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THESA2017 will feature world-acclaimed speakers recognised for their work internationally. The speakers will bring together a wide variety of inspiring presentations, innovative case studies and interactive workshops, suitable for all levels of education.

KEYNOTE SPEAKERS

Professor Yong Zhao

Voted One of the World's Top 10 Educational Scholars, Best Selling Author and Speaker on Education in an Era of Globalisation and Disruption

Professor Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas. His works focus on the implications of globalisation and technology on education. Professor Zhao examines what educational institutions and other stakeholders need to do to prepare successful citizens for the globalised world. He travels worldwide speaking on how technology affects education and what needs to be done to prepare learners to live in a world increasingly medicated by technology. Professor Zhao is an expert on education reform efforts and educational strategies around the globe.

He has published over 100 articles and 30 books, including the most recent titled Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes (2016) and Never Send a Human to do a Machine Job: Correcting Top 5 Ed Tech Mistakes (2015), Who's Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World (2014), Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalisation (2009) and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students (2012).

Professor Zhao has received numerous awards including the Early Career Award from the American Educational Research Association, Outstanding Public Educator from Horace Mann League of USA and Distinguished Achieve Award in Professional Development from the Association of Education Publishers. He is an elected fellow of the International Academy for Education and is recognised as one of the most influential education scholars.

Workshop: Strengths, Passion, and Value: A New Paradigm of Education
Keynote: Education in the Age of Smart Machines: Why Do We Need Paradigm Shift

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Tan Sri Dato’ Syed Jalaludin Syed Salim

Distinguished and Highly Regarded Academic Leader in Asia

As well as his initial Bachelor’s, Master’s and Doctorate Degrees, Tan Sri Dato’ Dr. Syed Jalaludin Syed Salim has been conferred six more Honorary Doctorate Degrees from universities internationally. He has held various prominent positions in both management and academic leadership throughout his career, including Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Development), Deputy Vice-Chancellor (Academic), and Vice-Chancellor at UPM, a post he held until his retirement in 2001.

After his retirement from UPM, he was involved in the corporate sector and held several posts in both the public and private sectors including Director of Esso Berhad, Chairman of Bank Rakyat Berhad and HDC. He is currently the Chancellor of Taylor’s University, Chairman of University of Putra Malaysia, University Tun Abdul Razak, Asia e University, University College Fairview and Executive Member of International Center for Education in Islamic Finance. He has published over 350 papers in journals and proceedings.In recognition of his contributions, he has been bestowed with awards such as the National Science Laureate in 1993 and the National Academician in 2008. He has also been conferred the title of Emeritus Professor by Universiti Terengganu Malaysia and Universiti Putra Malaysia.

Keynote: The Future of Education

Mark Curcher

Program Director of Finland's 21st Century Educators Program and Senior Lecturer, School of Vocational Teacher Education, Tampere University of Applied Sciences, Finland

Mark Curcher is the Program Director of the 21st Century Educators Program and Senior Lecturer, at the School of Vocational Teacher Education at Tampere University of Applied Sciences (TAMK) in Finland. He worked in retail and investment banking prior to becoming an educator almost 30 years ago.  Mark taught finance, business and economics for twenty years before moving to teacher education and professional development.  He worked in the UK and Middle East in a range of institutions and moved to Finland at the start of 2013.  

Mark has a background in online and distance education, both as a learner and educator, and a particular interest in the history of educational innovation and critical digital literacy.  Mark is a Microsoft Distinguished Faculty Fellow and served on the Microsoft Teacher Education Initiative (TEI) Higher Education Advisory Board.   He is an international award-winning teacher, receiving the International Excellence in Teaching Award from the US Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP) in 2004 and the Robin Mason Memorial Award from the UK Open University in 2011.

Mark has published and presented papers on teacher education and online learning around the world and serves on the Executive Committee of the Association for the Advancement of Computers in Education (AACE) and several journal editorial boards.  Since moving to Finland, his work has focused on the bespoke contextualization of Finnish teacher educational and continuing professional development to reflect the needs and realities of other education systems.

