Invited Speakers

Prof. Chin-Chung Tsai

Program of Learning Sciences

National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

Dr. Chin-Chung Tsai holds a B.Sc. in physics from National Taiwan Normal University. Hereceived a Master of Education degree from Harvard University and completed his doctoral study at Teachers College, Columbia University in 1996. From 1996 to 2006, he joined the faculty of Center for Teacher Education and Institute of Education, National Chiao Tung University, Hsinchu, Taiwan. He was a Chair Professor at the Graduate Institute of Digital Learning and Education, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, Taiwan from 2006 to 2017. He is currently a Chair Professor and Head for Program of Learning Sciences, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan. Since July 2009, he has been appointed as the Co-Editor of Computers & Education (published by Elsevier, ranked as the seventh among more than 230 educational journals indexed in SSCI by 2016 impact factor values, IF = 3.819). He is also currently served as the Editor of International Journal of Science Education (published by Taylor and Francis, indexed in SSCI, 2016 IF = 1.240). His research interests deal largely with constructivism, epistemic beliefs, and Internet-based instruction related to science education.

Prof. Merredith Portsmore

Director of Center for Engineering Education and Outreach

Tufts University, MA, U.S.

Dr. Portsmore leads Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach, an international leader in engineering education for students from ages 5 through university. Her own research interests focus on how children develop proficiency in engineering design practices, how online tools can be used in teacher education, and how outreach programs can be optimized to help children see engineering as a pathway. Dr. Portsmore and the Tufts Center for Engineering Education and Outreach work hard on bridging research to practice and bring research-based innovations to classrooms and teachers. To support the dissemination of research, Dr. Portsmore the founded STOMP, the Student Teacher Outreach Mentorship Program, in 2001 to support local classrooms with university engineering students. In addition, she also founded and launched TEEP, the Teacher Engineering Education Program, a graduate certificate program for teachers that offers completely online courses in engineering content and pedagogy for elementary through secondary educators.

Prof. Steve Oliver

Department of Mathematics and Science Education

University of Georgia, GA, U.S.

Dr. Oliver is a Professor of Science Education in the Department of Mathematics and Science Education at The University of Georgia, USA. Dr. Oliver has been a principal investigator (or co-PI) on grants from the Improving Teacher Quality grants program, the US Dept. of Education, the National Science Foundation (NSF) and the National Institutes of Health (NIH). He served as associate editor for the Journal of Research in Science Teaching. His current research focuses on a number of projects including: creating and using computer animations for teaching the biological sciences in secondary schools, examining the history of science education in order to better understand current contemporary reform efforts, and curricular implementations of STEM education in secondary science classrooms.

Prof. Sungok Serena Shim

Associate Professor of Educational Psychology

Ball State University, IN, United States

“What motivates people?” is the core question for Dr. Shim’s research. She has investigated the characteristics of schools, teachers, parents, and peers, related to students’ motivation, achievement, and overall school adjustment. Her work has focused on identifying the psychological processes in which these factors may jointly and independently shape students’ beliefs and perceptions, and ultimately affect their learning and well-being at school. Dr. Shim is particularly interested in the intersections between academic and social motivation during adolescence.

One of her recent research interests involves teachers’ motivation and contextual factors promoting the experiences of flow during teaching. She is the recipient of 2017 AERA Research Conference Grant and the 2017 Ball State University’s Digital Scholarship Lab Faculty Fellowship Award. Supported by these awards, she is currently building prototypes of multimedia supported online math motivational intervention for elementary and middle school students. She has frequently presented her research at peer-reviewed national and international conferences and has published her papers in highly respected journals in her field such as Journal of Educational Psychology, Learning and Instruction, Personality and Individual Differences, Motivation and Emotion, and Learning and Individual Differences and is a current Associate Editor for the journal, Educational Psychology.

Dr. Shim has served as an evaluator for the AOK project funded by the Indiana Department of Education, 21st Century Community Learning Centers Program for the last seven years and is currently serving as a program faculty member for the immersive teacher preparation program, Schools in the Context of the Community, which won The American Aossciation of Colleges for Teacher Education (AACTE)’s Innovation Practice Award. Dr. Shim has been actively involved with Division 15 (Educational Psychology) of the American Psychological Association and served in a leadership capacity for many years.

Prof. Min Jeong Song

Assistant Professor of Department of Cultural and Creative Arts

The Education University of Hong Kong

Min Jeong Song is an artist and educator, teaching in the department of Cultural and Creative Arts at the Education University of Hong Kong. Song’s current research explores the potential of the convergence of craft and digital technology in art and design education with a focus on implementing 3D modeling and 3D printing technologies in the classroom. Her other varied research interests include materiality of artistic media and cultural hybridity embodied in objects. She received her PhD in Ceramics and Glass from Royal College of Art. She holds MFA and BFA degrees in Glass from Rhode Island School of Design and Ohio State University respectively. Prior to joining the Education University of Hong Kong, Song was a research fellow at the Design Convergence Research Center, Ewha Womans University where she researched 3D Printing in Design and Education. Also, she was a lecturer in 3D Design Crafts at Plymouth College of Art in the United Kingdom. As a practitioner, Song makes work in a wide range of media including glass, ceramics, print, video and digital media, and has been exhibiting her work at established international events and venues including the Museum of Fine Arts Boston, London Design Festival, Milan Design Week, Collect and SOFA Chicago.