JUNG, Insung

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JUNG, Insung
International Christian University
College of Liberal Arts Division of Arts and Sciences
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Dr. Insung Jung has been a professor of Education at the International Christian University (ICU, a premier liberal arts college in Japan) since 2003.

Before joining ICU in 2003, she served as the Director of the Multimedia Education Center at the Ewha Women’s University in Seoul for three years. The Center was established to develop, deliver and manage e-learning programs for the University (http://cyber.ewha.ac.kr/index.php/). She established numerous collaborative relationships with national, regional and international institutions to develop and deliver online programs to professional women (e.g., e-learning specialist certification programs; online courses in Korean Studies and Women’s Studies; an online program for women in business) in the region and throughout the world.

From 1992 through 2000, she was on the faculty of the Korea National Open University (KNOU, Korea’s premier distance learning institution) and led several research and development projects on the design and evaluation of various technology-enhanced education. Her contributions to KNOU include the establishment of video conferencing system connecting KNOU’s 12 regional centers across the nation, the development of the first version of KNOU online database digitizing its video and audio lectures, and the integration of network technologies in one-way distance education at KNOU in the 1990s, all with the Korean government’s Informatization in Education fund.

She has edited and authored several books with scholars from various parts of the world, including recent publications: “Distance and blended learning in Asia” (2009, Routledge), “Quality, quality assurance and accreditation in distance education and e-learning: Models, policies and research” (2011, Routledge), "Quality assurance in distance education and e-learning: Challenges and solutions from Asia" (2012, Sage Publications), “Online learner competencies: Knowledge, skills and attitudes for successful learning in online and blended settings” (2013, Information Age Publishing), "Culture and online learning: Global perspectives and research" (2014, Stylus), and “Liberal arts education and colleges in East Asia: Possibilities and challenges in the global age” (2016, Springer). Her recently edited book titled “Open and distance education theory revisited: Implications for the digital era” will be published in June 2019 by Springer.

She has served as a consultant and advisor in DE/e-learning to numerous national and international institutions, including: UNESCO’s Open and Distance Learning Initiative for Higher Education Knowledge Base (ODLKB), World Bank’s Human Development Network, the APEC ICT Human Capacity Building and Facilitation of Human Resources Exchange, Asia Development Bank Institute, the Advisory Committee of World Bank’s GDLN project in Korea, the Committees of several Korean Ministries and higher education institutions; the judging committee for NHK’s Japan Prize, and the executive board of the International Development Research Centre (IDRC)-sponsored Openness and Quality in DE in Asia project. Moreover, she has been involved in Korea’s national policy development in DE including a recent ASEAN Cyber University project, and has evaluated a number of initiatives in which information and communications technologies (ICT) have been used in the K-12, tertiary, teacher training, and corporate education sub-sectors. She has conducted extensive research in DE and quality assurance. Recently she worked as the project leader of the so called Future Liberal Arts Colleges project and the Design and Implementation of a New Faculty Orientation Program for Liberal Arts Education.

Currently, she is serving as a leader of Global Research Network for Liberal Arts Education; a co-editor-in-chief of the International Journal for Educational Media and Technology; a member of an editorial board of the International Review of Research in Open and Distance Education; an associate editor of International Journal of Distance Education Technologies; an editorial board member of Distance Education, Asian Journal of Distance Education, International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education, Journal of Online Learning and Teaching (USA), the Journal of Distance Learning, and an advisor to the International Board of Standards for Training, Performance and Instruction (ibstpi), and a reviewer of several other journals including British Journal of Educational Technology, Educational Technology Research & Development, Computers & Education, and Journal of Educational Technology & Society. She is also conducting research projects on the quality of Open Educational Resources (OERs) and impacts of OERs.

For more details, visit her personal website - http://epiaget.com

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Academic & Professional Experience

Apr 2016
Mar 2018
Chair, Dept. of Education and Language Education
Apr 2013
Mar 2015
Director, Institute for Educational Research and Service, International Christian University
Sep 2010
Mar 2012
Chair, Dept. of Education, International Christian University
Sep 2003
Professor of International Christian University
Sep 2003


Aug 1984
Dec 1988
Instructional Systems Technology, Education, Indiana University, Bloomington
Mar 1978
Feb 1982
Education, Education, Seoul National University

Committee Memberships

Center for Open Education Research, University of Oldenburg, Germany  Member
Global Research Network in Liberal Arts Education  Chair

Awards & Honors

Women's Voices in the Field of Educational Technology, Women Leaders in Educational Technology, AECT
Association of Educational Communication and Technology selected a number of women leaders and published their life story as a book (Springer) and awarded those leaders during AECT conference.

