A Multiple View on Learning Activities for Innovative Education
Dr. Thepchai Supnithi
Vice President of Artificial Intelligence Association of Thailand (AIAT)
Artificial Intelligence Research Group Director, Language and Semantic Technology Research Team Leader
National Electronics and Computer Center (NECTEC), Research and Development of Information, Text Processing Technology Section
Innovative Education is one of the key important concept for learning. Computational Thinking which concentrates on learning by doing under Kidbright project enables to shift for a new paradigm of learning. Recently, understanding the students based on learning activities become another issues. This talk will explore some ideas on the learning activities and some examples on using learning behavior to analyze the new paradigm of learning.
Dr. Thepchai Supnithi currently works as a principal researcher in the language and semantic technology research team, artificial intelligence research group, National Electronics and Computer Technology Center. His research interests include machine translation, text classification for second language learner, e-learning, ontology and digital culture. He received his Master of Electronics and Computer Engineering and Doctor of Philosophy in Electronics and Computer Engineering from the Osaka University in 1997 and 2001 respectively.
STEM Education for Industry: A Case Study of Japanese-Style Engineering Education (KOSEN) in Thailand
Dr. Worawarong Rakreungdet
Assistant to the President
STEM Education aims at equipping students with 21st-century workforce skill set, through the integration of contents and skills in science, technology, engineering and mathematics into students’ learning experience. However, with recently fast advancement of technology throughout the industries, the actual knowledge and skills that graduates can demonstrate are shifting away from what the private sector expects, especially those related to technical professional skills and general skills such as critical thinking, creativity, communication and collaboration skills. It is expected that higher education and vocational education institution will incorporate such needs into their education program. In this talk, I will provide the case of study in which the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST) takes a key role in recently established Japanese-style Engineering Education, known as ‘Thai KOSEN’ institutes in Thailand. The project is the Thailand-Japan Government-to-Government Initiatives to promote the production of practical and innovative engineers who are urgently required by industries, by utilizing the specialized technology and expertise of KOSEN Education in Japan. The review of issues of industrial human resource development in Thailand viewed by Japanese Industries will be presented. Then I will discuss ongoing work in newly open two Thai KOSEN institutes, i.e. KOSEN-KMITL and KOSEN KMUTT, together with the analysis of key success factors in integrating KOSEN Education in Thailand education system. I will also summarize how to generalize the approach of this Japanese-style engineering education, especially in the area of STEM Education, into similar disciplines as well as in basic education.
Worawarong Rakreungdet, Ph.D. is an assistant to the President of the Institute for the Promotion of Teaching Science and Technology (IPST), Ministry of Education, Thailand. He leads projects in the area of teacher capacity building in science, mathematics and technology (SMT). These include the collaborative project with all 38 Rajabhat Universities in training 15,000 SMT teachers throughout Thailand, the SMT Collaborative Schools project that aims at capacity building of principals and teachers in 1,500 schools, Education sandbox in learning innovation with participating schools in 11 provinces, and the environmental education platform (GLOBE project) collaborated with NASA together with University-School linkage. He also an IPST project leader in Thai KOSEN initiatives, the Thailand-Japan Governments’ collaboration in upgrading industrial HRD utilizing Japanese-style engineering education system know as “KOSEN.” Worawarong Rakreungdet was a recipient of Thai-government scholarship from high school to the Doctorate degree. His Ph.D. work in the U.S.A. was based on experiments on quantum computation with neutral atoms, using lasers, magnetic fields and microwaves to control and moves atoms physically and intrinsically. Besides his research interests in light polarization, laser safety and thin film physics, he has contributed in many programs of gifted education in sciences and mathematics, including, a national-team leader to the International Young Physicists' Tournament (IYPT), a national committee in the Physics Olympiad, an advisor to the Princess Chulabhorn Science High School project, an advisor to Kamnoetvidya Science Academy, etc. He is also interested in science communication in which his experiences include a deputy spokesperson of Ministry of Science and Technology, a co-trainer and a judge of Famelab Thailand competition, a national-TV commentator on popular game shows "Vitayasubhrayut" and "Science Fighting.” His latest position prior to joining IPST was a physics lecturer at King Mongkut's University of Technology Thonburi (KMUTT).