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THESA2017 Examines
Important Developments
in these Six Key Areas

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09-11 August 2017
9:00am - 4:30pm
Taylor’s University 
Lakeside Campus
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The Trends in Holistic Education Symposium Asia 2017 (or THESA 2017) – Life-Long • Life-Wide • Life-Deep returns for the second year with the theme "RELEVANT TODAY • READY TOMORROW“. Today, educational institutions face enormous challenges to develop learners who will thrive in the fast-paced and knowledge-intensive digital economy that awaits them. THESA2017 will examine global trends and important developments in education that challenges the adequacy, relevance and effectiveness of the mainstream educational approaches.

THESA2017 is a full three-day event and will bring together world class speakers, thought leaders, educators and recognised practitioners to discuss the direction of the education industry and explore leading pedagogical practices and emerging educational technologies that will make a significant impact on education around the world. The speakers will bring together a wide variety of inspiring presentations, innovative case studies and interactive workshops, suitable for all levels of education (K-12 to tertiary) and educational leadership roles (school leaders, educators and researchers). Additionally, industry experts will also share expectations and learning moments on the new norm in the workplace and the requisites for a successful 21st Century knowledge worker.

THESA2017 encourages delegates to have a constructive discourse to learn, re-learn and unlearn and apply what is useful, needed and purposeful in our learning organisations. The key message that will resonate throughout THESA2017 is that our learning journey must be life-long, life-wide and all encompassing. It must also be life-deep with purpose, attitude and service.

It is apparent that the traditional teacher-centered pedagogy needs to be changed.
It is also more feasible than ever before to make the change.
The change is more than piecemeal tinkering.
It is a paradigm shift, a complete rethinking of how teaching and learning are carried out.
Dr. Yong Zhao from his best selling book, Never Send a Human to Do a Machine's Job: Correcting the Top 5 EdTech Mistakes


THESA2017 will unravel important questions that all educational institutions and educators should be asking themselves. These are questions for serious consideration and via THESA2017, we will engage in a constructive discourse to learn, re-learn and un-learn what is useful and purposeful for our learning communities.

DAY 1 Wednesday 09 August 2017


The workshops will deep-dive to explore case studies, implementation ideas, lessons learned, new and emerging trends, do's and don'ts, and best practices of a holistic approach to education. 

DAY 2 Thursday 10 August 2017


Are educators equipped to engage and develop the necessary life skills and mindsets of the learners in their institutions today? Are our teaching and assessment practices able to surmount the challenges of an integrated curriculum approach (blended and e-learning development) and democratisation of knowledge (shareable content repository)? With advances in technology, are educators ready to embrace Big Data and Analytics? Many other questions will be explored as well as those from delegates.

DAY 3 Friday 11 August 2017


Are graduates being prepared for jobs that are yet to exist? Do graduates possess the attributes to excel in the world of tomorrow? How do we mitigate the gap between employers' expectations and graduate competencies? Are educators equipped to incorporate emerging technologies, systems and applications (Internet of Everything, immersive technology and quantified self) in their lessons to ensure digital literacy in the workplace?


Education in the Age of Disruption and Big Data
Emotional Intelligence
Enhanced Curriculum via Blended or e-Learning
Expanded Industry Collaboration
Measurement of Graduate Attributes Demanded by Employers
Integrated and Digital Assessment
Restorative Practices and Values Driven Education
Technology-Enabled and Integrated Learning Platforms