Keynote Speaker1

Chengjiu YIN (Associate Professor, Kobe University, Japan)

Title: Enhancing Teaching and Learning Through Educational Data Mining


With the development of online learning technologies, Educational Big Data (EBD) has emerged through the last several years. Depending on the actor, objectives for EDB can be different. Different roles can obtain different benefits from EDB:

Learners :  Improve learning experience

Educators :  Get feedback about learners to adapt to them

Course designers:  Evaluate course materials

Universities : Select students for programs, help students select courses

Administrations :  Organize resources, evaluate teachers, students and institutions


Through reviewing the researches on EBD, we can get an overview of applications of EDB.

Analysis and Visualization of Data

Provide feedback for supporting instructors

Recommendations for students

Predicting student’s performance

Student modeling

Detecting undesirable behaviors

Grouping students

Developing concept maps

Constructing courseware

Planning and schedule


This talk highlights research and development of EDB. It will cover both educational big data mining and research findings, suggesting how EDB might contribute to the future of learning and teaching.



Chengjiu Yin is an Associate Professor at Kobe University, Japan. His current professional interest focuses on e-learning, mobile learning, educational data mining, and learning analysis. His research was published in prestigious international journals such as Journal of Educational Technology (SSCI), Multimedia Tools and Applications (SCIE), Journal of Distance Education Technologies (EI), and so on. He has more than 10 years of experience in the computer in education field such as language learning and mobile learning. He has (co-)authored more than 100 book chapters, journal and international conference papers.


He is a member of JSET and APSCE. He is the PC chair of International Conference on Learning Technologies and Learning Environments (LTLE2014), LTLE2013, LTLE2012; the Demo Chair of Int. Conference on Wireless, Mobile and Ubiquitous Technologies in Education2012/DIGITEL2012, and the chair of ICCE2015 Conference on Classroom, Ubiquitous and Mobile Technologies Enhanced Learning (CUMTEL). He has invited to serve as the guest editor of Journal of Distance Education Technologies(EI), and Interactive Learning Environments (SSCI). More information can be found at: 


Kourosh Fathi Vajargah (Professor, Shahid Beheshti University, Iran)



 Information and communication technologies (ICTs) have been a contentious issue for higher education institutions around the world. ICTs provide new opportunities for higher education including facilitating teaching and learning, internationalisation of Higher Education (IOH), curriculum enrichment, social networking, virtual training, mobile learning etc. Through past centuries, students and even university professors have been moving to other countries in order to expand their knowledge and cultural horizons. However, in recent decades increasing development of internet, information and communication technology and international exchange, etc. have transformed traditional approach of the universities; and international student admission policy has become one of the main priorities of the universities. This presentation is based on an overview and analysis of ICT related research developments on IOH with a more in depth look at current and future developments especially new technologies and trends such as MOOCs, Gamification, and Cloud computing… 

  This paper also discusses two main approaches regarding ICT and IOH. The first one is an instrumental approach regarding ICT and envisages it as an instrument for improving the quality of education and IOH or what has been called as “Internationalisation at Home”. The reason behind this popular approach is that ICT is similar to any other technological advancement that earlier human generations have developed and new ICT based technologies should be considered as some gadgets (technologies) that can be employed to promote the IOH. A re-conceptualist and non-instrumental approach, however considers ICT as a symbol of a new of civilization which considers the world population needs to be served as global citizens in the shadow of World Trade Organization (WTO) proposal for considering education as an international commodity. This approach brings new dramatically changes for higher education and IOH and the main concern here is reconceptualization of higher education and IOH in age of ICT. In this approach we should discuss and explore and even redefine the purpose, philosophy, nature and role of emerging ICT based technologies in higher education. 


  Kourosh Fathi Vajargah –Professor of Curriculum Studies, Chairman –Department of Education Editor in chief, Journal of Higher education curriculum Shahid Beheshti University Iran Kourosh Fathi Vajargah, MA, PhD, is a professor of Curriculum Studies at Shahid Behehsti (National) University of Iran, School of Education and Psychology and head of Department of Education. His interests include curriculum concerns in higher education, the use of technologies to support teaching and learning and curriculum studies in workplace learning and professional development.

  He has undertaken significant consultancy work for the Ministry of Education in Iran. He is also chief editor of Journal of Curriculum Studies in Higher Education and Journal of Management and Planning in Educational Systems. Prof. Kourosh Fathi Vajargah has published extensively on curriculum matters in higher education and informal learning.