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RMIT Vietnam hosting Informing Science and IT Education conference

Released at: 14:03, 03/08/2017

RMIT Vietnam hosting Informing Science and IT Education conference

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Conference held from August 2 to 5 at RMIT Vietnam.

by My Van

The InSITE - Informing Science & IT Education conference will take place from August 2 to 5 at RMIT Vietnam in the presence of keynote speakers, presenters, and delegates from around the world, including the US, Australia, Belgium, New Zealand, the UK, South Africa, Thailand, Malaysia, and Vietnam. This is the first time the conference has been held in Vietnam.

Associate Professor Mathews Nkhoma, Head of the School of Business & Management at RMIT Vietnam, said it secured the InSITE - Informing Science & IT Education conference at a crucial juncture in the development and uptake of digital technologies and information sciences in the region.

“RMIT Vietnam and the Information Science Institute (ISI), a global community of academics shaping the future of informing science and founded in 1998, have co-organized the event,” he said.

“Informing science is a transdisciplinary field that was established to promote the study of informing processes in solving the challenges in communicating information to customers from diversified areas,” said Dr. Eli Cohen, founder of ISI, who has published widely in in the field.

Associate Professor Nkhoma emphasized that the conference aims at bridging the gap between disciplines by bringing together colleagues from various fields to share research on issues in using information technology (IT) to inform clients.

“These fields include education, history, journalism, forensics, communications, computer science, data management, distance education, e-commerce, e-learning, information and library science, as well as business,” he said. “This sharing and collaboration enables us all to learn from each other and to appreciate our various disciplines and research heritages. The IT Education aspect of the conference aims to help colleagues better understand the ‘moving target’ of how best to educate students to use information technology. It also aims to create professional and social ties among colleagues from different disciplines and different universities, leading to future collaboration.”

Before the main conference, on August 2, there will be a series of workshops organized by the University’s Centre of Digital Excellence.

On August 3, Professor Gregor Kennedy, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) and the Director of the Centre for Studies in Higher Education at the University of Melbourne, will deliver a public talk on learning analytics. His talk will focus on the ways that data collection and analysis can help educational institutions better support learners of all levels.

For registration, please email the RMIT Vietnam Centre of Digital Excellence, at code@rmit.edu.vn.

Since its inaugural conference in 2001 in Poland, ISI has successfully held 17 conferences in countries such as the US, Australia, the UK, South Africa, Canada, and Finland. Thanks to the support of many other organizations, the conference is now held annually. 

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