Closing Ceremony Invited Speech


Professor Nian-Shing Chen

Chair Professor at the Department of Information Management in the National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan

"Embodied Cognition and Gesture-based Learning"

Gesture-based computing has recently received great attention in educational technology. Increasing studies have attempted to integrate its major features—gestures and body motions—into learning activities ranging from physical-related domain to cognitive domain. Despite the rise of gesture-based computing, studies in psychology have long shown that gestures influence the way we learn, think and perceive the world, suggesting learning can be less sedentary. Theories of embodied cognition have been the basis to explain the effect of body on our mind. Thus, this talk attempts to explore the relationship between these theories and technologies by presenting: (1) the overview of the findings from psychology and education and the implementation of gestures/body motions in our own study cases, and (2) potential research frameworks for future studies. It is hoped that this talk could promote more researchers to do study on making learning kinesthetic and designing pedagogically meaningful gesture-based learning systems.
Professor Nian- Shing Chen is a Chair Professor at the Department of Information Management in the National Sun Yat-sen University, Taiwan. He has published over 350 papers in the international referred journals, conferences and book chapters. One of his papers published in Innovations in Education and Teaching International was awarded as the top cited article in 2010. He is the author of three books with one textbook entitled “e-Learning Theory & Practice”.  Prof. Chen received the outstanding research awards from the National Science Council, Taiwan in 2008 and 2011-2013. His current research interests include assessing e-Learning course performance; online synchronous teaching & learning; mobile & ubiquitous learning; Natural user interface & Game-based learning. Prof. Chen is serving as an editorial board member for many international journals and guest editors for more than 12 special issues of international journals. He is a Co-Editor-In-Chief of the SSCI indexed Journal of Educational Technology & Society. He has also organized and chaired numerous international conferences and workshops in the area of advanced learning technologies. Professor Chen is a senior member of IEEE, ACM and the Chair for Expert Seminars and Web-based Tutorials, the IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology ( Prof Chen has served at the Executive Board of the IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology for more than 10 years and he has served as General Co-Chair and Programme Co-Chair of TCLT’s flagship conference, ICALT. He is now the Chair of the IEEE Technical Committee on Learning Technology since 2012.