Dr. Piet Kommers is an early pioneer in media for cognitive- and social support. His doctoral research explored methods for hypertext and concept mapping in learning. Since 1982 he developed educational technology for teacher training. His main thesis is that technology is catalytic for human ambition and awareness. His main function is associate professor in the University in Twente, The Netherlands and adjunct/visiting professor in various countries. He taught more than fifteen bachelor-, master- and PhD courses and supervised more than 30 PhD students. He instigated and coordinated the NATO Advanced Research Workshop on Cognitive Technologies in 1990 and a large series of Joint European Research Projects in: authoring multimedia, web-based learning, teacher education, virtual 3d worlds, constructivist learning, social media, web-based communities and international student exchange. UNESCO awarded his work in ICT for Education in Eastern Europe with the title of Honorary Professor. The Capital Normal University in Beijing awarded his work with the title of Honorary Doctor. He is member of advisory boards in ministries of education and academia of sciences in Singapore, Finland and Russia. Piet Kommers is the initiator of the international journal for web-based communities and overall chair of the IADIS conferences on societal applications of ICT. Since the late nineties he gave more than 40 invited and keynote lectures at main conferences in the fields of education, media and communication.
Charles B. Hodges, Ph.D. is a Professor of Instructional
Technology at Georgia Southern University in Statesboro, GA. He was formerly a
faculty member at Virginia Tech. Dr. Hodges earned his B.S. and M.S. degrees in
Mathematics from Fairmont State University and West Virginia University
respectively, followed by a Ph.D. in Curriculum and Instruction focusing on
Instructional Design and Technology from the School of Education at Virginia
Tech. He has been Editor-in-Chief of the AECT journal, TechTrends since 2014,
and he is the co-editor of the book Emerging Research, Practice, and Policy on
Computational Thinking (2017) published by Springer, as well as editor of the
book Self-Efficacy in Instructional Technology Contexts (2018) also published by
Springer. He is co-Principal Investigator on the National Science Foundation
funded project, Developing and Piloting a Game Design-Based Computer Science
The Adjacent Possible: Thoughts on ICT in (Higher) Education After the COVID-19 Pandemic
Abstract: As educators try to adapt to a year or more of emergency remote teaching and other disruptions to their personal and professional lives since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, many are pushing for a return to "normal". But can we go back? Biologist Stuart Kauffman introduced the idea of the adjacent possible in 2002. Later, Steven Johnson built on this idea of the adjacent possible describing innovation as the natural movement toward change based on where we need to go. Johnson suggested that new ideas are "built out of a collection of existing parts, the composition of which expands (and, occasionally, contracts) over time." What are some possibilities for ICT in education post pandemic? Also, what types of institutions of higher education are ready for these new possibilities? Rogers’ (2003) work on the diffusion of innovations offers the following stages of innovation within an organization: agenda setting, matching, redefining and restructuring, clarifying, and routinizing. In the agenda setting phase their general problems are identified for which some innovation may be a solution. Matching refers to the process of finding an innovation to the problem. During the redefining and restructuring phase the innovation is refined, tweaked, etc., and the the organization makes accommodations for the innovation through changes like making new policies or revising existing ones, restructuring, etc. Clarifying is the process of further refinement of the relationship between the innovation and the organization. Finally, during routinizing the innovation is assimilated into the organization. The COVID-19 pandemic rushed much of higher education through the agenda setting, and matching phases. We appear to now be in the mix of the redefining and restructuring and clarifying phases. The institutions that have already reached Roger's routinizing, and those that are now doing the hard work of redefining and restructuring and clarifying based on their pandemic-accelerated experiences, and thus are on their way to routinizing, will likely see good returns on their work moving forward. Institutions clinging to pre-pandemic operations regarding their delivery modes will likely find that their faculty and students want something different now.
Jeju National University, South Korea
Dr. Yungcheol Byun is a full professor at the Computer Engineering Department (CE) at Jeju National University (http://www.jejunu.ac.kr). His research interests include the areas of Pattern Recognition & Image Processing, Artificial Intelligence & Machine Learning, Pattern-based Security, Home Network and Ubiquitous Computing, u-Healthcare, and RFID & IoT Middleware System. He directs the Machine Laboratory at the CE department. Recently, he studied at University of Florida as a visiting professor from 2012 to 2014. He is currently serving as a director of Information Science Technology Institute, and other academic societies. Outside of his research activities, Dr. Byun has been hosting international conferences including CNSI (Computer, Network, Systems, and Industrial Engineering), ICESI (Electric Vehicle, Smart Grid, and Information Technology), and serving as a conference and workshop chair, program chair, and session chair in various kinds of international conferences and workshops. Dr. Byun was born in Jeju, Korea, and received his Ph.D. and MS from Yonsei University (http://www.yonsei.ac.kr) in 1995 and 2001 respectively, and BS from Jeju National University in 1993. Before joining Jeju National University, he worked as a special lecturer in SAMSUNG Electronics (http://www.samsung.com) in 2000 and 2001. From 2001 to 2003, he was a senior researcher of Electronics and Telecommunications Research Institute (ETRI, https://etri.re.kr/eng/main/main.etri). He was promoted to join Jeju National University as an assistant professor in 2003.