Department of Elementary and Early Childhood Education

Heejung An, Ed.D.

An Heejung

Office:   V4090
Phone:   973-720-2280
Office Hours:   Tuesdays & Thursdays: 2 - 3:30 pm, & By Appt.

Department: Elementary and Early Childhood Education
Position: Associate Professor, Tenured
Area Specialization: Educational Technology; Educational Research

Academic Degrees and Certifications

  • Ed.D.: Instructional Technology and Media, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • M.A.: Communications Management and Technology, School of Education, New York University: 
  • B.S.: Biology, with  a minor in Secondary Education, College of Natural Science, Ewha Womans University.
Professional Experience
  • Associate Professor, William Paterson University (2010- present)
    Assistant Professor, William Paterson University (2005- 2010)
  • Adjunct Faculty, The School of Professional Development, Stony Brook University, NY.
  • Adjunct Faculty, Instructional Technology Program, Grand Canyon University of Phoenix. Phoenix, AZ.
  • Faculty, Technical Career Institutes, College of Technology, NY.
  • Graduate Research Assistant, Kumon Evaluation Project, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Digital Media Arts Curriculum Designer, Distance Learning Project, Teachers College, Columbia University
  • Researcher, Korea Telecom Satellite Group, Research & Development, Korea Telecom, Seoul, Republic of Korea.
  • Lab analyst in the Enzyme and AIDS Divisions, Research & Development, Dong-A Pharmaceutical Co. LTD, Seoul, Republic of Korea .
Current Teaching and Administrative Responsibilities

  • ELCL6290-61: Research in Education I (T: 5 - 7:30 pm)
  • CIEE2130-70: Teaching in a  Technological World (hybrid course) (W:11:00 am - 12:40 pm)
  • Director, M. Ed. in Curriculum and Learning
  • UG K-5 and K-5/5-8 academic advisor
  • Project Director, Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Grant: "The US-NJ-South Korea Project at William Paterson University:  Exploring Korea’s History, Culture, and Education System through Experiential Learning"
Other Collegiate Assignments (2013-2014)
  • Chair, The WPU Annual Educational Technology Conference (2010- present)
  • Dept. Retention and Tenure Committee
  • Senate Ad hoc committee for administrator evaluations
  • UCC - Technology Intensive Review Panel
  • Strategic Plan Implementation Committee Team 1 - E
Professional Affiliations and Activities

  • International Society for Technology in Education (ISTE)
  • Korean Society for Educational Technology (KSET)
  • American Educational Research Association (AERA)
  • Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE)

Current Research Interests

  • Cognition and knowledge representations.
  • Fostering metacognition through online group learning .
  • The effectiveness of using iPad devices in K-12 classrooms.
  • Teaching teachers to use technology effectively.

Selected Publications

Edited Book:

  • An, H., Alon, S., & Fuentes, D. (Eds.) (in progress). Tablets in K-12 Education: Integrated Experiences and Implications. Hershey, PA: IGI Global. [Call for Chapters]

Refereed Journal Articles:

  • An, H., Wilder, H., & Lim, K. (2011). Preparing elementary preservice teachers from a non-traditional student population to teach with technology. Computers in the Schools, 28(2), 170-193.
  • An, H., & Shin, S. (2011). The impact of urban district field experiences on four elementary preservice teachers' learning regarding technology integration. Journal of Technology Integration in the Classroom. 2(3), 101-107.
  • An, H., & Seplocha, H. (2010). Video-sharing websites: Tools for developing pattern languages in children. Young Children, 65(5), 20-25.
  • Wilder, H., Ferris, P., & An, H. (2010). Exploring international multicultural field experiences in educational technology. Multicultural Education & Technology Journal, 4(1), 30-42.
  • An, H., & Wilder, H. (2010). A bottom-up approach for implementing electronic portfolios in a teacher education program. Journal of Digital Learning in Teacher Education, 26(3), 84-91.
  • An, H., Shin, S., & Lim, K. (2009). The effects of different instructor facilitation approaches on students' interactions during asynchronous online discussions. Computers & Education, 53(3), 749-760.
  • An, H., Kim, S., & Kim, B. (2008). Teacher perspectives on online collaborative learning: Factors perceived as facilitating and impeding successful online group work. Contemporary Issues in Technology and Teacher Education (CITE) Journal, 8(1), 65-83.
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  • An, H., & Kim, S. (2007). The perceived benefits and difficulties of online group work in a teacher education program. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 4(5), 3-19.
Refereed Book Chapters:
  • Fuentes, D., An, H., & Alon, S. (forthcoming). Mobile Devices and Classroom Management: Considerations and applications for effective use in an elementary school classroom.  In H. An, S. Alon, & D. Fuentes (Eds.), Tablets in K-12 Education: Integrated Experiences and Implications. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Fuentes, D., An, H., & Alon, S. (forthcoming). Using Mobile Devices Selectively: A deductive pedagogy for the intentional use of apps to support K-5 literacy development. In H. An, S. Alon, & D. Fuentes (Eds.), Tablets in K-12 Education: Integrated Experiences and Implications. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Anderson, A. & An, H. (forthcoming). Use of iPads to Help Newcomers Develop English Literacy Skills at a Middle School: A Case Study. In H. An, S. Alon, & D. Fuentes (Eds.), Tablets in K-12 Education: Integrated Experiences and Implications. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.
  • Ames, L., An, H., & Alon, S. (2013). The Incorporation of Geometer’s Sketchpad in a high school geometry curriculum. In D. Polly (Ed.), Common Core Mathematics Standards and Implementing Digital Technologies.
  • An, H., & Wilder, H. (2010). Implementing an online educational technology course in a teacher preparation program: challenges and solutions. In C. Penny, J. Leight, & S. Winterton (Eds.), Technology Leadership in Teacher Education: Integrated Solutions and Experiences (pp. 30-44). Hershey, PA: IGI Global.

Refereed Conference Presentations or Proceedings:

Awards and Honors
  • Fulbright-Hays Group Projects Abroad Grant (9/30/2013 - 3/31/2015)
  • Highly Commended Award Winner" at the Literati Network Awards for Excellence 2011:
    "Exploring international multicultural field experiences in educational technology” published in Multicultural Education & Technology Journal
  • Outstanding Paper Award for the Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International (SITE) Conference, March, 2006 (Spring, 2006).
    "The benefits and limitations of online group work in a teacher education program"
  • Recipient of technology-integration mini-grant Program, William Paterson University (Spring, 2006).
  • Recipient of the Teachers College General Scholarship (Spring, 2001 & Autumn 2000).
  • Recipient of the Ewha Scholarship for Academic Excellence (Spring, 1990 & Autumn, 1990).