Maximizing the Educational Opportunities for Students for the 4th Industrial Revolution

(Free admission)

Updated: 12:57am, 30 Aug, 2022
Start Date/Time:
29 June 2018, 4:30pm
End Date/Time:
29 July 2018, 6:00pm
Ground Floor Seminar Room, Main Library, The University of Hong Kong
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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 unlimited.”

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”.

Target participants: School principals, teachers, librarians, educators, researchers

Registration fee: Free admission


About the speaker(s):

Ms. Chan serves as the Senior Teacher (Teacher-Librarian) of Lam Tin Methodist 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.

Dr. 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.

Dr. 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 Education Asia.

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