as teacher incentives and self-education practices, there is a lack of research into how institutional conditions influence teaching and learning. To succeed in the education system, a highly qualified teaching staff is required. Thus, attracting and retaining highly qualified teachers is a basic requirement for an educational institution. For the development of teachers and students, there are some points to improve the conditions of higher education. Faculty and students bear the primary responsibility for improving higher education. But they need more support and a legal framework for action. College and university leaders, state and local officials, and the ministry's accreditation authority have the power to create an environment conducive to good practice in higher education.


Keywords: enrollment ratio, education, curriculum reform, teacher quality, student