Jerry Chih-Yuan Sun
Welcome to Jerry Sun’s website! I am an Associate Professor in the Institute of Education/Center for Teacher Education at the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. I was previously a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Center for Scholarly Technology at the University of Southern California. I graduated from USC Rossier School of Education, with an emphasis on motivational factors and student engagement in the field of distance education.
Here is my biography:
Dr. Jerry Chih-Yuan Sun is an Associate Professor in the Institute of Education/Center for Teacher Education at the National Chiao Tung University in Taiwan. He was previously a Post Doctoral Research Associate in the Center for Scholarly Technology at the University of Southern California. He specializes in assessing new educational tools, distance learning, e-learning, and technology-enhanced learning, as well as in examining how these learning environments affect student learning and engagement. In line with USC’s signature of future directions in assessment, Dr. Sun’s responsibilities include conducting formative and summative assessments to study the impact of USC’s educational tools such as e-Portfolio, Blackboard, and clickers on student learning in order to foster a learner-centered environment and encourage a collaborative mode of learning.
Dr. Sun received an M.S. in Information Sciences from the University of Pittsburgh and an M.S. in Computer Science from USC. He completed his Doctorate in Education at the USC Rossier School of Education in July 2009. In his dissertation project with Dr. Robert Rueda (Chairperson), Dr. Harry O’Neil, and Dr. John Walsh, he surveyed USC students enrolled in online courses provided by Schools of Gerontology and Engineering in Fall 2008, and investigated the relationship between students’ motivational factors and their levels of engagement behind USC’s distance education system.
Dr. Sun was previously employed as a Systems Analyst of the USC Davis School of Gerontology’s IT Division for 4 years. He had been an integral part for developing and maintaining the Davis School’s distance learning programs to support faculty, staff, and students’ academic needs. A Multimedia Learning Tool, developed in conjunction with others, received a grant from the National Science Foundation to add an assessment component to the existing educational tool.
In the semester of Spring 2010, Dr. Sun has been helping Dr. Robert Rueda, Dr. Kenneth Yates, and Dr. Allen Munro to facilitate the courses of EDUC 525 (Learning), EDPT 571 (Instructional Design), and EDPT 576 (Technology in Contemporary Education and Training) at USC. He delivered portions of lectures, conducted activities, and designed/created questions to facilitate Just-in-Time-Teaching. He was also a Teaching Assistant Fellow of the Center for Excellence in Teaching and worked as a TA and a Blackboard® course developer of an education psychology course prior to joining the Center for Scholarly Technology in the Summer of 2009.
With his background in technology and education and his experience in student learning, educational tools, and distance education, Dr. Sun expects to further contribute to the field of education psychology by conducting assessment research. The findings of these studies should provide not only theoretical insight but also feasible strategies, which would help creating a more engaging experience for students involved in the learning environment.
Dr. Sun has broad knowledge and background in the areas of educational psychology, technology, and distance learning. His interest in motivation is consistent with recent attention in the field to the wide array of motivational issues inherent in distance learning.
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Jerry Chih-Yuan Sun