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Prof. Dr. Chan Nee Nee

Professor and Dean,
Faculty of Social Sciences


  • EdD (Durham, UK), MA. English Studies (National University of Spore (NUS), BA (Hons) (NUS), Dip Ed (NIE, Spore), Dip. App. Ling (NUS, SEAMO)

Research Interest

  • Digital Cultures, Digital Learning, Technology Enhanced Learning, Peer Learning, Student Wellbeing, Cyberbullying, Social Media

Teaching Interests

  • Active Learning
  • Communicative Approach
Teaching and Industry Experience

Teaching and research experience:

Higher Education Teaching

  • English, Global Media and Technology,
  • World Englishes,
  • Intercultural Communication,
  • Sociolinguistics,
  • Outcome Based Education, Classroom Management,
  • Communicative Approaches to Learning,
  • Mastery Learning,
  • Active Learning,
  • Setting and Vetting Examination Papers,
  • Research Methodologies,
  • Postgraduate Diploma in Tertiary Teaching,
  • Celebrity Culture,
  • Psychology in Communication,
  • Events Management.

Tertiary Teaching and Learning

  • English for Academic Purposes,
  • Critical Reasoning Skills,
  • Written Technical Communication,
  • Report Writing and Presentation Skills,
  • Oral Communication,
  • Effective Negotiation Skills.

Research Grants

  1. Title: A Cognitive Behavioural Therapy (CBT) psychoeducational intervention program as a tool to increase quality of life among patients with end-stage renal disease (ESRD), Sunway University, 2019 (Grant for RM23,000). Co-investigator with PI, Dr Ooi Pei Boon, Sunway University
  2. Title: A Study of Students’ Well-being and Course Experience in Sunway University 2018 (Grant for RM11,850). Co-investigator with PI (Ms Padma Pillai) and 3 co-investigators including Dr Chi Baik, University of Melbourne.
  3. Title: Online Safety and Youth Exposure to Cyberbullying in Malaysia, 2018 (Grant for RM26,800). Co-investigator with PI (Dr Ooi Pei Boon) and 5 Co-investigators including Professor Dr. Herbert Scheithauer (Free University of Berlin) and Dr Anja Schultz-Krumbholz (Technical University, Berlin). Industry Partner: Mr Philip Ling, DIGI.com (RM5,000).
  4. Title: Investigating Intercultural Competence and Internet Memes, 2018 (Grant for RM13,878). Principal Investigator with 2 Co-PIs ( Asso. Prof. Dr Sean McCusker, Northumbria University, Dr Natasa Lackhovic, Lancaster University) and 3 Co-Investigators.
  5. Title: Use of Google Translate in Language Learning – an extension of current research on informal learning with smart devices (Collaboration with Dr Ooi P.B., Sunway University, Dr Phan CW, Universiti Malaya, Dr Ang SC, TMC Academy Singapore). Principal Investigator. Currently exploring external grant funding.
Committee Involvement
  1. Consultant, International Institute of Public Policy and Management (INPUMA), Universiti Malaya. MoE awarded project on Review of Internationalisation Policy in Higher Educational Institutions in Malaysia. Grant of RM569,514.90. From 1 September 2019 to 29 February 2020.
  2. Reviewer, International Journal of Mental Health & Addiction, 2020
  3. Reviewer, Computers & Education Journal, 2020
  4. Reviewer, International Communication Association 2018 Prague Conference
  5. Guest Editor, Pertanika Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities (JSSH), UPM (2016);
  6. Guest Editor, Pertanika Journal of Science & Technology (JST); UPM (2016);
  7. Guest Editor, International Journal of Innovation and Learning (IJIL) (2016-7).
  8. Reviewer, International Communication Association 2018 Prague Conference
  9. Reviewer, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, 2017.
  10. Senior Reviewer, European Conference on Education, Brighton 2015, IAFOR;
  11. Programme Committee, Global Higher Education Policy and Internationalisation (Centre for the Study of Higher Education, Sunway University in collaboration with University of Melbourne and USM, November 9, 2017
  12. Chairperson, Organizing Committee, International Conference on Innovations, Shifts & Challenges (ICISC) 2015, KL, 19-21 November;
  13. Local Organizing Group, European Access Network World Congress, GAPS Conference 2015, Sunway University, KL.
  14. Sunway College Diploma in Communication Advisory Board Member, 2017-18
  15. Member, Sunway Centre for Higher Education Research, 2017
  16. Member of Academic Senate, Sunway University, 2017-18
  17. Member of Academic Leaders Group, Sunway University, 2017-18
  18. Member of University and School Teaching and Learning, Committee, Sunway University, 2017-18
  19. Member of Academic Senate, UCSI University, 2014-16
  20. Deputy Chair, Teaching and Learning Committee, UCSI University, 2015-16
  21. Member, Singapore Polytechnic Academic Quality Council, 2006-7

Refereed Publications


Ooi, P.B.,   Wan Jaafar, W., Ang, C.S. & Chan, N.N. (2020) Psychometric Properties of the Sources of Counselling Self-Efficacy in a Sample of Malaysian Secondary School Counsellors. SAGE Open. SAGE Open. January-March 2020: pp. 1–12.

https://doi.org/10.1177%2F2158244020902076. (Indexed with Scopus, Impact factor: 0.675).


Chan, N. N., Ahrumugam, P., Scheithauer, H., Schultze-Krumbholz, A., & Ooi, P. B. (2020). A hermeneutic phenomenological study of students’ and school counsellors’ “lived experiences” of cyberbullying and bullying. Computers & Education146, 103755. (Indexed with Scopus, Impact factor: 5.627).


