With a topic of “Depth, Optimization, and Intensification---The Reform and Development of International Chinese Teachers’ Cultivation,” the Fourth International Chinese Teacher Training Forum was held in the conference center of the Open University of China on October 24 and 25. Nearly 30 experts and scholars from Asia, North America, and Europe were invited. Via onsite and distance video conferencing, members and guests discussed and debated during the two day brainstorming conference with an emphasis being placed on three topics, “the study of international Chinese teachers,” “the curricula and cultivation methods of international Chinese teachers,” and “the study of the localization of international Chinese teachers.” At the conference all ideas were debated fiercely. Experts offered up innovative ideas, breakthroughs were made, and the overall atmosphere was very enthusiastic.
With the concept of continuously enlarging the discipline and broadening the research horizons of the previous three forums, this forum invited experts from the Credit Bank of the Open University of China to introduce the national research tasks for the “Study and Practice for the Learning, Certification, Accumulation, and Conversion System of National Continuing Education,” which provided new inspiration and ideas with regards to the integration of academic and non-academic education, certificate based education, and life-long learning of international Chinese teachers.
The forum also used a new teaching product, Dot Matrix Digital Pen, that gave participants a new experience, including new ways to sign their names and takenotes. These experts from all over the world also drew up plans for their “ ideal Chinese learning classroom,” which via projectors displayed their notesand diagrams simultaneously on the big digital screen. Technology made this very easy and was no different than writing and teaching with normal teaching materials. The excited experts used the technology in explaining their teaching concepts and describing their ideal classroom. The atmosphere was very active.
“Ideal Classroom” of the Experts (photo taken by Li Hongyin)
The concept of the Forum on the International Chinese Teacher Training Forum hosted by the Open University of China was to provide a public service platform for international Chinese education employees, teachers, and experts to carry out industrial communication, academic studies, and program cooperation. In order to guarantee and continuously improve the academic quality of the platform, the forum formed a series of working systems for future development, for example, a committee of experts from the previous two forums was established has appraised theses, communicated development tendencies inside and outside of the industry, provided work policy updates, etc. During the past four years, this forum has received widespread attention, strong approval, and high praise from all those involved.