Ching-Fu Lan is an educator, researcher, interactive technologist and educational innovator. Since joining Edlab in 2008, Ching-Fu has involved in several grant-funded projects that allow him to bring together his expertise in democratic education and Edlab’s commitment to the future of learning with new media. These projects include HBO Watch It and Learn, Let Freedom Swing, Teaching the Levees (evaluation), and Understanding Fiscal Responsibility. He is a co-host and producer of a professional development audio podcast, Your Permanent Record.
Ching-Fu is also a contributor of New Learning Times and he writes commentaries, technology reviews and research digest about the latest educational technology trends such as educational robots, maker movement, game-based learning, and computer programming education.
As an experienced qualitative researcher and educator who works extensively with K-12 and adult learners, Ching-Fu appreciates the human-centered focus of design thinking to foster creativity, and has used this approach in workshops for educators to create innovative solutions to various problems, including Robots Come to the Learning Theater at 2016 EdLab Seminar at Teachers College, Columbia University, Design Thinking for the Internet of Things at Fablearn 2015 at Stanford University, Design Thinking, Maker Movement and Everyday Invention
at STEM 2015 International Summer School at Beijing Normal University, and Design Thinking for Reimagining Financial Literacy Curriculum
at Cowin Financial Literacy 2014 Summer Institute at Teachers College, Columbia University.
Combining his latest interests in maker technologies, design thinking and democratic education, Ching-Fu is currently exploring the creative experience of everyday invention and emerging trend of democratization of invention.
Ching-Fu holds a M.S.Ed. from University of Pennsylvania and a Ph.D. in education from Teachers College, Columbia University.