Thank you for the opportunity of presenting to you today. During the next 15 mins, I will outline a short profile who I am, My Policy Statement and why you should vote for me as your next President.
4th World Chinese Economic Forum Melb Anthony Wong Nov 2012
Education Partnershipsand the Digital Economy – New Opportunities in the New Economy Anthony Wong Chief Executive AGW CONSULTING Advisory & Legal Past President Australian Computer Society & South-East Asia Regional Computer Confederation (SEARCC)
Topics1. Update on the latest online revolution hitting the news in Education2. How the Digital Economy will transform the Education landscape The opportunities And challenges1. Education partnerships in light of the White paper – “Australia in the Asian Century”
An Introduction An education beneficiary of the Australian/Malaysian partnership Led the development and transformation of Thomson (now Thomson Reuters) in the Asia Pacific to embrace the Digital Revolution As CIO of the Australian Tourist Commission during the Sydney 2000 Olympics led the development of online information on Australian Tourism As an advocate for the Digital Economy, hosted at the last Australian federal election a debate on the implementation of fast Internet Broadband to connect the continent of Australia An adviser on the Australian ICT Industry Innovation Council on the ICT Industry, ICT skills and workforce planning Invited to be on the International advisory panel on the professionalisation of ICT workers in Malaysia
The Online RevolutionDevices of unprecedented power are helping us transform and innovate in the way we work, live and playLiterally creating a level playing field and ‘shrinking our globe”Shaping future economics including educationBig game changer in education since the invention of the printing pressAs we stand at the precipice of an education revolution, Centuries-Old Business Model is being challengedGenerating a great deal of excitement and fear in education institutionsUsing technology to deliver education is not newHowever, with the rapid deployment of fast speed internet and advances in media – the TIME HAS ARRIVED 4
Udacity For-profit startup Launched in January 2012, offering more than 14 courses on computer-science related topics Spun out by Stanford scholars after online artificial-intelligence course in October 2011— with 160,000 enrolments from 190 countries —23,000 students completed the course
Coursera•Venture-capital-fundedentity, launched in April2012•Include more than 33universities includingUniversity of Melbourne,Queensland, Princetonand Stanford•More than 198 courses arelisted on topics includingpoetry, world history,statistics, logic,mathematical biostatistics
edX Not-for-profit enterprise launched by Harvard and MIT in May 2012 Now include University of California, Berkeley and University of Texas System First offerings, "Circuits and Electronics”attracted 155,000 enrolments, with 7000 completion Courses include chemistry, computer, electronics, health and artificial intelligence
Comparison of Massive Open Online Courses(MOOC) Source Time, 29/10/2012MOOC UDACITY COURSERA EDXTYPE OF VENTURE For-profit For-profit Not For-profitLAUNCHED Jan 2012 April 2012 May 2012School Ties An island unto itself, 33 colleges so far, MIT and Harvard have the site was co- including Princeton, been joined by the founded by a former Stanford, Penn, Duke, University of Texas Stanford professor Ohio State and and the University of University of Virginia California, BerkeleyNUMBER OF 14 198 7COURSESCURRENTLYOFFEREDCOURSES INCLUDE Introduction to Fundamentals of Introduction to Statistics, Software Electrical Engineering, Computer Science, Debugging, Applied Introduction to Guitar, Circuits and Cryptography Greek and Roman Electronics, Artificial Mythology IntelligenceNUMBER OF 400,000 1.4 million 350,000STUDENTS
Open Universities Australia Established in 1993 as Open Learning Australia OUA is open to anyone, anywhere National leader in online higher education 7 Shareholders: including Monash, Swinburne, Curtin
Open Universities AustraliaShareholders and Providers
Recent Australian MOOCsUniversity of Melbourne recently joined CourseraUWA signs on to MOOC revolution: Source The Australian 10 Oct 2012University of Tasmania will launch its MOOC to attract more students from around the state and world: Source The Examiner 25 Oct 2012DEAKIN University to launch MOOC and may bring in an international partner: Source The Australian 07 Nov 2012
The Transformation in Education “Consider Stanford’s experience: …160,000 students in 190 countries enrolled in an Artificial Intelligence course …. An additional 200 registered for the course on campus, but a few weeks into the semester, attendance at Stanford dwindled to about 30...the scale of the course, and how it spawned its own culture, including a facebook group, online discussions and an army of volunteer translators who made it available in 44 languages.” NY Times (March 5, 2012)
The Revolution in Education“I normally teach 400 students,” Coursera co- founder Andrew Ng told the New York Times’ in May.Ng recently taught a class online that had 100,000 students. To reach that number of students, says Ng, "I would have had to teach my normal Stanford class for 250 years."NY Times (15 May, 2012)
Opportunities and Challenges How will Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) affect traditional degrees? Is it a Game changer? Leading to the demise of campus-based education institutions? Can it replace the long lasting ties and networks we create learning and growing with fellow students on campus? Will it cause the end of traditional higher education institution’s monopoly on academic credit? Is this the Beginning of the End for education institutions? Akin to online advertising for newspapers and TV or online shopping for brick- and-mortar shops? How would online course offerings be financed? -how long can $0 price tag continue? Will it replace costly higher education in the future? Will it change how we teach?
Opportunities … History will see massive open online courses (MOOC) as a disruptive technology for education institutions However, it will make massive learning resources available to the world Lesser known education institutions, may complement their course offerings from top prestigious education institutions New strategies and models are required to compete in the increasingly competitive international arena Will boost online collaboration between students of all ages and backgrounds, as well as between researchers, businesses and community groups Scale and Teaching sizes - ability to connect with tens of thousands of students all at once instead of just a few hundred per semester, across geographic boundaries Learning is flexible - anytime and anywhere
Challenges … Education institutions will need to rethink value proposition to students, cost of education, and what price the market will bear It is learning time - how it will transform education and how to develop online content and learning - rethinking teaching and classrooms Teachers have to use their creative skills to design and structure effective and innovative MOOCs Concern about student supervision with the size of online enrolments and the lecturer/ student relationships Current completion rates are low Recognition of online certificates, credits and cross-credits Protection of intellectual property including Copyright for online offerings Plagiarism, fake student avatar and identity sharing
fostering of a more aware workforce on Asia,deepening links between Australia and Asia
Australian National Objectives -School10. All schools will engage with at least one school in Asia to support the teaching of a priority Asian language, including through increased use of the National Broadband Network11. All students will have access to at least one priority Asian language; these will be Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Indonesian and JapaneseSource: Australia in the Asian Century White Paper Oct 2012
Australian National Objective 12 -UniversitiesWhite paper advocates that EVERY Australian university should: (i) have a presence in Asia, and (ii) establish an exchange program with transferable credits with at least one major Asian university Source: Australia in the Asian Century White Paper Oct 2012
Why Education partnerships made good sense In 2011, Australia had 550,000 international student enrolments (77 per cent from Asian region) China, India and South Korea top three source nations Education Australia’s fourth-largest export (AEI 2011; DFAT 2012; Austrade 2011) - $15 billion contribution Being far away from the rest of the world, NBN provides digital bridges to Asia and the rest of the world English can be taught to Asia from the best schools based in Australia Australians can learn Asian languages from the best language schools in Asia without leaving home
Why Education partnerships made good sense Partnerships with Asian universities made good sense with: More cuts in government funding Rapid transformative change with Digital Economy Increasing competition Servicing rising Asian economies and the growing middle-class
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