Highlights from EDUtech Asia 2023
By Dr Harvinder Kaur Dharam Singh
The EDUtech Asia 2023 conference was a grand event held at Sand Expo in Singapore from 8 to 9 November. Leaders, educators, and providers of educational technology gathered to talk about the enormous influence of educational technology in Asia and globally.
It offered a vibrant arena for discussions around education involving K-12 and higher education. Artificial intelligence (AI), assessment, teaching and learning advancements, and the integration of immersive technologies were only a few of the many topics covered. There were eSports contests held at several of the display booths, and the educators had a Show & Tell, which added vibrancy to the occasion.
The talks about AI were about how AI applications are encouraging personalised learning, and changing adaptive assessments as well as classroom dynamics. AI tools have gained popularity as disruptive technologies, and many people have realised that AI has the power to change the way education is delivered. A lot of attention was also paid to ethical issues and the proper use of AI in education.
The most recent EdTech solutions were on display at the event. The players in education technology seemed to compete with each other, each claiming to have the best. Grandiose demonstrations included cutting-edge and inventive learning management system capabilities, gamification of instructional content, robots for STEM education, and the integration of Augmented Reality (AR) and Virtual Reality (VR). It was observed that these innovative technologies promoted interactive learning settings and broke down traditional barriers. These instruments’ distinctive qualities demonstrated a range of ways in which they may be applied to support learning.
During a panel discussion, I shared OUM’s practices and discussed the challenges involved in creating content using educational technology tools. I was also delighted to reconnect with several of my students, engaging in meaningful conversations and exchanging ideas with them.
The conference was enlightening as it emphasised the impact of educational technology tools on the future of education and its revolutionary potential.
* Dr Harvinder Kaur Dharam Singh is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Education, OUM.