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Keynote Abstract

Education 4.0 for Digital Natives: Music, Dance & Theatre in Malaysia

Prof. Dato' Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi

Whether we like it or not, the fourth industrial revolution will ultimately transform the landscape of higher education. Global connectivity, smart machines and new media are some of the drivers reshaping how we think about work, how e learn and develop the skills to work in the future. Educationists today are still debating what the future of education (Education 4.0) will look like. In principle, Educational 4.0 sholud harness the potential of digital technologies, personalized data, open sourced content and the new humanity of this globally-connected world. Today we are facing with a new generation known as the Digital Natives or the Gen-Z. How is Gen-Z different from Gen-Y? How does Gen-Z prefer to learn? What do educators need to know in order to engage and prepare the Gen-Z for Education 4.0? How does Gen-Z prefer to learn? These are some of the questions that we need to explore if we want our students to experience a more engaging and meaningful learning experience known as Learning 4.0. This keynote is designed to discuss some ways teaching and learning of music, dance and theatre in Malaysia can be redesigned to suit the digital native in the era of Education 4.0.


Dato' Dr. Mohamed Amin Embi is a professor of technology-enhanced learning at the Faculty of Education, Universiti Kebangsaan Malaysia. He is a leading a consultant, expert and master trainer on e-Learning in Malaysia and in the Asia-Pacific region. Under the Malaysian Higher Education Leadership Academy's Training of Master Trainers Programme, he has conducted more than 200 specialized training on e-Learning, interactive lecture, e-content development, Web 2.0, OER and MOOC. He is also a strong proponent of Open Educational Resources and an active contributor of Web 2.0 resources. His recent publication entitled 'Web 2.0 Tools in Education Series' has recorded more than 1.5 million 'reads' in Scrbd.com and Slideshare.net. A Web 2.0 mobile application that he has developed known as JiT2U (Just-in-time Training 2U) has also attracted educators from more than 113 countries worldwide. Currently, he is the Chief Information Officer (CIO), and the Director, Centre of Teaching and Learning Technologies, UKM. Presently, he is the President of the Mobile Learning Association of Malaysia. For his outstanding and significant work in education, he has received numerous prestigious international awards including the Open Education for Excellence Individual Educator Award 2016 and the Open Education for Excellence Open MOOC Award 2016 (from the Open Education Consortium) as well as the ISESCO Prize for Science & Technology in 2010 (for e-Learning Technology). He has also received several national awards including the National Academic Award 2006 (Teaching Innovation), the Muslim Outstanding Award 2008 (Education), the Malaysia Achievement Award 2012 (Outstanding Achievements in Education Category), the Higher Education e-Learning Personality 2014 and the Higher Education Best e-Learning Facilitator 2014.   

Keynote Abstract

Harnessing the power of 'E-Learning' in Arts Education

Assoc. Prof. Janet Pillai

Where we learn and who we learn from shapes 'what' we can learn. Similarly, the tools and spaces we use when learning, shape and determine 'how' we learn. In current times where information and mobility have surpassed our expectations, to limit teaching to certified pedagogues, chalk and talk and learning in classroom becomes untenable. As young people become part of an increasingly borderless world, educators need to rethink the way we deliver arts education and its changing relevance in today's world. Technology, as demonstrated by the ubiquitous you-tube, has become a visual teacher that helps all and sundry access global sources knowledge. At a local level however, communities-of-practice are at threat; this includes dancers, musicians, craftsmen, artisans etc. some perhaps with no formal recognise qualifications but with embodied experience. How can we reconfigure formal arts education to take advantage of these cultural and technological resources in a balanced manner. This presentation will look at how arts education needs to conceive of new relational structures to the real and the virtual world to facilitate access to the resources normally unavailable in schools. The presentation also looks at some processes and programming that encourages holistic and effective forms of E-learning; through experience and embodiment, engagement with knowledge keepers in community and through electronic means. These shared forms of learning are better able to rejuvenate and revitalise the arts in a sustainable manner.


