Dr. Esther Tan obtained her doctoral degree in the Learning Sciences at the Munich Center of the Learning Sciences (MCLS), University of Munich (LMU), Germany in 2015. She was an assistant professor from 2016 to 2018 at the Open University of the Netherlands (OUNL) where she focused her work on two Erasmus+ research projects: Let’s Learn to Learn (LELLE) and MOOQ (quality of MOOCs): the latter was awarded the most innovative Erasmus+ project by the European Commission.
Prior to her doctoral training, she had already acquired wide-ranging educational and research experience at various institutions: she was an education technology officer with the Educational Technology Division (ETD), Ministry of Education (MOE), Singapore; head of IT at Shanghai Singapore International School (SSIS), Shanghai; and a research associate with the Singapore Future School Project to advance research in the 21st century digital skills and competencies at the Learning Sciences Lab (LSL), National Institute of Education (NIE), Singapore.
Her research areas include seamless and mobile learning, collaborative knowledge building, (online) peer feedback and multimodal learning analytics (MMLA) in Computer Supported Collaborative Learning (CSCL). She is currently the co-project investigator of “Uncovering the Process and Outcome of CSCL using MMLA: New Environments and Assessment for CSCL in the learning continuum”: a collaboration with National Institute of Education (NIE) and Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore.