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BBL: Hi-Touch, Hi-Tech - Adapting Adaptive Learning for Africa - Examples from Higher Education

Hi-Touch, Hi-Tech:
Adapting Adaptive Learning for Africa
Examples from Higher Education 

November 27, 2018 | 9:00am-11:00am
 Room J 7-044 |  701 18th Street NW, Washington DC

Presenters:
Lee Ju-Ho, Professor, former Minister of Education, Science and Technology, Republic of Korea
Dale Johnson, Adaptive Program Manager, Arizona State University

Discussant:
Mamta Murthi, Director, Strategy and Operations, Infrastructure Practice Group, World Bank

Chair:
Sajitha Bashir, Practice Manager,  Education Global Practice, World Bank

 
We are in the midst of a global learning crisis, particularly acute in Sub-Saharan Africa. The World Bank’s 2018 World Development Report and regional study Facing Forward: Schooling for Learning in Africa  present compelling evidence about the alarmingly low learning levels in basic education in the region. Poor quality of basic education in turn affects higher levels of education and perpetuates a vicious cycle in the education system. Turning around this crisis is especially challenging in a context when  many teachers have low levels of content knowledge and poor pedagogical skills, class sizes are enormous and students even in the same class are at widely varying learning levels.

Can adaptive learning transform student learning at scale in places such as Sub-Saharan Africa, especially in higher education and in teacher training? This BBL will serve as an introduction to adaptive learning system innovations and how they can provide an opportunity for massive personalized learning. These include innovative pedagogies (High Touch) combined with cutting-edge education technology (High Tech), which understands a student, provides immediate real-time feedback on student progress, modifies the proposed material and allows students to learn at their own pace. The presenters will explain how adaptive learning systems work and what they involve, their key success factors and challenges of implementation, and benefits and costs for students and teachers based on implementation experiences at Arizona State University and other universities. The session will also focus on new projects and adaptive learning initiatives  in other regions which could serve as examples for low income countries.

About the presenters:

Ju-Ho Lee is a professor at KDI School of Public Policy and Management in South Korea. He served as Minister of Education, Science, and Technology of the Republic of South Korea (2010-2013). Before joining the ministry as Vice Minister in 2009, he was Senior Secretary to the President for Education, Science, and Culture. He has been noted for his education reform endeavors and active lawmaking as a member of the National Assembly (2004-2008). His policy entrepreneurship began when he worked as a research fellow in the Korea Development Institute (KDI). He received his B.A. and M.A. degrees from Seoul National University and his Ph.D. in Economics from Cornell University in 1990. After his 9-year service in the Korean parliament and government, he returned to academia in 2013 as a professor at the KDI School of Public Policy and Management. He currently serves as a Commissioner of the International Commission on Financing the Global Educational Opportunities, a Commissioner of 3ie and a Chair of the Education Workforce Initiative. His publications include Human Capital and Development: Lessons and Insights from Korea’s Transformation (2018) and Positive Changes: the Education, Science & Technology Policies of Korea (2012).

Dale P. Johnson is the adaptive program manager at Arizona State University. He works with faculty, staff and technology partners to develop and implement adaptive courseware to help improve the student success rate.  Those efforts have earned him the 2016 Sally M. Johnstone Award from WCET recognizing thought leadership, excellence in practice, and demonstrated leadership capabilities. In 2018, he was honored by IMS Global Learning Consortium with an outstanding service award for his leadership of the adaptive courseware community of practice. Mr. Johnson has spoken on adaptive courseware at more than 20 conferences in the USA, Mexico, Russia and Vietnam and led workshops on the subject at numerous universities. He has a bachelor of science in design degree from ASU and a master in public policy degree from Harvard University, a learning path that combined his interests in design, engineering, history and public policy.  In his spare time, he enjoys traveling and building things. He’s traveled to more than 35 countries, lived in Barcelona for a year as a Rotary Foundation Ambassadorial Scholar, and built his own solar home in Phoenix.