Professor Dr. Gwo-dong Chen


Keynote Speaker

Affiliation : Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering, National Central University

Country: Taiwan

Title: Digital theaters and drama based learning in a classroom



In education, authentic learning is an approach that allows students to explore, discuss, and meaningfully construct concepts and relationships in contexts that involve real-world problems and projects that are relevant to the learner. Experiential learning is the process of learning through experience, and is more specifically defined as "learning through reflection on doing". Contextual Teaching and Learning is an approach to learning that is grounded in context, and connected to "real-world" situations. All of them need a "real-world" context with "real-world" tasks that learners can learn in the environment. Drama can be arranged with a "real-world" environment and "real-world" problems that learners can play as the role in the drama to solve the problems in order to learn the knowledge. The content of the textbooks can be used as the context and problems of the drama. This learning style can be called as Drama based learning.

In this talk, we will describe a methodology of building a digital theater in a classroom. A script writing tool can use to arrange the stage setting of the digital theater and plan learning activities in the script based on the content of the textbooks. A drama playing system that allow the students be the actors to perform the drama. In drama based learning, the students act as both the audience and the performers of the drama. This talk will also explain the experiences of applying the approach in primary schools in language related courses for two years. The experience includes learning models design, impact on learning outcome, impact on class atmosphere, and impact of the engagement of the students. Further possible research directions will also be discussed.

Gwo-dong Chen was born at 1957 Tainan, Taiwan. He got his BS, MS, Pd. D.degrees from Department of Electrical Engineering from National Taiwan University, Taiwan at 1979,1982,1991 respectively. In 2003 to 2005, he was the chairman of Department of Computer Science and Information Engineering. Since 2004 to 2014, he was the CEO of the project office that in charge of National cross ministries E-learning program of Taiwan government. He was the director general of Department of Science Education of National Science Council of Taiwan at 2010 to 2013. After the service in the government, he was the dean of research and development affair office of National Central University at 2004.  The research topics of Dr. Chen is on Human Computer Interaction for technology enhanced learning. He is trying to develop new mechanisms and      representation methods for textbooks at digital age. One focus is on how a textbook can be developed and designed for self learning at home and teaching in the classroom. In the research, textbooks for learning is designed for representing how to think, thinking process, and the outcome of thinking and developing, that is, the thinking product. In the classroom, the content of the textbook should be designed to support both the teachers and students learning in the classroom by using digital mechanisms. For example, in language learning courses, the textbook should build the context field for the language content in the topic.