Global Health Working Group Webinar Series: Technology-Enhanced Education

Technology can be considered an essential tool for both students and instructors in today’s era. Whether software, apps, e-learning tools, or other technology, technology can transform the educational experience and lead to better student outcomes. Technology can also improve the dynamics between teachers and  students. In this webinar, five experts from Hong Kong, Mexico, Singapore and Thailand will discuss examples of creative ways that faculty can use technology to improve the quality of their teaching, whether in the classroom or online. Participants will also spend time discussing and sharing ideas in small breakout sessions.

Date & Time

June 1 from 6-8 pm (PDT)/ June 2 from 9-11 am (HK time)

View the recording here.

  • Irma Eraña, Tecnológico de Monterrey
  • June Chan, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
  • Janice Tay Shan Chuan, Nanyang Technological University
  • Nutthee Am-in, Chulalongkorn University


  • Mellissa Withers, University of Southern California
  • Catherine Zhou, The Hong Kong University of Science & Technology
Irma Eraña
Associate Professor and the Program in Medicine National Director, Tecnológico de Monterrey

Topic: Overview of Technologies Used to Enhance Learning in Medical Education

Irma Eraña, is an associate professor and the Program in Medicine National Director at Tecnológico de Monterrey. She is also a pathologist at San Jose Hospital TecSalud in Monterrey. She is a member of the Technical Council of the General Examination for the Graduate Degree in General Medicine. Dr Erana-Rojas holds a Fellowship at the Foundation for Advancement of International Medical Education (FAIMER), an Associate Fellow of the Association for Medical Education in Europe (AMEE) and is a certified CB Coach by Conscious Business Coaching Plus. She received the Inspiring Professor Award in 2013. Dr Erana-rojas participated as project leader to the Virtual Pathology Laboratory that obtained the Life Sciences Award second place on QS Stars Re-imagine Education Awards in 2015. In 2017 the Forensic Science immersion lab project was shortlisted in the same event. She has participated as Judge for the QS Stars Re-imagine Education Awards 2017-2019, AMEE 2021 Virtual conference and a reviewer for Scopus indexed journals. Dr Erana-Rojas’ academic interests include innovative educational strategies, scholarly teaching and scholarship.
June Chan
Head of Technology-enhanced Teaching at the Center for Education Innovation, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology

Topic: Leveraging Analytics in Blended Learning


June Chan is the Head of Technology-enhanced Teaching at the Center for Education Innovation of The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). June has been working in the eLearning field for decades. At HKUST, she leads a team of eLearning experts including instructional designers, online interactive content developers, learning technology specialists to support the institution-wise eLearning initiatives. The team leverages learning technologies to improve faculty and teaching staff’s pedagogical needs. Key initiatives include Blended Learning, Massive Open Online Courses, asynchronous and synchronous online teaching, Mixed Mode Teaching, etc. Prior to joining the University, June worked in Hong Kong’s flagship carrier managing a team of eLearning experts to support the corporation’s worldwide eLearning strategy. The team worked closely with subject matter experts from different operational departments/units to design, develop and deliver AICC- or SCORM-compliant multimedia-based courseware for the corporation’s internal training needs.
Janice Tay Shan Chuan
Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Pedagogical Innovation, Research & Excellence, Nanyang Technological University

Topic: Healthy Living & Wellbeing – Pre-lecture videos with questions, Padlet, Wooclap


Janice Tay currently works as a Senior Lecturer at the Institute for Pedagogical Innovation, Research & Excellence (InsPIRE) of Nanyang Technological University, Singapore. She is the Co-Coordinator for the Interdisciplinary Collaborative Core (ICC) course on Healthy Living and Wellbeing.  She received her Master of Science in clinical exercise physiology and her research focused on Type 2 Diabetes. She spent 14 years working in advancing the field of exercise rehabilitation for thousands of end-stage renal disease patients on haemodialysis. Trained as a teacher since 1992, Janice has taught in various educational institutions over the 3 decades and has developed the teaching programmes for health topics to entire cohorts of students at the university and institutes of higher learning. Janice was very fortunate to have tried out various teaching tools on large student populations and the move towards technology enhanced learning, accelerated by the Covid pandemic, was almost fortuitous. It was imperative that the pedagogical aims of large courses of over 5,000 students are facilitated by technology for greater student engagement, active student learning and yet achieve administrative ease.
Nutthee Am-in
Lecturer and the Director of the Continuing Education Center, Chulalongkorn university
Topic:  Learning and Teaching through Virtual Farms
Nutthee Am-in, D.V.M., M.Sc., Ph.D., DTBT., graduated with DVM from Chulalongkorn University, Thailand in 2004. Later in 2009, he received the RGJ Ph.D. Program to study a Ph.D. program in Theriogenology (Swine reproduction) at Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand. In 2009, he pursued a postgraduate study in swine artificial insemination and hormonal control estrus in gilts at the Michigan state University, USA. In 2010, he obtained his Ph.D., with a research focusing on lipid composition in boar semen, from Chulalongkorn University. In 2019, he established the virtual pig farm for students visiting and used as teaching material in swine production subject. He is currently a lecturer and the director of the Continuing Education Center at the Faculty of Veterinary Science, Chulalongkorn university.
Mellissa Withers (Moderator)
Associate Professor at the Keck School of Medicine, University of Southern California
Mellissa Withers, PhD, MHSis Associate Professor at the Keck School of Medicine in the Department of Population and Public Health Sciences. She is based at the University of Southern California Institute on Inequalities in Global Health. She is director of the Online MPH Program. Dr Withers is also Director of the Global Health Program of the Association of Pacific Rim Universities, a non-profit network of 55 universities. She received a PhD from the Department of Community Health Sciences at the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health with a minor in cultural anthropology. She also holds a Master’s in International Health from the Johns Hopkins Bloomberg School of Public Health and a BA in international development from UC Berkeley. Her research interests lie in community participatory research, mental health, gender-based violence, immigrant health, and global sexual and reproductive health. Dr Withers is the editor of two books: Global Perspectives on Sexual and Reproductive Health Across the Lifecourse, and Global Health Leadership: Case Studies from the Asia-Pacific (in press).
Catherine Zhou (Moderator)
Teaching Associate at the Office of the Dean of Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
Catherine Zhou, PhD is a Teaching Associate at the Office of the Dean of Engineering, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology (HKUST). Prior to this she worked at the Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research at the Chinese University of Hong Kong. She has a PhD degree in computer science and engineering and currently focuses on research postgraduate student education. Her teaching and research interests include research integrity, emotional resilience and intelligence, and mentorship. She is in charge of the research postgraduate student professional development program within the School of Engineering. Catherine is interested in student-centered teaching and learning strategies, such as e-learning, blended learning, flipped classroom, and experiential learning.

Dr. Mellissa Withers at [email protected].