APEC-Tsukuba International Conference XV

Challenges to New Normal on Informatics and Statistics Education on Digital Era
Computational and Statistical Thinking for AI and Big Data

Feb. 10, 2021
Webinar by the Project InMside II

Tentative Programme

*Japan Time(GMT+9)

25 January 2021 updated

Wednesday, 10 February 2021
0900–0930 Participants log in to the meeting recommendations
1000–1020 I. Opening Ceremony
A. Welcome Remarks by Dr BENTON Caroline Fern, Vice President, The University of Tsukuba
B. Welcome Remarks by MATSUBARA Taro, Director, Office of International Cooperation Planning), MEXT(Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan)
C. Welcome Remarks from Dr. Wang Yan, Education Network Coordinator, APEC Human Resources Development Working Group
D. Welcome Remarks from InMside II Project
Explanation of InMside and Webiner by Masami Isoda, Prof/PhD
E. Official Photo Session
1020–1030 Break
1030–1100 II. Keynotes 1: Reform Framework to Develop Computational & Statistical Thinking
by Isoda, Masami (Project Overseer: Japan), Araya, Roberto (PO of InMside I: Chile), Sofian Azmi (PO of InMside II: Malaysia) & Gonzalez, Orlando (Thailand)
Presentation by Sofian Azmi Tajul Arus
Statistical Thinking Framework by Masami Isoda, Prof/PhD
Humanities for Digital Era, Computational Thinking and Statistical Thinking; Q&A
1100–1130 III. Keynotes 2: The Case of Reform on School and Higher Education
By Inprasitha, Maitree. (PO: Thailand), Lew, Hee Chan (Korea) & Kano, Toshiharu (Japan)
Case of Reform on School and Higher Education “Computational Thinking” by Maitree Inprasitha, Prof/PhD
AI Teacher Education in Korea by Hee-chan Lew, Prof/PhD
The Japanese case of ​School Curriculum by KANO Toshiharu
1130–1140 Break
1140–1225 IV. Current Status of Every Economy and Posing Tasks for the Seminar in Malaysia
By Participants
Current status of every economy
What shall InMiside II focus on at the Seminar in Malaysia for curriculum specialists in APEC economies
1225-1230 V. Closing Remarks

APEC-InMside Webinar Whole


10 February 2021 updated


*Please note that the schedule is subject to change

Curriculum Reform for APEC

photo gallery:


Dr. Caroline F. Benton

Vice President and Executive Director (Global Affairs), University of Tsukuba.

Caroline Benton was appointed Vice President of Global Affairs of the University of Tsukuba in 2013, after serving as chair of the university’s MBA Program in International Business. She is also Director General of the university’s Global Commons, and serves on various committees including the Japanese Association of National Universities’ (JANU) International Exchange Committee as an expert member, the International Olympic Committee’s Education Commission, the Research Organization for Information and Systems Education and Research Council, the Nara Institute for Science and Technology Management Joint Council. She is also currently co-head of US-Japan Higher Education Engagement Advisory Board for JANU and the American Council on Education.

Her research interests lie in knowledge management, global leadership and subjective well-being; her research projects include a 12-country study on the learning mechanism of global leadership competencies, a comparative study on global-mindedness in youth, and most recently a Japanese government-funded study on well-being and happiness in corporations.
BS: University of California, Davis
MBA: University of Tsukuba
Ph.D: Tokyo Institute of Technology

Dr. Yan Wang

Education Network Coordinator of APEC Human Resource Development Working Group

Yan Wang received Ph.D. in Education Policy, Administration and Social Studies from University of Hong Kong and is currently Education Network Coordinator of APEC Human Resource Development Working Group.
Her professional interests focus on education planning, policy and management as well as governance and institutional development, and her publications include Education Policy Reform Trends in G20 Members and Paradigm Shift of Education Governance in China. In addition, s/he serves as senior specialist for national institute of education sciences, and is a commentator of China Global Television Network.

