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HKBU receives SCOLAR and QEF funding for e-learning and special education projects

Principal Investigators of the funded projects: (from left) Dr Simpson Wong, Dr Joshua Chan, Professor Sandy Li, Dr Ricky Lam and Dr Lisa Deng.

The Department of Education Studies has received four external grants totalling HK$5.12 million from the Standing Committee on Language Education and Research (SCOLAR) and the Quality Education Fund (QEF) for its high-impact research projects in the important niche area of e-learning and special education pedagogy. The projects aim to transform the local and global education landscape with the application of future instructional tools during and beyond the pandemic era. 


The projects supported by SCOLAR include “Developing a mobile app and examining its effectiveness in training connected speech listening among Hong Kong university students learning English as a second language”, which is led by Dr Simpson Wong; “Investigating e-Portfolio assessment literacy among adolescent learners: Portfolio compilation, emotional experiences, and conceptions of assessment” by Dr Ricky Lam and Professor Sandy Li; and “Adapting task-based pedagogy for students with special educational needs: Training, practising and validation”, which is led by Dr Joshua Chan.


The “Promoting self-regulation and personalized online learning through supporting teachers, students, and parents” project, which is led by Dr Lisa Deng, received funding from QEF.


Congratulating colleagues on their success, Professor Atara Sivan, Head of the Department of Education Studies, said: “These achievements recognise our colleagues’ expertise and the Department’s mission of promoting innovative academic and professional knowledge through accomplished research, scholarship of teaching and learning, and engaged community service.