Dr. Ava (Shu-Hsiang) Chen is an educator, researcher, global learner, and world citizen originally from Taiwan. She is currently working as university lecturer and business consultant for several companies in Taiwan. She has lived overseas for almost 12 years. She finished her Bachelor degree in Management Information Systems and Master degree in Instructional Technology with emphasis in Performance Training and Technology from the University of Northern Iowa, USA. After completing her degrees in the USA, she decided to move back to Asia. The opportunity led her to arrive in the Land of Smiles – Thailand. During her five years staying in Thailand, she completed her doctoral degrees in Tourism Development from Maejo University in Chiang Mai Thailand and Educational Technology from Chulalongkorn University in Bangkok Thailand.
Her current research interests focus on the impact of technology integration into business and education setting, open educational resources (OER) through emerging design concepts, pedagogies, and technologies. Specifically, these research projects include: (1) business 4.0 curriculum development initiative in Taiwan, (2) developing a strategic planning model for open educational resources in Thailand; (3) investigating university social responsibility practices in faculty and institutional level; (4) designing and developing international open curriculum based on the concept of open educational resources, university social responsibility, cross-cultural experiences, and sustainability; (5) investigating instructional strategies and technology integration for teaching and learning; and (6) designing a professional code of ethical practice in the open access platform.
While studying for her doctoral degrees in Thailand, she worked for several companies and conducted research projects including social media marketing, social media tools for teaching and learning, curriculum design and development, online engagement, academic integrity, tablet training for teacher education, as well as pedagogical approaches for open educational resources.
Her professional career has advanced her from providing basic instructional design and development in both the private and the public sector to teaching professional development in the academic area. The experiences she has gained have provided practical experience and meaningful knowledge for her future professional career.