Dr. Zuochen Zhang

Dr. Zuochen Zhang

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Phone: (519) 253-3000 ext. 3960
Office: Room 3321, Leonard & Dorothy Neal Education Building

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Professor, Ph.D. University of British Columbia

Research Interests Icon Research Interests

  • Action research
  • E-learning
  • ICT for development and ICT integration into school curriculum
  • International education
  • Teacher education

Courses Taught Icon Courses Taught


  • 80-322. Learning with Technologies 
  • 80-332. Learning with Technologies  
  • 80-353. Computer Studies
  • 80-405. Instructional Technologies


  • 80-527. Research in Education
  • ​80-539 Theories and Approaches in Language Acquisition and Instruction
  • 80-551. Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) for Teaching and Learning
  • 80-591. e-Learning and Education
  • 80-641. Cognition and Learning
  • EDUC-8300. Qualitative Methods in Educational Research

Publications Icon Publications

Book Chapters

Liu, G., Zhang, Z., Smith, C., Xu, S., Pillon, K., & Guo, H. (2020). Plagiarism and information literacy workshops for international students. In V. Tavares (Ed.): Multidisciplinary perspectives on international student experience in Canadian higher education (pp. 240-264). Hershey, PA: IGI Global. 

Zhang, Z., & Liu, L. (2016). Perspectives of online professional development: A study of rural teachers in Northwestern China. In I. Gibbs (Ed.): Teacher Education: Assessment, Impact and Social Perspectives (pp. 91-107). Hauppauge, NY: Nova Science Publishers.

Zhang, Z., & Xu, S. (2014). ICT literacy, an essential component of teacher education curriculum in an era of emerging technologies. In O. Tan & T. Liu (Eds.): Teacher effectiveness: Capacity building in a complex learning era. Singapore: Cengag Learning Asia Pte Ltd.

Zhang, Z. (2013). Technicians andacademics: Collaboration to improve the educational process. In The ECSSR (Ed.), Information technology and thefuture of education in the United Arab Emirates (pp. 119-145). Abu Dhabi: The Emirates Center for Strategic Studies and Research.

Zhang, Z., & Zhou, G. (2011). Understanding Chinese international students at a Canadian university: Perspectives, expectations, and experiences. In J. Ryan (Ed.): Understanding China’s education reform: Creating cross cultural knowledge, pedagogies and dialogue (pp. 123-133). London: Routledge.

Journal Articles

Zhang, Z. (2023). Introducing assistive technology (AT) to pre-service teachers: Observations and experiences. International Journal on Studies in Education (IJonSE), 5(2), 120-129. https://doi.org/10.46328/ijonse.136

Zhang, Z. (2019). Teacher candidates' perceived learning in an international exchange programme: An ICT course example. Teachers and Teaching: theory and practice (TTTP), 25(6), 730-742. DOI: 10.1080/13540602.2019.1662778

Zhang, Z., & Bayley, J. (2019). Peer learning for university students’ learning enrichment: Perspectives of undergraduate students. Journal of Peer Learning, 12, 61-74.   

Zhang, Z., & Zhou, G. (2018). High school girls’ perspectives of and attitudes toward computer studies courses. Journal of Teacher Education and Educational Leadership, 2, 105-115.

Al Lily, A., … Zhang, Z., et al. (2016). Academic domains as political battlegrounds: A global enquiry by 99 academics in the fields of education and technology. Information Development, 1-9. DOI: 10.1177/0266666916646415

Zhang, Z. (2016). Using ICT (Information and Communication Technologies) as a partnership enabler: Challenges and recommendations. International Journal of Qualitative Research in Services, 2(3), 180-187.

Liu, L., & Zhang, Z. (2016). Rural teachers’ perspectives of an online professional development program in China: An exploratory study. Journal of Teacher Education & Educational Leadership, 1, 1-14.

Liu, L., & Zhang, Z. (2015). An investigation of rural teachers’ perspectives of an online professional development program in China. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 12(9), 47-57.

Zhang, Z., & Guo, R. (2015). Using ICT in College English classroom in China: Observations and reflections. Journal of Global Research in Education and Social Science, 4(4), 218-224.

