Christian Bernard Tan, PhD. is currently a Senior Lecturer at The University of Saint Joseph, Faculty of Creative Industries.
In 1993, Bernard was awarded a scholarship to study Design in Singapore which he graduated among the top of his batch with a Merit Award. In 2000, Bernard was awarded a scholarship to pursue his Master of Arts at the University of Macau after he graduated from the Bachelor of Arts with a specialization in English Communication program, again topping his batch. He subsequently completed post-graduate studies at The University of Hong Kong in 2004, Durham University in 2008, and University of Saint Joseph in 2017.
D.E.A.R. - Designer, Educator, Artist + Researcher
Bernard joined USJ in 2008 from East Asian Educational Association, the sponsoring body of a high school in Hong Kong, where he was a registered teacher of English and Ethics, and served as HKEAA School-based Assessment Coordinator. Prior to that, from 2000 to 2002, he was an English Language Instructor at the University of Macau's English Center, and founding Coordinator of the university's Center for Research and Academic Writing (CREW).
Teaching, Thinking + Reaching
Whilst at USJ, Bernard had taught both undergraduate and postgraduate modules in the areas of English Language, Philosophy, Psychology, Education, Management, Design, Communication and even Mathematics for Architects.
Bernard was also involved with teacher training. Specifically, he conducted workshops on Creativity related topics for an interesting mix of in-service teachers which proved to be popular. Subsequently, Bernard supervised and mentored in-service teachers - from top-tiered schools such as Pui Ching Middle School, Yuet Wah College, Escola Portuguesa de Macau, etc. - enrolled in USJ´s one-year PGDE program. His supervisory support included a high degree of academic challenge, substantial mentor‐mentee interaction, and encouragement to explore research proven experiential pedagogies which led to an enriching PGDE educational experience. Needless to say, most of mentees flourished under his mentorship, completed their postgraduate studies with confidence and success, and eventually found better teaching careers in Macau and beyond.
Incidentally, before working in the academia, Bernard spent more than 15-years in design and advertising, first as Art Director and subsequently, Creative Director. An award-winning designer, he had designed for international clients such as Mercedes Benz’s Dornier Asia, Mensa International, the United States’ Paul Taylor Dance Company, France’s Ballet Nationale De Marseille, and Russian Philharmonic Orchestra. As a creative, Bernard´s corpus of design work reveals a rare combination of artistic intellect and aesthetic intuition, coupled with a distinctive East-West, visual-verbal synergy, full of wit and humor, and yet always, nuance and subtle. In particular, this is most evident in his projects for the arts and culture industries, in which he excels, having honed his design skills in his home country for Singapore´s Esplanade – Theaters on the Bay in the mid-1990s. Whilst in Macau, he had consulted for corporate clients such as BCMbank, CAM, CSM, ICM, University of Macau and Cesl Asia´s cultural projects for the Cultural Center of Macau in the late 1990s. Logically, Bernard’s academic interest in creative education developed from his professional work in the creative industries.
Currently, Bernard's primary area of research is in future learning landscapes and the creative use of emerging instructional technologies. His research interests lie mainly within the areas of effective use of digital tools among learners, understanding how student's creativity develops, and how teachers can be supported in developing innovative teaching and learning experiences in their classrooms. His unique training as both a teacher and a designer make it possible for him to integrate the complex inter-disciplinary nexus of art, design, education and technology in his academic research.
Over the past few years, he has written and presented papers at regional and international conferences:
Tan, C. S. (2015). “What Makes Students T.I.C.K.?” Paper presented at the International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI), July 6-8, 2015, Barcelona, Spain.
Tan, C. S. (2012). Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge: A Learner's Framework. Paper presented at the Centre of Information Technology in Education (CITE) Research Symposium 2012: e-Learning in a Changing Landscape of Emerging Technologies and Pedagogies, June 15-16, 2012, Hong Kong, China.
Tan, C. S. (2010). Leaps of Creativity: Futuristic Inventions by Hong Kong Students. Paper presented at the Centre of Information Technology in Education (CITE) Research Symposium 2010: e-Learning Designs and Designs for Learning, March 4-6, 2010, Hong Kong, China.
Tan, C. S. (2009). "We Couldn't Believe What We Did!": Inventions by Students. Paper presented at the International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI), November 16-18, 2009, Madrid, Spain.
Tan, C. S. (2009). Flight of Innovation: A New Kind of Learning. Paper presented at the 16th International Conference on Learning, July 1-4, 2009, Barcelona, Spain.
Tan, C. S. (2009). Innovative E-Learning Interfaces to Develop Students Creativity in China. Poster presented at Doctoral Researchers, Poster Competition, March 10, 2009, University of Durham, United Kingdom. (Finalist)
Tan, C. S. (2008). Mastering the Art of Servant-Leadership: Lessons from The Pearl
River Delta Science Learning Centers Network in China. Paper presented at the
International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI), November 16-
18, 2009, Madrid, Spain.
Tan, C. S. (2008). Flights of Innovation: A New Kind of Idea Generation. Paper presented at The 1st ISPIM Innovation Symposium - Managing Innovation in a Connected World, December 14-16, 2008, Singapore. (Award for Most Outstanding Contribution)
Between 2010 to 2015, Bernard also coached Macau high-school science students for International Science Competitions with the following results:
· REGIONAL CHAMPIONS in the 6th Underwater Robot Challenge 2011, in Hong Kong
· FOURTH AWARD at the INTEL International Science and Math Fair 2011, Los Angeles, California, May 8th-13th
· REGIONAL CHAMPIONS at the 2011 Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) International ROV Competition, Huston, Texas
· MACAU REPRESENTATIVE at the 2012 Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) International ROV Competition, Huston, Texas
· MOST INNOVATIVE SCIENTIFIC TEAM AWARD by The Macau SAR Government (in recognition for the team's INTEL International Science and Math Fair 2011 achievements in science)
· MACAU REPRESENTATIVE at the INTEL International Science and Math Fair 2015, Pittsburgh, May 10th-16th
(Co-Authored with students)
Chan, I.T., Cheong, C.K., Lao, K.H, & Tan, C. S. (2011). Enhanced Navigation Systems
(ENS) for Remotely Operated Vehicles (ROVs). Prototype and poster presented at the Intel
International Science and Engineering Fair, May 1-5, 2011, Los Angeles, United States.
Leong, K. C., & Tan, C. S. (2011). The Mighty T.O.R.: Total Optimal Rehabilitator. Prototype
and poster presented at the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, May 1-5,
2011, Los Angeles, United States. (Fourth Award)
Chan, I.T., Cheong, C.K., Lao, K.H, Leong, K.C., Lou, W.K., & Tan, C. S. (2011).
Enter The Dragon: China’s Remotely Operated Vehicles. Prototype and poster presented
at the 10 th Annual Marine Advanced Technology Education (MATE) International ROV
Competition, June 16-18, 2011, NASA Johnson Space Centre, Houston, Texas, United