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Dr Sun Daner is an assistant professor and associate head at the Department of Mathematics and Information Technology, the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK), Hong Kong. Before joining EdUHK in 2015, she had been working as a postdoc fellow at the Learning Sciences Lab of the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. Dr Sun follows a long–term research agenda spanning ICT-supported science education, AI in education, mobile learning, technology-oriented STEM education, and higher-order thinking in interdisciplinary education. In her research, she addresses the prevailing hot topics and challenges in these fields, thereby developing a solid understanding of the developments in these fields as well as making her contributions. Her papers appeared in flagship journals in the field of educational technology and learning sciences, such as Computers & Education (IF=12, Q1, Top 1 in education), British Journal of Educational Technology (IF=6.6, Q1), Journal of Science Education and Technology (IF=4.4. Q1), Educational Technology & Society(IF=4, Q1).

Dr Sun published several book chapters and served as the editor/co-editor for the journal's special issues and international conference proceedings. Meanwhile, she actively leads or contributes to research projects including the General Research Fund (GRF) project and other external projects. Based on a review report, Dr Sun is listed as one of the top 20 influential researchers of mobile learning in the world (ranking: 15/20) (Goksu, 2021).

Dr Sun spares no effort in taking various leading roles in local and international academic events and activities to contribute to the professional research community. She has taken leading roles as an organizer of ICCE and GCCCE international conferences. Three of her conference papers have been awarded nominations for the best student paper, the best overall paper, the best design paper, and in referred international conferences (i.e. GCCCE2018, ICCE2013, CSCL2013). She is the Executive Committee Member of APSCE; the chair of the Special Interest Group (SIG) of CUMTEL of APSCE (2022-23); She is the Associate Editor of Education and Information Technologies, and APSCE official journal: RPTEL; and an editorial member of Educational Technology & Society (ET&S), Technology, Pedagogy and Education (TPE). She is a reviewer of SSCI journals and serves as a member of relevant societies and associations. She is the awardee of the Outstanding Reviewer Award of Computers & Education 2018.

Dr Sun is the awardee of the President's Award of Outstanding Performance in Research: Early Career Research Excellence Award, 22/23; APSCE Early Career Researcher Award (ECRA) 2022; the President’s Award for Outstanding Performance in Knowledge Transfer (Team) 19/20; Dean's Research Output Prize 21/22 in EdUHK.

Research interests

  • ICT-supported science education
  • AI in education
  • Mobile learning
  • Technology-oriented STEM education
  • Pedagogy in Educational Technology
  • Higher-order thinking in interdisciplinary education

External Appointments


1)  Jan 2024- Associate Editor,  Education and Information Technologies, JCR, 19/269, IF=5.5, Q1 in Education, A

2) Jan 2023-, Associate Editor, Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning (RPTEL), SJR, Q1 in Education, A

3) Jan 2024 -, Editorial Board Member, Discover Education

4) 5 June 2023-, Editorial Board Member, Technology, Pedagogy and Education, SSCI, 27/269, IF=4.9, JCR Q1 in Education, A

5)    1 Jan 2023- , Editorial Board Member, Educational Technology & Society (ET&S), SSCI, 46/269, IF=4.0, JCR Q1 in Education, A

6)    25 Nov 2022-, Academic Editor, PLOS ONE, SJR, Q1 in Multidisciplinary, A

Journal Special Issue

Sun, D*., Keane, T., & Lee,J.C.-K. (2025). Intelligent Robotics in STEM Education: Pedagogical Innovation, Higher-Order Thinking, and Interdisciplinary Competence. Educational Technology & Society, 28 (4). [SSCI, Q1, IF=4, 46/269 = Top 17%, A]

Sun, D*., Wong, L. H., Looi, C-K. (2023). Emerging Technologies and Pedagogical Transformations in STEM Education. Future in Educational Research. 28359402/homepage/call-for-papers/stem-educ

Sun, D*., Looi, C-K., Hsu., T-C. & Yang, Y. (2023). Technology Enhanced Science Education: Research Innovations in Pedagogy and Practices. 1) Education Sciences. [SJR, Q1, IF=3, 114/759 = Top 15%, B] 2) Sustainability. [SSCI, Q2, IF=3.9, 48/128 = Top 38%, B].;

Kuo, B-C., Li, C-H., Hsu, T-C., & Sun, D. (2023). Educational Big Data Analytics for Promoting Smart Learning. Smart Learning Environments. [SJR, Q1, IF=4.8, 63/759 = Top 8%, A]. 

Sun, D*& Hsu, Y-S. (2016). Innovations of Technology-Supported STEM Education. Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning. [JCI, Q1, IF=3.2, 142/759 = Top 19%, A]

Keynote Speech and Invited Talks

Reviewers of International Journals

IEEE Transactions on Learning Technolgies; Educational Review (2022-); Educational Researcher; Journal of Educational Evaulation (2020-); Asia Pacific Journal of Education (2019-); Interactive learning environment; British Journal of Educational Technology; Journal of Computer-Assisted Learning; Computers & Education; Science Education; Technology, Pedagogy and Education; Journal of Science Education and Technology; Journal of Computers in Education; Research in Science Education; Education, Technology & Society; ACM Transactions on Computing Education (2023-); Research in Science & Technological Education; npj Science of Learning (2023-)


Reviewers of International Conferences

  • Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education (GCCCE)
  • International Conference of the Learning Sciences (ICLS)
  • International Conference of Computers on Education (ICCE)
  • The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)

Members of Committees

  • APSCE Executive Committee (EC) member 2024-2027
  • Program Committee Chair, CTE-STEM 2024
  • International Program Coordination Vice-Chair, Chair of Doctoral Students Forum of GCCCE2024
  • Chair of C 8: PBL and STEM education at GCCIL2023; Mentor of DSC-4 at Doctoral Student Consortium, ICCE 2023
  • Vice IPC of GCCCE 2023, Chair of Teacher Forum at GCCCE 2023, Mentor of Doctoral Forum of GCCCE2023
  • Chair of SIG CUMTEL 2022-23; Chair of C2, Teacher Forum at GCCCE 2022; Associate Editors of GCCCE2021 proceedings; Hong Kong Local Organising Committee member of GCCCE2021 teacher forum
  • Co-Chair of SIG CUMTEL 2020-22; Chair of C1 at GCCCE 2020;Co-chair of C2 at GCCCE 2019; Chair of C2 at GCCCE 2018; Session Chair (C8-7) of GCCCE 2016
  • Chair of C4 at ICCE 2019; Chair of W15 of ICCE 2018; Chair of C7 at ICCE 2017; Co-chair of C2 2017; Co-Chair of C7 at ICCE2016; Session chair a CUMTEL session of ICCE2015
  • Subject experts of STEM Olympiad 2016, 8 July, EudHK.
  • Members of the International Society of the Learning Sciences
  • Program Committee Member of ICCE and GCCCE
  • Member of the Journal of Research in Science Teaching (JRST) award selection committee

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Teaching Interests

  • STEM education: curriculum and pedagogy
  • Technology-supported learning environment
  • Research methods in educational technology/STEM education/AIED
  • e-learning pedagogy


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