Workshop: The Changing Role of Educators: A Workshop to Examine and Discuss How the Role of Educators is Changing and How We, as Professionals, Might Shape and Influence those Changes.
Keynote: A Three Dimensional Approach from the North: An Exploration of the Finnish Approach to Life-Long, Life-Wide and Life-Deep Learning

EDUCATION EXPERTS, ACADEMICS & INDUSTRY EXPERTS

Dr. Eva Wong

Leading Expert and Practitioner of Campus-wide Outcomes-based Education, Hong Kong

Dr. Eva Wong is the Director of the Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning at the Hong Kong Baptist University. The Centre has major responsibilities for professional development in teaching and learning of faculty members, assisting in the implementation of the outcomes-based approach to teaching and learning, supporting the University’s e-learning endeavours, collecting evidence for the assessment of students’ attainment of learning outcomes, and helping students’ whole person development with the aim of enhancing student learning with a holistic approach. In 2014, the Centre received a total grant of some HK$7million for three teaching and learning projects through a sector-wide competitive exercise. One of the projects which used augmented reality on mobile learning trails to reinforce ethical concepts in students won Silver for Asia in the Wharton-QS Reimagine Education Awards 2015.

Dr Wong was educated in the United Kingdom, received her first degree in Electrical & Electronic Engineering from University College London, and a Ph.D. in Information Systems from the University of Abertay Dundee. She worked in a number of tertiary institutions in the United Kingdom, including the University of Dundee, University of Cambridge and University of Essex, during the earlier part of her career in computer science and information systems before returning to Hong Kong with her family in 1991. Dr Wong joined City University of Hong Kong as a faculty member in the Department of Information System, and received the University’s 1996-1997 Teaching Excellence Award. In 2010, she joined Hong Kong Baptist University where she continues to focus on enhancing student learning through professional development for frontline teachers.

Dr Wong’s current interests and expertise are in the enhancement of student learning through the use of engaging and learner-centred pedagogies leveraged on e-learning, in which area she has presented and published.

Plenary: Assessment of Holistic Education – Developments at Hong Kong Baptist University

Peter Bonanno

Director of Search Inside Yourself Leadership Institute Program Development, Learning Experience Designer And Mindfulness Teacher

Peter Bonanno is a social entrepreneur, Learning Experience (LX) designer and longtime practitioner of mindfulness and Tai Chi. Motivated by passions for learning, mindfulness and innovation, he has founded and worked at multiple socially minded startups. He has also taught and spoken about mindfulness at businesses, schools, nonprofits and for TEDx. He enjoys helping lots of people live brilliantly and joyfully through mindfulness-based programs that focus on customer development, strategy, and designing transformative experiences. Peter is also a mindfulness and emotional intelligence teacher within businesses like Google, nonprofits like International Rescue Committee, and schools – teachings featured on two digital mindfulness apps, Simple Habit and Whil.

Keynote: Developing the Useful Mental Habits for Sustainable Well-being and Success

Greg Jansen

World Leading Expert on Restorative Practices, New Zealand

​Greg Jansen co-created Restorative Schools in 2007. He is an educational consultant working across the educational sector throughout New Zealand and internationally focusing on developing strong teaching and learning relationships through strengthening relational capacity and the use of restorative practices. This includes specific skill training for teachers and students across the continuum of restorative approaches, through to school strategic and leadership development, and whole school change. He is passionate about developing the potential and capability in those he works with, sharing strategies that are practical and real.

He has worked with over 450 primary and secondary schools, over 20,000 teachers, learners, principals, administrators, youth workers and parents both within New Zealand and internationally, with extensive work in Singapore and Malaysia. 

