Chee Yam San is an Associate Professor in the Learning Sciences & Technologies Academic Group 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 work is located in the field of educational philosophy and theory and emphasizes reconceptualizing education through the theoretical lenses of pragmatism, process philosophy, and complexity thinking. Earlier research at the National Institute of Education focused on new media and new literacies in education, with a special emphasis on game-based learning in formal learning environments. Educational games that have been developed include Legends of Alkhimia, Statecraft X, Space Station Leonis, and Escape from Centauri 7. He is the author of the book Games-to-Teach or Games-to-Learn: Unlocking the Power of Digital Game-based Learning through Performance, published by Springer. This book was recognized for scholarship in ACM Computing Review's 20th Annual Best of Computing Notable Books and Articles 2015, an annual honor roll of most impactful publications related to computing. Prof Chee is also an invited member of the European Science Foundation's Community of Experts.
Prior to the above, Prof Chee's 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 American Educational Research Association and the International Society for Cultural and Activity Research. He was President of the Asia-Pacific Society for Computers in Education (APSCE) for a two-year term from January 2004.
Prof Chee 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 Editorial Board Member of the International Journal of Game-Based Learning, the International Journal of Web Based Communities, and the journal Higher Education Pedagogies. He was the Founding Executive Editor of APSCE's journal, Research and Practice in Technology Enhanced Learning; he relinquished the position at the end of 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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