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Keynote Speakers of ICSET 2022

Prof. Gwo-Jen Hwang

National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taiwan

Dr. Gwo-Jen Hwang is currently a Chair Professor at the National Taiwan University of Science and Technology. Dr Hwang serves as an editorial board member and a reviewer for more than 30 academic journals of educational technology and e-learning. He is currently the Editor-in-Chief of Australasian Journal of Educational Technology (SSCI), Computers & Education: Artificial Intelligence, International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation (Scopus, Q1), and Journal of Computers in Education (Scopus, ESCI) as well as Associate Editor of IEEE Transactions on Education (SCI). He has also been the principal investigator of more than 100 research projects funded by Ministry of Science and Technology as well as Ministry of Education in Taiwan. His research interests include mobile and ubiquitous learning, flipped learning, digital game-based learning, and artificial intelligence in education.
Dr. Hwang has published more than 750 academic papers, including more than 350 journal papers and 350 conference papers. Among those publications, more than 250 papers are published in SSCI journals. Owing to the reputation in academic research and innovative inventions in e-learning, he received the annual most Outstanding Researcher Award from the Ministry of Science and technology of Taiwan in the years of 2007, 2010 and 2013 as well as the Excellent Teacher Award from the Ministry of Education of Taiwan in 2019. Moreover, in 2016, he was announced by Times Higher Education as being the most prolific and cited researcher in the world in the field of social sciences (https://www.timeshighereducation.com/news/ten-most-prolific-and-most-cited-researchers).

 

Prof. Eldon Y. Li

National Chung Cheng University, Taiwan

Dr. Eldon Y. Li is currently Chair Professor in the Department of Information Management at Taiwan National Chung Cheng University and Professor Emeritus at California Polytechnic State University (San Luis Obispo) in the U.S. He formerly was a visiting Chair Professor at Shanghai Tongji University (2018-2021), Chair Professor and Director of Ph.D. Program in Business at Taiwan Chung Yuan Christian University (2018-2020), University Chair Professor and department chair of the Department of Management Information Systems at National Chengchi University (NCCU), Taiwan (2003-2018), and adjunct Chair Professor at Asia University, Taiwan (2017-2019). He holds a bachelor's degree (1971/9-1975/6) in international trade from NCCU and both an MSBA degree (1977/9-1978/12) in management information systems and a Ph.D. degree (1979/1-1982/5) in information systems and quantitative sciences from Texas Tech University. He was the Dean of College of Informatics and Director of Graduate Institute of Social Informatics at Yuan Ze University, Chung Li, Taiwan (2003-2005), the Founding Director of Graduate Institute of Information Management, National Chung Cheng University, Chia Yi, Taiwan (1994-1996), and the Coordinator of Management Information Systems Program, California Polytechnic State University, San Luis Obispo, USA (1986-1989; 2001-2003). He has published over 300 papers in electronic business, service innovation, decision systems, human factors in information technology (IT), strategic IT planning, software engineering, total quality management, information management, and business management. His papers have appeared in top journals such as Communications of the ACM, Communications of Association for Information Systems, Computers & Education, Decision Support Systems, Information & Management, Journal of Association for Information Systems, Journal of Management Information Systems, Omega, Research Policy, among others.

 

Prof. Mido Chang
Florida International University, USA

Ecole Polytechnique Fédérale de Lausanne, Switzerland

Dr. Mido Chang's research deals with statistical issues of Hierarchical Linear Models, Survival Analysis, Structural Equation Models, and Longitudinal Growth Models. She also applies the statistical models to a wide range of issues associated with the provision of equitable access to educational resources for all students, including linguistic and racial minority students. Her research findings support efforts to improve educational practice and policies for school programs, teacher instructional practices, and parent involvement. Dr. Chang's research projects have been funded from the Discovery Research K-12 Program of the National Science Foundation (NSF) and from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services. She has served on review panels for national and international funding agencies and professional journals.

 

Prof. Shakil Akhtar

Clayton State University, USA

Dr. Shakil Akhtar is currently Professor of IT and Computer Science at Clayton State University. He has a Ph.D. from Wayne State University in Computer Engineering, and M.S. and B.S., both in Electrical Engineering, from King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia, and University of Peshawar, respectively. He was a Professor in the College of Information Technology at UAE University from 2002 to 2007 (Interim Dean 2002-03). During 2000 to 2002, he was a Performance and Simulation Engineer at Lucent Technologies in Naperville, Illinois, where he was responsible for performance analysis and simulation of telecommunications equipment including third generation mobile systems. His prior work experience includes Computer Science/Engineering Departments at Central Michigan University, University of Toledo, and King Fahad University of Petroleum and Minerals, Dhahran, Saudi Arabia. His main research interests are Reliability Modeling, Performance Modeling, Cyber security, CS/IT Education and Simulation of Computer Networks.

Speech Topic: Role of Electronic Teaching and Learning During Pandemic

Abstract: We discuss the challenges of teaching and learning because of the COVID-19 pandemic. The year 2020 started with the coronavirus outbreak with consequences for nearly all aspects of human life, including businesses, office work, and personal interactions. Almost all activities that are deemed non-essential have become remote, relying heavily on online interfaces, and this virtual lifestyle has been referred to as a “new normal” for people globally. Academic institutions have been particularly impacted, with the pandemic disrupting the way that colleges and universities hold classes and interact with students.
Most institutions cancelled in-person classes starting middle of Spring 2020 and switched to online-only instruction. This sudden mid-semester change has posed difficult challenges both for instructors and students. The situation has compelled both teachers and students to adapt quickly to the new reality of online education. In some cases, instructors who have had no prior online teaching experience were initially reluctant to teach their courses in an online format. To address this issue, many instructors have used variations of pedagogical techniques used in their traditional onsite classes. On the other hand, students who have traditionally taken courses in person and were forced to switch to online learning have faced their own unique challenges. With more than one year into pandemic, many teachers and students are still not accustomed to a 100% remote online teaching and learning environment. This has resulted in sedentary lifestyles and negatively impacted both the mental and physical health of teachers and their students. A key challenge for educators in these times isto keep students engaged and to ensure a productive learning experience. We discuss the impact of the pandemic on teaching and learning for students who were registered for onsite classes but had to switch to online offerings, the E-Technology techniques, and tools to deal with the challenges of E-Education, and how the pandemic has affected our society in general leading to an E-Society. We discuss shifts in teaching methods required of faculty during this transition.