Workshop: Restorative Approaches – Practice in Action
Presentation: 2D / 3D Conversations

Glen O' Grady

Highly Sought After Expert on Problem - based Learning and Director of the Centre for Higher Education, Learning and Teaching , Australian National University, Australia

Glen O’ Grady’s research interests lie in constructivist pedagogies, both from a sociological and psychological perspective. He conducts extensive research on Problem-based Learning (PBLi), small group facilitation, learner assessment, blended and flexible learning and epistemology. He serves as an executive on a number of national and international education associations including The Pan American Association and The Council of Australian Directors of Academic Development. He was formerly the Director at the Centre for Educational Development at the Republic Polytechnic, Singapore and led a Problem-based Learning Institute that facilitated the development of Problem-based Learning throughout Asia. Prior to joining Australian National University, he held posts in academic staff development at The University of Queensland, The National University of Singapore and Ngee Ann Polytechnic in the role of academic staff development in higher and further education.

Workshop: The Conjugation of Philosophy and Skill
Presentation: How the Practice of Teaching and Learning Must Change to Address the Issue of Democratization of Knowledge and Integrated Knowledge

Damien Yee

Chief Learning Officer, CXS

Damien Yee is the Chief Learning Officer of CXS. CXS is a lifelong learning solutions company that is interested in ‘how we learn’ — learning analytics, 21st century key capacities building, fixed vs growth mindsets; our ‘skills and competences’ — competence mapping, leadership and team mapping; and ‘who we are’ — individual and organisational profiling, etc, for executives and organisations to adapt their teams skills and competences for future growth.

Damien is also advisor to EdTech startups on global emerging learning development trends including big data and learning analytics. A speaker on "living exponentially in exponential times”, he believes that the Internet of Things will power a new learning paradigm where innovations such as MOOC (Massive Open Online Courses) and blended learning must place in coherent, holistic ways to develop new learning competences in the 21st century for value-based outcomes.

Presentation: Profiling, Learning Analytics and Data-Driven Insights to Empower Educational Institutions

Alison Hampshire

Principal, Nexus International School Malaysia

Alison Hampshire is originally from the UK and brings a wealth of experience as a school leader in various roles in both the UK and internationally. She has worked in Africa and Asia, with eight years at South Island, an ESF school, in Hong Kong. Whilst at South Island Alison was instrumental in the introduction of the IB Diploma Programme and the introduction of 1:1 connectivity for 1,400 students using MacBooks. Alison is well known across Hong Kong for her passion for teaching and learning, in particular for her innovative approach to curriculum and organisational structures. She is respected for her understanding of the needs of Chinese language learners in a Hong Kong context and has been an advocate for the development of a new IGCSE courses.

Alison trained as a Learning Support teacher and was awarded Advanced Skills teacher status in Cambridgeshire where she was an English and Drama teacher. She has also taught and developed PSHE curricula and for the last five years has delivered TOK as part of the IB Diploma Programme. Alison believes that school leadership is about empowering people to be the best they can, both teachers and students. She believes that we are all learners and that when we work together towards a common goal we can achieve great things. Alison recognises the importance of technology as a learning tool and that developing learner attitudes, such as those enshrined in the IPC and IB Learner profile will be increasingly crucial for success beyond school. She feels we must take conscious steps to develop learners who are creative and critical thinkers and who are intrinsically motivated by the love of learning, whilst also ensuring that they are well prepared to enter the next phase of their educational journey.

Presentation: Holistic Learning at Nexus International School Malaysia

Professor Rozhan Idrus

Professor of Open and Distance Learning and Technology, Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia

Professor Rozhan Idrus is currently the Director at the Global Open Access Learning (GOAL) Centre in the Universiti Sains Islam Malaysia (USIM since 2014). He is a Professor of Open and Distance Learning (ODL) & Technogogy with 29 years of experience in ODL. Rozhan is an e-learning analyst, consultant, presenter and workshop facilitator and has presented 35 Keynote addresses in 17 different countries. He has published more than 170 publications in international citation-indexed journals, books and handbook chapters. Spearheaded the first home-grown electronic portal (2003) and pioneered use of sms in teaching of physics (2008) while in the Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM). He has also garnered awards in mobile learning in the World Education Summit (2011), e-INDIA Awards (2010) and the Asia Pacific Mobile Learning & Edutainment Advisory Panel (APACMLEAP) Mobile Learning Initiatives Recognition (2009). He has given a definition to the term ‘technogogy’ and is passionately promoting it. He is the founding chief editor of the Malaysian Journal of Educational Technology and the International Journal of Excellence in e-learning (based in Dubai). He has presented more than 31 keynote addresses in 17 different countries including the UK, Singapore, Indonesia, Turkish Republic of Northern Cyprus, Japan, Italy, Hong Kong, Vietnam and Malaysia. 

