Dean of School of Learning Informatics Tsai Chin Chung Awarded Life-time National Chair Professor

Dean of School of Learning Informatics Tsai Chin Chung has been working on science education and internet learning for more than two decades. Recently, he was given the 23rd National Chair professorships, which is also his second one after 2014. The awarding ceremony will be held on January 20th. Dean Tsai, age 49, is the youngest Honorary life-time National Chair professor in history.

Professor Tsai is known for his humorous characteristic. He studied Physics at NTNU and went to Harvard, Columbia for master and doctoral degree in Education. He has taught in Chiao Tung University and NTUST. In his academic career, he has published more than 300 SSCI papers. These papers are of high quality and he was given the Citation Classic Award from Institute of Science Information. With the encouragement of Former President Chang Kuo En, Tsai Chin Chung came back to NTNU and established the Program of Learning Sciences and led the Institute for Research Excellence in Learning Sciences in 2017.

Now he reviews dozens of well-known journals and is highly recognized Internationally. Tsai has reached several major break-through in academically. He was given Excellent Teacher Award, Ministry of Education (MOE) in 2013 and Merit MOST Research Fellow Award, Ministry of Science and Technology.

This is the prestigious honor given to research fellow by the Ministry of Science and Technology. Tsai started from 'constructivism', which has had a profound influence on the education industry in the past 20 years. His research results are divided into three major directions. First, the impact of scientific understanding on scientific teaching and learning caused by constructivism. Second, different learning concepts of learners and their possible impact on learning, and the third one is the construction of an online learning environment.

How to utilize the Internet for teaching is one of the important education trends in the 21st century. Tsai has put forward many new insights on online learning. For example, the Internet should be regarded as a tool of 'knowledge', not just as a tool of 'cognition' and 'metacognition'. Foreign scholars have paid attention to this concept in recent years.

Tsai thanked his research partners who help to realize their dreams and thanked his family for their unconditional support. He also hoped that more young scholars could follow his steps and fulfill their dreams.

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Congratulations!!Professor Chin-Chung Tsai awarded National Chair Professorship and Elected Lifelong National Chair Professor

The Academic Review Committee of the Ministry of Education has announced the roster of winners for the 23rd National Chair Professorships. Professor Chin-Chung Tsai won the National Chair Professorship Award for the second time, hence he became a lifelong national chair professor. National Chair Professorships are awarded to full-time university professors demonstrating prominent achievements in teaching and research, as well as playing a leading role in shaping the direction of academic thought. This honor is awarded to a maximum of 13 scholars every year.

Taiwan PISA National Center 2021

The Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) is coordinated by the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD) since 2000 and repeated every three-year-cycle time.

This large scale cross countries assessment aims to evaluate worldwide of 15-year-old students, near the end of compulsory education, performance in the field of varied domains, such as reading, mathematics and science. With life-long learning perspectives, PISA examines the education outcomes in light of formal and informal environments, regular curriculums, external clubs, family background, school climates, parental involvement, etc.

PISA2021 in Taiwan is undertaken by the National Taiwan Normal University. The National Project Manager is Professor Chin-Chung Tsai, director of the Institute for Research Excellence in Learning Sciences.

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The 10th International Conference of Digital Archives and Digital Humanities

December 3 – 6, 2019

National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

The Digital Humanities is an emerging field of research, the term itself having only been coined in 2004. Notwithstanding the fact that research in this area is quite new, the digital humanities has been flourishing at an unprecedented rate. In recent years, whether in Europe, America, Asia or Taiwan, various research institutes and teams dedicated to research and development in the digital humanities have been established. This demonstrates the high level of interest in and importance attached to this field by the community.

The core concept of the field of digital humanities is the application of modern digital technologies to the disciplines of the traditional humanities, in order to overcome the limitations of traditional research methodologies. This combination of knowledge and technology, in an interdisciplinary manner, is unachievable in any single area. The development of the field of digital humanities is in fact inseparable from the progress of new digital technologies. These new technologies not only provide new methods of data analysis, but can also be used to create new types of digital resources.

In recent years, major breakthroughs have been made in the theories, technologies, systems, and tools of cloud computing, big data, and artificial intelligence. Facing this new era, the spirit of digital humanities, humanistic themes as the kernel, digital technologies as an aid, can be feasibly achieved if humanists can integrate computation thinking in the ideation and conduction of their research.

