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Chief Information Officers Network

The Chief Information Officers Forum (CIO) is a platform for senior IT administrators in APRU member universities to build a network of APRU Information and Communications Technology (ICT) leaders to share best practices in IT strategy, governance, policy and solutions for APRU member universities. The network explores opportunities for multilateral partnerships and collaborative projects for innovative methods and processes to be adopted at member campuses. The CIO Forum is held in conjunction with the Education and Research Technology (ERT) Forum. 


6th Education and Research Technology Forum

Confrence Theme: Sustainable Technology and Learning Across Institutional Collaborations

The National University of Singapore will be hosting the 6th Education and Research Technology (ERT) Forum 2016 from 17-18 November

The forum will explore various aspects of technology-enhanced learning with specific focus on sustainable technologies and learning cross multi-institutional collaborations. The suggested topics include but are not limited to the following:

  1.  Advancing Cultures of Innovation
  2. Promoting Deeper Learning Approaches
  3. Active Learning Strategies and Initiatives
  4. Online Assessment and evaluation methods
  5. Learning Analytics

The Organising Committee of ERT Forum 2016 invites you to participate in one of the following categories

  1. Individual 30-minute presentations (including Q&A), and
  2. e-Poster presentations

For further guidelines on preparing your presentations and posters, please visit the conference website

Target audience: CIOs and senior administrators of APRU member universities, academics, registrars, university administrators, quality control experts, IT professionals and course developers.  

Conference website: Please visit http://nus.edu.sg/apru/ for more details on registration and accomodation. 

CIO/ERT 2015 in Hong Kong

[Click here to view photographs from the forum.]

Fifteen APRU member universities were represented at the Chief Information Officers & Education and Research Technology (CIO/ERT) Forums 2015, hosted by Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST).  A total of 65 participants attended the CIO and ERT Forums.

Held from January 28 to 30, 2015, the forums were an opportunity for CIOs of major universities in the Pacific Rim region to discuss and share experience on a wide spectrum of issues related to the governance and management of the IT/IS function, the effective deployment of teaching and learning technologies, and the application of IT/IS to support the education and research goals of the University.

Two guest speakers from CISCO and Splunk were invited by HKUST to give perspectives in cyber security, solutions to managing data and building models to solve "big data" questions. CIO speakers shared strategies, milestones, infrastructure and technology adoptions in support of teaching and learning, policy and eResearch at their respective universities, comparing across Hong Kong, Singapore, New Zealand, Malaysia and Indonesia.

Read more about the ERT Forum 2015 here.

Two key priority areas for collaboration, (i) pedagogy and programs, and (ii) research and development in teaching and learning, were agreed to by APRU members present on the final day of the forums at the collaborative discussion session. Projects and working groups are expected to develop around topics related to these areas over the next 1-2 years.

An ongoing APRU MOOCs pilot project is in development with regular virtual meetings conducted amongst CIOs, faculty and technologists of University of Malaya, University of Indonesia and HKUST.  Tohoku University gave updates on APRU's involvement in eduroam and identity and access management, a project involving the development and use of eduroam for APRU members' campus network and access resources. 

Link to:  APRU Collaborative Discussion Session slides (.ppt)
             eduroam/APRU update by Professor Hideaki Sone, Tohoku University (.ppt)

 

7th Chief Information Officers and 5th Education and Research Technology Forum

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The APRU CIO Forum offers an opportunity for CIOs of leading research universities in the Pacific Rim region to discuss and share experience on a wide spectrum of issues related to the governance and management of the IT/IS function, the effective deployment of teaching and learning technologies, and the application of IT/IS to support the education and research goals of the University. The CIO Forum platform enables dialogue amongst IT leaders in academia and industry to advance best practices in governance and strategy. 

The ERT Forum, held in conjunction with the CIO Forum, addresses the integrative aspects of ICT services and technologies in support of the wide array of education and research activities and their learning outcomes at the University level. This year, the two-day ERT Forum will focus on e-Learning and the emerging discipline of MOOCs. Speakers are pioneers in developing MOOCs and academics who have designed and offered MOOCs to participants worldwide. Experts in e-Learning production will also share their experience in developing online courses. 

Target audience:
CIO Forum:  CIOs and senior administrators of APRU member universities
ERT Forum:  Academics, registrars, university administrators, quality control experts, IT professionals and course developers.  Faculty and researchers interested in MOOCs, e-Learning and online education are welcome.

Keynote: 

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Anant Agarwal, CEO, edX

Prof. Anant Agarwal is the CEO of edX, an online learning destination founded by Harvard and MIT. Anant taught the first edX course on circuits and electronics from MIT, which drew 155,000 students from 162 countries. He has served as the director of CSAIL, MIT's Computer Science and Artificial Intelligence Laboratory, and is a professor of electrical engineering and computer science at MIT. He is a successful serial entrepreneur, having co-founded several companies including Tilera Corporation, which created the Tile multicore processor, and Virtual Machine Works.

