Keynote Speaker Prof. Chun-Yen Chang

 

Professor Chun-Yen Chang

National Taiwan Normal University, Taiwan

"CloudClassRoom - The Next Generation"

In this talk, I would like to give you a live demonstration about an innovative mobile app – CloudClassRoom (CCR), which is under development by my research group and aims to break up the passive learning format of science lectures. CCR has a great potential to facilitate productive interaction between teachers and students in the form of polling exercises; once the teacher poses questions, students are able to vote in answers anonymously by using his/her own mobile devices. The anonymous mechanism of CCR provides an opportunity for those who normally remain shy and silent in class to express their opinions without feeling embarrassed or intimidated. CCR then instantly tabulates the results, which the teacher can view, save, and publicly show. By using CCR, students might be more actively engaged in thinking about the content presented during the class, rather than merely listening and taking notes. Thus, the teacher can get a more precise picture of students’ learning progress, and is better enabled to address students’ learning difficulties in a timely fashion. Based on students’ real-time responses, CCR can also automatically arrange students with different answers into small groups. This feature can efficiently and effectively increase the diversity of group discussion and make peer discussion more fruitful. The use of CCR will become more cost-effective as more and more schools start embracing the Bring-Your-Own-Device (BYOD) policy in Taiwan. Two cases of how CCR can be used to engage students in science learning activities, such as hands-on experiments and debates on socio-science issues, will be presented in this talk. Other advance features of CCR will be demonstrated as well.

Professor Chun-Yen Chang is a science education scholar in Taiwan. Currently, Chang serves as National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) Chair Professor, director of Science Education Center (NTNU), Adjunct Professor of the Graduate Institute of Science Education and the Department of Earth Sciences (NTNU), and as a Visiting Professor of Taipei Medical University. From August 2013 to February 2014, Chang has been to Paris 8 University (France) for 6-month research, funded by National Science Council (NSC) Short-term Abroad Research Program. This research attempts to explore the usability and feasibility of how innovative e—technologies can be implemented in science classrooms. In the past two years, Dr. Chang has also been a Visiting Professor at the Hong Kong Institute of Education and the Paris 8 University.