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Chee Yam San

Associate Professor
Chee Yam San is an Associate Professor in the Learning Sciences & Technologies Academic Group and the Learning Sciences Lab at the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University (NTU). He obtained his BSc (Econ) Hons from the London School of Economics and Political Science, University of London, and his PhD from the University of Queensland, Australia.

Prof Chee’s current research focuses on new media and new literacies in education, with a special emphasis on game-based learning in formal and informal learning environments, as well as identity construction through living online. Recent games developed include Space Station LeonisEscape from Centauri 7, and Ideal Force. Current games being developed are Legends of Alkhimia and Statecraft X. Prior work revolved around the design, development, and evaluation of learning environments that make use of distributed multimedia computer technologies to promote learning goals. Systems developed include Mind Bridges, a multimedia collaborative discussion tool, C–VISions, a 3D environment for collaborative virtual interactive simulations, and Voices of Reason, a learning environment for the development of argumentation skills.

Prof Chee is a member of the Cognitive Science Society, the Association for Computing Machinery, the Australian Computer Society, the American Educational Research Association, the International AI in Education Society, the International Society of the Learning Sciences, the Jean Piaget Society, and the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research. He has been an Executive Committee Member of the Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education (APSCE) since 1994 and was President of the Society for a two-year term from January 2004.

Prof Chee was the Founding Executive Editor of APSCE's journal, Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning; he relinquished the position of Executive Editor at the end of 2008. He is currently an Associate Editor of the International Journal of Gaming and Computer-mediated Simulations, an Advisory Board Member of the Journal of Educational Technology & Society, and an Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Web Based Communities. Prior service as an Editorial Board Member relates to the International Journal of Educational Telecommunications (1995-2001) and the International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organization (2006–2008).

In his previous employment at the National University of Singapore (NUS), Prof Chee was with the School of Computing where he taught course modules related to Cognitive Science, Human-Computer Interaction, and the Design of Learning Technologies. He also headed research efforts in the Learning Environments & Learning Science Lab while at NUS. In addition, Prof Chee held the positions of Associate Director, Centre for the Development of Teaching and Learning (February 1999-December 2002) and Deputy Director, Centre for Instructional Technology (February 1999-May 2000).


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