Chang Zhu

Chang Zhu
Vrije Universiteit Brussel | VUB · Educatiewetenschappen (EDWE)

PhD

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##Research areas: Blended learning, Innovations in higher education, Academic Leadership, University Governance, Online collaborative learning, online learning communities, Cross-cultural study of student learning, Teacher roles and adoption of educational technology, E-learning and constructivist learning environment, Learning conceptions and approaches, Media literacy education, digital leadership
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January 2010 - present
Vrije Universiteit Brussel
Position
  • Professor
September 2005 - December 2009
Ghent University
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  • Researcher

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Publications (264)
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Whilst emphasizing adult learners' characteristics as being different from traditional students, few studies have taken into account a broad personality trait, i.e. core self-evaluation (CSE), when explaining their learning performance. Additionally, existing studies confirm the vital role of adult education in the inclusion process of citizens in...
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This research aims to understand the factors influencing international academic mobility within the Chinese higher education context. The inventory of University Students’ Perceptions of Influencing Factors for International Academic Mobility was developed and tested to enquire about Chinese university students’ perceptions of factors influencing t...
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The implementation process of educational technology and computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL) is complex as it is influenced by context variables. This research aims to examine in a comprehensive way the effect of the cultural environment and school organizational culture features on the implementation of CSCL. A total of 832 students a...
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A growing amount of research focuses on learning in group settings and more specifically on learning in computersupported collaborative learning (CSCL) settings. Studies on western students indicate that online collaboration enhances student learning achievement; however, few empirical studies have examined student satisfaction, performance, and kn...
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JOURNAL OF NATIONAL ACADEMY OF EDUCATION ADMINISTRATION Published June 2022. Abstract: Affected by the organizational commitment level, the voice behavior stimulated by the perception of academic power of university teachers helps the university to absorb their experience and wisdom in daily governance. Using empirical data, this article reveals h...
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In the context of globalization and internationalization, several common development trends and challenges have emerged in higher education systems around the world. These will have an impact on the individual university governance structures. Since the international university network gets an increasing importance and several university functions...
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The purpose of this study was to qualitatively explore how students experienced the MOOC-based flipped learning and how should different scaffolding be emphasized in different stages in such educational contexts through the lens of the revised community of inquiry (CoI) framework. In total, 22 first-year undergraduate students were invited for one-...
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MOOC on Academic Leadership Development (MOOC 1)
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MOOC on Academic Leadership Development (MOOC 2)
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MOOC on Academic Leadership Development (MOOC 3)
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The change in innovative technologies, its impact on the access and use of electronic information and the complexity of library users are forcing librarians to majorly change their skill set. There is no longer request for physical information from patrons. Academic institutions now have to train their librarians to meet the changing needs of their...
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Technological changes have seemingly become inexorable rather than the exception for academic institutions. It has been argued that an organisation's ability to adapt to a changing environment depends on its preparedness for change. This article delineates the extent of preparedness for managing technological changes in teaching and learning among...
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Universities in China have faced great challenges in the past decade, such as challenges driven by globalization and technological progress. This requires leaders to meet the challenge of change. Little has been written from the perspective of educational leadership in Chinese higher education institutions (HEIs). This study aims to explore academi...
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Mobile-assisted language learning (MALL) is increasingly gaining attention from educational stakeholders. This quantitative study implements the Unified Theory of Acceptance and Use of Technology (UTAUT) model with the added variable of attitude. The participants were 89 Colombian higher education language teachers who shared their views on MALL vi...
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In the context of globalisation, public organisations are undergoing rapid transformation, and how to govern them scientifically has become an important research topic. University governance is an important research area in the field of higher education; it has been addressed by many scholars across the world. In order to fully understand the curre...
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MOOC on Academic Leadership Development
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The purpose of this paper was to study academics’ readiness for organisational change (ROC) towards the integration of Innovative Teaching and Learning Technologies (ITLTs) in public universities. A cross-sectional research design was used to collect data from 234 academics selected from two public universities in Tanzania. The study adopted a mixe...
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Supporting teachers professionally, both in their teaching skills and the inclusion of technology, is one of the few direct interventions to help them grow. Currently, few instruments assessing these perceptions exist, and evidence on their validity is sparse. Hence, this paper presents the development and validation of an instrument assessing teac...
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The adoption, deployment, and implementation of e-learning systems in higher learning institutions in Tanzania receive notable recognition as innovative, efficient and effective teaching and learning platforms. This study investigated instructors' perspectives, motivational factors, and competence in the use of an e-learning system at Mzumbe Univer...
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Guided by multi-layered ecological model, this study examined Chinese international students’ intercultural interactions with two distinctive groups of cultural “others”: multi-national students and domestic students. Based on data collected from semi-structured interviews with Chinese students at three Belgian universities, the research unraveled...
