John Chang

Master Lecturer

Contact Information
E-mail: johnwcha@usc.edu
Phone: (213) 740-9583
Office: THH 356


Description of Research

Research Keywords
online distance learning, streaming media programming, mobile programming, collaborative language learning, online quizzes, online testing, online interactive speaking, online exam
Research Specialties
Online language learning with Adobe Flash technology Mobile learning on iPhone / iPad

Funded Research

USC Funding
  • SKUNK works. Online language learning: Speaking: The project allows for language instructors to create speaking exercises for students to practice speaking outside class., $30,830, 09/2007-  
Other Funded Research
  • Technology Enhanced Learning TEL_DL project, provided with hardware and software to experiment with podcast and distance learning experience., 2006-2007   

Conferences and Other Presentations

Conference Presentations
  • "Technology Enhanced Assessment and Feedback in Chinese Language Pedagogy", ACTFL, Talk/Oral Presentation, Abstract, Denver. CO, Fall 2011   
  • "Authoring in the Mobile Age: Creating Interactive Contents for the iPhone Using iWillSpeak", TCLT 6, Lecture/Seminar, Ohio State University, Hamilton College, OSU, Invited, 06/12/2010-06/14/2010  

Other Presentations
  • "e-Book: A student portfolio", CLTA-SC Tech Workshop, CLTA-SC, Irvine, CA, Fall 2011   
  • "Integrated Online Exam System", CLTA-SC Tech Workshop, CLTA-SC, USC THH 210, Fall 2010   


  • Chang, W., Li, Y., Wu, X., Li, Y. (2004). Integrated Chinese Multimedia Companion CD-ROM. Boston, MA: Cheng & Tsui Company.

  • Chang, W. (2006). Creating videos like a PRO.
  • Chang, W. (2006). Macromedia Flash Media Server: the streaming technology and its application.

Multimedia Scholarship and Creative Works

  • web site, Online speaking brought to the next level, now including
    1) a simple feedback system.
    2) an online lab session where teachers can conduct language instruction in real-time over the internet.
    3) users from other schools like CSULA and CLU.
    4) USC Stevens will file a provisional patent., 08/2004-08/2007  
  • web site, Work at speak.usc.edu continued. 1) more advanced feedback added 2) online vocabulary quiz added 3) server migration, 08/2007-08/2008  
  • web site, continual development of the language learning platform, iWillSpeak, many new modules added and features enhancement. The software has also been ported to iPhone for easier leaning on-the-go. ;-), 2008-2009   
  • Developed an online exam system, 2009-2010   
  • Software, Developed an online e-Book where students can create ebooks, presentations, or works as a portfolio, 2011-2012   

New Courses Developed

  • EALC 366: Chinese Professional Communication, EALC, The new course was developed for the new business minor in Chinese., 2015-2016   
  • EALC 101x, EALC, Conversational Chinese and Intercultural Communications, 2011-2012   
  • Chinese 103a, b, EALC Chinese 1a, b, The regular Chinese 1, EALC 104, is broken down to two 2-unit classes., 2007-2008   

Honors and Awards

  • Nominee of the USC Parents Association Teaching and Mentoring Awards, Fall 2011   
  • 2007 Gamma Sigma Alpha Professor of the Year, 2007-2008   
  • Nominee of the USC Parents Association Teaching and Mentoring Awards, 2006-2007   

Service to the University

Administrative Appointments
  • Chinese Language Program Director, 2011-2012   
  • Departmental web site, 2011-2012   

Review Panels
  • USC, Faculty Evaluation Review, Spring 2011   

Other Service to the University
  • lead programmer & tech support for the language learning platform, iWillSpeak, hosted at USC. Supporting more than 300 users each year., 2010-2011   

Service to the Profession

Administrative Appointments
  • Webmaster for national Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA) , 2011-2012   
  • Webmaster for national Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA), 2010-2011   
  • Webmaster for national Chinese Language Teachers Association (CLTA), 2009-2010   

  • Member, CLTA-SC Board member, 2010-2011   

Conferences Organized
  • Organizer, CLTA-SC tech workshop, USC - THH 210, Fall 2010   

Professional Memberships
  • Chinese Language Teacher Association (CLTA), 2010-2011   

  • Department of East Asian Languages and Cultures
  • 3501 Trousdale Parkway, Taper Hall 356
  • Los Angeles, California 90089-0357

  • All photos taken by Elissa L., Yulee Kim and Ka Wong