Junyi Academy:Educational Innovation Through Technology

Since the end of 2012, Taiwan’s Junyi Academy has put more than 10,000 free educational videos and 40,000 inter­active practice questions online. Its platform has more than 1.5 million registered users, and every month more than 200,000 students actively log on and learn with it. From elite schools to rural classrooms, from private cram schools to remedial classes for disadvantaged groups, the technology-aided learning it facilitates is moving education beyond classrooms and textbooks. By changing how students learn, Junyi is helping the disadvantaged as well as the gifted.

On a rainy afternoon, we arrive at Zhi­min Junior High School in Yuanli Township at the southwest corner of Miaoli County. However remote and rural the loca­tion, the students in the classroom we visit each have a tablet and are logged in to Junyi Academy as they complete a worksheet. The teacher, Zeng Jia­wei, moves from student to student, providing guidance and checking on their answers.

Launched in 2017 in a collaboration between the Miaoli County Department of Education and Junyi Academy, the classroom provides supplementary re­medial math­ematics education during regular class time.

The school’s director of academic affairs, Zhang Shu­ping, explains that the classroom is filled with students who were identified in seventh grade, their first year at the school, as weak in math. When other students are taking their regular math classes, these students go to the remedial math classroom. It has its own bandwidth, which enables students to log on to the Junyi Academy. Hence it and others like it are called “Junyi classrooms.”

With the help of video teaching, children can understand the course content even if they don't keep up.
With the help of video teaching, children can understand the course content even if they don’t keep up.

Taiwan’s Khan Academy

Founded amid a rising tide of web-based education projects, Junyi Academy first went online in 2012. “Hoping to do things that help education in Taiwan,” its founder, Fang Shin­jou, who is also chairman of Chengzhi Education Foundation, got authorization to use resources from Khan Academy, the largest free self-study site on the web. His aim was to provide free, first-rate educational materials tailored to Chinese-­speaking learners in the Internet age.

Junyi has also become the biggest platform for online learning among Taiwan’s elementary and junior high schools. Behind the scenes, another key figure in its rise is Ray Lu, known as “Taiwan’s Kahn,” who is now chairman and CEO of Junyi Academy.

First in his class from elementary school through senior high School, Lu was still an intern at a hospital in 2012. One day, scanning newspaper headlines at a breakfast joint as he drank his soy milk, he came across an article titled “Bill Gates’ Favorite Tutor.” It told the story of how hedge-fund analyst Salman Khan founded Kahn Academy.

When working as a home tutor years earlier, Lu had noticed that when students came across a concept they didn’t understand, if they couldn’t find someone to explain it to them they would often get stuck, unable to understand their textbook and reference materials.

If students whose parents were able to pay for sup­plement­ary education encountered such obstacles, the situation was naturally much worse for those who couldn’t afford tutors or cram schools, or who lived in remote areas without educational resources.

Inspired by Khan, Lu started in his spare time to make videos about high-school English and math, giving clear, in-depth explanations of under­lying concepts. He posted the videos on YouTube in the hope that students who wanted to learn would watch them. The students could watch the videos over and over until the concepts entered long-term memory. In this way he could help to close the educational gap between the haves and have-nots.

Junyi through technology tools to provide children with "personalized education" that meets their needs and exceeds the limits of time and space.
Junyi through technology tools to provide children with “personalized education” that meets their needs and exceeds the limits of time and space.

Lu’s virtuous desire to share knowledge caught the attention of Junyi founder Fang Shin­jou. In 2013 Fang invited Lu, who was by then a licensed doctor, to join the KIPP-Inspired Schools foundation as a special instructor for video teaching projects. Chang Hui­-cheng, the founder of Sharestart, says of Lu: “He forsook the much-admired field of medicine with its ‘gold rice bowl’ for the ordinary status of a teacher with its ‘iron rice bowl.’”

Faced with a choice between practicality and pursuing his dreams, Lu chose the latter, steadily taking steps to achieve his aim of “providing free educational resources for all.”

