Introduction of HTHT

Embodying these elements—conceptually, operationally, and relationally—is the High Touch High Tech (HTHT) learning approach. Like its name suggests, this approach consists of two 2 distinct components and aims. High Tech refers to the use of advanced technology, and in particular, an adaptive learning technology that harnesses the power of artificial intelligence in education (AIEd). This technology has a diagnostic feature that can identify a student’s preexisting knowledge, and an adaptive facility that can tailor instruction accordingly. Learning is, therefore, stimulated and nurtured as students are able to progress at their own level and pace. Teaching and learning at the right level—the student’s level—is also one of the most costeffective ways to promote learning, according to the Global Education Evidence Advisory Panel of experts and policymakers convened in 2020.

Directly complementing the High Tech component is the equally critical High Touch element that is provided by teachers. Using continually updated, software-informed data, teachers can provide each student with more personalized guidance. And with the help of the aforementioned adaptive learning technology (High Tech), teachers have more time to supervise active, interactive, and collaborative learning experiences, such as project-based learning which foster higher-order skills. The more intentional interactions between teachers and students, as well as between student peers, also promotes valuable socioemotional skills that are essential in 4IR.