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The Complex and Distributed Nature of Future Online Learning Environments in Higher Education

We are currently experiencing a time of change for higher education institutions globally. Electronic networks are becoming faster and pervasive. Electronic devices are becoming more mobile, powerful, affordable, and ubiquitous. These factors have contributed to the rapid growth of online learning opportunities, which in turn has led to greater student choice and empowerment over the process of selecting learning options. These options include traditional degrees, certificates, micro-credentials (badges) multi-institutional degrees, and other forms of certification.

Commercial organizations (in contrast to higher education institutions) have typically led the way in providing more alternatives for learning and development. Students in today's world bring experiences and expectations to which educators must be prepared to acknowledge and adapt. In this presentation I will share what educators and universities can learn from business and industry and consumer technologies in terms of providing effective and engaging learning environments for students.

President AECT /  Head of Department, 
Instructional Systems and  Workforce Development, 
Mississippi State University

The necessity of Analysis prior to Implementation: Situation, Superiority and Cost-effectiveness: An introspection for Educational Technology

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Prof. Shih-chang HSIN, Ph.D.
Senior Vice President for  Global Affairs and
Professor of Teaching Chinese as a Second Language, 
National Tsing Hua University

In the Age of Misinformation:The Importance of Information Literacy

In the information age, especially in the face of large amounts of information of uncertain veracity, information literacy is the indispensable skill of assessing accurately the credibility of information and thus deciding whether it should be acted upon. The acquisition of this skill, and access to it, are thus crucial to the functioning of democratic institutions within a society. it is crucial that the public's understanding of technology be enhanced and that the use of technology become more transparent. It is the responsibly of higher education, then, to produce digital citizens in general as well as highly trained professionals, such as journalists. Universities must accordingly begin to fulfill this responsibility by designing the appropriate curricula. Through curricular reform, colleges and universities can take the lead in adapting to the changes brought about by technological developments.

Keywords: information literacy, higher education, technology, digital citizens, information access

Dr Luwei Rose LUQIU, Ph.D
Assistant Professor  
School of Communication
Hong Kong Baptist University

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