• Zhengzhou, China
  • December 9-11, 2021

Brett D. Jones

Bio: Brett D. Jones is a Professor in the Educational Psychology Program in the School of Education at Virginia Tech. He has held faculty positions as an educational psychologist at Duke University, the University of South Florida St. Petersburg, and Virginia Tech. He has taught 24 different types of university courses related to motivation, cognition, and teaching strategies. Dr. Jones has also conducted workshops and invited presentations at many universities and has presented over 160 research papers at conferences. His research, which includes examining instructional methods that support students’ motivation and learning, has led to more than 100 refereed journal articles, several book chapters, and three books. He has received three grants from the U.S. National Science Foundation for a total of over $2 million to conduct his research. More information can be found at www.theMUSICmodel.com.

Title: Creating a Motivational Climate in Online Courses

Abstract: Effective teachers of online courses motivate their students to engage in activities and assignments. But how do teachers know which strategies to use and whether their strategies are successful in engaging students? In this presentation, Dr. Jones will answer these questions by explaining how teachers can use the MUSIC Model of Motivation design cycle to intentionally create online courses that engage students. This cycle includes selecting motivating strategies, implementing the strategies, assessing students’ perceptions of the motivational climate, and evaluating the assessment results.


Lynn Atkinson Smolen

The University of Akron & Sha Li Swiger, Galveston College


Title: Using Virtual Games to Teach English to Non-Native Speakers

Abstract: This presentation will discuss how to select and use virtual games to teach English to non-native speakers in the most effective manner using the SAMR Model. The SAMR Model is a powerful conceptual tool teachers can use to help them integrate technology into teaching and learning. This model lays out four tiers of online learning, presented in order of their sophistication and transformative power: substitution, augmentation, modification, and redefinition. Examples of virtual games for teaching English will be demonstrated and the audience will be encouraged to actively participate in the discussion.



Zhou Zhao

Zhejiang University, China

Bio: Zhou Zhao is the associate professor in Zhejiang University, whose research interests lie primarily in multimodal learning, machine learning and data mining. He published more than 50 top-tier international conference and journal papers including NeurIPS, ICLR, ICML, CVPR, ACM MM and so on, which have been cited more than 3,000 times according to google scholar. He is the principle investigator of two national natural science fund projects and Zhejiang province distinguished young scholar.

Title: Multimodal Understanding and Translation

Abstract: Multimodal understanding and translation has attracted great attention recently, which attempts to learn the joint representation with multi-modal knowledge, and then apply to various multimodal downstream translation tasks. In this task, we first introduce the current research progresses in multimodal understanding such as visual question answering and visual grounding, and then present the alignment learning in multimodal translation tasks such as lipreading, sign language translation and text-to-speech tasks.