2016 Taiwan-South African Digital Learning Bilateral Joint Seminar in NTNU
The 2016 Taiwan-South African Digital Learning Bilateral Joint Seminar was held from October 3rd to 6th, the director general and vice director general of the department of technology of the Republic of South Africa came to learn the development of digital learning in Taiwan in a group of 6.. During the tour, the guests visited the Center of Learning Technology for Chinese, the research center of the Dept. of Educational Psychology and Counseling and Mandarin Training Center. The guests from South Africa were impressed by the application of digital learning in Taiwan.
The 2016 Taiwan-South African Digital Learning Bilateral Joint Seminar was co-sponsored by the Department of Technology of Taiwan and the Republic of South Africa, with the support of various departments of National Taiwan Normal University. and the College of Education, Normal University Department of Educational Psychology and Counseling (referred to as the heart auxiliary system) , The Institute of Information Education and the Department of Science, Technology and Human Resources Development, and led by Prof. Liu Tzu Chien from the Department of Educational Psychology was the host that lead his group to run this four-day seminar.
During the opening and closing ceremonies, President Chang Kuo En and Director General Joy Shyh Jye of the Department of International Cooperation and Science Education(Science Education) delivered speeches on behalf of the Taiwan side. Vice President Sung made a keynote speech at the symposium, introducing adaptive learning in Chinese language learning and introducing the impressive achievements of NTNU's digital Chinese learning in the past few years. Many Professors and scholars from Taiwan and four scholars from South Africa gave speeches, shared their ideas on these important issues: digital learning applications, large data, flip classroom, and action learning and other areas.
Before the South African delegation left Taiwan, Prof. Liu signed the Taiwan-South African Memorandum of Understanding of Digital Learning as the coordinator of this seminar. The Memorandum is based on the fruitful results of this symposium. It is hoped that there will be further cooperation on the topics of digital Chinese learning, action learning, educational data, classroom flip-flop, virtual reality-assisted learning, and computer-aided learning. .
This symposium is not only a successful academic exchange between Taiwan and the Republic of South Africa but also an important milestone for both sides’ future cooperation in digital learning. Prof. Liu said that the Taipei Liaison Office of the Republic of South Africa and the South African Liaison Office signed an agreement on scientific and technological cooperation in Taipei on November 4, 2009, after which Taiwan and South Africa held a joint meeting on scientific and technological cooperation every two years to discuss the bilateral cooperation and exchange program. As Taiwan's research and development in digital learning is world-renowned, Prof. Zhou, who was the director general of the Department of International Cooperation and Science Education (Science Education) in 2014 proposed this idea of bilateral seminar. Based on the brisk performance of NTNU in this field, and Prof. Liu has successfully held a seminar on related topics, the ministry invited Mr. Liu and his team to shoulder the responsibility of hosting the seminar.