Plenary Lecture

Plenary Lecture

Knowledge Reuse: Promises of Web-Based Service

Professor Hung-Jen Yang
Director of Center for Instructional & Learning Technology
National Kaohsiung Normal University

Abstract: One of the key themes in knowledge management today is the role of communication technology in the transfer of knowledge between those who have it and those who don't. It is widely acknowledged that knowledge has two dimensions. One is explicit and another is tacit. Only explicit knowledge is the province of communication technology, including the information system by which people informally share their experience and the more formal repositories in which structured knowledge is stored for later reuse. Although knowledge reuse has been observed and researched under many different names in many different settings, findings about knowledge reuse have remained relatively dispersed and un-integrated. One possible explanation is that knowledge reuse is seen as a unitary phenomenon—pretty much the same regardless of who does it, how, and why. However, despite the traditional image of knowledge reuse, web-based technology provides services for boosting knowledge reuse.
Based upon empirical data of knowledge reuse, the structure of applying web-based service was identified. Activities for implementation were designed and illustrated according to knowledge reuse. The impacts of web-based service on knowledge management were also discussed.

Brief Biography of the Speaker:
Prof. Dr. Hung-Jen Yang (born in 1961 in Taipei, Taiwan) is the Director of Center for Instructional & Learning Technology of National Kaohsiung Normal University, Taiwan. He got master degree from University of North Dakota in Industrial Technology major at 1989 and Dr. Degree from Iowa State University in Industrial Education and Technology major at 1991.
From 1991 to 1994, he served as associated professor at Ping-tong teachers' college. In the same period time, he also took the job of computer center director. From 1994 till now, he is working as professor in the department of industrial education and took several different administration jobs. In the semester year of 2003, he was invited as a visiting professor at University of North Dakota, USA. Since 1994 till now, Dr. Yang has already done 25 National Science Council supported projects. His research is focused on both areas of technology education and educational technology.

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