This year is the ten-year anniversary of the International Conference of Digital Archives and Digital Humanities. This conference will explore the potential, advantages, and limitations of digital humanities in humanities research. This conference will continue over the years to research every facet of the digital humanities, but will also include the topic of ‘Digital Humanities and Social Trends’ as its theme. We invite scholars and experts, at home and abroad, to participate in this conference, and look forward to creating new milestones in digital humanities through dialog and idea exchange.

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Director Marlene Scardamalia visited Institute for Research Excellence in Learning Sciences

Prof. Marlene Scardamalia, director of the Institute for Knowledge Innovation and Technology of University of Toronto, visited the Institute for Research Excellence in Learning Sciences and discussed future cooperation with President Wu Cheng Chih and Director Tsai Chin Chung.

The Third International Conference for “Personal Epistemology and Learning in Digital Age”

28-30, November, 2019

National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

Personal epistemology refers to individuals’ beliefs about the nature of knowledge and knowing. This conference, with the theme of “Personal Epistemology and Learning (PEL),” is devoted to elaborating the interplay between personal epistemology and learning. This conference will discuss how personal epistemology may play a role in the learning process and outcome. In addition, instruction, curriculum design, emerging technologies, and the cultural impacts on the development of personal epistemology have received growing interests among researchers. It is encouraged that international researchers and practitioners contribute papers for presentation at the 3rd PEL conference to share their research findings and best practices, as well as exchange updated views of recent development in the field.

Possible topics for the conference may include:

  • Conceptual/Developmental Models of Personal Epistemology
  • Theoretical and Conceptual Issues about Personal Epistemology and Learning
  • Methodological Issues about Assessing Personal Epistemology
  • Empirical Studies on Cultural-specific Personal Epistemology and Learning
  • Perspectives on Domain-Specific or Context-Specific Personal Epistemology
  • Research about Personal Epistemology, Learning Process, and Epistemic Cognition
  • Empirical Studies on Personal Epistemology in Technology-enhanced Learning Environment
  • Research about Internet-Specific Epistemology and Learning
  • Research about learning and teaching beliefs

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International Forum on K-12 Digital Learning

Sep 28, 2019

R509, General Building, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

To prepare each student’s digital learning literacy and to ensure the inclusive opportunities for all in education, the Ministry of Education in Taiwan promotes the K-12 Digital Learning Plan. This is in line with the goal of “Education 2030” announced by UNESCO, that is, to ensure the spirits of the quality, the equity and the sustainability in education.

Currently, in Taiwan, to help students become autonomous learners, we emphasize on training teachers for integrating technology into teaching. Adapted learning and individualized learning are also emphasized and encouraged. Regarding the construction of learning platforms and the integration of learning resources, we collaborate with NGOs to provide various technology-enhanced teaching resources and learning environments. To minimize the digital divide, we especially support, with the highest priority, the collaborative projects working with the public schools in rural areas of Taiwan.

The goal of this international K-12 digital learning forum is to exchange the experience with international scholars and experts regarding the policy and practical issues in K-12 digital learning. This forum also provides an opportunity for educators, policy makers, school administrators and private sectors to interact with each other in Taiwan. The themes of the forum will be focused on: (1) the national digital learning policy and practices in each country; (2) the strategies to promote teachers’ digital teaching proficiency and to promote students’ self-regulated learning; (3) the approaches to promote the collaborations among governments, academics, school leaders, teachers and private sectors for enhancing digital learning.

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Sponsor: Ministry of Education
Organizer: National Taiwan Normal University
Co-Organizer: Institute for Research Excellence in Learning Sciences, NTNU

The International Learning Sciences Forum: International Trends for AI and Big Data in Learning Sciences

July 11-13, 2019

National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan

With the advent of AI revolution and big data explosion, applying AI in learning sciences recently becomes the cutting edge of educational research. Themed “International Trends for AI and Big Data in Learning Sciences,” the International Learning Sciences Forum, held by the Institute for Research Excellence in Learning Sciences (IRELS) of National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU), will take place on 11-13th July at Taipei, Taiwan. The forum will bring together academics, educators, and professional experts from around the world to exchange knowledge and ideas about the current status and future trends of AI and big data in learning sciences.
Join us to learn from the brightest minds in the field and to gain networking opportunities.

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