Tech that tears down classroom walls

Lu was promoted to chairman and CEO of Junyi Academy in December of 2017. Standing 180 centi­meters tall, he wears an untucked blue shirt on the day of our interview. When asked about how Junyi is changing edu­ca­tion in Taiwan, it brings out the teacher in him as he scribbles English words on a whiteboard: “smart assist­ant,” “training coach,” “policy advocacy.” It feels as if we are watching a live educational video broadcast.

“Junyi integrates AI, big data, and smart software to create a ‘smart assistant’ that can serve as a tool to help teachers and students continue learning outside of class,” he explains.

The smart assistant has all of Junyi Academy’s free videos, covering curriculum from elementary school to high school, including math, natural sciences, English and so forth. More than 10,000 videos have been collected featuring experienced teachers, and there are practice questions to answer after watching them.

“Technology offers great opportunities for students to learn at their own pace and for instructors to truly teach to students’ abilities,” Lu emphasizes.

Technological companion

Apart from enabling students to watch self-study videos at home, Junyi also encourages schoolteachers to make use of its resources in the classroom.

Having studied medicine, Lu believes that teachers are a lot like doctors: In the classroom they must diagnose problems and look at their students’ educational histories (much like doctors looking at patients’ medical records) to analyze their strong and weak points.

Junyi’s resources can allow them to put more emphasis on differentiated instruction and remedial teaching, and facilitate more experiential activities—for instance, letting students engage in thematic discussions or adopting problem-based learning. Its technology is thus upending traditional modes of education.

Junyi educational platform makes learning more than just one-way teaching, and gives teachers more energy to teach children according to their aptitude.
Junyi educational platform makes learning more than just one-way teaching, and gives teachers more energy to teach children according to their aptitude.

As a non-profit organization, Junyi has put a special emphasis on helping the disadvantaged. Junyi started working with Yi­lan County in 2014. In 2016, it began to work with the K-12 Education Administration of the Ministry of Education to provide support to 20 schools in Ping­tung and Miaoli counties.

Currently, there are about 10,000 teachers in Taiwan who encourage their students to use the Junyi platform, and 1000 who directly use the platform during class periods.

Google grant

Originally inspired by Khan Academy, Lu was able to meet his idol Salman Khan in person in the United States in 2014. For its international exchange programing, Junyi Academy invited John Bergmann, founder of America’s Flipped Learning Network, and Brian Greenberg, CEO of the Silicon Schools Fund, to visit Taiwan.

The two educa­tion innovators saw with their own eyes how remote rural schools were making use of the Junyi platform to improve the learning atmosphere among poorly motivated students, and they both affirmed that Taiwan was among the leaders of educational innovation in Asia.

In 2018 Junyi became the first organization in Taiwan to receive financial support from Google.org. With a two-year US$1 million grant from Google, Junyi increased support for classrooms serving disadvantaged students.

Thus far it has selected 9 NGOs to support training for those classrooms, empowering more students to take advantage of Junyi’s resources.

We believe that igniting children's learning motivation can lead them to go further and more steadily on the learning path.
We believe that igniting children’s learning motivation can lead them to go further and more steadily on the learning path.

In 2017 Junyi introduced webpages for parents, and this year it has launched a smartphone app enabling conversations with Junyi “virtual teachers.” During summer vacation, the educational achievement gap typically widens.

So this summer Junyi has introduced “weekly parent‡child study plans” in the hope that parents can lead their children to establish learning goals. If the goals are met, the children can receive rewards of some kind. In this manner, students won’t be academically idle during summer break.

The digital age of personalized learning

For the many elementary students who use Junyi, the platform is like a super­computer that can teach and provide practice questions. It can also tabulate scores and give badges of attainment. Behind this “computer” are all manner of young professionals in STEM fields such as information science, electronics, and engineering.

They have forsaken the high salaries of private-­sector employ­ment to contribute their expertise to this non-profit, working as a team to achieve the platform’s success.

