Ph.D. 1991, University of Maryland, College Park
Dissertation: Measurement of magnetic Properties of Confined Compact Toroid Plasma (Spheromak). Mentor: Dr. Alan DeSilva
B. S. 1982. Dept. of Physics, National Taiwan Normal Univ.
After finishing my undergraduate studies at National Taiwan Normal University, I went to the University of Maryland in the U.S. and did my PhD work in physics from 1985-92. I really enjoyed the fun of physics, especially when I applied it to nature phenomena or everyday life.
However, I found out most high school students in Taiwan did not like physics. During the past 10 years, I spent most of my time in research and development on the use of computer tools for conceptual understanding of physics. have developed hundreds of physics related java applets on the web to help students to play with physics models in the simulation and enjoy the fun of physics. Many teachers found our applets useful for their teaching, and more than 88 mirror sites were created. Those web sites allowed me to learn more from students, parents and teachers around the world.
I joined the CoLoS (Conceptual Learning Of Science) group in 2001 and worked with members to develop modeling tools. In the past, users could only play with existing simulations in the web browser. With "Easy Java Simulation" a modeling tool which can be embedded in web page, users can view the physics model behind the simulation, modify existing models, or create a blank new model. New simulations will be generated on the server and be sent back to the browser for the user to test their model. All generated simulations are freely available for offline educational use.
We hope teachers and educators can work together forming a world-wide community, to share simulations, physics models and ideas for physics teaching and learning. You are welcome to visit our site and please give us any suggestions you might have.
1998: 3rd TANet excellent contribution award (Ministry of Education)
2001: Invited talk at American Association of Physics Teacher (AAPT) summer meeting
2001-: Member of Concept Learning of Science (CoLoS) http://www.colos.org/
2002-: Editorial board member for International Journal of Learning Technology (http://www.inderscience.com/browse/index.php?journalID=87#board)
2003:World Conference on Educational Multimedia,Hypermedia & Telecommunications (EDMEDIA) 2003 Best Work
2004: Invited talk at Open Source Physics Workshop (Eckerd College, Foldria)
2004: Multimedia for Physics Teaching and Learning, (MPTL9, Graz,Austria) select NTNUJAVA web site http://www.phy.ntnu.edu.tw/ntnujava/ as one of 10 best multimedia web site.
2006: Plenary talk at GIREP2006 conference (Amsterdam, Nerthland): Modeling in Physics and Physics Education
2007:Invited talk at Multimedia for Physics Teaching and Learning (MPTL12, Wroclaw, Poland)
2008:Invited talk at Conference for Computational Physics 2009 (Kaohsiung, Taiwan)
2009: Physics Education Award from Physics Education Society in Taiwan, 1st Faculty Teaching Excellence Award from National Taiwan Normal University
2011: Plenary speacker at OCPA7 (The 7th joint meeting of Chinese physicists worldwide International Conference on Physics Education and Frontier Physics)
Recent Publications in SSCI journal:
Guan, Y.-H., Tsai, C.-C.*, & Hwang, F.-K. (2006). Content analysis of online discussion on a senior-high-school discussion forum of a virtual physics laboratory. Instructional Science, 34, 279-311. (SSCI journal)
Hsu, Y. S.*,Wu, H.-K., & Hwang, F. K. (2007), Factors influencing junior high school teachers'computer-based instructional practices regarding their instructional evolution stages, EDUCATIONAL TECHNOLOGY & SOCIETY, 10 ,4 , p118-130 (SSCI)
Wu, H.-K.*, Hsu, Y. S., & Hwang, F. K (2008), Factors affecting teachers' adoption of technology in classrooms: Does school size matter, International Journal of Science and Mathematics Education , 6,1, p63-85 (TSSCI)
Hsu, Y.-S., Wu, H.-K., & Hwang, F.-K. (2008). Fostering High School Students' Conceptual Understandings About Seasons: The Design of a Technology-enhanced Learning Environment. Res. Sci. Education 38,2, p127-147 (SSCI)
Shih-Chyueh Chuang, Fu-Kwun Hwang, Chin-Chung Tsai(2008). Students' Perceptions of Constructivist Internet Learning Environments by a Physics Virtual Laboratory: The Gap between Ideal and Reality and Gender Differences, CyberPsychology & Behavior, 11(2) p150-156. (SSCI)
Wu, H.-K., Hsu, Y. S., & Hwang, F. K. (2010). Designing a technology-enhanced learning environment to support scientific modeling. Turkish Online Journal of Educational Technology, 9(4), 58-65. (SSCI)
Lee, W.Y., Tsai, C.-C., Wu, Y-T., Tsai, M.-J., Liu, T.C., Hwang, F-K., Lai, C.H., Liang, J.-C., Wu, H-C., & Chang, C.-Y.(2011) Internet-based science learning: a review of journal publications. International Journal of Science Education, First published on: 11 February 2011 (SSCI)