Presentation: Reorienting Learning in the Digital Landscape

Jack Sim

Inspirational Speaker and Advocate for a Values-drive Education, and Founder of the World Toilet Organisation, Singapore

Jack Sim founded The World Toilet Organization (WTO) established with the aim to break the taboo around toilets and the sanitation crisis. Since 2001, WTO has lobbied governments, public and private sector stakeholders and the international community to prioritize sanitation in the development agenda. Through their initiatives including World Toilet Day, World Toilet Summit, World Toilet College and SaniShop, WTO mobilises an international network of partners, supporters, donors, governments and international organisations to advocate for effective sanitation policies to ensure health, dignity and well-being for everyone, everywhere. Jack is one of the key members to convene the Sustainable Sanitation Alliance (SuSanA) comprised of over 130 organisations active in the sanitation sector. Jack also sits in the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Councils (GAC) for Water Security and also the GAC for Social Entrepreneurship.

Plenary: School of Gumption in the 4th Industrial Revolution

Professor Dato' Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi

Expert in e-Learning and M-Learning, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia

Professor Dato’ Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi is a professor of technology-enhanced learning at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He is a leading a consultant, expert and master trainer on e-Learning in Malaysia and in the Asia-Pacific region. Under the Malaysian Higher Education Leadership Academy’s Training of Master Trainers Programme, he has conducted more than 200 specialized training on e-Learning, interactive lecture, e-content development, Web 2.0, OER and MOOC. He is also a strong proponent of Open Educational Resources and an active contributor of Web 2.0 resources. His recent publication entitled ‘Web 2.0 Tools in Education Series’ has recorded more than 1.5 million ‘reads’ in Scrbd.com and Slideshare.net. A Web 2.0 mobile application that he has developed known as JiT2U (Just-in-time Training 2U) has also attracted educators from more than 114 countries worldwide. Currently, he is the Chief Information Officer (CIO), and the Director, Centre of Teaching and Learning Technologies, UKM. Presently, he is the President of the Mobile Learning Association of Malaysia.

For his outstanding and significant work in education, he has received numerous prestigious international awards including the Open Education for Excellence Individual Educator Award 2016 and the Open Education for Excellence Open MOOC Award 2016 (from the Open Education Consortium) as well as the Excellence in Distance Education Award 2016 from the Commonwealth of Learning. In 2010, the received the prestigious ISESCO Prize for Science and Technology (for e-Learning Technology). He has also recieved several national awards including the National Academic Award 2006 (Teaching Innovation), the Muslim Outstanding Award 2008 (Education), the Malaysia Achievement Award 2012 (Outstanding Achievements in Education Category), the Higher Education e-Learning Personality 2014 and the Higher Education Best e-Learning Facilitator 2014.

Workshop: Reimagining & Redesigning MOOC 2.0

Dr. Jonghwi Park

Programme Specialist in ICT in Education, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Bureau for Education

Dr. Jonghwi Park is Programme Specialist in ICT in Education, UNESCO Asia-Pacific Regional Bureau for Education (UNESCO Bangkok). Her main duty is to support 46 Member States of the Asia-Pacific region in integrating ICT in their education system. Led by Dr Park, ICT in Education Team at UNESCO Bangkok provides ICT policy review, technical supports for ICT policy development and regional comparative research on ICT in education. Her team is also specialised in designing and implementing various capacity building modules for teachers and teacher educators to facilitate the effective ICT-pedagogy integration. She oversees high-level policy fora to promote policy dialogues on ICT in Education at regional and sub-regional levels, including the Asia Pacific Ministerial Forum on ICT in Education, the Central Asia Symposium on ICT in Education, and the Regional Seminar on Innovative ICT Practices, to name a few.