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Community Engagement (CE) is an accredited path for Higher Education Institutions (HEIs) to address development challenges facing communities. However, establishing practical CE approaches is difficult due to a lack of information on stakeholders' perceptions and needs for CE. This paper intends to fill this gap by examining engaged stakeholders' p...
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The constant change in technology, its impact on the electronic information environment and complex library users are forcing academic librarians to majorly change their skill set. Patrons no longer request for physical information but are accessing and retrieving information electronically. This study investigated the current training needs of lib...
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The Higher Education landscape is constantly evolving. Larger and more diverse student cohorts, the growing demands for flexibility and accessibility, but not at the expense of quality, have been driving universities to reimagine learning spaces by using the affordances of digital technologies. While there is an abundance of literature on individua...
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This current study qualitatively explored Chinese international students’ coping strategies and social support resources in dealing with academic stressors. A consensual qualitative research (CQR) methodology was used on analyzing data gathered from semi-structured interviews. We identified an array of academic stressors and differentiated them acc...
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Universities have been coping with various challenges and pressures over the last decade. Therefore, capacity building for academic leaders is a critical point for universities to survive in this challenging era. Yet, existing studies suffer from several limitations. Among others, they do not consider the examination of academic staff members' and...
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Challenges of modern society require universities to be able to respond to the new challenges and offer innovative teaching and learning for the new generations. The changes and modernization of universities require competences of academic leaders for sound university governance as well as comprehensive leadership skills. The literature and practic...
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In responding to the ubiquitous presence of information and communication technology (ICT) in the educational landscape, blended learning has been increasingly adopted in adult education. While adult educators and practitioners face challenges due to such pedagogical shifts in instructional design, they are also encouraged to underscore the emancip...
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The purpose of this study is to apply the Technology Acceptance Model to identify the determinants affecting students’ behavioural intentions when it comes to using micro-lectures. The conceptual framework included three antecedents of behavioural intentions – perceived usefulness of micro-lectures; perceived ease of use of micro-lectures; and user...
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This paper explores the historical background of the Mzumbe University (MU)'s approach to e-learning since its inception in 2009. It reflects on the successes and challenges, lessons learnt from the MU experience and recommends a way forward. The paper is based on case study research, making the use of observation and secondary data generated from...
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Cognitive presence sustains the learning community through intellectual discourse. Previous studies have explored cognitive presence using mainly quantitative measures in relation to students' perceived learning. This study adopts a mixed-method approach to investigate students' perception of cognitive presence, its relationship with academic perfo...
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Education systems are required to train human capital on skills befitting knowledge-based economies. This calls for innovative systems in education to meet the ever-increasing demand for skilled workforces in these economies. Education systems should enhance quality in teaching and learning processes and prepare future citizens for life and work th...
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The study’s main aim was to explore the role of Facebook class groups, created and managed by high-school students, in facilitating social dynamics and learning experiences. Fourteen Facebook class groups were observed online and students were subsequently questioned through focus-group interviews. Our findings show that Facebook class groups can p...
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For obtaining benefits from using Information and Communication Technology (ICT) in education sector, technical and management aspects related to the use of ICT are needed. This literature review article focuses on assessing managerial aspects that influence deployment of e-learning technologies. Provision of details in each managerial dimension at...
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Significant enhancement in students’ learning performance has been noticed in blended learning courses. Yet, the differential effect of blended learning as a function of disciplinary difference has not widely been explored. Moreover, studies on the critical factors related to students’ performance measured by objective course grades are recognized...
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Together with the rapid growth of blended courses implemented in higher education, instructors and researchers are keen on exploring the efficient models of blended learning (BL) to enhance students' achievement. While many BL theoretical models exist, robust empirical evidence confirming instructors' strategies and implementation is still scarce,...
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Institutions considering online and blended learning (OBL) face the challenge of strategically adopting OBL to develop, implement, monitor, assess and improve the quality of programmes and courses. The principles of continuous quality improvement (CQI) allow this challenge to be addressed. Effective CQI management implies that quality assurance and...
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With the enormous scientific and technological developments, higher education institutions are facing rapid structural, social, technological changes. Because they are considered as an important center of talent development and knowledge production and sharing for countries. To fulfill their educational, social and economic needs, higher education...
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This study aims to explore the existence and extent of social media visions, policies and guidelines in high schools in Flanders (Belgium, Europe) and how these policies are embedded in the schools. The research findings are based on qualitative data collected in 47 high schools. Next to an in-depth document analysis of all available school regulat...
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Blended learning has been studied for many years. However, it is necessary to assess whether blended learning is a good practice as opposed to face-to-face and online learning. Based on the Seven Principles for Good Practice in Undergraduate Education, a questionnaire was designed to compare blended learning in seven dimensions to traditional and o...
