Digital Immersion Forum

  • Date:October 21st, 2022  
    08:30 am
    04:00 pm
  • Location:Hanoi

About the Playbook Forums: The 2022 series of BUILD-IT forums focus on key topics from the BUILD-IT playbooks as prioritized by university partners. Topics may include Institutional Accreditation, Project Based-Learning, Digital Immersion Learning, Program Accreditation (AUN-ABET), Industry Advisory Boards, Women in STEM, Maker Innovation Network, and Faculty Development and Active Learning, etc.  Sessions will be held face-to-face (public health permitting) utilizing locations in Hanoi and HCMC. ASU and Vietnamese faculty experts will teach and conduct these sessions. BUILD-IT anticipates that the Playbooks will become recognized resources and utilized for university and HEI planning and will be utilized to build scale – reaching additional universities and engineering programs throughout Vietnam for sustainable, nationwide change.


About Digital Immersion: With distance learning taking off at the end of the 20th century, the new millennium brought technology that allowed both synchronous and asynchronous digital learning. Digital immersion learning has grown rapidly beyond its initial presentation. The expectations of virtual learning have increased.  It is more than a student sitting alone and working independently with little or no interaction with others. Effective Digital Immersion provides engagement, opportunity, collaboration, and a valuable educational experience. It expands access to content and the chance for learners to establish their own path with genuine support from the institution. It is the responsibility of the faculty and staff of universities that the same quality in-class education is available when students move into the virtual educational world.


About the Digital Immersion Forum: Celebrating the successful partnership between USAID, BUILD-IT and their strategic partner universities, this forum explores the positive impact of Digital Immersion on higher education in Vietnam. Focusing stakeholders in Vietnamese higher education unfamiliar with BUILD-IT support programs, this forum presents components of BUILD-IT’s 3 Streams of Digital Immersion model, including Digital Pedagogy in Higher Education, Embedding In-House Experts, and Improving Digital Education. Participants hear from faculty, staff and administration of BUILD-IT University Strategic Partners who have implemented and benefited from these programs. Speakers and panelists discuss and explain the successes, challenges and solutions experienced from personal involvement in these endeavors.


Suggested Attendees: University Leadership/Academic Leaders/Program Faculty Leads interested in expanding the role and benefit of digital education in their higher education institution. 


Date: October 21st, 2022

Venue: Hanoi University of Industry

Registration: Kindly register at the registration button below by October 17th, 2022. We highly encourage you to register at your earliest convenience since registration will be issued on a first come first serve basic.

Digital Immersion Forum Friday, October 21st, 2022 - Hanoi
8:30 – 9:00 am Arrival at physical site and networking/Registration and Sign-in
9:00 – 9:15 am

Welcome Message & Forum Introduction

  • Ms. Cristina Fentross, Acting Deputy Mission Director, USAID
  • Assoc.Prof.Dr. Kieu Xuan Thuc, Vice Rector, Hanoi University of Industry
  • Representative of Arizona State University (TBD)
9:15 – 9:45 am

 Keynote Speech: The Future of Digital Education in Vietnamese Higher Education

Presenter (TBD)

9:45 – 11:00 am

Program Panel – Digital Pedagogy in Higher Education

Learn about the benefits of the DPHE program and how is has been implemented in Vietnamese institutions

  • Moderator: Dr. Robert Schoenfeld, Program Manager, Arizona State University
  • Panelist 1: TBD
  • Panelist 2:  Dr. Duong Thi Kim Oanh, HCMC University of Technology and Education
  • Panelist 3:  Dr. Le Phuong Truong, Lac Hong University
11:00 – 11:30am

Break –Increasing Digital Assets Exhibition
Participants in the Increasing Digital Assets program will demonstrate their projects and how they contributed to positive impact in their institution.

11:30 – 12:00pm

University Success Stories

Hear how two pioneers in digital education in Vietnamese higher education took initiative to improve the quality of their online instruction.

  • Speaker 1: Dr. Pham Tran Bich Thuan, Industrial University of HCMC
  • Speaker 2: Representative of UDN-DaNang University of Science and Technology
12:00 - 1:30pm Lunch
1:30 - 4:00pm

Workshop: Preparing Vietnamese Higher Education Faculty for Virtual Teaching Environments

Challenges presented by covid, how we overcame         

What’s happening in the classes; what we’re doing today …

Developing a faculty program/faculty development strategy from personal experience

  • Presenter:  Dr. Pham Tran Bich Thuan, Industrial University of HCMC
  • Presenter: Dr. Duong Thi Kim Oanh, HCMC University of Technology and Education
  • Presenter: Dr. Le Phuong Truong, Lac Hong University

Closing Remarks

  • Presenter: Representative of Hanoi University of Industry (TBD)

  • Presenter: Dr. Robert Schoenfeld, Program Manager, Arizona State University