Plenary Speakers

Dr. Rustam Shadiev, Professor

College of Education, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, China
Title:Revolutionizing Education for Global Competence: The Synergy of 360-Degree Video, VR, and AI in Cross-Cultural Learning


In this speech, we will explore the transformative role of emerging technologies, specifically 360-degree video, virtual reality (VR), and artificial intelligence (AI), in reshaping the way students engage in cross-cultural learning, learn languages, and develop intercultural competence. Central to this exploration is the examination of how 360-degree video and VR environments enhance language learning outcomes and create authentic learning contexts. This includes an emphasis on the effects of evaluation and feedback in these immersive settings. We will delve into how these technologies aid in developing cross-cultural knowledge and attitudes, supported by research involving VR-supported learning activities and tele-collaborative projects. Additionally, we will discuss the impact of these technologies on fostering creativity, innovation, and entrepreneurship among students, linking these essential skills to the demands of a globally connected world. We will also explore the role of VR in advancing emotional intelligence and creating a sense of presence, both critical in understanding diverse cultural contexts. The speech will conclude with a discussion on future trends in educational technology, potential challenges, and the emerging role of AI in further enhancing these learning experiences, setting the stage for a new era in global education.

Dr. Rustam Shadiev, currently a tenured professor in the College of Education at Zhejiang University, China, has an illustrious academic career marked by significant achievements. He completed his Ph.D. at National Central University in 2012, followed by a postdoctoral fellowship at National Cheng Kung University. Subsequently, he served as a professor in the School of Education Science at Nanjing Normal University until 2022. Recognized for his academic excellence, Dr. Shadiev was named a Distinguished Professor of Jiangsu Province in 2019. He holds memberships as a Fellow of the British Computer Society and a Senior Member of the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers. His notable contributions to education are evidenced by his inclusion as one of the Most Cited Chinese Researchers by Elsevier, SCOPUS, and Shanghai Ranking for three consecutive years (2020-2022). Dr. Shadiev is a prolific author with over 200 publications in various academic journals and conferences. His research primarily explores advanced learning technologies, focusing on language learning and cross-cultural education. His work continues to make a profound impact on educational practices and research worldwide.

Dr. Caroline Pelletier, Professor

Department of Culture, Communication and Media, University College London (UCL)

Title:AI imaginaries in education

What we imagine technology can do affects how we design and use it. In education, the way in which AI is imagined shapes how we try and integrate it into teaching and learning, and what we try and make it do for us. Educational AI imaginaries have however been relatively limited in their scope, and have grown narrower still with the launch of generative AI tools by various philanthropic and commercial organisations. In this presentation, I will talk about some of the problems with existing imaginaries, and endeavor to present some alternatives from non-educational fields of practice, including the arts.

Caroline researches how emerging technologies affect what counts as education, and how educational practices encourage or hamper the use of specific technologies. She has researched technology-based educational practices in schools, hospitals and workplaces. She works in the department of Culture, Communication and Media at UCL in London.