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Abstract Relying on advanced network technologies, Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) can support the transformation and deep construction of high-quality open courses. However, with the use of MOOCs in many universities and colleges, new issues have emerged. MOOCs are not specifically designed for local conditions. Researchers lack understanding...
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In this chapter, a conceptual relational model is built addressing the main actors of the K-20 education programmes and the key aspects of blended learning approach. The chapter goes beyond by addressing the K-20 education system in a lenses of technology integration in education, and that the K-20 education system cannot exist in remote. The chapt...
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Concerns about quality provision and innovation in meeting language learner needs have arguably marked the evolution of both blended and online distance education in TESOL, in distinct and interrelated ways. Blended and distance language teaching have been supported and enhanced by technological and pedagogical innovation. Both processes are seen a...
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This PhD project focuses on the investigation of key influential variables related to blended learning (BL) courses in Tanzanian Universities by applying the Community of Inquiry theory. The Community of Inquiry theoretical framework represents a process of creating a deep and meaningful learning experience through the development of three interdep...
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Teaching presence influences student learning, motivation, satisfaction and performance in blended learning courses. Many studies have focused on understanding teaching presence using quantitative measures only. This study explores perceptions of teaching presence (TP) in relation to academic performance among instructors and students in blended le...
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Aim. The aim of this research is to identify student perceptions of the current organizational culture type in four flagship Turkish public universities. Its further goal after this diagnosis was to help the researchers and policy makers to deeply understand the actual situations and make recommendations for organizational culture change and educat...
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This study examines the relationship between teachers’ perceived roles and their constructivist engagement practices in constructivist-based blended learning environment (BLE) courses in Tanzanian universities. The study used a mixed-methods research design with multiple data collection techniques to collect data from 261 teachers across ten se...
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Learners need diligence when going solo in technology-enhanced learning environments. Nevertheless, self-regulation and scaffolding are two under-researched concepts when it comes to mobile learning. To tackle this knowledge gap, this study focuses on self-regulation and scaffolding for mobile assisted language learning (MALL). Fifty-two students o...
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Online and blended learning (OBL) is valued, but it also offers challenges. Literature indicates that OBL can enhance access to education and increase flexibility for students. However, the reported dropout rates indicate that student participation in OBL programmes is a concern. Scientifically valid knowledge about how factors that help students p...
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Identifying and fulfilling adult learners’ needs is critical to instructional designs aimed at enhancing their achievement and self-empowerment. In reviewing different theories and perspectives on adult learning and online and blended learning (OBL), it is noteworthy that there is not a comprehensive framework to guide the design of OBL environment...
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In this article, we investigated the satisfaction of distance education university students (DEUS) with the use of audio media technology as a medium of instruction.
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p class="0BodyText"> Although audio media has been presented by previous research as a suitable medium for conveying agricultural information, there is limited research in assessing its effectiveness in assisting farmers’ gain agricultural knowledge. This study thus undertook to carry out that investigation by involving 1000 smallholder banana farm...
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In a digitalized society blended learning has become a favorable approach in adult education. Blended learning is showing promise as a teaching approach because of the variety of learning opportunities that can be created. Furthermore, participation in adult education can contribute to social benefits for adults, of whom a certain amount is at risk...
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Higher education systems need to increasingly transform in order to face new challenges of society in a modern and global context. Both Europe and China are facing challenges in restructuring their higher education systems and embracing the potential for higher education to deliver innovative teaching and learning as well as social and economic ser...
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To support students’ learning, new approaches to assessment are implemented next to innovative methods of English as a second language (L2) or foreign language teaching (EFL). Alternative forms of assessment of a formative rather than a summative nature are increasingly endorsed by language teaching faculty. Among these, there has been a growing tr...
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Students employ diverse learning approaches when they are engaged in learning activities. Their choices on the type of approach to use are affected by many factors, including learning environments, instructional design and types of learning activities assigned. This study examines students’ conceptions of learning approaches and their engagement i...
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This paper explores the perspectives of Flemish secondary school principals and coordinating principals on the government-proposed changes and uncovers their experiences with these changes in an in-depth manner. In a school system characterised by school freedom and free school choice, semi-structured interviews with 21 school leaders revealed the...
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Ever-evolving digital technologies have changed education practices in the modern era, and a great deal of time and resources have been ardently applied to develop, design, deploy and implement newly innovated educational technologies that enhance learning environments. In the modern age of globalisation, learning environments assume the role of ti...
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This paper aims to shed light on our understanding of how teacher reflection could be fostered through online teacher professional development. In this respect, the presented paper starts from three theoretical foundations, namely: the characterization of online teacher professional development, logic modelling and finally fostering teacher reflect...
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This study examines the role of social networking sites on the learning processes, teaching practices and professional development of secondary school teachers. By conducting observations and in-depth interviews with active participants, we present an ethnographic study of the Facebook group Teaching ideas secondary education [author’s translation]...