University at Buffalo

Yunjeong Chang

Yunjeong Chang

Assistant Professor


Specialty/Research Focus

Computer Science Education; Engineering Education; Cognition; Digital Media and Learning; Diversity; Gender, Culture, and Equity; Educational technology; Educator Preparation; Higher Education; Learning Communities; STEM education; Learning Design; Learning Sciences; Problem Based Learning; Online and Distance Learning; Universal Design; Professional / Staff Development

Contact Information
578 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-4076

Professional Summary:

My research focuses on engaging cognitively and culturally diverse students in the student-centered online, hybrid, and face-to-face learning environments in multi-disciplinary contexts. My research areas have evolved while conducting mixed method research with scholars in computer science, science, engineering, and medical fields. Currently, I co-led two NSF grants and am leading four ongoing research projects across four areas: Engaging learners in student-centered learning environments, Enhancing STEM diversity, Creating effective online professional development environments, and Serving underserved population.

Learn more about my research and teaching

Education and Training:
  • Research Scientist, University of Virginia, Computer Science and Engineering Education
  • PhD, University of Georgia, Learning, Design and Technology
  • Postdoctoral Research Associate, University of Virginia, Computer Science and Engineering Education
Awards and Honors:
  • Exceptional Online Instructor (2019-2020); The Learning and Instruction Graduate Student Association, Graduate School of Education, Univsersity at Buffalo, SUNY.; 2020-05-20;
  • Featured Research of the Year; Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT); 2018-10-26;
  • Certificate in Interdisciplinary Qualitative Studies; National Council on Teacher Education (NCATE), Commission on Colleges of the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools (SACS), and the Council for the Accreditation of Educator Preparation (CAEP);
Recent Publications:
Journal Article:
  • Chang, Y., & Lee, E. (2022). Addressing the challenges of online and blended STEM learning with grounded design. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 38(5), 163-179.
  • Kim, D., Jung, E., Yoon, M., Chang, Y., Park, S., Kim, D., & Demir, F. (2021). Exploring the structural relationships between course design factors, learner commitment, self-directed learning, and intentions for further learning in a self-paced MOOC. Computers & Education, 166, 104171. [ISI indexed, SSCI Journal, Impact Factor: 5.29]
  • Oh, E. G., Chang, Y., & Park, S. W. (2019). Design review of MOOCs: Application of e-learning design principles. Journal of Computing in Higher Education. . [ISI indexed, SSCI Journal, Impact Factor: 2.27]
  • Chang, Y & Brickman, M. (2018). When Group Work Doesn’t Work: Insights from Student Evaluations of their Peers. CBE Life Sciences Education. 17(3), ar52. [ISI indexed, SCIE Journal, Impact Factor: 2.24]
Book Chapter:
  • Chang, Y, Hill, J., & Hannafin, M.J. (2020). Emerging Trends to Foster Student-Centered Learning in the Disciplines: Science, Engineering, Computing and Medicine, in Hoiden, S. & Klemenc?ic?, M. (Eds), International Handbook of Student-Centered Learning and Instruction in Higher Education (pp. 221-234), Oxon, UK: Routledge.
Recent Presentations:
Invited Lectures:
  • The Korean Society for Educational Technology, Virtual Conference through Metaverse, Workshop on “Designing and writing convergence research proposal”, on November-12-2021.;
  • University of Texas, Austin, Workshop on Collaborative Learning for Biology Department, on April-6-2022.;
  • Cho, M, Chang, Y, Lee, D. (Apr, 2022). Development of mental health app: a formative evaluation. Paper presented for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, San Diego with virtual component.;
  • Han, Y., Chang, Y., & Kearney, E. (Apr, 2021). International Graduate Students’ Perceptions of Online Learning During the Pandemic. Paper presented for the American Educational Research Association (AERA) Annual Meeting, Virtual Conference.;
  • Oh, E., Cho, M., & Chang, Y. (Nov 2020). What do learners expect from MOOCs? Learners’ perspectives on MOOC design, Concurrent Session at Association for Educational Communication and Technology (AECT) International Conference, Virtual Conference.;
Recent Grants:
  • Consultant, Lighthouse CC: Online Professional Development for Community College Computer Science Faculty; Federal; National Science Foundation (NSF); Awarded; (08/01/2018-08/31/2021)
  • Co-PI, Increasing Diversity and Engagement in Undergraduate Computing with Enhanced Collaborative Learning (IUSE: EHR); Federal; National Science Foundation (NSF); Awarded; (08/01/2017-08/31/2022)
Recent Activities:
Editorial and Review:
  • NSF Panel Reviewer (2021)
  • Grant Reviewer and Panel Discussant, National Institutions of Health (NIH), SBIR/STTR Grants, Interactive Digital Media STEM Resources for Pre-College and Informal Science Education Audiences (2020)
  • Proposal Reviewer, SUNY Innovative Instruction Technology Grants (IITG)

Contact Information

578 Baldy Hall
North Campus
Phone: 716-645-4076