Junyi’s aim is to personalize learning via technology. “Every child can become a lifelong learner,” says Ray Lu, describing the organization’s vision. “And that includes disadvantaged students and students making middling and poor marks. They can gain mastery of subject matter and build skills for their futures.”

Junyi is committed to making every child a lifelong learner, so that they have the ability to learn autonomously to face the problems and dilemmas in life.
Junyi is committed to making every child a lifelong learner, so that they have the ability to learn autonomously to face the problems and dilemmas in life.

Author|Esther Tseng
Photographer|Jimmy Lin
Translator|Jonathan Barnard





均一平台教育基金會與六大利害關係人的持續協作是未來十年的關鍵,我們期望基金會成為一個能與數百個政府單位、企業與非營利組織共舞的協作共創型組織,就如同台積電創辦人張忠謀先生所說,他喜歡黃仁勳談到的,「台積電已與 400 名夥伴共舞,而英特爾卻只是一個人跳舞。」

目前,均一平台教育基金會已與一些單位有較深入的合作,包括教育部(含國教署、國教院等相關單位)、台北市教育局、新北市教育局、苗栗縣教育處、屏東縣教育處、宜蘭縣教育處。同時,在企業方面,均一與台積電、Google 等公司建立了合作關係,並與為台灣而教教育基金會(Teach For Taiwan)、誠致教育基金會等非營利組織形成深度的協作,共同推動「教育創新合作社」。


在教育更加融入學用接軌的未來,我們希望成為更多企業在 ESG 和社會責任上的最佳夥伴。聯合國 SDGs 將會在下一個十年 2030 年屆滿,相信均一平台在知識深化、教師轉型兩個方面將取得很大的進展。

管理學大師彼得 · 杜拉克(Peter Drucker)認為,有效的社會運作需要政府、企業和非營利組織三個部門有效協作,而教育議題尤為如此。因此我們將持續透過每年的年度論壇、活動及感恩茶會等方式,與六大利害關係人對話,建立共識。期望最終能在更多人的認同下,對下一輪的課綱產生正面影響。





  • 知識(認知能力):不僅僅是記憶和理解,還應包括應用、分析、評估和創造。
  • 品格(非認知能力):例如恆毅力、好奇心、感恩、自制、熱情、樂觀和社交智慧。
  • 技能(實踐能力):這是產學銜接最重要的一環,需要學生能夠實際應用所學。
  • 反思(後設認知能力):這是終身學習的關鍵,透過反思發現盲點,並邁向更高層次。

因此,均一平台教育基金會除了持續強化均一教育平台,讓知識學習更貼合個人的速度和程度外,過去幾年還致力於發展「非認知能力發展平台」(與麥肯錫、TFT 和 KIST 合作)、「PBL 教案平台 – ShareClass」(與成功大學和 KIST 合作)以及「DreamMoreMentor 媒合平台」(與DreamMore 團隊合作)。希望提供具體幫助和支援給教師,使老師們能夠從單純的教學任務中解放,保留更多時間來引導學生。

當教育 AI 和教師能夠協同進化時,培養出來的中小學生將不再只能面對國中會考和高中學測,而是真正具備多元知識、扎實品格,以及實踐能力和反思能力的下一代人才。這正是社會和企業對未來人才最期待的樣貌。

未來十年,均一的 AI 應用

作者 | 呂冠緯 (均一平台教育基金會負責人)

AI 解放知識教育,並輔助品格教育與專案學習

作為一個接受過醫學系基本「證據導向」訓練的教育工作者,我相信 ChatGPT 問世後,教育可以應用的工具層面,未來十年的變化將會遠大於過去一百年的進展。


ChatGPT 於 2022 年底嶄露頭角,首先推出了 3.5 版本,2023 年 3 月則升級至 4.0 版本。4.0 版本問世時,OpenAI 官網上分享的第一個應用案例就是「蘇格拉底家教」,這是 OpenAI 和可汗學院 2022 年 8 月開始合作的成果。

