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Dr Sun Daner is an assistant professor at the Department of Mathematics and Information Technology, the Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK), Hong Kong SAR, China. Prior to joining EdUHK in 2015, she had been working as a postdoc fellow at the Learning Sciences Lab of the National Institute of Education (NIE), 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 own contributions. Her papers appeared in flagship journals in the field of educational technology and learning sciences, such as Computers & Education (IF=12, Q1), 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 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 chair of the Special Interest Group (SIG) of CUMTEL of APSCE (2022-23); She is the Associate Editor of APSCE official journal: RPTEL; and an editorial member of Educational Technology & Society (ET&S). 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 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
  • Higher-order thinking in interdisciplinary education

External Appointments

Editorial Membership

1)    5 June 2023-, Editorial Board Member, Technology, Pedagogy and Education, SSCI, JCR Q1 in Education & Educational Research

2)    1 Jan 2023- , Editorial Board Member, Educational Technology & Society (ET&S),SSCI, JCR Q1 in Education & Educational Research

3)    1 Jan 2023-, Associate Editor, Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning (RPTEL), SJR, Q1 in Education

4)    25 Nov 2022-, Academic Editor, PLOS ONE, SJR, Q1 in Multidisciplinary



Reviewers of International Journals

Educational Review (2022-); 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)
  • 21th International Conference of Computers on Education (ICCE)
  • The National Association for Research in Science Teaching (NARST)

Members of Committees

  • 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

Professional information

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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