Dr. Allan H.K. Yuen is currently Associate Professor in Information and Technology Studies and Director of the Centre for Information Technology in Education, Faculty of Education at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He has extensive experience in conducting international and large-scale research projects. As an expert and researcher in educational technology, Dr. Yuen has led (as PI or Co-I) more than 50 research and development (R&D) projects funded by internal or external grants, such as University Grants Committee (UGC), Research Grants Council (RGC), Quality Education Fund (QEF), UNESCO, government agencies, and business organizations. His primary research interests focus on technology adoption and change in education, e-learning and blended learning, pedagogical innovations, social and cultural aspects of ICT use, digital divide in education, and teacher education. He publishes widely in these areas and has over 250 publications including books, monographs, book chapters, journal articles, and conference papers. His recent book publications include ‘Educational Technology Program and Project Evaluation’ (2016), ‘Nurturing the Digital Generation: A Participatory Approach’ (2015), ‘Educational Innovations beyond Technology: Nurturing Leadership and Establishing Learning Organizations’ (2011), and ‘The Changing Face of Education in Hong Kong: Transition into the 21st Century’ (2010). Dr. Yuen was the president of the Hong Kong Association for Educational Communications and Technology (HKAECT) from 2010 to 2016, and he is the editor of the Journal of Communications and Education. He has been making extensive contributions to the academic as well as professional communities locally and internationally, and presented papers and lectures at numerous conferences around the world.
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Dr. Yuen has a strong background in both qualitative and quantitative research, and broad experience in educational evaluation. His primary research interests focus on technology adoption and change in education, e-learning and blended learning, pedagogical innovations, social and cultural aspects of ICT use, digital divide in education, and teacher education. He has extensive experience in conducting large-scale, international educational research projects. He was, for instance, a key member of the Second International Information Technology in Education Study (SITES). The SITES is an international comparative study, which consists of 3 modules carried out in succession, conducted under the auspices of the International Association for the Evaluation of Educational Achievement (IEA). The first, second, and third module of the study was completed in 1999, 2003, and 2008 respectively. He has conducted more than 50 funded R&D projects focusing on educational technology ranging from practice to theory, including system development, evaluation, and basic research.
Singing, Musical instruments: guitar, saxophone, flute, harmonica