Dr. Roberto Araya

University of Chile

Roberto Araya received PhD in Electrical Engineering from University of California at Los Angeles (UCLA) and is currently teaching Teaching and Learning STEM at University of Chile.
A strong advocate for collective intelligence, he involves his students in team work to do research on lesson study, RCT for impact on learning and on teaching practices. His professional interests focus on use of technology to improve teaching and learning, and his current projects include RCT of Conectaideas platform and automatization of class observation.
In addition, he serves as Full Professor and is a member of Editorial Board of Investigations in Mathematics Learning, and review editor for the journal Frontiers in Artificial Intelligence. He was recently honored with the Best Paper Award of 10th International Conference in Methodologies and Intelligent Systems for Technology Enhanced Learning MIS4TEL 2020, Italy; Best Paper Award of 10th International Conference on Web-based Learning - ICWL 2011, Hong-Kong; and Best Poster Award of 12th European Conference on Technology Enhanced Learning - ECTEL 2017, Estonia.

Dr. Maitree Inprasitha

Vice President for Education and Academic Services in Khon Kaen University (KKU)

Maitree Inprasitha is currently the Vice President for Education and Academic Services in Khon Kaen University (KKU).
He has also been appointing as the Acting Director of Institute for Research and Development in Teaching Profession for ASEAN (IRDTP), KKU since 2014. He is now the President of Thailand Society of Mathematics Education (TSMEd). He held Ph.D. in Mathematics Education from the University of Tsukuba, Japan and has long experiences in studying Japanese Lesson Study for nearly 20 years.

He established the Center for Research in Mathematics Education (CRME), the first center in Thailand in 2003 and this center becomes a part of National Center of Excellence in Mathematics. He has been overseeing the APEC Lesson Study series since 2006 until present. He was an International Program Committee (IPC) for East Asia Regional Conference on Mathematical Education (EARCOME) in 2007-2013 and Advisory board in 2015. He hosted EARCOME 6 in Phuket, Thailand in 2013. He is currently an International Commission on Mathematical Instruction (ICMI) representative of Thailand. He is an IPC of ICMI Study 23. The first Lesson Study project school with collaboration with KKU coaching by him has celebrated her 15 years of experiences in implementing lesson study in Thailand in 2016. He has been regularly invited to be an invited speaker and moderator for international conference especially among APEC countries. He has been selected as an international committee (IC) of the International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education (PME) and a Conference Chair of PME44 that will be held on July 19-23, 2021 in Khon Kaen, Thailand.

Mr. Toshiharu Kano

National Institute for Educational Policy Research

Toshiharu Kano received Master degree in Education from Naruto University for Education and is currently work for Curriculum Investigator for high school “Information Study” at National Institute for Educational Policy Research.
A strong advocate for importance to develop the ability to utilize information, he involves all high school students in Learning Programming, Data Science and Information Design for finding and solving problems. His professional interests focus on teacher training and advanced education(Programming, Data Science, AI , Information Security, STEAM) and his current projects include educational contents for students, creating an organization for advanced education ,and teacher training contents.


Director, Office for International Cooperation Planning, International Affairs Division, Minister’s Secretariat, Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology (MEXT)

Mr. Sofian Azmi TajulArus

Deputy Director (Science and Mathematics Sector) Curriculum Development Division
Ministry of Education Malaysia

Mr Sofian Azmi TajulArus received Engineering Degree from Middlesex University, United Kingdom and Master Degree in Information Technology from National University of Malaysia. Currently heading Science and Mathematics Sector as Deputy Director at Curriculum Development Centre, Ministry of Education Malaysia.

A strong advocate for developing curriculum which is future-ready, I have been doing curriculum development activities for the past 26 years covering primary and secondary education particularly ICT education. Currently embarking on the implementation of Computational Thinking and Statistical Thinking in the curriculum and also Higher Order Thinking Skills and Innovation in school.

