Leveraging AIEd to Narrow theAchievement Gap in Education

Closer communication and interaction between teachers and students, and students to students can foster social and emotional abilities in the era of the Fourth Industrial Revolution
It means customized education technology using artificial intelligence. This provides diagnostic technology that confirms the knowledge that the student has and educational content appropriate for the diagnosis.

HTHT education provides an opportunity for everyone to have a high level of local volume, creativity, and personality by introducing an AI-based customized humidification system, strengthening human connections between teachers and students, and applying them to innovative teaching and learning methods such as project learning


Against this backdrop, the HTHT 2021 Conference (HTHT 2021) serves as a convening grounds for the diverse actors of the ecosystem to collaboratively deliberate on how to leverage AIEd in narrowing the achievement gap further exacerbated by the pandemic. In particular, through the active participation of edtech companies and education institutions, the conference presents a unique opportunity to better understand the enabling conditions necessary to effectively align the supply and demand sides of the HTHT equation. Recognizing that a robust policy and regulatory environment, as well as strong advocacy by civil society, are essential in ensuring this alignment, the conference also incorporates the perspectives of policymakers, NGOs, and other relevant specialists.

  1. 1
    Place of exchange
    For domestic and international conversations and exchanges, highlighting lessons learned from AIEd and HTHT education innovation
  2. 2
    Better service delivery
    To ensure that the demand from educational institutions is more appropriately reflected in Edtech's products, services, and agendas
  3. 3
    Partnership Coordination
    To establish partnerships in various aspects and levels of the ecosystem, including education, edtech, public, private, regional, and global units
  4. 4
    HTHT Ecosystem Conservation
    To reach an agreement on the conceptualization and introduction of innovative HTHT approaches among various members of the HTHT ecosystem


A 'first' teacher-centered conference
in which the teacher's voice is central to all discussions

Welcome Message

Chairman of the Asian Education Association
Lee Ju-ho (Lee Ju-ho)

Greetings! I’m delighted to welcome you to HTHT 2021: Leveraging AIEd to Narrow the Achievement Gap in Education.

The era of AI is not a story waiting to be written in the distant future. It is here and now—a reality that is unfolding at a remarkable pace right before us. To meet the competencies that are needed to thrive in the AI era of tomorrow, we must re-imagine, re-examine, and re-define what and how students are learning today. The vision of High Touch High Tech (HTHT) acknowledges this changing educational landscape and the skills that it demands; it also stems from the understanding that there can and should be a role for AI in education (AIEd) that does not diminish, but rather reinforces the importance of teachers. In order to provide students with a holistic learning experience that simulates the future world of work, content knowledge is taught by the AI-assisted technology (high tech) so that teachers can focus on providing active and relational educational experiences that cultivate students’ higher-order and socio-emotional skills (high touch). Only then will students be truly prepared to communicate, collaborate, and create with others in technology- and AI-infused working environments.

The time is now to incite a learning revolution that effectively meets the needs of more—and more diverse— students. The traditional classroom and the traditional way of learning—as we know it—has already failed far too many. Without a radical shift in the way that we design and deliver education, the standardized mode of teaching and learning en masse will only continue to persist. Learning must be more individually-tailored; at the same time, it must be scalable to reach many more students than it does now. Directly addressing these challenges, the HTHT approach features a mutually beneficial and efficient division of roles between the AI-technology and teachers so that highly personalized, adaptive learning can become a reality for all students.

Jointly hosted by Education Commission Asia, TV Chosun, and Riiid, HTHT 2021: Leveraging AIEd to Narrow the Achievement Gap in Education (HTHT 2021) is the first annual High Touch High Tech Conference held in Seoul from 29 June to 2 July 2021. HTHT 2021 convenes the typically-scattered actors across the edtech ecosystem—international organizations, governments, academia, foundations, edtech innovators, schools, parents, and students—to deliberate how to harness the potential of AI in addressing the global learning crisis further exacerbated by COVID-19. To this end, the conference strives to create a forum for dialogue and exchange that highlights the lessons learned from experiences with AIEd and HTHT, and that which ultimately contributes to fostering effective partnerships across the various sectors, levels, and dimensions of the ecosystem: education and edtech; public and private; local and global.

Recognizing that with greater communication comes greater understanding, it is my hope that HTHT 2021 be a place of learning from, with, and for the various actors of the ecosystem unified in the mission of innovative and inclusive HTHT for all.

Thank you for your interest in HTHT 2021, and we look forward to your participation.

June 1st, 2021

Chairman of the Asian Education Association
Lee Ju-ho (Lee Ju-ho)