The topic of the 2020 SMART 2.0 Challenge has been chosen to address the education obstacles resulting from the spread of the coronavirus disease 2019 (COVID-19).
Universities in many countries have shifted to “distance learning” or distance education to provide courses.
The 2020 SMART 2.0 Challenge will incorporate student input concerning how best to improve distance learning and will challenge the participants to:
Identify up to five (5) important problem being widely experienced by distance leaners
Develop innovative solutions to overcome these problems
These are all complex and dynamic issues that cannot be solved through individual action, but will require the coordinated involvement of many stakeholders along with heightened social awareness. This program can hopefully embolden academics and students to help bring about meaningful changes in our global society.
This program aims to promote cross-cultural teamwork involving groups of students working together from different countries. Student teams will be partly judged on their ability to utilize cultural diversity as an asset, not a liability.
They will compete on solving important issues affecting the Southeast and South Asian regions. More importantly, students will team up with partners possessing diverse expertise, for it is hoped that this program will promote a deeply-rooted cross-disciplinary approach to realizing innovative solutions.
Project Submission Requirements:
Optional: We encourage students to use FREE online courses, such as Coursera, edX, and Udemy, to gain firsthand exposure to distance learning platforms.
Please email your team’s Project Video and Abstract to firstname.lastname@example.org.
The proposed projects will be judged based on the following criteria:
2020 SATU General Assembly and Steering Committee Meeting to present their teams’ projects and share their remote team work experiences. However, due to the current uncertainty surrounding COVID-19, the 2020 SATU General Assembly and Steering Committee Meeting could take place in the virtual venue.
We hope that you enjoy the cross-cultural competition and experience. All participants will receive a participation gift.