In addition, I have been involved in ICT educational policies and Malaysia Plan for the past 20 years through engagements with various ministries in the government. Successfully contributed to the implementation of Malaysia Smart School Project in 1997, Courseware Development for Teaching English in Mathematics and Science Subjects in 2002-2008, ICT Literacy Programme in 2004, ICT Subject for Primary School in 2011, Computing Subject for secondary education in 2017. Notably have successfully contributed to the certification of Middle Years Programme International Baccalaureate fo allr 10 national pilot schools.

Dr. Orlando González

Graduate School of Human Sciences at Assumption University, Thailand

Dr. Orlando González is an Assistant Professor of Curriculum and Instruction in the Graduate School of Human Sciences at Assumption University, Thailand.

Prior to joining Assumption University, he worked as an Assistant Professor and Research Fellow for the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation, Hiroshima University, Japan. Dr. González was a recipient of the Monbukagakusho Scholarship from the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology of Japan (MEXT). Under this scholarship, Dr. González received his PhD in Education from the Graduate School for International Development and Cooperation (IDEC), Hiroshima University, in 2014, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Takuya Baba, as well as a MA in Mathematics Education from the Graduate School of Education, University of Tsukuba, in 2011, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Masami Isoda. Dr. González also received a MSc in Mathematics with a major in Statistics from the Graduate School of Mathematics, Simón Bolívar University, Venezuela, in 2006, under the supervision of Prof. Dr. Adolfo Quiroz.

His major research interest is statistics education, particularly how students and teachers learn, think of, and engage in the practice of statistics, and how teachers can provide and create learning environments so that students can make sense of statistics.
Dr. González has authored or co-authored several research articles on statistics education issues, and his work has been presented at many international conferences and published in both national and international peer-reviewed journals.

Dr. Hee-Chan Lew

Korea National University of Education

Professor Hee-Chan Lew began his career as a professor at Korea National University of Education in 1991. He served as Director of the Education Research Institute (2006-2008) and Dean of Planning (2008-2010) and President (2016-2020) in the university.

He owned numerous professional memberships including International Committee member of International Group for the Psychology of Mathematics Education [PME] (2003-2007), Chair of 10th Asian Technology Conference in Mathematics [ATCM] (2004–2005), Co-Chair and International Program Committee (IPC) member of the 12th International Congress on Mathematical Education [ICME-12] (2008-2012), and IPC member of [ICME-13] (2012-2016). He took the president of The Korean Society of Educational Studies in Mathematics [KSESM] (2010 - 2012).

Dr. ISODA Masami

Director of Centre for Research on International Cooperation in Educational Development (CRICED)
University of Tsukuba


Invitation for Participations

We are on the cusp of the 4th Industrial Revolution spurred by Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data, and we now see that COVID-19 has accelerated the New Normal. Prompted by the demands of this paradigm shift, curriculum reform on Informatics and Statistics Education are underway in every APEC economy. To address these demands in relation to Informatics Education at the school level, the APEC InMside I project (HRD 01 2018) proposed a curriculum reform framework to develop computational and statistical thinking for using AI and Big Data, particularly in upper secondary education, as follows: Frameworks for the Humanities and Digital Competencies: Computational Thinking which includes Algorithms (Programming), Modeling, and Machine Learning; and Statistical Thinking which includes Neyman Pearson Statistics, Bayesian Statistics, and Data Science. (The outline of the framework is shown in VI., page 3.) The report on the project with the framework was accepted by APEC member economies through HRD-EdNet in December 2020. The objective of the webinar this time is to share this reform framework with curriculum specialists in APEC, and set the tasks for the InMside II Seminar in Malaysia with participants, which is tentatively scheduled for September 2021. This webinar is a part of the APEC project ‘InMside II’ (HRD 05 2019), which focuses on curriculum reform in lower secondary education on informatics and statistics education and on capacity building among the curriculum specialists in APEC regions. The participants in this webinar will discuss every economy's status and consider the significant tasks to be addressed at the next seminar in Malaysia.

