“As we approach a new normal in the post-COVID-19 era, we must go beyond simply replicating offline courses online. The future of education lies in a flexible learning environment with quality content. Now is the time to prepare systematically.”
On July 30, UNIST held an online workshop under the theme of “Innovation in Post-pandemic Online Education.” Organized by Organized by UNIST Innovative Education Center, this online workshop will be livestreamed via UNIST’s YouTube channel from 1:30 pm to 6:00 pm.
This workshop was prepared to discuss the future trends in higher education amid the rise of distance learning in the post-COVID-19 era. In particular, this workshop aims to explore the potential future changes in the higher education framework, centered around the online lecture cases of UNIST during the first semester of 2020.
Held in three sessions, the workshop started with welcoming remarks from UNIST President Yonghoon Lee and this was followed by a special lecture by President Stephen M. Kosslyn of Foundry College. President Kosslyn attended the workshop virtually from New York, USA to deliver a lecture under the topic of “Active learning in the digital age.”
In the second session, the focus was on “Current Status and Future Prospects of Online Education,” with keynote speakers, including Professor Tae-Eog Lee from KAIST, Professor Hoon Heo from Yonsei University, and Professor Kyungho Lee from UNIST.
The last session will be conducted under the topic of “UNIST in Practice” and started with a presentation by Vice President Jaiyong Lee of Academic Affairs from UNIST. On the topic of “Overview of UNIST Online Lectures,” Vice President Lee will look into how UNIST shifted to online learning and discuss the current status of online classes held at UNIST for the first semester of 2020.
On this day, educational innovations in various fields, such as mathematics, chemistry, computer science, design, and anthropology were introduced, along with online lecture cases of UNIST.
“If there was ever a time to take a chance to transform the current education system that has been stagnant for centuries, then this is it,” says President Lee. “UNIST will prepare new educational models and detailed strategies to foster innovation in education and to cultivate talents who will keep up with the pace of change in science and technology, brought on by the Fourth Industrial Revolution.”
The official language of the conference is English and it was hosted by Professor Jinsook Choi in the Division of General Studies at UNIST. UNIST will be transitioning to online courses for the second semester of 2020.