Competen-SEA final conference – Summary of the second day – 28.11.2019

The full programme of the Competen-SEA team during the second NCODeL conference day was kicked off by Narayanan Kulathuramaiyer as a member of the panel in the first session of the day. Together with ASEC Felino Castro V, Assistant Secretary for the National BroadBand Backbone and Free Wifi/Internet Access in Public Spaces with the Department of ICT, they discussed issues surrounding access, inclusivity and equity in technology-enhanced learning especially with regards to reaching isolated communities, both in Malaysia and in the Philippines.

In the second block of the morning, the Competen-SEA team members presented the numerous papers submitted to the conference programme. Peter Sy demoed his team’s innovative approach to tackling the chronic shortage of competent teachers and education support personnel in rural Filipino schools lacking access to the Internet: Tamvayayong eLibrary in a box, a repository for OERs and MOOCs stored on a Rasberry Pi board that shares all this knowledge through a WLAN.

In the same session, four Competen-SEA project members showcased the objectives and outcomes of the project. Maren Scheffel opened the presentation by introducing the project. Next, Armin Weinberger addressed the problem of one-size-fits-all instructional design models, illustrated the multiple contexts for social innovation that the Competen-SEA project targeted and presented the project’s method of co-creating the instructional designs together with the local teachers.

Narayanan Kulathu Ramaiyer dived deeper into one of the local contexts: isolated communities on the Borneo island, Malaysia. In his talk, he concluded that learning platforms can be successfully used as platforms for social innovation when community champions are trained in using these platforms for co-creating and sharing knowledge. The presentation was closed by Dennis Batangan who discussed the Filipino implementation of the project. He covered their cooperation with the local authorities from the Pangasinan Provincial Health Office, the initial study to assess the readiness study of the target population for learning with MOOCs, as well as their focus on the sustainability of the project outcomes by signing memorandums of understanding with the local project partners.

In the last session of the day, Carlos Delgado Kloos delivered his keynote on how technology can support quality and equity in education. His talk covered the evolution of technology and its influence on how education is delivered, from ancient scholars that shared their knowledge orally to current educators that use mixed and smart environments based on machine learning and learning analytics. Next, he discussed equality, equity and removing barriers in education in the context of the Sustainable Development Goals for 2030. In the final part of his talk, Carlos presented the objectives and outcomes of the Competen-SEA project as support for developing infrastructure, developing a number of MOOCs and offering teacher training.

The Competen-SEA team was also busy outside the sessions in a booth outside the plenary room, ready to answer questions from all those interested in our project.

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