Keynote & Representative Talk

Keynote Speakers

Keynote 1, 10:30-11:30, August 17, 2020

Daisuke OKABE
Faculty of Informatics, Tokyo City University, JAPAN

Convivial Learning in a Playful Participatory Pop-culture

Keynote 2, 15:30-16:30, August 18, 2020

Professor emerita, Kobe Gakuin University, JAPAN

The search for new normals in education from 2020: Focus on language for specific purposes

The year 2020 will mark a significant change in human history in the aftermath of the global COVID-19 pandemic—this might be a blessing in disguise. In Japan, as we try to control the virus and resume classroom schooling with cautions about keeping social distance, we realize that we can never return to what we had long thought of as “normal.” After a three-month shutdown of schools and universities in Japan and the shift to online classes for the new academic year (which should have begun in April), we need to think about what kind of education we should offer to students. What will be the “new normals”? It is time for a paradigm shift from a 20th century education system that basically tried to fit students into a set learning program rather than tailor the program to the student. One key to helping us address the diverse needs of diverse students is technology. As an example of how this might be done, I will focus on English language education for science and technology professionals in a foreign language environment. Specific language and communication skills are crucial for enabling participation in the knowledge construction of a professional global discourse community. Suggestions will be offered as to how this could be done.

Representative Talk Speakers (Closing Remarks)

Japan Association for Educational Media Study (JAEMS)

Professor, Kansai University, JAPAN

President of Japan Association for Educational Media Study (JAEMS)

The Korean Association for Educational Information and Media (KAEIM)


China Association for Educational Technology (CAET)

Jianhua ZHAO
Professor, Southern University of Science and Technology, CHINA

Representative of China Association for Educational Technology (CAET)

Teaching, Colleges and Community (TCC)

Professor emerita, University of Hawai’i at Manoa, USA

Co-Chair of Teaching, Colleges and Community (TCC)