APEC Technological Initiative: Debate on Digital Transformation in Education
4 September 2021
The coronavirus pandemic has led to the growth of digitalization, which opens up new perspectives in education
The COVID pandemic resulted in accelerated digitalization <…> It is impossible to go back to the practices that were in place before the pandemic, so we need to work out new, more accessible, practices, which means that we are transforming the world of working and learning as part of the digital transformation — Eric Yen-Liang Lin, Director of Media Education Center, NTUT.
APEC economies should cooperate in digital education to achieve digital innovations and open up more employment possibilities. The digital transformation is not only about technologies, it is about unlocking the potential, studying up to the level that was unthinkable before, that is, an opportunity to follow one’s own path of discoveries — Eric Yen-Liang Lin, Director of Media Education Center, NTUT.
Digital transformation increases the level of self-reliance in education
The digital transformation can become the main agenda over the next 10 years. Its main object is students, and we want them to actively study by themselves and learn to plan their activities — Huynh Quyet Thang, President, Hanoi University of Science and Technology.
Individual educational trajectories are the thing that transforms the entire system <...> This is the opportunity for each person to change their educational goals as they move along the university path — Vladimir Rakhteyenko, Chief Executive Officer, Custis; Developer, Modeus Platform for Managing Individual Educational Paths.
Digital transformation does not mean giving up live learning
We are not committed to building a full-size digital university; on the contrary, we believe that digital technologies should facilitate offline learning, reading literature, communicating between an expert and a student — Petr Ivanov, Vice Rector for Digital Development, North-Eastern Federal University.
Digital transformation does not mean transferring offline classes to the digital world. We need to develop the learning experience that will allow to make these two processes cohesive — Evgeny Kaganer, Dean for Academic Affairs, Moscow School of Management SKOLKOVO.
Teacher plays a crucial role in digital education — Eric Yen-Liang Lin, Director of Media Education Center, NTUT.
Education is becoming an ongoing process
We believe that education will become a continuous process. The amount of data is growing rapidly, and one should continue learning throughout their life. And to support this process, additional tools are needed <...> The era of personal, individual education is coming, when a teacher helps you understand what it is that you want — Ilya Volynkin, IT Architecture Development Director, Gazprom-Media Holding.
The growth of information volume leads to problem of its verification
We live in a digital age, and the amount of data is growing at a very fast pace every year. I believe that by 2025 we will have 10 times more data than now, which means that the growth is exponential — Ilya Volynkin, IT Architecture Development Director, Gazprom-Media Holding.
There are a lot of people out there who really don't want to be professionals. We say that they are sliding through life, and there are a lot of them – they want to be bloggers, influence public opinion, and this made us look at the entire industry in a different way <...> Young people try to get information from social media, because it is very fast and very cheap. And the main problem here is that all this information is not confirmed — Ilya Volynkin, IT Architecture Development Director, Gazprom-Media Holding.
Development of critical thinking
In today's post-truth world, you can only have very localized trust spaces. Truth is fragmented. <...> If you got a good education, where there is such a thing as critical thinking, if you received a normal basic education, that is what you need. Technologies will always overtake – deepfakes and so on – in a few years it will be possible to shoot in such a way that no neural network will be able to figure out whether this is true or not — Ilya Volynkin, IT Architecture Development Director, Gazprom-Media Holding.