以下是他們給 ChatGPT 4.0 的指令:「你是一位採用蘇格拉底式風格回答的導師,從不直接給學生答案,而是透過正確的問題幫助他們培養獨立思考能力。你應該根據學生的興趣和知識調整問題,將其分解為較簡單的部分,直到適合學生的程度為止。」

想必大家對於在這種前提下,學生如何與 ChatGPT 互動感到相當好奇!以下是我所摘要的一些有趣片段:

當學生提出一個二次一元方程式的問題,期望獲得直接的答案時,GPT-4 並不直接回答,而是給予引導。學生生氣地說:「請告訴我答案!」通常情況下,懶散的家教可能會直接給出答案,畢竟與學生發生衝突也很麻煩。即便是想細心引導,聽到學生表現得較「兇」,內心也難免會不耐煩。

然而,GPT-4 的回答很高水準:「我了解你可能希望直接得到答案,但我的目的是幫助你批判性思考並引導你通過解決問題的過程。讓我們專注於任務。這兩個方程式中的任何變量的系數是否有共同因子?」這句話涵蓋了三個層面:表達共情、溝通目的,最後回到教學。

學生回答卻答錯時,GPT-4 會這樣回答:「回答不完全正確,但你越來越接近了。」「不完全正確」這五個字讓我非常驚訝,因為若回答不正確,那可能會挫折了孩子剛剛願意嘗試回答的心,但若回「OK」卻又沒有指出孩子的問題。「不完全正確」後再補一句「但你越來越接近了」,讓我感到這個蘇格拉底家教具有同理心、有引導能力,且如果看詳細版解答,你會發現他真的能夠提供教學輔助。

另一個顯著的突破是 GPT 帶來的語言學習家教,由於語音文字轉換技術早已成熟,與 GPT 結合後,進行語音對話變得非常容易,可以到 YouTube 尋找參考影片。均一平台團隊在 2023 年初也推出了 Jutor Beta 版,讓重視雙語的台灣學生可以進行從初級到優級、CEFR A1-C2 的對話,並根據文法和流暢度給予學生回饋。

這些進展非常迅速,GPT 從 3.5 版本升級到 4.0 版本,就像一個高中生在先修微積分考試中,由 PR 值 0 進步到 40,或者一個參加美國律師考試的考生,由 PR 值 10 進步到 90,這樣的進步幾乎每幾個月就會發生。

最近,可汗學院推出了以蘇格拉底家教為模型的 Khanmigo,這是學生和老師的教育夥伴,以定期捐款 20 美元作為條件。20 美元相當於每月 600 元新台幣,就能夠擁有一位蘇格拉底家教,相較台灣家教一個小時可能就要 600 元,現在 600 元讓你能每月請一個蘇格拉底線上家教,而且每天 24 小時一週七天都可以問!

因此,均一除了英語口說家教,同時也在預備開發一個能隨時協助學習者解答問題、教學者設計教案的 AI 助教,相信下個十年,這樣的技術會變得非常成熟。我們才有機會真正降低師生比,讓每個孩子都有機會獲得更即時的回應,「每一個孩子不論出身,都能勇敢開口說英語、勇敢問問題,成為終身學習者。」



均一讓他養成在線上資源中不斷自修的能力,國內大學的 MOOCs、國外知名的可汗學院、edX、Coursera 等學習平台都有他的足跡。他更是利用 edX 成功拿到了麻省理工學院的微碩士學位,成為 MIT 校友,並於 Coursera 平台上獲得美國線上碩士入學許可。

2021 年,他保送進入建中,卻依然持續自學,並於 2022 年錄取物理奧林匹亞選訓營、和資訊奧林匹亞選訓營,最終選擇資訊類別,代表台灣參加印尼資訊奧林匹亞競賽。去年,他亦獲得了 YTP 少年圖靈大賽的第一名,並且將獎金全數捐獻給了均一。

「我一直很想像您一樣,幫助別人,我將我個人的獎金一萬元,全數捐給均一教育平台。」從使用者到成為捐款者,去年劉徹獲得了 YTP 少年圖靈大賽的第一名,並且將獎金全數捐獻給了均一。

