Education 2021: A Special Issue

This special magazine issue is sponsored by Adobe, Ellucian, Fujitsu, and Lenovo.

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At the end of 2019, the Singapore government unveiled its National AI Strategy, outlining plans to utilize Artificial Intelligence (AI) as part of its overall Smart Nation initiative. In it, education was identified as one of nine key sectors, and was to be transformed over the next 10 years to incorporate adaptive learning systems and automatic marking systems.

Little did the government – or anybody else anywhere in the world – foresee, in late 2019, that 2020 would throw a spanner in the works. The pandemic hit, lockdowns were enforced, and schools were shut globally. Public and private educational institutions scrambled to accommodate the new demands brought on by remote learning. From providing devices to underprivileged students, to teaching virtually, to setting up the necessary IT infrastructure, every job function in the education sector has been stress-tested like never before. And all these challenges revolved around technology, with that one essential question at the forefront, “Can e-learning replace, or even surpass, face-to-face interactions?”

A year-plus on, the jury is still out on the verdict. The lockdowns of 2020 showed that students, especially young children, need face-to-face interaction to be physically, mentally, and emotionally healthy. Schools reopened as soon as they could, only to be closed again as a second wave of the pandemic hit in many parts of the world. Nevertheless, technology has been crucial in making education possible at all in the midst of a pandemic. And by now, most stakeholders have been able to adapt to remote learning, and the massive IT infrastructure supporting remote learning has come to the fore as a key pillar in the transformation of the education ecosystem.

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Education 2021 is a special magazine from Frontier Enterprise that aims to analyse the impact of COVID-19 on the digital transformation within the education sector. It seeks to understand the role of new technologies such as the cloud, collaboration and communication, digital learning platforms, AI and others in education and what it means for the future. It features:

Leaning into Technology for Teaching the Next IT Pros
– Dr Ma. Teresita Medado, President, Asia Pacific College

Education Technology under One Banner
– Uno Motohiko, Country President at Fujitsu Asia & Keith Hawkes, Regional Vice President for Sales (Asia Pacific) at Ellucian

Transforming Education
– Editorial Feature

Adapting to Changing Learning Conditions
– Ir. Dr. John Hui, CIO at The Education University of Hong Kong

Adobe Delivers Power E-Signature Experiences to SEA
– Adobe

Workplace Learning That Delivers
– Professor Tan Thiam Soon, President of the Singapore Institute of Technology (SIT) & Arthur Poh, Director of the SIT’s Mational Centre of Excellence for Workplace Learning

Digital Learning for Technology Talent
– Belle Lim, Business Lead at Tribe Academy

Borderless Classrooms — Personalised Learning, Blended Teaching
– Lenovo

Tutoring Students Through the Pandemic
– Muzammil Peer and Imran Ibrahim, Directors of the Primary and Secondary Divisions, Mavis Tutorial Centre

AI-Enabled E-Learning
– Siddharth Maheshwari, Co-Founder, Newton School

Even Pre-School Needs Digitalisation
– Poh Soon Tat, Head, Business Strategy & IT at Star Learners

Latest Learning Tech at the World’s First Hotel School
Maxime Medina, Chief Operating Officer and Deputy Chief Executive Officer at Ecole hôtelière de Lausanne

Reimagining Adult Learning for COVID-19-Endemic Singapore
Professor Lee Wing On, Executive Director at Institute for Adult Learning

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