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Development Goals

Our institute develops basic and forward-looking research on digital learning and accommodates research trends involving industrial demands and interdisciplinary integration. We promote four main development characteristics:

1. Digital learning psychology and strategies

The professors at our institute conduct comprehensive research related to digital learning psychology and strategies, specifically research regarding cognitive and affective digital learning. We investigate digital learning attitudes and motivations and the interactive effects of digital learning strategies and efficacy. We further examine factors influencing learning beliefs and behaviors for digital learners as well as social interactions in digital learning environments. In addition, we employ cognitive neuroscience research tools for interdisciplinary research on cognition and psychological processes in digital learning, which is a crucial focus of research development for this field. Related courses include the following: Internet learning psychology, Internet psychology, Digital learning strategies, Online inquiry learning, Spatial cognition and learning, Motivations and learning, Advanced cognitive psychology, and Topics and research tools for digital learning.

2. Science and information technology education

Our institute has thoroughly developed research regarding science and information technology education. Our research development foci for science education include proposing new perspectives for science education and digital science learning based on constructivism, scientific philosophy, and epistemology; investigating student learning processes based on cognitive neuroscience; and developing digital science courses and activities. When researching information technology education, our institute focuses on how to integrate information technology into teaching and assessment and how to improve information literacy for future citizens. Related courses include the following: Applications of constructivism in education, Special topics in science education research, Philosophy of science, Sociology of information technology, Research on information literacy, The digital divide, Integrating information technology into teaching, Web-based cooperative learning, and Online testing and assessments.

3. Digital content and system design

Our institute strives to develop interdisciplinary personnel and talents for our field. We prepare students possessing educational backgrounds with basic abilities for digital content and system design, and provide students possessing information or design backgrounds with basic concepts for learning and cognitive theories. We emphasize interdisciplinary communication and integration to develop digital learning environments and content those fulfill theories for cognitive learning. Furthermore, the interaction with digital industries exchange is to cultivate practitioners and R&D personnel for the digital learning field. Related courses include the following: Digital learning system design, Creative multimedia design, Digital service innovation, Digital content design, Action learning, and Situated learning.

4. Digital training and adult education

Digital learning is a crucial method for enhancing the knowledge and skills of in-service personnel and establishing lifetime education. Because learners can overcome the constraints of time and space, government in-service training, internal corporate training, and various other types of training have adopted digitized environments to assist in-service personnel cultivate relevant knowledge and skills, and education and training courses have also been established. Our institute develops research relevant to digital corporate training and the role of digital technology in lifetime learning and adult education, investigating the factors that influence lifetime learning. Related courses include the following: Human resources development, Digital corporate training, Sociology of information technology, Organizational change and development, Internet psychology, Information literacy research, the digital divide, and Questionnaire surveys and statistics.