ASEAN Deep Learning Programme

29 – 30 JANUARY 2015
“Deep learning is more natural to the human condition because it more clearly connects with
our core motivations: to directly and deeply engage in learning; and to do things that truly
make a difference to our lives and to the world. In the base example, teachers and students
are teaming up to make learning irresistibly engaging and steeped in real-life problemsolving.” – A Rich Seam: How new pedagogies find deep learning.
British Council and Microsoft are working in partnership to support the education system in
developing deep learning skills and preparing students for the challenges of the 21st Century.
Together, we are delivering a series of policy dialogues in ASEAN countries to look at how
we can support the development of Deep Learning practices. This seminar is one of a series
in the East Asia region focusing on ICT, Global Citizenship and Real World Problem Solving
Skills. These seminars build on the initial work started at the 2014 Education Leaders
Briefing in London, and will feed into the design of the 2015 Education Leaders Briefing.
The ASEAN Deep Learning Policy seminar gathers policy makers, practitioners and students
from the UK and ASEAN to discuss and exchange new developments in primary and
secondary education. This is an ideal opportunity to promote the Deep Learning platform
and expand collaboration between schools and students, with support from the private
The policy dialogue aims to:
Update policy makers, educational practitioners and teachers on the latest trends in
innovative teaching and learning practices to enhance students’ development of 21st
century skills.
Facilitate dialogue among key players on ways to integrate these latest teaching and
learning methods in practice.
Discuss these innovative teaching and learning practices in terms of implementing
Deep Learning skills and finding ways to apply ICT and real world problem solving
skills in the lives of the next generation of global citizens.
Expected Outcomes or Outputs:
Awareness and better understanding of Deep Learning, skills for the 21st century and
global citizenship among policy makers, practitioners and the private sector.
Promoting the usage of ICT in education and preparing young people for life-long
learning. Microsoft is viewed as a leading organisation in this area.
Identifying and agreeing on a way forward using new teaching and learning methods
to develop global citizenship through ICT and embedding real world problem solving
ICT in learning
Global Citizenship
Embedding real world problem solving skills in the minds of students, for use inside
and outside the classroom.
There will be 100 people participating in the event, including:
Policy makers from relevant ministries and senior education officials
Education practitioners and school representatives
Representatives from ASEAN countries and the UK
Representatives from the private sector
PGCE scholars/AUN Students
Thursday 29th January 2015
10.00 – 10.30
Registration + coffee
10.30 – 10.45
Welcome speech
10.45 – 11.00
Keynote Speaker
Vision for Thai and ASEAN education: what we
are looking for in 21st century skills for global
11.00 – 11.15
Overview of Deep Learning Skills for Global
Siam Paragon,
Theatre 7
Siam Paragon,
Theatre 7
Siam Paragon,
Theatre 7
Siam Paragon,
Theatre 7
11.15 – 11.30
11.30 – 13.00
The power of digital tools to do things
beyond the classroom
Siam Paragon,
Panel discussion:
Siam Paragon,
Theatre 7
Challenges and opportunities in embedding
Deep Learning Skills in the national
Theatre 7
Panellists’ presentations from different
countries’ perspectives (10 minutes)
13.00 -14.00
Infinite Hall, Siam
Workshop 1 – ICT in Classroom by
Workshop 2 – Pupils’ Voice (Global
14:00 – 16:00
What are the ideal education and skills we are
looking for?
Royal Paragon Hall,
Meeting room 3 and 4
Platform for ASEAN youth to express their
concerns for ASEAN and their perceptions of
its future, through academic and non-academic
16.00 – 16.30
Coffee break
16.30 – 17.00
Wrap-up session
Royal Paragon Hall,
Meeting room 3 and 4
Royal Paragon Hall,
Meeting room 3 and 4
Friday 30th January 2015
10.00 – 10.45
10.45 – 11.00
11.00 – 11.45
11.45 – 12.30
CONNECT – the right leads for a
GREAT future
Opening Remarks
Newton Fund Signing Ceremony
Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon
Keynote 1 Science and
Innovation: Visions for the future
of science and how it will affect the
world and future generations
12.30 – 13.30
13.30 – 15.00
Panel discussion: Building skills
for the future – Real World
Problem Solving Skills
Coffee break
Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon
15.30 – 17.00
Workshop 3: Critical thinking for
a Real World Problem workshop
Royal Paragon Hall,
Meeting room 3 and 4
17.00 – 17.30
Next steps and the way forward
15.00 – 15.30
By Dominic Regester
Royal Paragon Hall, Siam Paragon
Royal Paragon Hall,
Meeting room 3 and 4
Royal Paragon Hall,
Meeting room 3 and 4
Online registration:
Deep Learning Skills
Deep Learning skills are key skills that students today need to be able to thrive in the global
economy. These skills have been consistently demanded in a number of research papers
throughout the world, prompted by a lack of engagement among students in the traditional
learning process at school. Students increasingly feel that learning is boring and irrelevant.
While student engagement is a challenge, teachers are also facing the challenge of
preparing students to adopt the relevant skills which will allow them to thrive once they leave
school, be it to continue on to higher education or enter the workforce.
“Education needs to be radically rethought partly to stop the boredom, but mostly to blow the
lid off learning, whereby students and teachers as active partners become captivated by
education.” (Michael Fullan & Maria Langworthy in Towards a New End: Pedagogies for
Deep Learning.)
Deep Learning is comprised of 8 skills, as follows:
Global Citizenship
Creativity & imagination
Real world problem solving
Critical thinking knowledge construction
Use of ICT for learning
What the skill covers
Global knowledge, sensitivity to and respect for
other cultures, active involvement in addressing
issues of human and environmental
Working in teams, learning from and
contributing to the learning of others, social
networking skills, empathy while working with
those from different backgrounds.
Honesty, self-regulation and responsibility, hard
work, perseverance, empathy in contributing to
the safety and benefit of others, self-confidence,
personal health and well-being and career and
life skills.
Effective oral and written communication with a
variety of digital tools; listening skills.
Economic and social entrepreneurialism,
considering and pursuing novel ideas and
leadership for action.
Giving students real experiences in creating and
using new knowledge in the world beyond the
Thinking critically to design and manage
projects, solve problems and make effective
decisions using a variety of digital tools and
Implementing technology, allowing discovery
and mastery of content knowledge, enabling the
Deep Learning skill of creativity and applying
newly gained knowledge to the outside world.
The practice of nurturing these skills through the learning process in formal education is no
longer exclusive to certain groups of schools anymore. With increasing access to
technology, more schools are now consciously adopting new pedagogies for Deep Learning
in order to help children become long-life learners.