資訊奧林匹亞選手 劉徹:「我一直很想像您一樣,幫助別人,我將我個人的獎金一萬元,全數捐給均一教育平台。」











作者 | 呂冠緯 (均一平台教育基金會負責人)


2022 年 10 月,均一教育平台迎來了它的十週年紀念;2023 年 1 月,均一平台教育基金會也滿五歲。產品歷史比目前負責的組織更悠久,這要歸功於創辦人方新舟董事長(簡稱方大哥),他創立了均一教育平台並有意識地進行傳承,在五年前將均一團隊從原本的誠致教育基金會獨立出來。

究竟是怎樣的「教育創業家」能創造如此成就?方大哥更願意自稱為「教育門外漢」,因為他的背景是科技業,在矽谷起家,回台創業後成為誠致科技董事長,最終公司與雷凌合併並出售給聯發科。然而,他在教育界具有深遠影響力,皆因創建了台灣最大的線上教育平台——均一教育平台,並創立台灣最大公辦民營學校體系 KIST (KIPP Inspired School in Taiwan),同時也是影響劉安婷創辦 Teach For Taiwan 的重要推手。





2011 年底,我在網路上錄製了一系列教學小短片,吸引了方大哥的注意。當時,我還是一名大醫院的實習醫生,方大哥邀請我與他合作。雖然起初我婉拒了邀請,但在接下來的一年裡,方大哥經常寫信給我,堅定地分享他的教育願景,使我逐漸被他的熱情所感染,並在服役期間,開始考慮與方大哥跨世代、跨專業的合作機會。

2013 年初,我在海軍服役期間,經過深入的信仰反思與探索,決定加入誠致的大家庭。在電子郵件中,我寫道:「方大哥:在跟父母親審慎地討論過以後,我們的共識是我會加入誠致的大家庭。 簡單地來說,my answer is “yes”。我會盡力完成我能做到的事情。」方大哥很快回信說:「冠緯,謝謝您和您爸媽做了一個影響台灣未來教育的決定。有機會我一定要去拜訪您爸媽向他們致敬!」

那年大年初二,方大哥和太太來到我家拜訪,與我父母親交流。我父親直接問道,方大哥到底希望我做什麼?方大哥毫不猶豫地回答,他希望我能成為誠致未來的執行長。當時,25 歲的我聽到這番話感到非常驚訝。原來,在方大哥眼中,我不僅是個擅長錄製影片的專案教師,而是具有發展潛力的年輕人。這種信任是我不曾從其他長輩身上感受到的。



時間快轉到 2013 年的 9 月,我才剛加入誠致兩個月,方大哥確診罹患了肺腺癌。在入刀房前的幾小時前,他打了個電話給我:「冠緯,我想跟你說,謝謝你加入誠致,投入在均一教育平台的工作,我希望你答應我一件事好嗎?」即便還不知道要答應的是什麼,我直覺式的回答:「我答應了,方大哥請說。」






從 2013 年 7 月加入誠致,到 2018 年 1 月團隊正式分拆成立新單位,僅歷時四年半。我很難想像有哪位前輩敢這麼做,因為在每個過程中,我都還有很多地方沒有準備好。但是方大哥緊抓三不原則:不難的事不做、不具規模化的事不做、不能擴大影響力的事不做。在均一教育平台之後,他創立了第二個重要專案:實驗學校 KIST 體系。他清楚兩者在同一組織內難以共存,因此鼓勵均一獨立,並提供第一年的營運資金。這種無私的價值觀深深影響了我。


受到方大哥的影響,均一團隊非常樂意給年輕夥伴提供挑戰:我們曾經讓一位高一的自學生突破實習生年齡限制,讓三位大三的夥伴擔任深度兼職工程師,還讓一位即將畢業的台大學生擔任 Google 合作專案經理。

















