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Education Post-COVID: Changes We Need

Speaker: Professor Yong Zhao
University of Melbourne/ University of Kansas

Students are rarely involved in making significant changes to their learning. Education reforms typically focus on curriculum, teachers, teaching, and assessment; but seldom focus on helping students to become owners of their learning and learning environments. 
In this presentation, Professor Yong Zhao argues that the COVID crisis has created an opportunity to make big changes in education. Professor Zhao suggests that it is now necessary to involve students as change partners and owners of their learning.

About the speaker
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Professor Yong Zhao
University of Melbourne/ University of Kansas

Professor Yong Zhao is a Foundation Distinguished Professor in the School of Education at the University of Kansas and a professor in Educational Leadership at the Melbourne Graduate School of Education in Australia. He previously served as the Presidential Chair, Associate Dean, and Director of the Institute for Global and Online Education in the College of Education, University of Oregon, where he was also a Professor in the Department of Educational Measurement, Policy, and Leadership. Prior to Oregon, Professor Zhao was University Distinguished Professor at the College of Education, Michigan State University, where he also served as the founding director of the Center for Teaching and Technology, executive director of the Confucius Institute, as well as the US-China Center for Research on Educational Excellence.

His works focus on the implications of globalization and technology on education. He has published over 100 articles and 30 books, including An Education Crisis Is a Terrible Thing to Waste: How Radical Changes Can Spark Student Excitement and Success (2019) What Works May Hurt: Side Effects in Education (2018), Reach for Greatness: Personalizable Education for All Children (2018), Counting What Counts: Reframing Education Outcomes(2016), Never Send a Human to Do a Machine’s Job: Correcting Top 5 Ed Tech Mistakes (2015), Who’s Afraid of the Big Bad Dragon: Why China has the Best (and Worst) Education System in the World (2014), Catching Up or Leading the Way: American Education in the Age of Globalization (2009) and World Class Learners: Educating Creative and Entrepreneurial Students (2012).


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Lecture 1: About the speaker

Discussion panel

Professor John Lee, JP, Chair Professor of Curriculum and Instruction of EdUHK
Dr Choi Tae Hee, Associate Professor of EdUHK
Dr Kevin Yung, Assistant Professor of EdUHK

Ms Sylvia Chan, MH, Principal of Ying Wa Primary School

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