IEEE International Conference on Technology Enhanced Education (ICTEE 2012), held at the Amritapuri, Kerala, India, from January 3-5, 2012. ICTEE 2012 mission is to provide an effective and established international forum for discussion and dissemination of recent advances and innovations in use of technology in education at both higher education and K-12 levels.
The theme of this conference is Educational Technology for Societal benefit. This theme is a reflection of the technological development occurring in the region and indeed worldwide reflecting the role of innovation in the ever-increasing sustainable applications of technology in education. With Amrita’s research collaboration with top US universities, we will involve highly reputed faculty and researchers for the paper review process and for conference sessions.
The dawn of the new year saw the Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham, Amritapuri Campus host the IEEE Education Society’s first ever International Conference for Indian sub continent on the theme of Technology Enhanced Education.
The conference convened during January 3-5, 2012 was technically sponsored by IEEE Education Society in collaboration with IEEE’s India Council and IEEE Kerala Section and International Association of Journals and Conferences (IAJC), a global consortium working for advancement of education through technology.
Among the numerous academicians who participated in the conference were those representing the best universities internationally including IIT Delhi, IIT Hyderabad, IIT Kharagpur, IIT Guwahati, CDAC Pune, CBSE, MIT, Carnegie Mellon, University of California at Berkeley, Athabasca University, University of New Mexico, University of Michigan etc.
At the inaugural session, Nobel Laureate Prof. Muhammad Yunus, called for technologists to refashion the educational system so that it helps unleash the creativity in the young. "This is not just another academy, but a very high-quality, world-class institution...focusing on technology and research, dealing with very concrete issues which haveimmediate applications." — remarked Prof. Yunus.
The inaugural session was followed by several keynote and invited talks.
Notable among the keynote talks were those by Daniel E. Hastings, Dean, Undergraduate Education from MIT who spoke of the potential of online education to offer high quality education to a large number of people at a low cost and Larry Johnson, CEO, New Media Consortium, USA who pointed out that during the past few years, people have been expecting more and more to be able to work, learn and study whenever they want to and from wherever they are. Prof. Shevgoankar, Director, IIT, Delhi; Prof Uday Desai, Director, IIT, Hyderabad; Prof Rajat Moona, Director General, CDAC; Shri Vineet Joshi, Chairman, CBSE; Prof Vasudha Kamat, Vice Chancellor, SNDT Women’s University; Prof. Candace Thille, Carnegie Mellon University; Prof Marcia Linn, UC Berkeley; Prof Kinshuk, Athabasca University delivered invited talks.
Hands on workshops were conducted for Vocational Education using Haptics, A-View, Virtual Labs and School Education, showcasing significant ICT initiatives at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.
Leading the panel discussion on Transforming Education through Technology Enabled Open Education, Prof. Vijay Kumar, Senior Associate Dean, MIT focused on how technology could bring education to the poorest of the poor.
The PhD Forum, led by Charles Fleddermann, Editor-in-Chief, IEEE Transactions on Education, focused on publishing quality papers in educational research, methods and technology in peer-reviewed international journals.
For the first time entire conference proceedings were carried live using Amrita VIEW to remote centers like IIIT Hyderabad and IIT Bombay.
In parallel sessions for research paper presentations, 49 papers were presented from the 408 submitted by scholars from universities in India, China, Japan, Europe, US, Australia, Malaysia, Brazil, Africa and the Middle Eastern countries. These papers will be indexed by the IEEE Xplore digital library.
Poster presentations by 67 scholars and exhibition booths of industry partners including Microsoft, Intel, Pearson, Oracle, Adobe and Telerad were among other conference highlights.
Several participants commented that meeting Chancellor Amma was the highlight of the three-day conference. Echoing sentiments expressed by many, Andrew Muyanja from Maherere University, Kampala (Uganda), added that he was touched by the selflessness and the spirit of service of the staff and students at Amrita Vishwa Vidyapeetham.
The Amrita fraternity, meanwhile, was equally touched by participation in and the outcomes of this conference. Our humble pranams to each and everyone of the participants who made this conference a memorable one.