Zhang, Z., & Zhang, Z. (2015). Using commonly available ICT for English learning: Experiences and recommendations. International Journal of Arts and Sciences, 8(2), 189-197.

Zhang, Z. (2014). Teaching ICT to Pre-Service Teachers: Experiences and Reflextions. LEARNing Landscapes, 8(1), 323-337.

Zhang, Z. (2014). How Canadianand Chinese highschool students access and use ICT: An exploratory study. Journal of Educational Technology Developement and Exchange, 7(1), 19-32.

Zhou G., & Zhang, Z. (2014). A study of the first year international students at a Canadian university: Challenges and experiences with social integration. Canadian and International Education, 43(2), Article 7.

Zhang, Z., & Krug, D. (2012). Virtual educational spacs: Adult learners' cultural conditions and practices in an online learning environment. International Journal of Instructional Technology and Distance Learning, 9(7), 3-12.

Jiang, F., Zhou, G., Zhang, Z., Bechford, C., & Zhong, L. (2012). Chinese immigrant parents' communication with school teachers. Canadian and International Education, 41(1), 59-80.

Zhang, Z., Tousignant, W., & Xu, S. (2012). Introducing accessible ICT to teacher candidates: A way to address equity issues. Journal of Literacy and Technology, 13(1), 2-18.

Martinovic, D. & Zhang, Z. (2012). Situating ICT in the Teacher Education Program: Overcoming challenges, fulfilling expectations. Teachers and Teacher Education, 28(3)461-469.

Zhou, G., Zhang, Z., & Li, Y. (2011). Are secondary preservice teachers well prepared to teach with technology? A case study from China. Australasian Journal of Educational Technology, 27(6), 943-960.

Park, H., & Zhang, Z. (2011). Using design research for studies on ICT in classrooms. Journal of Teaching and Learning, 7(2), 53-66.

Zhang, Z., & Zhou, G. (2010). Understanding Chinese international students at a Canadian university: Perspectives, expectations, and experiences. Canadian and International Education, 39(3), 43-58.

Zhang, Z. (2010). Using online action research to improve a teacher education course. Ontario Action Researcher. 11(1). Available at http://www.nipissingu.ca/oar/new_issue.htm

Zhang, Z., & Kenny, R. (2010). Learning in an online distance education course: Experiences of three international students. International Review of Research in Open and Distance Learning, 11(1), 17-36.

Zhang, Z. & Martinovic, D. (2008). ICT in Teacher Education: Examining needs, expectations and attitudes. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 34(2), 149-166.

Zhang, Z., & Zhang, Z. (December, 2007). A Brief discussion on some modules of the NCATE assessments in the USA. Journal of Changji University, 6, 83-85. (In Chinese)

Zhang, Z., & Zhang, Z. (2007). An analysis on course offerings and training plans for MA program in TESL in the USA: Taking Minnesota State University, Mankato as an example. Journal of Bingtuan Education Institute17(3), 55-58. (In Chinese)

Jahng, N., Krug, D. & Zhang, Z. (2007). Student achievement in online distance education compared to face-to-face education. EURODL.

Kenny, R., Zhang, Z., Schwier, R. & Campbell, K. (2005): A review of what instructional designers do: Questions answered and questions not asked. Canadian Journal of Learning and Technology, 31(1), 9-26.

Anderson, D., Zhang, Z., Chatterjee, S., Robin, R., & Aldrich, P. (2005). Punjabi students’ perceived interest, knowledge and importance of science topics. Visitor Studies Today! 8(2), 8-12.

Anderson, D., & Zhang, Z. (2003).Teacher perceptions of field trip planning and implementation. Visitor Studies Today! 6(3), 6-12.

Conference Proceedings

Zhang, Z., & Huang, X. (2020). Using social networking service (SNS) for environmental education: Experiences, challenges and recommendations. In F. Ugolini & D Pearlmutter (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference “Daylighting Rivers: Inquiry Based Learning for Civic Ecology” (pp. 94-99). Roma, Italy: Cnr Edizioni.  I initiated the project and then we worked together on it. My contribution is around 70%.

