The Association for Information Science and Technology
(ASIS&T) Asia-Pacific Regional Conference was held in Phnom Penh, Kingdom
of Cambodia on January 3-4, 2019. The theme of this conference was Effective Learning in Low-Tech Information
Environments. Even with rapid developments in technological infrastructure
in many parts of the word, there exists low-tech information environments
around the globe. Kingdom of Cambodia has made a lot of progress in the use of
information technology over the past decades. However, it still lags behind the
developed countries in some areas, such as IT infrastructure. This conference
seeks to facilitate the effective learning in such contexts by introducing technological
strategies, pedagogical approaches/theories for effective learning, evaluation
and assessment for learning and other information science practices to be implemented
in low-tech environments.
H. E. Kao Kim Hourn, the President of the University of Cambodia (Figure 1,
the person in the middle) gave a wonderful opening speech to kick off this
conference. Apart from notable government officials and scholars in Cambodia
and abroad, this conference attracted participations of various influential
academic scholars from around the world, including Prof. Kit Tai Hau (former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Chinese University
of Hong Kong), Prof. Steven Miller
(Vice Provost from Singapore Management University), Prof. Lisa Given (former President of ASISI&T) and Prof. Javed Mostafa (professor at UNC
School of Information and Library Science and UNC School of Medicine). Prof.
Hau (Figure 1, the first person on the left) chaired the panel discussion
“Higher Education in the 21st Century with Information and Learning
Sciences”. Although Prof. Miller couldn’t join the conference in person, he
offered helpful advices regarding how we could do proper marketing to attract
participants from neighboring countries. Prof. Given gave a keynote speech on
Social Media in Low-Tech Environments: The Australian Experience.Although still in the process of
recovering from an injury, Prof. Mostafa, Editor-in-chief of JASIST (a top journal
in the field of information and library science), was very keen in helping the
conference by providing an insightful recorded video keynote speech. This
conference was well attended by policy makers, professors, researchers, principals,
teachers and students from the United States, Australia, Singapore, China, Africa,
India, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.
Of particular note, H. E. Hang Chuon Naron (Figure 3, the
person in the middle), Minister of Education, Youth and Sport of Kingdom of
Cambodia together with several principals participated in the panel discussion
“Effective Learning in Preschool, Primary and Secondary Education with
Industrial Revolution 4.0”. In response to Fourth Industrial Revolution, Dr
Naron highlighted the importance of equipping students with soft skills and
addressed the question: how education can deal with the upcoming technological
unemployment. For the special event, the conference venue was fully packed with
more than 200 people attending. In another panel discussion focusing on higher
education, panel members shared their insights in how information science and
learning sciences may help Cambodia move forward in the 21st
century. It was attended by Mr.MEAS Sophorn
(spokesman for Ministry of Information) and a number of senior staff in various
There were several workshops with
themes on research methods, publishing articles in high quality journals, and
developing students’ reading and writing skills. An unconference on literacy
for academic audience was also well received by audience. Parallel sessions with
33 talks were also presented, with various topics related to the theme of the
academic exchange, this conference also had culture and musical performance. One
was the dance performance performed by students from Pleroma School for Girls
(Figure 4). The other one was the traditional APSARA dancing and folklore
singing performed by students from University of Cambodia (Figure 5).
Dr. Sam Chu, Chair of ASIS&T AP Cambodian Conference, Associate Professor,
The University of Hong Kong.
Ms. Shen Qiao, Vice Chair of ASIST&T AP
Cambodian Conference, PhD student, The University of Hong Kong.
Dr. Samuel K.W. Chu Associate Professor, Faculty of Education The University of Hong Kong, HK
Dr. Gigi Luk Associate Professor of Education Harvard Graduate School of Education, U.S.
Ms. Helen Chan Senior Teacher (Teacher-Librarian) Lam Tin Methodist Primary School, HK
Abstract of the Seminar
The 4th Industrial
Revolution (IR) is a new age of digital revolution which allows unprecedented
access to knowledge and sharing of information with technology breakthroughs.
The revolution has been growing at astounding pace exponentially, rather than
linearly, and it is characterized by the fusion of technologies that
incorporates digital, physical as well as biological domains. “The
possibilities of billions of people connected by mobile devices, with
unprecedented processing power, storage capacity, and access to knowledge, are
According to some
research, 65% of the primary school students today will grow up to take up jobs
that have not existed yet, and for which the education that they receive will
not be able to prepare them. “On average, a third of the skillsets required to
perform today’s jobs will be wholly new by 2020” (World Economic Forum, 2017,
p.5). In order for schools and teachers to be able to help students learn what
they urgently need amidst the 4th IR, the education ecosystems have
to be transformed.
