Education and Research Technology
Learner-centered education and technology platforms present modalities upon which new paradigms of access and quality education are created.
The Education and Research Technology (ERT) platform harnesses the strengths of APRU's 45-member consortium in online teaching and learning, leveraging technology for scholarship and benchmarking to maximise learning outcomes. The ERT initiative is committed to enhancing quality teaching and learning through the integration of cyberinfrastructure, knowledge and data management, and the use of ICT in educational reform. As a platform for university technologists, experts and researchers in APRU member universities, the initiative underscores APRU's strategic objectives in addressing gaps and inadequacies of conventional higher education models and access to education in Asia-Pacific.
More information on APRU's ERT annual forums can be found here.
[Click here to view photographs from the forum.]
The Education and Research Technology (ERT) Forum 2015, held in conjunction with the Chief Information Officers (CIO) Forum in Hong Kong from January 29 to 30, 2015, was focused on the integrative aspects of ICT services and technologies, such as MOOCs and open source in support of a wide array of education and research innovative approaches, and adapting to new media learners. Risk management, sharing resources, intellectual property and ownership were amongst the complexities amid a changing technology environment and variety of platforms flipped learning and virtual communities could thrive.
APRU's collaborative technology projects are based on themes pertaining to Asia-Pacific higher education and research, and aim to inform the APRU community about topics relevant to education and research innovations which have an emerging or current impact on higher education from the persepective of the region. Projects encompass research, analysis and practical applications which contribute to data analysis, policy recommendations, reports or further study of the topic.
Submissions of interest in collaborative projects may be centered around:
- online education and sustainability
- learning innovations and evidence of impact
- enterprise and infrastructure
- cloud computing
- big data
- bridging the digital gap
- social and cultural learning outcomes
Technology-Enhanced Learning (APRU MOCCs) Project
The APRU MOOCs pilot project investigates the effectiveness of online education and its impact on diverse cultural learners through the use of various tools and platforms for teaching and learning. Educators and administrators make critical decisions on pedagogical approaches and technology tools best suited to their respective learning environments and learners. The project hopes to support these decisions by contributing evidence-based data towards a more holistic understanding of innovative teaching and learning applications.
An objective is to provide evidence-based learning outcomes gleaned from the APRU community to evaluate the adoption of pedagogical approaches and the impact of innovations such as MOOCs. The project hopes to produce data analytics and recommendations on the use of innovative resources to advance currently limited literature and research on the topic, particularly pertaining to the Asia-Pacific.
Initiated by Tohoku University, University of Auckland and University of Malaya, the APRU eduroam project hopes to encourage member universities not already on eduroam but which would like to implement it on their campuses, to work towards realizing their goals. New collaborative approaches for member universities using eduroam are also explored through the APRU eduroam working group comprising National University of Singapore, Tohoku University, University of Auckland, University of Indonesia and University of Malaya.