Professor Ok-hwa Lee
Since 1996, Ok-hwa Lee has held the position the Professor for Educational Technology at the Department of Education and Computer Education, Chungbuk National University in South Korea after she served at national research institutes KEDI (Korea Educational Development Institute) and KAIST SERI (Korea Advanced Institute of Science and Technology, Software Engineering Research Institute) for 10 years. Currently, Ok-hwa Lee also serves as a director for the Educational Research Institute (eri.cbnu.ac.kr) and the CEO of social enterprise for educational service called “SmartSchool” sponsored by the Ministry of Education.
She has been the pioneer of educational movement for computer education, e-learning, smart education in Korea since the concept of ICT application in Korea was introduced at the national level in 1987. Her interest has been educational innovation with technology support since she finished her academic training at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in USA for the master’s and Ph.D. program. She has served on three President’s committees (Republic of Korea) – the President’s Council on Information Strategies; the e-Government committee of the Local Government Innovation Council; and the committee for educational reform. She received the national medal for her service in the development of e-Government in 2007. She has been involved in the report for Korean education 2030 when she served at the committee for educational reform.
Her interests are educational innovation (edu 3.0), elearning, educational entrepreneurship, global education. She has been active in international collaborations such as ACU (ASEAN Cyber University) in south Asian countries, and practicum abroad between Korea and EU for pre-service teachers, BRIDGE (Building Relationships through Intercultural Dialogue and Growing Engagement) project between Korea and Australia for 17 years which is sponsored by the government of Australia and Korea, Korean member for GELP (Global Education Leaders Program), collaborative research with the University of Helsinki, to mention a few experiences from many projects. She was the chairperson of the professional society Korean Association for Educational Information and Media, chair of ICoME (International Conference of Media Education) and chief editor of international online journal Asia-Pacific Collaborative Education Journal www.acec.journal.org. She is the author (co-author) for 20 books and many academic articles and reports.