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AUN-TEPL Workplan Seminar 2023

Charting New Frontiers: Empowering Learners through Technology Enhanced Personalised Learning

25-26th May 2023
Singapore Management University

AUN-TEPL Workplan Seminar 2023

25th - 26th May 2023
9.00am - 4.30pm (SGT, GMT+8)

About The Event

While 2020 was known as the year of the Covid-19 pandemic, 2023 might well be one that is dominated by discussions of artificial intelligence (AI) and ChatGPT. With AI and ChatGPT upending much of the way in which students learn, how will the nature of higher education be impacted? Within this context, the Singapore Management University (SMU) hosted the ASEAN University Network Technology Enhanced Personalised Learning (AUN-TEPL) Workplan Seminar on 25th and 26th May 2023, for key opinion leaders to exchange insights, connect with university change agents and explore the implementation of collaborative projects.
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The event presented a valuable opportunity for key opinion leaders to exchange insights, connect with university change agents and explore the implementation of collaborative projects. More than 60 senior leaders attended in person with the rest tuning in virtually to the many segments of the two-day event.

Themed "Charting New Frontiers: Empowering Learners through Technology Enhanced Personalised Learning", the hybrid event was co-organised by Mahidol University (MU) and Universiti Malaya (UM) and attended by academics and industry practitioners from universities in the ASEAN region, including Malaysia, Thailand, Philippines, Brunei, Vietnam and Singapore. This included 60 like-minded senior leaders and key personnel participating in person and the rest tuning in virtually to the many segments of the two-day event. This event also marks a key milestone in the renewal of a 3-year MOU amongst the lead and co-leading universities, including Universiti Brunei Darussalam, who are strengthening their involvement as our newest co-lead.


(L-R) Assoc Prof Lieven Demeester, Singapore Management University; Assoc Prof Naeti Suksomboon, Mahidol University; Prof Yatimah Binti Alias, Universiti Malaya; Professor Venky Shankararaman, Singapore Management University; Dr Joyce Teo, Universiti Brunei Darussalam, and Dr Choltis Dhirathiti, AUN; renewing the universities’ commitment to collaboration with the signing of a MOU at the ASEAN University Network Technology Enhanced Personalised Learning (AUN-TEPL) Workplan Seminar on 25 May 2023.

In his welcome remarks, Professor Venky Shankararaman, SMU Vice-Provost (Education) commented on the pleasure of being able to meet in person for the first time after three years of virtual discussions. Highlighting the key focus of the partnership among ASEAN universities, he said: “The AUN-TEPL network exists, because, we believe learning experiences customised to the individual needs, abilities and interests of students best support their success; we believe in doing so efficiently, effectively, and at scale, by leveraging the affordances of technology; and, above all, we believe that all this is best done collaboratively, by synergising and building up the collective wisdom and resources of member universities across our region.” 

Click on the image below to access the video of Professor Venky Shankararaman’s opening address. 


The event was launched with an opening address by AUN Executive Director, Dr. Choltis Dhirathiti. He shared that it is crucial for universities to nurture youths who are prepared for a volatile, uncertain and ambiguous world and there is still much to do in terms of developing blended teaching models, despite the good start that the Covid-19 pandemic had catalysed. 

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AUN-TEPL members shared their ideas through workshops and project sharing sessions across a wide spectrum of topics related to personalised learning enhanced by technology at the two-day workplan seminar hosted at SMU.

The Workplan Seminar also featured esteemed keynote speakers on both days. On Day 1, Professor Professor Abelardo Pardo from the University of South Australia shared his experiences and insights on how learning analytics can enhance the personalisation of higher education. On Day 2, Emeritus Professor and Executive Director of MERLOT & SkillsCommons, Dr Gerry Hanley, presented his views on how the MERLOT platform could catalyse institutional collaborations by sharing open educational resources and practices. MERLOT is a digital repository of shared learning resources that member universities can access to exchange educational tools and content, sharing best practices and resources for teaching and learning. 

The event presented opportunities for members to share their ideas across a wide spectrum of topics related to personalised learning enhanced by technology. This included themes around the use of AI and analytics to automate feedback and foster student engagement, designing and implementing gamification and virtual reality for effective and Immersive learning experiences and the types of institutional leadership and faulty development support needed to manage changes effectively.

AUN members, through their interactions and discussions over the Workplan Seminar, sought to gain insights to TEPL approaches adopted across the region and to develop synergistic opportunities across collaboration projects to improve students’ success. Importantly, they mindfully invested efforts to move conversations forward with concrete action to kickstart collaboration projects.

Below are some of the recorded segments and presentation materials provided by our speakers!

Professor Abelardo Pardo

Professor and Dean of Programs (Information Technology & Mathematics) in UniSA STEM
University of South Australia

The increasing reliance on technology to facilitate learning experiences opens a wide area of opportunities to explore what are the most effective ways to support the student experience. Adequate feedback has been identified as one of the aspects that can have a strong positive influence in this experience. However, the process usually requires substantial human intervention and becomes impractical for large student cohorts. In this talk we will provide an overall description of how learning analytics can contribute towards the deployment of personalised learning at scale by combining comprehensive data capturing, a systematic characterisation of the learning experience, and the use of learning analytics to achieve effective personalisation. The talk will include examples of initiatives conducted in other institutions in which this approach has shown significant increase in student satisfaction.

Dr. Gerry Hanley

Executive Director of MERLOT (Multimedia Educational Resource for Learning and Online Teaching) and SkillsCommons

Keynote Presentation:
Enabling Institutional Collaborations through the Sharing of Open Educational Resources and Practices

Higher education leadership and strategies for opening quality education for more people can be strengthened and accelerated by institutional collaborations in open education.  Leveraging the open educational resources and practices shared by a network of higher education institutions enables each individual campus to reuse, revise, remix, retain, and redistribute curriculum and pedagogies that have already been accepted by sister institutions. Each institution can scale their open educational strategies faster, more effectively, and in more affordable ways.  The presentation will review MERLOT’s tools and strategies that can be freely implemented and customized by the ASEAN community to reach their AUN-TEPL goals.

Panel Discussion:
Personalised Learning in the Digital Age: Crossroads and Opportunities from Different Perspectives


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Associate Prof. Shim Kyong Jin

School of Computing and Information Systems,
Singapore Management University


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Dr. Chanokporn Puapattanakun

Mr. Edwin Song


Center for Life-integrated Learning,

Mahidol University


Datality Lab Pte. Ltd


Dr. Zahiruddin Fitri Abu Hassan

Senior lecturer,

Universiti Malaya

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