Ang, C.S., Chan, N.N., & Singh, L. (2019). A comparison study of meat eaters and non-meat eaters on mind attribution and moral disengagement of animal. Appetite. 136, pp. 80-85. doi: 10.1016/j.appet.2019.01.019. (Indexed with Scopus, Impact factor: 3.174).


Teh, P.B., Ooi, P.B., Chan, N.N., & Chuah, Y. K. 2018. A Comparative Study of the Effectiveness of Sentiment Tools and Human Coding in Sarcasm Detection. Journal of Systems and Information Technology. 20 (3), pp.358-374, DOI: https://doi.org/10.1108/JSIT-12-2017-0120 (Indexed with Scopus, CiteScore: 1.19).


Ang, S.C., Chan, N.N. & Lee, C.-S. 2018. Shyness, Loneliness Avoidance, and Internet Addiction: What are the Relationships? Journal of Psychology: Interdisciplinary and Applied. 152 (1), pp.25-35. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1080/00223980.2017.1399854. (Indexed with Scopus, Impact factor: 1.642).


Chan, N.N. & Ang, S.C. 2017. Investigating the use of mobile applications in everyday language learning. International Journal of Mobile Learning & Organisation. 11(4), pp. 378-394. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1504/IJMLO.2017.087088 (Indexed with Scopus, RG Impact Factor: 1.17, SJR: 0.64).


Ang, C.S. & Chan, N.N. 2016. Adolescents’ views on celebrity worship: a qualitative study. Current Psychology, pp. 1-10. DOI: https://doi.org/10.1007/s12144-016-9497-0 (Indexed with Scopus, Impact Factor: 0.953).


Chan N.N., Phan .C.W., Salihan, N.H. & Dipolog-Ubanan, G.W, 2016. Peer-Assisted Learning: Roles, Perceptions and Efficacy. PERTANIKA Journal of Social Sciences & Humanities (JSSH), 24 (4), pp. 1811-1822. (Indexed with Scopus).


Chan.N.N., Gleaves, A. & Walker, C. 2015. An exploration of students’ lived experiences of using smartphones in diverse learning contexts using a hermeneutic phenomenological approach, Computers and Education, 82, p.96-106 DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1016/j.compedu.2014.11.001. (Indexed with Scopus, Impact Factor: 3.819) 





Chan, N.N., 2000. The Language Discovery File, Problem-Based Learning Conference, Singapore.


Chan, N.N., 2007. Workshop Presentation. Using Multiple Strategies to Promote Class Participation.  Redesigning Pedagogy Conference, Singapore.


Chan, N.N., 2009. Developing a Sustainable Learning Model: Innovation in the Trenches, UNESCO 3rd International Conference on Higher Education for Sustainable Development, 21 November 2009, Malaysia.


Chan, N.N., 2012. Informal Learning with Smartphones: A Study of the Google Generation’s Use of Smartphones in Malaysia. School of Education, Durham University Postgraduate Seminar, May 15.


Chan, N.N., 2012. Learning Anytime, Anywhere, Ustinov Seminar, Durham University, 24 November.


Chan, N.N., 2012. Learning with Smartphones. 11th School of Education Research Conference, University of Birmingham, 1 December.


Chan, N.N., Walker-Gleaves, A., & Remedios, R., 2013. Learning with Smartphones: Students’ Lived Experience of Using Smartphones.  In Conference Proceedings: IADIS International Conference of Mobile Learning 2013, Lisbon, Portugal. 14-16 March, pp.163-167


Chan, N.N., Walker-Gleaves, A., & Remedios, R., 2013. Ubiquitous Learning: The Lived Experience of Students Learning with Smartphones. In Conference Proceedings:  MIT LINC 2013 June 16 – 19, 2013, MIT, Cambridge Massachusetts USA. Available online at: http://linc.mit.edu/linc2013/proceedings/Session2/Session2Chan.pdf


Chan, N.N., 2014. Youths’ Perceptions of Learning with Smartphones:  Me, Myself and Others. In Conference Proceedings : EDULEARN14 (6th International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies) 7-9 July 2014, Barcelona, Spain. http://library.iated.org/view/CHAN2014YOU. Pg. 2965-2974 ISBN: 978-84-617-0557-3 ISSN: 2340-1117.


Chan, N.N., 2015. Learning Languages in Everyday Lives: Youths’ Use of Mobile Language Learning Applications. IAFOR European Conference on Education, Brighton 1-5 July.


Chan, N.N., 2016. An Investigation into Everyday Language Learning Using Mobile Applications. In Conference Proceedings:  MIT LINC 2016 May 23 – 25, 2016, MIT, Cambridge Massachusetts USA.


Chan, N.N., 2017. Learning with smart devices: an investigation into influences and the relevance of teachers. 11th International Technology, Education and Development Conference Valencia, Spain. 6-8 March, 2017. IATED: pp.8386-8394. SBN: 978-84-617-8491-2 / ISSN: 2340-107.


Ooi, P.B., Chan N.N., Teh, P.L. & Ahrumugam, P. (2017) The face to face and internet- based cyberbullying intervention program from Cognitive Behavioral Therapy approach. ISRII 9th Scientific Meeting, 12-14 October, Berlin, Germany.


Chan, N.N. (2019). Keynote Address: Attaining Multidisciplinary Research Skills: Value, Benefits, and Travails of the Journey. International Scholars Conference, Universiti Utara Malaysia (ISCUUM 2019), 26-28 June.


Chan, N.N., Gogilavaani,  J. V., & A. Faindra A. J. (2019). Experiential Learning and the Google Generation. InFORM Conference 2019, University of Reading, Malaysia, 29 June.

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