Prior to joining the UNESCO Bangkok, Dr Park managed various e-learning projects in both private and public sectors in Korea and worked as ICT-pedagogy consultant for secondary teachers and university professors in Canada. She holds MA in Educational Technology from Hanyang University, Republic of Korea and PhD in Educational Psychology (specialised in Learning Sciences) from McGill University, Canada

Keynote: ICT and Lifelong Learning for All: A UNESCO’s Perspective

Mohamed Heikal Mohamed Yusope

Educator and Expert Trainer on Character and Leadership Development

Mohamed Heikal Mohamed Yusope brings with him over 19 years of education and training leadership experience, specifically in the areas of educational management, academic planning, teaching and training (pedagogy as well as andragogy), pedagogical and curriculum innovation and technology and character and leadership development. Having a vast and rich teaching and lecturing experience, Heikal has worked both in Singapore and abroad, having taught at the Elementary/Primary (Pak Weep School, Khao Lak, Thailand), Secondary/High School, Pre-University, Polytechnic, the Institute of Technical Education and Undergraduate (Monash, University, Melbourne, Australia) levels; at the same time, being actively involved in educational management and leadership, curriculum planning/development and delivery and managing academic programmes which includes overseeing IELTS requirements, TESOL-based programmes and induction of international students. He has been well commended for his excellent teaching capabilities by his students, peers and supervisors, being awarded an ‘A Grade’ (Ministry of Education, Singapore) during his time as a teacher in a Pre-University Institute. Apart from lecturing, Heikal has delivered a keynote speech at The University of Surabaya (UNESA), Indonesia, on Curriculum Reform, 2013; conducted a full Teacher Training Programme in Nation Star Academy, Surabaya, Indonesia (2015) and conducted an Overseas Education Seminar in Ali Maksum High School in Yogyakarta, Indonesia (2014). Of special note, Heikal was also involved in an overseas project with ESPN Sports in Muscat, Oman in 2010.

Presentation: Teaching Character in the Digital Age
Workshop: Character-based Education: Planning for the Hidden Curriculum

Dr. Mike Perkins

Quality Leader, British University Vietnam

Dr. Mike Perkins is a Senior Lecturer in Management and Quality Leader at British University Vietnam (BUV). Mike carried out his university studies at The University of York, UK, where he completed his undergraduate degree in Management and a PhD in Operations Management. His thesis examined public perceptions of the police and the underlying factors affecting this.

Mike's research interests revolve around performance management, public sector management and academic integrity. His research in the field of academic integrity has focused around student plagiarism and how universities can help reduce this.

As the Quality Leader at BUV, he is responsible for ensuring that the quality standards relating to assessments, marking and moderation are met by all faculty at the University. He also leads a broad variety of management courses with a focus on Operations Management.

Presentation: Tackling the Problem of Ghostwriters: Enhancing Academic Integrity amongst Undergraduate Students

Jasper Roe

Programme Leader for English, British University Vietnam

Jasper Roe is the programme leader for English instruction at British University Vietnam. Over the last four years in Vietnam he has worked with educational institutions, NGOs, and multinational corporations in the design and delivery of English instruction and language policy planning. He now oversees the English language education of over four hundred students. Jasper holds postgraduate qualifications in Teaching Methodology, English for Academic Purposes, and Conflict Studies.

Presentation: Tackling the Problem of Ghostwriters: Enhancing Academic Integrity amongst Undergraduate Students

Dr. Zoraini Wati Abas

Academic Researcher and Expert on 21st Century Teaching and Learning, Malaysia

As an e-learning piorneer, Dr. Zoraini Wati Abas has played a key role in the development of open and distance learning since 2004. Since the mid-80s, Dr. Zoraini had championed computer literacy, computer-based learning and e-learning. She was Professor at the Faculty of Education and Languages at the Open University Malaysia (OUM). She was Director of the Centre for Tutor Management and Development, Institute of Quality, Research and Innovation, and the Centre for Instructional Design and Technology.