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屏東躍愛課輔班 林綺漩 老師


在 106 學年度,均一與苗栗縣和屏東縣分別合作進行「結合均一的課中補救」試辦計畫。藉由一般課堂的時間,抽離需要額外學習扶助的孩子到「學習扶助班級」,搭配均一平台的使用,有效診斷學生的學習斷點,提供個人化學習。

經過三年的顯著成效與現場教師的正面迴響,109 學年度起,均一在苗栗、屏東推動學習扶助「深化」模式,除了繼續數學課中學習扶助外,期盼藉由更深度投入的專案教師、更具規模的教師社群、更系統性的增能與支持,為學習扶助的師生帶來更有效的教與學。



帶孩子走出教室裡的無力感 —— 苗栗延慶老師分享


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我們在台灣擴大推廣 Code.org 的 Hour of Code 一小時玩程式,團隊夥伴製作中文化插電與不插電的程式課程、結合創意的教學設計,讓 Code.org 這套全球廣受好評的程式課程,在台灣的使用濃度達到世界排名第九、亞洲排名第二,讓臺灣的程式教育能夠與國際接軌。課程資源與師資培育,都逐步與國際接軌。


太平國小 陳宜均老師

為了讓孩子透過程式學習運算思維,均一也設計了一系列 Scratch 課程,採取專案導向學習 (Project-Based Learning),以深入淺出的講義或影片引導,經由不同領域主題,’當孩子面對給予的任務,將學習如何解構問題、摘要重點、發現規律,循序漸進地練習程式的思考。


數電快閃教室計畫,是團隊夥伴到教學現場透過「數學 X 電腦科學」的跨領域課程,將好玩、互動性高的電腦科學融入數學的課程內容,讓孩子覺得原來數學可以這麼有趣,學到的知識也可以加以應用。均一也透過此課程和現場老師分享跨領域教學,探索更多的學習可能

後續雖遇上五月份的疫情,團隊發揮創意推出「線上快閃教室」,以線上的形式,快閃 18 所國小的線上教室,帶來「自學力就是你的超能力」主題分享,總計有 329 位學生參與,我們希望藉由這個活動,讓孩子在疫情期間能夠找到自己學習的目標和節奏。

當我們 Code 在一起說故事

「當我們 Code 在一起說故事」專案計畫,也就是平台上「電腦科學起步走|一起說故事」課程,是源自 Google 開發的 CS First,均一除了將其中文化翻譯,並且配合 108 課綱將課程內容和教學模組在地化。課程內容以程式作為跨域學習的槓桿,融合電腦科學、語文、音樂、藝術,鼓勵孩子用想像力編寫動人的故事,並且練習程式的思考。

此課程也獲選「 第三屆未來教育.臺灣100 – 全臺年度百大創新教學專案」的獎項殊榮。


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在 2021 年 的停課期間,有一種老師大量增加了,他們是守護孩子學習不中斷的「抗疫老師」,在短短幾天內,設法與孩子取得聯繫、使用各種數位工具,並給予遠距支持。





「讓孩子不會只是之前的挫折一直累積到最後,讓他可以在這裡找到讓他產生信心的地方。」/ 靜怡老師

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子婕老師雖罹患罕病,仍完成中央大學數學、資工雙主修,更因為從小便與媽媽在教會服務弱勢孩童。研究所時對數位教學產生興趣、畢業後即投入弱勢教育。2020 年導入均一教學後,子婕老師與課輔團隊投入其中,幾乎天天討論到深夜。雖然孩子的學習成就並沒有一飛沖天,但她認為,孩子的正面心態、學習品格才是第一順位。

「我希望這些孩子記得,小時候有這麼一群人拼 死拼活努力去愛他們,他們是值得被愛的。」/ 子婕老師




在子婕老師參與的弱勢課輔班計畫中,均一在兩年內培訓了 110 位教師,其中有 87% 的老師過去未曾使用數位平台輔助教學,在經過師資培訓後,提升了 20% 老師的教學信心,大多數老師更能夠獨立於課堂中教學,陪伴孩子探索數位學習平台,找到適合的學習內容。




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