HUNG Wei Loong David


Dean, Education Research

Office of Education Research (OER)

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Research Interests
Apprenticeship learning and epistemic change, Scaling and Diffusion of educational innovations, Social constructivism and communities of practice

  • Current Appointments
    • Professor, National Institute of Education
    • Dean, Education Research, Office of Education Research (2018 to present)
    • Centre Director, Centre for Research in Pedagogy & Practice
    • Head, EduLab (joint appointment NIE and MOE)
    Previous Appointments
    • Head, Center for Research in Pedagogy and Practice (CRPP) (2014)
    • Head, Educational Research Administration and Communication (2009)
    • Head, Learning Sciences Laboratory (2008 to 2009)
    • Associate Dean, Learning Sciences (2002 to 2008)
    • Head, Learning Sciences and Technologies Academic Group (2002 to 2008)
    • Assistant Professor, National Institute of Education (1999 to 2001)
    • Lecturer, NTU (1996 to 1998)
    • Systems Analyst, Systems and Computer Organisation (1986 to 1992)
    • Computer-Assisted Instruction Coordinator, Ministry of Defence (1986 to 1987)

    Prof David Hung is currently Dean, Education Research of OER. He is a Professor at the National Institute of Education with teaching and research interests in learning, in particular, social cultural orientations to cognition and communities of practice. He is also Head of eduLab at OER, an initiative designed to surface and spread ground-up ICT-based pedagogical innovations. He was the former Head of Educational Research Administration and Communication, OER. He is currently a contributing editor of Educational Technology.

    Prof Hung has conducted research in Learning and Instructional Technologies, Constructivism and Social Constructivism, Learning in Communities of Practice, etc., in recent years. 

    In 2004, he initiated the set-up of the Learning Sciences Laboratory to focus research on ICT infusion in student-centred learning.

    Prof Hung's (well over 100) publications are internationally known, and he is well recognised in the learning sciences and educational technology communities at home and abroad.

  • Professor Hung is recognised in the learning sciences and educational technology communities both locally and internationally. He has also conducted extensive research in the areas of learning and instructional technologies, learning in communities of practice, constructivism and social constructivism, and the diffusion of innovations.  His work combines with research and practice fields.

    Professor Hung is presently serving as Editor for the NIE journal Learning: Research and Practice, and as an International Advisory Board member for the Asia Pacific Education Researcher.  He has published widely in the learning sciences field such as in educational technology and innovations.

    Prof Hung has also served as Contributing Editor or Associate Editor for several well-read international academic publications in the learning sciences field such as Educational Technology, and has been appointed as journal reviewer for well-established international academic journals.

  • Prof Hung received his PhD from the National University of Singapore in 1997. He pursued his Master of Computing degree at Monash University, Australia in 1993 and his Bachelor of Science degree at Carleton University, Canada in 1985. He also obtained his Postgraduate Diploma from the Nanyang Technological University in 1998.