Huang, X., & Zhang, Z. (2020). An exploration of STEM pedagogical application facilitating environmental education. In F. Ugolini & D Pearlmutter (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Conference “Daylighting Rivers: Inquiry Based Learning for Civic Ecology” (pp. 100-104). Roma, Italy: Cnr Edizioni. We made equal contributions.

Zhang, Z., & Nielsen, W. (2019). Instructors' perspectives and use of ICT in two teacher education programs. In Proceedings of Seventh International Conference of Educational Innovation through Technology (EITT)(pp. 106-110). New York, NY: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

Liu, L., & Zhang, Z. (2019). An analysis of the effectiveness of E-schoolbag usage in an elementary school in Ningxia, China. In Proceedings of Seventh International Conference of Educational Innovation through Technology (EITT)(pp. 96-100). New York, NY: The Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers, Inc.

Zhang, Z., & Almani, A. (2018). Using information literacy education to address plagiarism issues: Inputs from international graduate students. In Proceedings of IAC 2018 in Budapest (pp. 38-45). Prague, Czech: Czech Institute of Academic Education.

Kutbi, A., & Zhang, Z. (2016). Challenges that face Saudi female undergraduate students when they use social media as a learning tool. In Proceedings of E-Learn: World Conference on E-Learning in Corporate, Government, Healthcare, and Higher Education 2016 (pp. 1046-1056). Chesapeake, VA: Association for the Advancement of Computing in Education (AACE).

Zhang, Z. (2016). Video-recorded microteaching: A way to get pre-service teachers better prepared for their new career. In I. Akman & S. Swanepoel (Eds.), Int’l Conference Proceedings of ICEHM and ERPUB (pp. 166-170). Bangkok, Thailand: ICEHM.

Zhang, Z., & Xue, Y. (2015). An investigation of how Chinese university students use social software for learning purposes. Procedia - Social and Behavioral Sciences, 186, 70-78. doi:10.1016/j.sbspro.2015.04.084

Zhang, Z. (2013). Access anduse of ICT: An exploratory study of Canadian and Chinese students. In H. Yang, J. Cheng, S. Wang, & X. Han (Eds.), Proceedings of Inernational Conference of Educational Innovation through Technology (pp. 385-392). Williamsburg, VA: SICET.

Zhang, Z., & Park, H. (2013). Using social networking spaces for education: Issues and recommendations. In T. Karsenti & S. Collin (Eds.), Proceedings of the International Scientific Conference on ICT and Education:: Past, current and furtue trends (pp. 4-7-413). Montreal, QC: CRIFPE.

Zhou, G., Zhang, Z., Li, Y. & Zhao, Z. (2010). Are secondary preservice teachers well prepared to teach with technology? A case study of a Chinese teacher education program. In Proceedings of World Conference on Educational Multimedia, Hypermedia and Telecommunications 2010 (pp. 2291-2300). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Zhang, Z., Wang, J., Han, X., & Cheng, H. (2010). What do they do with ICT: An investigation of two secondary schools in China. In e-Youth Conference Organization Team (Eds.), Proceedings of e-Youth: Balancing between Opportunities and Risks? Antwerp, Belgium: UCSIA & Universiteit Antwerpen.

Zhang, Z. & Tousignant, W. (2010). Using alternative software to address equity issues in a teacher education program. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology & Teacher Education International Conference 2010 (pp. 3415-3419). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Zhang, Z. (2009). Teacher candidates as agents for improvement in an online action research context. In Y. Xu (Ed.), Proceedings of An International Conference on the Practical Curriculum (pp. 95-103). Beijing: Capital Normal University.

Zhou, G., Zhang, Z., & Li, Y. (2009). Educational technology in a Chinese teacher education program. In Y. Xu (Ed.), Proceedings of An International Conference on the Practical Curriculum (pp. 192-200). Beijing: Capital Normal University.

Zhang, Z. & Martinovic, D. (2008). Teacher Candidates’ Needs, Expectations of, and Attitudes toward Information and Communication Technologies (ICT) Learning and Integration. In C. Crawford et al. (Eds.), Proceedings of Society for Information Technology and Teacher Education International Conference 2008 (pp. 3427-3434). Chesapeake, VA: AACE.