Published Papers

A framework for assessing fitness for purpose in open educational resources.
Jung, I.S., Sasaki, T., & Latchem, C.
International Journal of Educational Technology in Higher Education   13(1)    2016   [Refereed]
Faculty members’ instructional priorities for adopting OER
Jung, I.S. & Hong, S.
The International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning   17(6)    2016   [Refereed]
MOOCs: What have we learned so far?
Jung, I.S.
Journal of Cyber Education   10(2) 1-11   2016   [Refereed][Invited]
Learning from MOOCs: A qualitative case study from the learners’ perspectives.
Park, Y., Jung, I.S., & Reeves, T.
Educational Media International, in process      2015   [Refereed]
Scaffolding strategies for wiki-based collaboration: Action research in a multicultural Japanese language program.
Jung, I.S., & Suzuki, Y.
British Journal of Educational Technology      2015   [Refereed]


A Cross-Cultural Approach to OER Adoption in Higher Education
Insung Jung and Jihyun Lee
British Journal of Educational Technology      2019   [Refereed]
The Effects of Learner Factors on MOOC Learning Outcomes and Their Pathways
Insung Jung & Jihyun Lee
Innovations in Education and Teaching International      2019   [Refereed]
Gibran Alejandro Garcia Mendoza; Shota Kobayashi
International Journal of Educational Media and Technology   11(1)    Aug 2017   [Refereed]
Costing virtual university educatio
JUNG, Insung
"Economics of distance and online learning: theory, practice and research"   pp.148-161   2008

Books etc

Open and Distance Education Theory Revisited: Implications for the Digital Era
Insung Jung
Springer   2019   
MOOCs in Six Emerging APEC Member Economies: Trends, Research and Recommendations
Insung Jung, Gibran A. Garcia Mendoza, Jennifer Christine Fajardo, Roberto B. Figueroa Jr. and Siaw Eng Tan (Part:Contributor)
Routledge   2019   
Book title - MOOCs and Open Education Across Emerging Economies: Challenges, Successes, and Opportunities
Liberal arts education and colleges in East Asia: Possibilities and challenges in the global age.
Jung, I., Nishimura, M., & Sasao, T. (Eds.) (Part:Joint Editor)
Springer   2016   
Women's voices in the field of educational technology - Chapter 13 - Insung’s voice: Great people, boundless opportunities, and meaningful changes.
A. Donaldson (Ed.) (Part:Contributor, (pp. 87-92))
Springer   2016   
MOOCs pedagogy: Critical analysis and future models.
Jung, I.S.
Seoul, Korea: Hakjisa.   2015   

Conference Activities & Talks

Theories of Open and Distance Education: Past Present and Future
Insung Jung
The 19th International Conference on Education Research   19 Oct 2018   Seoul National University
revisit and discuss three kinds of ODE theories: 1) The foundational theories that have been applied in ODE research and updated and refined as a result of further research and practice, 2) New theories or models emerging from recent developments ...
Openness in Higher Education: Cases of Korea and Japan [Invited]
Insung Jung
Inaugural COER International Research Symposium 2018   2 Oct 2018   University of Oldenburg
Discussed infrastructure, policy and change to distribute open educational resources in higher education in Korea and Japan
University Educators’ Use OER: A Cross-Cultural Study
Insung Jung and Ilju Rha
EdMedia and Innovative Learning Conference   26 Jun 2018   AACE
The presentation explored types of OER adopted and dominant predictors for OER adoption and reported effects of culture, age, gender, and experience on OER acceptance
MOOCs: Emerging trends, Empirical results, and Future implications. [Invited]
Asian Conference on Society, Education & Technology 2016   21 Oct 2016   
An analysis and comparison of core curriculum in liberal arts colleges: Implications for East Asia higher education.
An analysis and comparison of core curriculum in liberal arts colleges: Implications for East Asia higher education.   12 Oct 2016   Seoul National University

Teaching Experience


Research Grants & Projects

From Open Education To Open Thinking: The role of OER and MOOCs in promoting university students' open thinking ability
JSPS: Scientific Research C (General)
Project Year: Apr 2019 - Mar 2024
A Comparative Case Study: Pedagogical, Practical, and Policy Impacts of OER on Higher Education (Kakenhi)
JSPS: Scientific Research C (General)
Project Year: Apr 2016 - Mar 2019
Design and Implementation of a New Faculty Development Program For Liberal Arts Education (United Board-Funded)
Insung Jung: 
Project Year: Jul 2016 - Jun 2018
New framework for Japanese Private Higher Education:  Attaining sustainable growth for international competitiveness of small liberal arts colleges
Japanese Academic Research Promotion Fund: 
Project Year: Apr 2014 - Mar 2017
Quality and Pedagogical Guidelines for Open Educational Resource (OER) Use in Higher Education: Matching with Culture and Teaching Context
Insung Jung: Scientific Research C (General)
Project Year: Apr 2013 - Mar 2016