Zhiqiang Amos Tay

Zhiqiang Amos Tay

I am a PhD candidate in the Faculty of Education at the Queensland University of Technology. My research interest revolves around digital equity in higher education.

Location Australia

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  • Looking to understand the difference between natural (human) intelligence and artificial intelligence and understand how AI can augment or erode natural intelligence.

  • I think natural intelligence differs from artificial intelligence in the sense that natural intelligence is the result of meaningful experiences with the environment. Artificial intelligence doesn't make meaningful experiences that evoke emotions (yet). It only perceives these experiences as data (structured and unstructured) and using algorithms, produces a...

  • I sometimes use Wikipedia as a basic source of fact. But, knowing that it is a peer-based contribution website, it might be subjected to bias especially in political views. Every information website would have their political agenda. Every news website as well. Thus, it is important to look at websites from the perspectives of different countries (e.g. USA and...

  • I use Google as it is the default search engine since I am using Google Chrome web browser on my laptop and Android mobile phone. I am not sure if I will be able to get a comprehensive set of information as it does seem to provide search results within the area where I am living. In addition, companies paying for their listings to be shown on the first page of...

  • Such a complex influence might be better represented using venn diagrams. The equity issues are co-existing and are multi-directional.

  • AI in mobile assistants in phones. Facial recognition in phone and for payment options in China

  • I think the mentality that we should have about AI is not to be too optimistic and not too pessimistic about it. We should be excited about the potential of AI and yet understand that there are still things that AI cannot currently do.

  • I am concerned about the ethical aspects of AI.

  • Zhiqiang Amos Tay made a comment

    As with any technology integration, there will be some resistance due to low confidence in it. I guess when one learns more about it, there should be greater confidence in performing in an AI-powered workplace.

  • I am looking to further demystify my understanding of AI and think about how it can be applied in my field of study.

  • There needs to be greater empathy. How can we inculcate this value in the current and future generations?

  • @LindaWallace Yes, the male colleagues would most likely think that it is her fault that she is often late for work and thus denies her the right to contribute in meetings.

  • Such workplace prejudice against single working mothers should not be condoned and needs to be reported to the HR department of the company. There needs to be a clear framework to ensure equitable treatment to working parents. I was a school teacher with childcare issues and my principal allowed me to report to work 45 minutes later than the rest. All my...

  • I guess the point is that we cannot and should not make sweeping statements about people who have different religions, from different races and ethnicity, sexual orientation, gender, etc, as then we would be the ones who are being discriminatory in the first place.

  • Talking about the youngest person, I am the youngest in the family and sometimes I do feel that I am being belittled. I somehow used this as a form of motivation to work harder.

  • That's great! Some people might find debating offensive while some find it intellectually enriching.

  • I got to know a friend through the compulsory military conscription. It was perhaps the only period of my life in which I got to know people from other backgrounds. This particular someone was from a different ethnicity. I learnt a lot about their culture and realized that we do have some things in common. I think people from different nationalities just need...

  • Zhiqiang Amos Tay replied to [Learner left FutureLearn]

    @BeatriceGrotto Ye, it is for the human race to progress. The majority of the education systems around the world reproduces inequality. Elitism in education remains and has even adopted the business model of running things. What are the ways to change this?

  • Zhiqiang Amos Tay replied to [Learner left FutureLearn]

    Can economic competitiveness grow in tandem with the holistic development of our young learners? Can economic competitiveness translate into equitable societies? Unfortunately, capitalism that is prevalent in many modern societies is inherently unequal. What we can do is to support the disadvantaged as much as possible, yet, at the same time, those in power...

  • @ElenaKalinina So sorry, can you please try again. I have set the privacy to public and it should work. Do give it some time for the padlets to show up on the screen.

  • Zhiqiang Amos Tay made a comment

    I am not entirely convinced by these two views: Problematisation of girls' achievements, and exams playing to girls' strengths. The generalisation does not give an accurate picture of the situation. I don't think it is right to suggest that the exam format is putting girls at an advantage. That is just a convenient way of coming up with a reason behind boys'...