Janet Pillai served as an associate professor at the Department of Performing Arts in University Sains Malaysia until 2013 and founded Arts-ED (2007), a non-profit organisation in Penang which provides place-based culture education for young people. Pillai is an independent researcher and activist in the field of arts, culture and heritage development. Her specialisation is in community-engaged arts, sociology of culture and creative pedagogies. Her work entails research, programming and managing community-engaged projects in partnership/ consultation with community, local agencies, artists and professionals. Pillai has authored 3 books on and numerous articles on arts and culture education and sustainability. She also contributes as expert resource person in regional organisations such as UNESCO Bangkok, APCIEU Korea, and GETTY Foundation.

Keynote Abstract

Expectations, expectations, expecta...: Highlighting a fundamental concept in music cognition, and exploring its relevance to healthcare

Dr. Kat Agres

A concept of fundamental importance to human cognition is expectation. Across domains, the expectation and prediction of events shapes our perception of the world, and is shaped by our experiences in the world. In this talk, I will discuss the important role auditory expectation plays in music perception, and how, similar to language, the structure of music generates expectations in listeners that guide our understanding and emotional responses. Results from cognitive psychology and neuroscience will be compared with computational models of music perception, which can provide insight into what goes on in the mind during music listening. After sharing recent findings and discussing the implications for how people learn new information, I will explore how related ideas can be applied to healthcare settings. For example, 'physiological entrainment' (e.g., when endogenous neural activity or behavior matches external rhythmic events) may be considered a physical manifestation of temporal expectation. Entrainment to music may help in a variety of clinical contexts, such as Parkinson's Disease, motor rehabilitation in stroke patients, and even motivating adherence to prescribed physical exercises. Concluding remarks will emphasize take-away messages from music cognition for learning, well-being, and healthcare.


Dr. Kat Agres
is a Research Scientist and Principal Investigator of the Music Cognition group at the Institute of High Performance Computing (IHPC) at the Agency for Science, Technology and Research (A*STAR). She is also an adjunct Assistant Professor in the Yong Siew Toh Conservatory of Music at the National University of Singapore (NUS). Kat received her PhD in Experimental Psychology and Cognitive Science from Cornell University in 2013, and completed her postdoctoral work at the University of London, where she was supported by a grant from the European Commission to investigate music perception and computational creativity. She has also played cello professionally, and served as the senior research scientist for X-System, Ltd., a London-based company at the intersection of music technology wellbeing. Kat has presented her work at international workshops and conferences in over fifteen countries, and has received numerous grants to support her research. Her current work explores an interdisciplinary range of topics focused on music cognition, computational simulation of music perception, statistical learning, and translational research on the clinical and therapeutic applications of music.


Channeling  Gifted Students Toward Excellence: The 'Young Master' Programme in Austria

Professor Dr. Franz-Otto Hofecker


Most  music schools in Austrian provinces, through regulated law, have three declared goals that contribute to the education of children and young people. The preparation of talented children and young people for advanced vocational training are essential to the cultural life in the municipalities. In Austria, education of gifted music students is an important part of each music school's mission. The University of Music in Vienna is one of the pioneers in the development of these programmes. They manage some of the most representative programs for young gifted musicians worldwide. One of these programmes in known as the 'Young Master' established by Magdalena Bork. In this plenary, I will focus on the aims, structure and outcomes of this programme.


Professor Dr. Franz-Otto Hofecker was a member of staff at the Centre for Culture Research in Bonn from 1979-1981. Upon completion of his PhD in 1985, he was appointed as a member of the Department for Media Research at ORF. In 1985, he became a staff at the Institute for Culture Management and Culture Studies at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna, Austria. Franz-Otto is currently the head of the Department of Cultural Management and Gender Studies at the University of Music and the Performing Arts in Vienna (2011---). He is also a member of various national and international boards, advisory boards and experts' committees in the field of culture policy and culture research (UNESCO, Council of Europe, European Union, Eurostat, ERICArts, Office of the Austrian Chancellor etc.). Franz-Otto's main publications are in the areas of culture policy, culture economics, culture funding, culture statistics, music schools, regional support of culture, state and private culture funding.