Prior to OUM, Dr. Zoraini was Associate Professor and Director of the Centre for Medical Education and Media at the International Medical University (1999-2003), She was also Lecturer and Associate Professor at the Faculty of Education, University of Malaya (1987-1997) where she introduced the Master of Education program (Computers in Education), the first of its kind in Malaysia. She has designed learning portals such as TM School Online in 1996, OLIS (Online Learning Interactive System) in 1999 and VeNUS (Virtual Education for Nursing Sciences) in 2002. She was instrumental in the success of mobile learning at OUM. Her research interests include e-readiness, new learning technologies, as well in the application and use of social media and open education resources.

Dr. Zoraini has organisedover 20 international conferences (EduComp, SEAAIR, LYICT, ICI, GlobalLearn Asia Pacific, ACD Dialogue, LYICT, CoLT and others) and spoken in numerous national, regional and international conferences as wll as trained teachers and higher education academics.  Dr. Zoraini is well-published academically in local and international journals and has written books and chapters in award winning publications.  She has also published about 800 articles as a newspaper columnist and monthly columnists in magazines.  She was top two among 14 influential higher education leaders in Southeast Asia and received an Education Leadership Award from the World Corporate Universities Congress in 2014.

Presentation: Student Engagement via Pedagogies for the Digital Age

Julie Ng

Senior Education Lead, LeapEd Services

Julie is a lifelong, UK educator with 30 years’ experience in both UK and International Primary Education and Leadership. She is currently Senior Education Lead with LeapEd Services, with 7 years’ experience of working in Malaysian schools with Malaysian educators, entrusted with the task of co- creating innovative, sustainable pedagogical practice, to enhance education for Malaysian children. She enjoys being part of an International team of passionate and experienced educators on this pioneering journey of change, which continues to nourish her own thirst for lifelong learning. Julie is hoping that together the team can light that fire for Malaysian children.

Presentation: Developing Innovative Pedagogical Practices in Classroom Practitioners

Alice Ong Char Yee

Principal, UCSI International School Subang Jaya

In Asia, the focus is on academic achievement and a measure of success. Exceeding, correlations have been made to movement and learning. Research has shown that moving from a young age has direct correlation to academic performance. Movement that integrates left and right brain functions also helps the vestibular system mature. A series of movements done for 15-20 minutes a day has shown results even for students not struggling with learning. Numerous research have shown that the more exercise/movement that a student gets, the better his or her grades are likely to be. More movement is also associated to less absenteeism and better behaviour. Students have shown more motivation and engagement in the classroom. This session will take participants through some practical steps to incorporate movement into the classroom and discuss successes noted.

Presentation: Movement and Learning

Dr. Logendra Stanley Ponniah

Acting Dean, School of Education Taylor’s University

Dr. Logendra Ponniah has worn many hats in Taylor's University. He embarked on his career with Taylor's University as an academic staff in 2005 and was conferred his PhD in Education in 2006. In Taylor's University, he has held roles as Programme Director , Head- Teaching Educational Development , Acting Director, Teaching & Learning and most recently, Lead eLearning Specialist for Pedagogical  Practice. He is the Chief Architect of the Blended Learning Eco-system and regularly shares his  knowledge, experience and ideas with  schools within the university in his role as Lead e-Learning Specialist for Pedagogical Practice.

Dr. Logen was strongly involved in the setting up of the School of Education in Taylor’s University and contributed significantly on the development of the programmes in the School especially the Master of Teaching & Learning and the Post Graduate Certificate in Higher Education Teaching & Learning. He has also worked with the Malaysian Qualifications Agency and contributed towards the “Guidelines to Good Practices: Curriculum Design & Delivery” as well as to the nation's educational circle at various events such as the Future Campus, National Conference of Higher Education and Asia Pacific Education Research Association's conferences.