Education Icon Education

Ph.D. University of British Columbia
M.Sc. Minnesota State University, Mankato
B.A. Shanghai International Studies University, China

Recent Graduate Supervision

Haojun Guo, Ph.D. (Co-supervisor), “Translanguaging and Bilingual/Cultural Acquisition: A Narrative Inquiry into Young Chinese Visiting Students’ International and Cross-Cultural Experiences between Canada and China” (Defended 01/2023)

Alaa Kutbi, Ph.D. (Supervisor), “Perceptions of Female Faculty Members at King Abdulaziz University on Social Media as a Teaching Tool: Challenges and Best Practices” (Defended 03/2020)

Anqi Zhao, M.Ed., “Parents’ Attitudes toward the Chinese ‘Double-Reduction’ Policy” (Defended 01/2023)

Yunxiao Zhang, M.Ed., “Implementation of Virtual Learning Community and Web 2.0 Technologies under COVID-19 Pandemic in Higher Education: Opportunities and Challenges” (Defended 12/2021)

Xin Huang, M.Ed., “A Study of STEAM Instruction and Its Impact on Female Students’ Underrepresentation in STEM Fields” (Defended 07/2021)

Li Ji, M.Ed., “A Study of Chinese International Students’ Online Learning Experience in a Post Secondary Institution in Canada” (Defended 07/2021)

Ying Zhu, M.Ed., “Internationalization of Higher Education in China: A Case Study of the University System in Shandong” (Defended 06/2021)

Sudan Yao, M.Ed., “Chinese Immigrant Parents, Their Children’s Language Learning, and Parent-Child Relationships” (Defended 08/2020)

Yawen Li, M.Ed., “Bilingual (Zhuang and Han) Education in Urban Guangxi” (Defended 04/2020)

Yahan Zhou, M.Ed., “The Influence of Family on Children’s Second Language Learning(Defended 12/2019)

Zhiqian Guo, M.Ed., “Chinese International Graduate Students’ Perspectives of Individual Writing Consultations” (Defended 11/2019)

Pinge Ai, M.Ed., “Chinese Visiting Scholars' Academic Adjustment at a Canadian University” (Defended 10/2019)

Yue Gu, M.Ed., “Chinese Graduate Students’ Perceptions of Classroom Assessment at a Canadian University” (Defended 04/2018)

Fei Xue, M.Ed., “Factors that Contribute to Acculturative Stress of Chinese International Students” (Defended 03/2018)

Hui Zhang, M.Ed., “A Literature Review and Meta-analysis of Digital Games and Second Language Learning” (Defended 03/2018)

Fang Lin, M.Ed., “Exploring the Influence of English for Specific Purposes (ESP) Curriculum on Chinese Graduates’ Career” (Defended 01/2018)

Lan Ma, M.Ed., “The Training of Newly Recruited Teachers in English Test Preparation Schools in China: A Case Study” (Defended 01/2018)

Nathan J. Briffa, M.Ed., “e-Literacy trends in Ontario’s 21st century education: Successes, challenges, and possibilities” (Defended 09/2015)

Yiting Jiang, M.Ed., “A case study of the influence of student recruitment agencies on Chinese students’ decision-making when pursuing higher education in English-speaking countries” (Defended 09/2015)

Yizhuo Liu, M.Ed., “An investigation of post-secondary Chinese students’ perceived challenges learning ESL at a Canadian university” (Defended 09/2015)

Alaa Kutbi, M.Ed., "How undergraduate female students in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia perceive social media as a learning tool: An exploratory study" (Defended 02/2015)

Jing Shao, M.Ed., "An overview of Computer-Assisted Language Learning (CALL): Developement and Implementation" (Defended 04/2013)

Kelly Power, M.Ed.,  "Professional learning on Twitter:  A content analysis of professional learning conversations among self-organized groups" (Defended 05/2013)

Noelle Morris, M.Ed., "Learning and teaching with emerging technologies, social media, and Web 2.0 tools in the secondary classroom" (Defended 04/2012)