Anant won the Maurice Wilkes prize for computer architecture, and MIT's Smullin and Jamieson prizes for teaching. He holds a Guinness World Record for the largest microphone array, and is an author of the textbook "Foundations of Analog and Digital Electronic Circuits."

Scientific American selected his work on organic computing as one of 10 World- Changing Ideas in 2011, and he was named in Forbes' list of top 15 education innovators in 2012. Anant, a pioneer in computer architecture, is a member of the National Academy of Engineering, a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences, and a fellow of the ACM.

He hacks on WebSim, an online circuits laboratory, in his spare time. Anant holds a Ph.D. from Stanford and a bachelor's from IIT Madras.

Featured Speakers:
Marcus Lim, Director, Education, Asia Pacific Cisco Systems
Phil Brimacombe, Director, IT Strategy, Policy and Planning, University of Auckland
Gerrit W. Bahlman, Director of Information Technology, Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Tommy Hor, Senior Director of Computer Centre, National University of Singapore
Danny Tang, Director of IT Services, University of Hong Kong
Wilson Chin, Head of Marketing, APAC, Splunk
David Asirvatham, Director of Centre for Information Technology, University of Malaya
Samuel Kwan, Director of Information Technology Services Center, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Tonny Adhi Sabastian, Network Infrastructure Chief, Universitas Indonesia
Bruce Thompson, Director of Asia-Worldwide Education, Microsoft Corporation
Sean McMinn, Centre for Language Education, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Nick Noakes, Director of Centre for Enhanced Learning and Teaching, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Program:  Preliminary program updates are available here.

Registration:
  Registration fees are US$300 per person. The fee will cover CIO/ERT 2015 registration, forum materials, tea breaks, lunch and two dinners.  Please email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. (Professor Kar Yan Tam) to register for the forums. Registration details are found here.

Accommodation:  Choice of Crowne Plaza Hong Kong Kowloon East or Holiday Inn Express Hong Kong Kowloon East. Booking and room reservation deadline: January 5, 2015. Reservation and local travel information are found here.

6th Chief Information Officers Forum and 4th Education and Research Technology Forum

6th Chief Information Officers Forum & 4th Education and Research Technology Forum

Hosted by:  University of Auckland
Date:  September 2-3, 2013 (CIO Forum) and September 4-5, 2013 (ERT Forum)
Theme:  Sailing into the Cloud
 
 
The transformative aspects of ICT in university governance, business processes and structures that enable decision-making were central themes of this year's CIO Forum. The two-day forum, attended by CIOs and ICT senior leaders of APRU member universities, addressed the use of data analytics to build predictive models for operational efficiency, coordinated decision-making on technology acquisition and deployment, and strategies for diverse ICT environments and the ubiquitous use of technology.  Issues in intellectual property, ownership and challenges in large data access in teaching and research were of particular interest for comprehensive and research-intensive universities with knowledge volume as a critical organisational asset.
 
The ERT Forum, held in conjunction with the CIO Forum, addressed the integrative aspects of ICT services and technologies in support of high performance computing and research, and MOOCs as a popular, future platform for universities in an evolving teaching and learning environment. Case studies on innovations in learning technology were presented by Peking University, University of Southern California and the California Institute of Technology.  Cultural learning methodologies and multimedia literacies in economies in New Zealand, Japan and the U.S. were shared, comparing differences and commonalities in facilitating quality education through the use of ICT.
 
A proposed collaborative pilot project on technology-enhanced learning to investigate the effectiveness of online education and cultural differences across member universities, through the use of various tools for teaching and learning, is being developed.  Initiated by the University of Malaya, interested APRU member universities may contactThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.for more information.
 
APRU CIOs, technologists, faculty and researchers from 15 universities across Asia, Australasia and the Americas participated at the 2013 forums.
 
Speaker presentations:CIO and ERT Forums 2013(viewable in PDF format)
Program schedule:September 2 - 5, 2013(in PDF format)

Past Forums

 

5th Chief Information Officers and 3rd Education and Research Technology Forums 
Hosted by: University of Malaya
Date: October 15 - 18, 2012

4th Chief Information Officers and 2nd Education and Research Technology Forums
Hosted by: National Autonomous University of Mexico
Date: October 10 - 12, 2011

3rd Chief Information Officers and 1st Education and Research Technology Forums
Hosted by: University of Southern California
Date: May 24 - 26, 2010

2nd Chief Information Officers Conference
Hosted by: University of Indonesia
Date: April 16 - 19, 2008

Presentations
Survey results on demographics and top 3 collaborative interests, challenges and initiatives of participating members

1st Chief Information Officers Conference
Hosted by: University of Southern California
Date: March 21 - 23, 2007