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National Yunlin University of Science and Technology is one of the top research-intensive technical university in Taiwan. YunTech is with approximately 9,500 students per year, 63 percent of whom are undergraduates and 37 percent postgraduates. The students are spread across four colleges, i.e. Engineering, Management, Design, and Humanities and Applied science. These four colleges account for 20 undergraduate, 29 master’s and 12 doctoral programs. Among the 344 distinguished faculty of the university, over 85 percent hold doctoral degrees and 94 percent have reached an associate professor’s position or above. More than 80 percent of the faculty has extensive experience in industrial sectors. Graduate School of Education at Shanghai Jiao Tong University announced the ranking of the most excellent universities in Taiwan, Mainland China, Hong Kong and Macau in 2011. YunTech was ranked as the 51st most excellent university among the top universities across the Taiwan Strait. The YunTech also been Ranked among the top 10 most competitive universities nationwide, public and private, according to the “2011 University Evaluation” released by the Global Views and 104 Job Bank Wikipedia.

Yang Y.-F.,National Yunlin University of Science and Technology
Computers and Education | Year: 2010

In face-to-face instruction of Reciprocal Teaching (RT), students' reading processes and dialogues with their peers are hardly observed. As a result, the teacher has few clues to identify students' learning difficulties and provide further scaffoldings. To record students' reading processes and enhance their comprehension, this study reports on the design of an online reciprocal teaching and learning system to support teachers and students in college remedial reading instruction. A sample of 129 under-prepared college students voluntarily signed up to participate in a remedial reading program. They were encouraged to use multiple strategies such as predicting, clarifying, questioning, and summarizing, which were supported by the functionalities of dialogue box, chat room, discussion forum, and annotation tool in the system. In this study, it was observed that students employed the multiple strategies to enhance their reading comprehension, as revealed by the students' reading processes recorded in the system. When encountering difficulties in using these multiple strategies, students expressed that they observed and learned from the teacher's or their peers' externalization of strategy usage. Students' reading progress in the remedial instruction incorporating the RT system was also identified by the pre- and post-tests. This study suggests that there may be benefits for teachers in encouraging students to interact with others in order to clarify and discuss comprehension questions and constantly monitor and regulate their own reading. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Yang Y.-F.,National Yunlin University of Science and Technology
Computers and Education | Year: 2010

Reflection is considered as a mental process of an individual's internal problem-solving activity and rarely observed in face-to-face instruction. As a consequence, students have few opportunities to observe and learn from each other. This study aimed to arouse students' reflection on both self-correction (one's own problem-solving process in writing) and peer review (peers' problem-solving process in writing) to improve their texts in an online system. A sample of 95 undergraduate students was recruited to write a reflective journal, which was analyzed by content analysis to compare their reflection on self-correction with peer review in writing. Results of this study revealed that reflecting on the differences between self-correction and peer review enabled students to monitor, evaluate, and adjust their writing processes in the pursuit of text improvement. In their reflective journals, students claimed that self-correction helped them detect grammatical errors (local revision) while peer review allowed them to view their own texts from others' perspectives. Based on others' perspectives, they could make further revisions on text development, organization, or style (global revision). Through reflection on self-correction and peer review, students were willing to provide further support to peers and learn from each other in the process of writing. © 2010 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.

Chen Y.-S.,Hwa Hsia University of Technology | Cheng C.-H.,National Yunlin University of Science and Technology
Knowledge-Based Systems | Year: 2013

Banks are important to national, and even global, economic stability. Banking panics that follow bank insolvency or bankruptcy, especially of large banks, can severely jeopardize economic stability. Therefore, issuers and investors urgently need a credit rating indicator to help identify the financial status and operational competence of banks. A credit rating provides financial entities with an assessment of credit worthiness, investment risk, and default probability. Although numerous models have been proposed to solve credit rating problems, they have the following drawbacks: (1) lack of explanatory power; (2) reliance on the restrictive assumptions of statistical techniques; and (3) numerous variables, which result in multiple dimensions and complex data. To overcome these shortcomings, this work applies two hybrid models that solve the practical problems in credit rating classification. For model verification, this work uses an experimental dataset collected from the Bankscope database for the period 1998-2007. Experimental results demonstrate that the proposed hybrid models for credit rating classification outperform the listing models in this work. A set of decision rules for classifying credit ratings is extracted. Finally, study findings and managerial implications are provided for academics and practitioners. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Wu C.-H.,National Yunlin University of Science and Technology
International Journal of Production Economics | Year: 2012

In this paper, we consider a supply chain consisting of two manufacturers and a retailer. The first manufacturer is a traditional manufacturer that produces the new product, while the second manufacturer operates a reverse channel producing remanufactured products from used cores. Both manufacturers bundle their products with services, including warranty and advertisement, and they sell through the same retailer, which independently determines the sales prices. We assume that the second manufacturer invests extra effort in facilitating the remanufacturing process. In this study, we identify the equilibrium characteristics with respect to the remanufacturers effort and price and service decisions for all members of the supply chain. We also investigate the profits of chain members by considering different interactions between prices and service. Based on the theoretical and numerical analyses, we derive economic and managerial insights for chain members. © 2012 Elsevier B.V. All rights reserved.

Kuo W.-C.,National Yunlin University of Science and Technology
Journal of Information Hiding and Multimedia Signal Processing | Year: 2013

In order to quick embedding secret and improve the data hiding capacity from 1 bpp to 4.5 bpp, a new data hiding scheme by square fully exploiting modification directions method will be proposed in this paper. According to experiment results, we can prove that proposed scheme not only to enhance the embedding rate and good embedding capacity but also to keep stego-image quality. © 2013.

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