Dr Chu’s seminar will discuss how school
leaders and teachers can embrace the opportunities of the 4th IR and stay
relevant in this fast-changing world. One key
action area of the 4th IR, as identified in the World Economic Forum (2017), is
that schools need to provide a “future-ready curriculum”, which stresses the
importance of students’ linguistic
propensity. This will be discussed in Dr Gigi Luk』 s seminar on bilingualism.
Ms Helen Chan, an experience Teacher Librarian, will share how teacher
librarians can collaborate with subject teachers to make good use of the school
library to help students foster “non-cognitive employability skills such as
problem solving, critical thinking, project management and creativity”, which
are the core skills in the “future-ready curriculum”.
29, Friday, 4:30-6:30pm
The University of Hong Kong, Main Library, Ground Floor Seminar Room
Target participants: School principals,
teachers, librarians, educators, researchers
Chu, is an Associate Professor in the Faculty of Education, The University of
Hong Kong (HKU). He was the Head of Division of Information and Technology
Studies (2013-16). He obtained 2 PhDs in Education – e-Learning from UCL,
Institute of Education and Information and Library Science from HKU. His areas
of expertise include gamified learning, 21st Century Skills, and Social Media
in Education. He has involved in over 60 research projects with a total funding
of US$ 7,582,075. He has published more than 270 articles and books with over
50 appear in international academic journals including key journals in
e-Learning, information and library science, school / academic librarianship
and knowledge management. Dr. Chu is the Incoming Editor for the journal
Information and Learning Sciences. He was the Managing Editor for Journal of
Information & Knowledge Management (2015-18) and was the Associate Editor
for Online Information Review (2012-16). He is also a Member of the Humanities
and Social Sciences Panel of the Research Grants Council of HK and a Member of
Curriculum Development Council Committee on Learning Resources & Support
Services, EDB. He has received a number of awards including the Faculty
Outstanding Researcher Award in 2013, Faculty’s Knowledge Exchange Award in
2016 and Excellent Health Promotion Project Award from Food and Health Bureau
in 2017. He is ranked as the top 66th author in the world regarding his
publications in library and information science. He is (or has been) the
Consultant for UNESCO Bangkok, EDB, Oxford University Press and Pearson
Dr. Gigi Luk’s Bio
Luk is an Associate Professor of Education at the Harvard Graduate School of
Education. She obtained her PhD in Cognitive Psychology from York University,
and has been focusing on the cognitive and neural consequences of bilingualism
in her work. Her areas of expertise include bilingual cognition, literacy
development, and academic outcomes relevant to diverse language background. Dr.
Luk has established a research program investigating the effective use of
measurement of bilingualism in schools, the relationship between academic
outcomes and bilingual experience, and brain networks supporting learning in
children with diverse language background. She is the associate editor of “Bilingualism:
Language and Cognition”, member of the editorial board of “AERA Open”,
“International Journal of Behavioral Development”, and “Studies in
Bilingualism”. She also serves on multiple international research panels.
Helen Chan’s Bio
Ms. Chan serves as the Senior Teacher
(Teacher-Librarian) of Lam TinMethodist
Primary School. She holds two Master’s Degrees, one from the University of Hong
Kong with Distinction and the other from the Education University of Hong Kong.
In addition, she holds a Bachelor degree
with First Class Honors from the University of Hong Kong. Ms. Chan is the
recipient of several awards, including the IASL & HKTLA Teacher-Librarian
Excellent Achievement Award in 2015, First Prize of the Jiangsu Province School
Library Symposium and the Chinese School Librarian Forum in 2005, as well as
IASL & HKTLA Excellence Award in Promoting Information Literacy in 2005.
Internationally, Ms. Chan is the Standing Committee member of the International
Federation of Library Associations and Institutions (IFLA) – Library Services
to People with Special Needs Section. Locally, she has been serving as a
Council Member and the Education and Training Officer of the Hong Kong Library
Association since 2015.
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其中美國一份報告 E-book Reading Jumps; Print Book Reading Declines指出，在這個充斥著電子原居民及電子過客的世代，美國閱讀電子書的人數由2011年的16%提升至2012年的23%，閱讀紙本書籍就由72%減至67%。當中原因之一是擁有電子閱讀器例如Kindle的人較由2011年的18%躍升至2012年的33%。此外，電子書價錢相對紙本書籍較低，可具備不同功能，包括做筆記、打亮重點和朗讀功能等，非常吸引。此外，電子書在提升學生閱讀能力上亦有其獨到之處，尤其是對男生、來自社會經濟地位較低或有不同學習需要的學童在閱讀學習上的能力，成效顯著。故此，有需要提供一個混合電子書和紙本書籍的環境，給不同需要的學生選擇。這個混合模式能幫助學生閱讀的程度，甚至可超越同級同學。National
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