Presentation: Reinterpreting Pedagogy as an Impetus for Deep Broad-based and Holistic Education

Dr. Esyin Chew

Academic Researcher and Expert on Learning Technologies and Academic Integrity. Senior Lecturer in Information Systems, Cardiff Metropolitan University

Dr. Esyin Chew is an interdisciplinary academic in IT and Education who is committed to on-going research and practice of seamless technologies enhanced assessment and feedback. Before joining Cardiff Met, she was the Coordinator for the Master in Business Information Systems programme and a Senior Lecturer in IT at Monash University Malaysia. Dr. Esyin was an independent academic consultant prior to Monash, a SL the Centre for Excellence in Learning and Teaching (CELT), University of South Wales and a lecturer in the Faculty of Computer Science and IT, University of Malaya.

Specialising in educational technologies, Dr. Esyin provides academic consultancy and training workshops for a wide range of educational innovations such as Turnitin & GradeMark, personal response systems, humanoid robot for assessment and feedback, learning spaces and flipped classroom. She facilitated institutional blended learning implementation, staff development and TEL best practices / policy development for higher education. With the teaching excellence and educational research contribution, she is granted the Fellow status of the UK Higher Education Academy since 2011. Dr. Esyin is invited as a reviewer for various indexed journals and international conferences.

Presentation: Towards Academic Integrity: Assessment and Feedback Enhancement in Higher Education using Turnitin

Delicia Ng Ly-Ann

Project Coordinator of the Taylor’s College Holistic Education and Lecturer at the South Australian Matriculation

Delicia Ng Ly-Ann spends her weekdays living her dream job as a lecturer engaging her students in the South Australian Matriculation/ SACE International Programme at Taylor’s College and her weekends as a Youth Fellowship Chairperson at her church. She is also the Project Coordinator for the Taylor’s College Holistic Education Project since August 2016.

Her formal introduction to the field of Holistic Education began in April 2013 when she had the opportunity to be under the tutelage of an executive coach. From then on she became a Performance Coach at Taylor’s College coaching high performance scholars on life and leadership skills namely on people management skills, problem solving and decision making skills in order to help them in their personal mission and career vision.

Delicia has since been involved in leading various teams at work and in her spare time to develop more programmes that guide young people in self-discovery and exploring their full potential.

Presentation: Developing Holistic Capabilities in a Preparatory High-School: A South Australian Matriculation Approach

Yong Foo Seng

Head of Department for Sciences & Student Development, South Australian Matriculation, Taylor’s College, Malaysia

Yong Foo Seng has a B.Eng from the University of Leicester in the UK. He found his passion in teaching later on in life and worked to successfully obtain a Masters in Educational Studies from the University of Western Australia. He teaches Year 12 Physics and also leads students in meaningful community service. He strongly believes that education is the key to transforming lives. He is currently the Head of Department for Sciences and Student Development in the South Australian Matriculation / SACE International programme of Taylor’s College Malaysia.

Presentation: Developing Holistic Capabilities in a Preparatory High-School: A South Australian Matriculation Approach

Kaveen Parthiban

High Achieving Student from the Australian International School Malaysia

Kaveen Parthiban is currently a Year 11 student from Australian International School Malaysia (AISM) and has been a student at the School for the past eight years. He enjoys playing sports such as tennis, football and basketball. Besides playing the piano in his free time, he also enjoys travelling and taking landscape photographs. In school, Kaveen actively participates in several co-curricular activities such as the orchestra, football, the Model United Nations and The World Scholars Cup. In 2014 he was elected as the male Middle School Captain. He was also named Senior School Sportsman of the Year back in 2015, as just a Year 9 student! In the same year, he followed an entourage of students and teachers to Sabah, under the Matilda Project, which helps provide education opportunities for under-privileged children in rural areas.

His favourite subjects include Mathematics, Economics and Geography. When he was in Year 9, Kaveen was selected to play the cello in a string quartet at the annual Malaysian Australian Alumni Council (MAAC) dinner. It was his first performance representing the school at such a prestigious event and he truly enjoyed the experience. As a young child who grew up to love music, the opportunity was a truly rewarding one. Upon graduation, Kaveen hopes to enter university in either the United Kingdom or Australia with hopes to pursue a degree in Economics or Accounting.