International Conference of Education in the New Normal Era (ICE IAKN TARUTUNG​) is an international conference devoted to the Christian Religious Education, Theology, Sociology, Tourism, Humanities, Pastoral Counseling, Christian Leadership, Music, Educational Management, and Early Childhood Education. The conference held by collaboration between Institut Agama Kristen Negeri Tarutung and Research Synergy Foundation (RSF). This conference held virtually on November 24-25, 2020.

The aim of this Conference is to share knowledge and experiences on all aspects of Educational technology by bringing together leading researchers, academic scholars, and scientist to present and discuss in this interdisciplinary platform the ongoing research related to digital futures of our society. 

The ICE IAKN shows up as a an educational platform to gather presentations and discussions of recent achievements by leading researchers in academic research.

This conference was attended by 20 presenters and 95 attendees from various countries : Indonesia, Philippines, Nigeria, Algeria, Egypt, China, Myanmar, Bhutan, India, Pakistan, Cameroon, USA, Belgium, Russia, Netherlands.

ICE IAKN 2020 was opened by Andar Gultom, MPd as Conference Chair ICE IAKN 2020 and Head of General Administration, Academic and Student Affairs Bureau at IAKN Tarutung 

Then, Prof.Dr.Lince Sihombing, MPd as Rector of IAKN Tarutung welcoming all participants that already attend to the conference.

Dr. Hendrati Dwi Mulyaningsih as Co-Conference Chair ICE IAKN 2020  Founder & Chairman at Research Synergy Foundation gave an explanation about Global Research Ecosystem Introduction 

ICE IAKN 2020 invited competent keynote speakers to share knowledgeable insight for all the conference’s participants.

The first speaker in the first day of conference was Dr. Bill DuBois, DVM from Christian Veterinary Mission, USA 

The second speaker was Prof. Dr. Lince Sihombing, MPd. as Rector of IAKN Tarutung 

The third speaker was Dr. Bert J. Tuga as The President of Philippine Normal University (PNU), Philippines 

This session from the keynote was greeted positively by the participants. Question and answer sessions made the curiosity of the participants causing in interesting and fruitful discussions. 

After the keynote speakers agenda finish, we are in the presentation parallel session.

The presentation session was separated by two virtual rooms:

Room 1 : Track Sociology and Theology (Session Chair : Prof. Dr. Lince Sihombing, Dr. Bill DuBois, and Dr. Katherine Joyce M. Castro)
Room 2 : Track Educational Technology, Pastoral Counselling (Session Chair: Dr. Bert J. Tuga & Dr.Anna Rianti S. Tambunan)

Finally in the closing ceremony, it was announced for participants who received the Best Presentation. Best papers were chosen by scientific committee of reviewers who had read the research previously. The Best presentation are:

  1. Herowati Sitorus with research entitled “University Studenst’s Perception Of Jeremiah In New Normal Era: Controversy Of Jeremiah’s Calling As A Prophet”
  2. Limmarten Simatupang with research entitled “Impact Of Covid-19 Pandemic On Iakn Tarutung Students”

The first day finished successfully and all the participants were present their research eagerly.

Second day of conference was held on 25 November 2020. The conference was opened by introducing the conference agenda.

The first agenda was keynote speaker session.

Prof. Dr. Drs Ahmad Syahid, MA from Universitas Islam Negeri Syarif Hidayatullah Jakarta, Indonesia. 

The second agenda was presentation session. This session was separated by two virtual rooms.

Room 1 : Track Tourism, Christian Education Management, an Humanities (Session Chair : Dr. Anna Rianti S Tambunan)
Room 2: Christian Religian Education & Christian Education Management (Session Cahir John Robert F. Isip)

Finally in the closing ceremony, it was announced for participants who received the Best Paper and Best Presentation. Best papers were chosen by scientific committee of reviewers who had read the research previously. The Best paper are:

Ratna Saragih with research entitled “Social Theology in the Perspective of Nationality in the context of the covid-19 Pandemic in Indonesa”

In addition, Best Presentations were chosen by the session chair in charge of presentation sessions in each room. They assess each participants presentation based on evaluation form. The Best Presentation are:

  1. Wolter Parlindungan Silalahi with research entitled “From Frustration to Enlightenment: Experiences of Being Students Exchange in Taiwan”
  2. Elsina Sihombing with research entitled “Developing Learning Assessment Properly To All Curriculum Types In Indonesia”

The second day was finished successfully and the closing ceremony was closed by Dr. Lince Sihombing, MPd. as Rector of IAKN Tarutung

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