Organised by Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak and supported by Business Events Sarawak

The disruption in learning has exposed deep education inequalities in the country's education system and the education system's capacity. As the burden of COVID-19 does not fall equally, there is a disproportionate effect on students who already experience barriers to accessing education. Such disruption calls for technological innovation from educators to focus on the most accessible technologies and methods to suit the diverse student demographic and education context.

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Organised by Swinburne University of Technology Sarawak, this conference aims to respond to the emergent needs in education. The conference is committed to exploring scholarly practice, original research and research-informed innovations that enhance student success during the pandemic and beyond. Thus, we invite delegates to discuss and deliberate interactively through this three-day hybrid conference on a broad range of areas in education.

The conference will be organised as a hybrid conference, with an expected capacity of 200 face-to-face participants and up to 500 online participants. The hybrid format of this conference will allow for a unique experience as conference delegates will be able to attend keynotes, paper presentations, poster presentations and workshops either in person or online.

We invite participants within Sarawak to join face to face while local and international participants are most welcomed to join us online. The face-to-face conference will be held at Borneo Convention Centre Kuching (Day 1) and Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak (Day 2 & 3) while being hosted simultaneously on Zoom.

The conference will be held from 14 – 16 December 2021.

Theme, Objective & Tracks

Our objective of the conference is to continue to work toward improving the standard of the international community of educational researchers, scholars, and practitioners by introducing them to the latest trends, developments, and challenges in the education field and sharing best practices while addressing the theme: “Digital technology in education, navigating education during COVID-19 and beyond”.

Our Conference Aims

Conference Aim

Offer perspectives on how both teacher educators and student teachers coped with this context

Conference Aim

Highlight the opportunities for programme improvement

Conference Aim

Reflection on the theory and practice nexus

Thus our 3-day conference welcomes submission of a presentation / poster / creative teacher workshop / full paper on a topic that ties to one of the following tracks:

Track 1
Digital Technology in Education
Track 2
Media and Data Literacy
Track 3
Science, Technology, Engineering & Mathematics (STEM) Education
Track 4
English and Literature
Track 5
Assessment and Evaluation
Track 6
Pedagogy and Curriculum Development
Track 7
Teacher Professional Development, Training and Upskilling

Key Speakers

Keynote / Plenary Speakers BERC 2021
Datu Dr. Adi Badiozaman Tuah

Datu Dr. Adi Badiozaman Tuah
Biro Perkhidmatan Pendidikan, Majlis Islam Sarawak

Prof. Ida Fatimawati Badiozaman

Prof. Ida Fatimawati Badiozaman
Executive Dean, Research
Swinburne University of Technology, Sarawak

Asscociate Professor Dr. Jonathan

Asscociate Professor Dr. Jonathan

Victoria University of Wellington

Associate Professor Dr. Souba Rethinasamy

Associate Professor Dr. Souba

Universiti Malaysia Sarawak

Professor Ts. Dr. Ruslan Abdul Rahim

Professor Ts. Dr. Ruslan Abdul Rahim
Rektor, Akademi Seni Budaya dan Warisan Kebangsaan (ASWARA)
Kementerian Pelancongan, Seni dan Budaya Malaysia

Associate Professor Therese Keane

Associate Professor Therese Keane
Deputy Chair, Faculty of Health, Arts Design
Swinburne University, Australia

Associate Professor Ts. Tan Chin Ike

Associate Professor Ts. Tan Chin

Chairperson at Game Development Council of Malaysia and Head of School, Computing and Creative Media, UOW, Malaysia

Professor Dr. Malachi Edwin Vethamani

Professor Dr. Malachi Edwin Vethamani
Emeritus Professor
University of Nottingham, Malaysia Campus

Associate Professor Eric Charles Hawkinson

Eric Charles Hawkinson
Associate Professor of Learning Design and Technology, School of Global Engagement
Kyoto University of Foreign Studies

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  1. Please register and submit your abstract in the provided link above.
    Full details on abstract requirements is detailed in the template link made available above.
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    If your abstract is accepted / rejected, you will receive a notification via e-mail.
  4. Submit your full paper / poster / creative teacher workshop in the link above and make full payment by the deadline to secure your place at the conference.
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