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Prof. Socorro Echevarria Aguja

De La Salle Araneta University, Philippines

Dr. Socorro Echevarria Aguja is currently the Vice Dean of the Graduate School at De La Salle-Araneta University, Malabon City, Philippines. To date, her research activities are multidisciplinary as it covers the areas of science education, action research, environmental studies and human capital development. Her wide range of involvement in both technical and management development conferences and events is coupled with her international research publications and conduct of trainings on action research, innovations on science education, technology and media, environment and health. She is currently involved in a collaborative research project with Erasmus+ on Action Research To Innovate Science Teaching (ARTiST). In recognition of her outstanding research works, Dr. Aguja was awarded the ¡°2016 Lifetime National Achievement Award¡± by the National Research Council of the Philippines.  

Speech Title: Mobile Learning Practices: Perspectives from the Philippines

Abstract: In the evolving landscape of mobile learning, educational researchers have conducted mobile learning research projects, representing a distinct perspective on mobile learning research and development in the country. This paper aims to explore how these projects have arisen, showing the driving forces of innovation in mobile learning in the country. Using deductive thematic analysis, it was found that context is used as a central idea in mobile learning and in examining theories of learning for the mobile world, that is based on the physical, technological, conceptual, social and temporal construct. The  impacts of mobile learning research on educational practices and the implications for educational policy is likewise examined. Throughout this paper, insights drawn from our experiences will be elucidated.

Prof. Maricar Sison Prudente

De La Salle University, Mania, Philippines

Dr. Maricar S. Prudente is presently a Full Professor 10 of the Science Education Department of De La Salle University-Manila. Professor Prudente completed her Ph.D. in Environmental Chemistry and Ecotoxicology at Ehime University as a Japan Society for the Promotion of Science (JSPS) Ronpaku Fellow. As an educator, Dr. Prudente has served as administrator in various capacities at De La Salle University and as resource  person and coordinator  in various  training  programs dealing with research, environmental issues, science education,  technology integration, and educational action research. In the field of science education, Dr. Prudente¡¯s research work is focused on action research and the integration of technology and  development of 21st century skills in the teaching of science. Dr. Prudente is currently involved in an international collaborative project  with  Erasmus+ Foundation on  Action  Research  To  Innovate  Science  Teaching (ARTiST). Prof. Prudente is a recipient of the 2015 Lifetime National Achievement Award given by the National Research Council of the Philippines (NRCP). Recently, Prof. Prudente was recognized as the 2018 Outstanding Filipino JSPS Fellow in the field of Education by Department of Science and Technology of the Philippine government.

Speech Title: Next Generation Technology-Enhanced Learning in the Philippines: Affordances and Challenges

 Abstract: Results and reflections based on practices, experiences and recent developments in the Philippines regarding the combined use of software tools and mobile technologies to enhance learning in Science, Technology, Engineering, Arts/Agriculture and Mathematics (STEAM) is presented. Possible directions for the design of educational activities and technological solutions that can support effective learning will be proposed in this paper. To this end, the notion of the Next Generation Blended Learning Environment (NxGBLE) as a framework to address some of the challenges in relation with the integration of mobile technologies into classroom settings that promote innovative and sustainable educational practices will be explicated.


Assoc. Prof. Larcyneil Pondoc Pascual
University of Mindanao-Tagum Campus, Philippines

Larcyneil Pondoc Pascual, is currently the Research Coordinator of the Research and Publication Center of UM Tagum College. Likewise, he is an associate professor of English at the Department of Teacher Education in the University of Mindanao ¨C Tagum campus (UMTC) where he teaches language, linguistics, literature, professional, and general education subjects. He is also a research consultant in the undergraduate program as a panel of examiner, mentor,data analyst and grammarian. He holds a bachelor¡¯s degree in education and a Licensed Professional Teacher (LPT). Likewise, he obtained his master¡¯s degree in English language at the University of the Immaculate Conception (UIC), Davao City, Philippines. Prof. Pascual is a candidate for Doctor of Philosophy in Education specializing Applied Linguistics. Furthermore, he is actively involved in series of reviews for the Licensure Examination for Teachers (LET) and Licensure Examination for Criminologists conducted by the University of Mindanao. As an educator, he is also an active member of the following professional organizations: Philippine Association for Teacher Education (PAFTE) ¨C Region XI, Conflict Sensitive Journalism (CSJ), and Linguistic Society of Mindanao (LSM). ¡¡

Speech Title: A Conversation Analysis on Student-interaction in a Simulated Telephone Conversation¡¡
In this paper, the researcher underscored the various features during the conversation process. Using Harvey Sacks¡¯ Conversation Framework, the study further aimed to record, transcribe, and analyze the language used by the students in a simulated telephone conversation. Using conversation analysis, the paper highlighted how the linguistic communication was shaped by the conversational turn-taking system, transition-relevance places, and minimal responses. That is, to identify the utterances containing the functions and whether there are any devices used to give face to the interlocutor, identify the components of conversations and how the conversations of each speaker differ from one another. Furthermore, the researcher intends to give a vivid picture on how speakers knew when a current turn was about to end, and how did successive speakers coordinate their conversational efforts so that the talk flowed smoothly. The findings of the study revealed that there were a number of backchannel signals employed by the students during the simulated telephone conversation activity.


Assoc. Prof. Yu-Kai Huang
Nanhua University, Taiwan

Yu-Kai Huang is an Associate Professor of the Institute of Publishing and Culture Enterprise Management, Nanhua University. He earned his PhD at the Chiao Tung University (Taiwan). After earning his PhD, he worked as a logistics and marketing manager for several e-commerce organizations. His research interests include Logistics Management, Electronic Commerce, Marketing Management, Catastrophe Theory, Chaos Behavior and Nonlinear Dynamic System. Recently, his research focus on issues relating to logistics and supply chain integration, as well as issues relating to the role of -e-commerce in the definition of strategies and performance in supply chain management and on implementation decisions involving information systems and inventory managements.

Speech Title: Risk Management of Antifragile for E-Business
The internet represents a growing and huge market and the development of e-commerce is an efficient business model which enables new relationship between consumers and suppliers. In order to send goods or products to customer fast and safely, strong support from efficient logistics system is necessary. The logistics process is complicated and has a lot of risks. Risk management is regarded as the important issue in supply chain management, and the antifragile is the new concept of risk analysis. If managers understand the most antifragile parts in all business, they could take actions and know how to allocate resources to avoid risks happening. The objective of this study is to develop an evaluation model and discuss the risk of logistic delivery system via the Fuzzy Cognitive Map and Sensitivity Model. From the survey, we can establish an evaluation model to analyze and describe the antifragile, vulnerability and resilience of the delivery system using different kind of research methods. The results obtained in this study can be used to help the manager formulate strategies and reduce the risks proactively as well.