The Roles of Participants for the Webinar from APEC Economies

This invitation is being sent to every APEC Economy’s focal persons who have responsibility in their economy for APEC-HRDWG. Participants in the Webinar, curriculum specialists recommended by APEC economies, will contribute to the Q&A at Keynote 1&2 in session (II) & (III) and explain the current status and necessary tasks in session (IV) as preparation for the Seminar in Malaysia.
To participate, please fill in the online participation form at https://forms.gle/wLkdUMWqAK8ZyAB59 by 8 February 2021. Participants will receive the information for the Webex by 9 February 2021

Distribution through YouTube

The webinar will also be distributed through YouTube by recording.
This URL will be convenient for APEC economies for accessing other stack folders on curriculum development and teachers in APEC economies.

Further Contacts

Program: Masami Isoda, Prof/PhD. Director of CRICED, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Logistics: KOBAYASHI Yukari, Ms., Officer, Officer of Global Initiatives, University of Tsukuba, Japan

Explanation of APEC Project InMside I and II

InMside I (HRD 01 2018), which focused on upper secondary schools, was proposed by Japan, Chile and Thailand and InMside II (HRD 05 2019), which focused on lower secondary schools, was proposed by Japan, Malaysia and Thailand.
Amidst the background of the 4th Industrial revolution and with the aim of contributing to Digital Society on the APEC agenda and the issue of curriculum standardization for 2030 on HRD EdNet for coping with the era of AI and Big Data, the InMside-project proposed the draft of a curriculum reform framework at the steering meeting in Tokyo to the curriculum specialists in APEC regions; discussed the issues for reform, good practices and elaborated the framework with the specialists of participating economies at the APEC-seminar in Chile; and synthesized the framework at the final meeting in Khon Kaen in 2019 and submitted the final report in September 2020, which includes the following:
・ General Curriculum Framework in education for human competency to lead, work and live in the digital society,
・ Computational Thinking Framework comprising the programming, computational models, and machine learning (AI), which was illustrated with exemplars for curriculum reform,
・ Statistical Thinking Framework comprising the Neyman-Pearson statistics, Bayesian statistics, and Data Science (Big Data), which was illustrated with exemplars for curriculum reform.
The framework itself has been developed for all school levels, from primary to high school, and is aligned with the curriculum reform perspectives. It was approved by APEC Ednet in December 2020.
Building on the InMside-project (HRD 01 2018) for upper secondary schools, the InMside II-project (HRD 05 2019) trains middle-school curriculum developers to include aspects responding to the impact of Artificial Intelligence (AI) and Big Data on the APEC economies’ curricula for building an Inclusive, Sustainable and Digital society under Integration 4.0 in the face of the 4th Industrial Revolution. The Informatics and Data Science Education Reform is driven by computational and statistical thinking. The objective is to build the capacity of curriculum developers to produce recommendations for their curricula reform and teacher training, with enlargement of the network to support the APEC Education Strategy for 2030. InMside II is providing the Webinar in February 2021, the InMside II Seminar for training curriculum developers in Malaysia in September 2021, and the Synthesis Meeting in Thailand in November 2021. The outcomes will be the recommendations for curriculum on computational and statistical thinking with teacher training models, and the enlarged network of curriculum developers. The Seminar in Malaysia will be supported by an APEC grant and grants from Malaysia, Japan and Thailand. Specialists for the Seminar and the Synthesis Meeting will be recommended by every economy.

Other Matters: Back-to-Back Meeting

The Webinar is the back-to-back meeting of the SEAMEO-The University of Tsukuba Symposium IX on ‘Resilience for Global Citizenship: Challenges in Education under COVID-19’, which is scheduled to be held on 11 February 2021.

Hosted by CRICED, University of Tsukuba, Japan
Supported by the proposing economies and organizations:
The University of Tsukuba and the Ministry of Education, Culture, Sports, Science and Technology, Japan
Ministry of Education, Malaysia Khon Kaen University and Ministry of Higher Education, Science, Research and Innovation, Thailand

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