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    Based on my personal experience as a primary school teacher, I agree with the point that boys generally do worse than girls at school. It might have something to do with the difference in maturity and learning development. I do not understand why are girls then being bullied at school? In a global modern society that we live in, gender inequity is still very...

  • I have created a snapshot of some of the inequities in education using Padlet. Here's the URL:
    https://padlet.com/amostayz/h38rvvcsqkpp

  • 1. Education in relation to economic competitiveness being brought up the political agenda
    2. Dramatic increase in technological capacity led to over-emphasis to use large educational data to measure school and student performance
    3. Instrumentalisation of education led to measure the outcome and not the process

    I think these are the 3 points that I...

  • I think the combination of privatization of education adopting business-like models and standardized testing outcomes as a means of accountability are counter-productive. An increasing trend in universities is to have micro-credentials that can be completed online through MOOC-like platforms. This allows universities to have a wider reach of students...

  • Education and economic growth are intricately linked to each other in a symbiotic manner. They are interdependent of each other. One of the products of education is that it produces a knowledgeable and innovative workforce that contributes to the economy. With a strong economy, new technologies can be brought in to further advance education. Having said that,...

  • 1.
    Expectations
    The expectations instilled in the students in option A is high. It has been emphasized upon them that they are required to put in lots of effort and to develop the right habits for life. In option B, it is unknown what the expectations are since it is not shown in the video. I believe the expectations should be similar to the school in...

  • 1. Greater gender equity
    2. From fixed mindset to an emphasis on growth mindset
    3. Changes in pedagogical approach from individual learning to collaborative learning and individualized learning with technologies

  • @francespatterson Your experience is exactly the same as what I, as a father, has given to my daughter.

  • 1. A combination of the major philosophies of education is needed. It is difficult to adopt a single philosophy due to the different stakeholders in education.
    2. The idea that the educational fraternity is being guilty of reproducing social inequality. I think there needs to be a clear distinction of what it is in education that reproduces social inequality....

  • Democracy Empowerment Rights

  • They prescribe a combination of essentialism and progressivism. There is an emphasis on a core curriculum consisting of traditional subjects. Writing, reading and arithmetics are important. At the same time, the pedagogical approach is moving towards student-centred learning in which the teacher becomes the facilitator of learning. Strategies such as...

  • I feel that reconstructionism is the ideal purpose that education systems would have hoped for. Educationists tend to want to believe that education is a tool for social leveller. But, many of our education systems simply reproduces inequality. Similarly, existentialism is an ideology that is being overrun by economies which thrive on efficiency and doesn't...

  • Fully agreed!

  • 1. Universal Human Rights
    Students should learn about their rights beginning from primary school. Their rights to education and other basic rights should be explained to them. This would allow learners to feel empowered about their lives.

    2. Meaning of a Good Life
    This unit is about allowing students to explore the definition of a good life. What is...

  • @MichaelZahr Unfortunately, governments around the world feel that the approach of using standardized tests is the most efficient in identifying the top ability students who can then contribute to the economy. It is not wrong until we all realize that this approach has also led to generations of young learners to become demoralized individuals with low...

  • Yes in Chinese culture, it's called filial piety. Children are morally obliged to take care of their parents when they are old. Having them to be left at aged homes are often seen as abandonment and has a negative connotation. But in the Western world, elderlies might relish the idea of being independent are free from the shackles of taking care of their...

  • Zhiqiang Amos Tay made a comment

    Religious and non-religious beliefs. Everyone, according to their birthplace and cultural interactions, would have their own set of religious and non-religious beliefs. This is related to the creationism-evolution controversy. There have been lots of debates and arguments regarding this controversy. How do consolidate this diversity? Do government policies...

  • @JessS You are right. We can have projects, simple oral interviews with the students, drawing of diagrams or concept maps to test their conceptual understanding.

  • Nice speech

  • Schools have been trying to improve and be inclusive to attend to students with a large diversity of abilities. Educational research has been ongoing, working with teachers to design evidence-based pedagogies for their students. The vicious cycle of poverty can't be entirely blamed on schooling. Schooling reflects these social inequalities. Schooling in...