CITERS Hong Kong University 2014 Research Forum

This is the 2nd year I have participated as a researcher presenting my working papers or finished paper. I personally really like this and CITE (short for Centre of Information Technology in Education) has been really generous and often invite scholars and world renowned experts from around the world in E-learning, MLEAR, Educational Research, Social Media, Digital Literacy and even privacy. I have seen first hand academics right here in HK and understand their research, giving me new perspective and an rare moment of opportunity to network. These opportunities if you join enough is almost equivalent to attending 3-4 conferences in a year.

Anyway, my paper(s), two of them has been accepted. One of them is what I have submitted previously for assessment at the program that I am enrolled in. Another paper is something I am working on for my doctoral thesis and this year I have also proposed a workshop in using OpenClass for managing all kinds of flipped learning activities.

Paper # 1

Service Learning with the use of mobile technologies in Higher Education

Paper # 2

“A study of awarding credits for completing pre-class activities in flipped learning model at City University of Hong Kong  ”

Workshop – A 50 Minute workshop

“Using OpenClass to manage flipped classroom activity, data collection and other activities” ranking at ALEXA

After a lot of hard work, the project that I found is inching slowly towards traction, cutting all possible costs, scrambling  jobs of all kinds and only maintaining a talent technical person. We are now ranking at 4,198. Soon we will be top 1,000 a search, review, booking management portal and it follows my original published work of framework (click here to see) . is a SaaS based platform.


This is way better than other websites that are consumer-friendly, well funded. 8,754 ( a media company that runs online digital and shuts down their magazine empire) 9,161 (a well funded startup in HK in finding doctors / booking)  5,807  (a local fashion retail commerce site started by Angel)   4,779    ( a fellow Cyberport Incubatee that received HKICT award) 13,396 ( a baby / parenting digital portal) 5,320 (a shopping mall in HK)  2,405 (a shopping mall in HK) 1,246 (an ebay classified for locals)


#the rankings changed everyday of the week and I keep track of this important KPIs from time to time to understand and communicate to others about the importance of actual utility value of an online product (learning category) !!



Reading for this term

Activity 1: Teaching and learning with networked technology: theoretical perspectices and epistemologies

Mishra, P., & Koehler, M. J. (2006). Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge: A Framework for Teacher KnowledgeTeachers College Record, 108 (6), 1017–1054.

Derry, J. (2007). Epistemology and conceptual resources for the development of learning technologies. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 23 (6), 503-510.


Activity 2: Methodologies for researching TEL/networked learning

Learning Set i: Action Research

Kemmis, S. (2006). Participatory action research and the public sphere. Educational Action Research, 14 (4), 459-476.

Levy, P. (2003). A methodological framework for practice-based research in networked learning. Instructional Science31 (1-2), 87-109.

Learning Set ii: Case Study

Hew, K. F., & Cheung, W. S. (2008). Attracting student participation in asynchronous online discussions: a case study of peer facilitation. Computers & Education, 51 (3), 1111–1124.

Stake, R. E. (2005). Qualitative case studies. In N. K. Denzin and Y. S. Lincoln (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Qualitative Research(pp. 443-466). Thousand Oaks, CA: Sage Publications

Learning Set iii: Phenomenography

Jones, C., & Asensio, M. (2001). Experiences of assessment: using phenomenography for evaluation. Journal of Computer AssistedLearning, 17 (3), 314-321.

Richardson, J. T. (1999). The concepts and methods of phenomenographic research. Review of Educational Research69 (1), 53-82.

Henri, F. (1992). Computer conferencing and content analysis. In A. R. Kaye (Ed.), Collaborative Learning Through Computer Conferencing: Tha Najaden Papers, (pp. 117-136). London: Springer-Verlag.

Enriquez, J. G. (2009). Discontent with content analysis of online transcripts. ALT-J, 17 (2), 101 -113.
Activity 3: Assessment practices in technology enhanced learning

Lin, J.-W., & Lai, Y.-C. (2013). Harnessing Collaborative Annotations on Online Formative Assessments. Educational Technology & Society16 (1), 263–274.

Olofsson, A. D., Lindberg, J. O., & Hauge, T. E. (2011). Blogs and the design of reflective peer-to-peer technology-enhanced learning and formative assessment. Campus-Wide Information Systems, 28 (3), 183-194.


Activity 4: Substantive issues in technology enhanced learning/ networked learning

Learning Set i: Knowledge creation in learning communities

Arvaja, M., Salovaara, H., Häkkinen, P., & Järvela, S. (2007). Combining individual and group-level perspectives for studying collaborative knowledge construction in context. Learning and Instruction, 17, 448-459.

Zenios, M. (2011). Epistemic activities and collaborative learning: towards an analytical model for studying knowledge construction in networked learning settings. Journal of Computer-Assisted Learning, 27 (3), 259-268.

Learning Set ii: Networked learning, collaboration and networked identities

Jones C., Dirckinck-Holmfeld L., & Lindström B. (2006). A relational, indirect, meso-level approach to CSCL design in the next decade.International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, 1, 35–56.

Ryberg, T., & Larsen, M. C. (2008). Networked identities: understanding relationships between strong and weak ties in networked environments. Journal of Computer Assisted Learning, 24 (2), 103-115.   

Learning Set iii: Evaluating technology enhanced learning initiatives

Saunders, M., Bonamy, J., & Charlier, B. (2005). Using evaluation to create provisional stabilities: bridging innovation in Higher Education change processes. Evaluation: the International Journal of Theory, Research and Practice11 (1), 37-54.

McCluskey, A. (2011). Evaluation as deep learning: a holistic perspective on evaluation in the PALETTE project. Chapter 12 In M. Saunders, P. Trowler and V. Bamber (Eds.), Reconceptualising Evaluative Practices in HE. Maidenhead: McGraw-Hill Education.

Starting a new term for my PhD – Researching Technology Enhanced/Networked Learning, Teaching and Assessment

phd053106sAugust 19th is the day I start on my fifth unit / paper before entering to the research proposal and this module covers :-

Researching Technology Enhanced/Networked Learning, Teaching and Assessment

This module examines recent research and theorising about the nature of technology enhanced learning (TEL), teaching and assessment (LTA) in professional practice, in higher and further education (HE/FE). Its focus is on understanding and researching the relationship between learning, knowledge and pedagogy as part of TEL, including theories of learning and the ways in which participants learn in technology enhanced learning contexts and environments; assessment, including current understandings of the aims and purposes of assessment and the ways in which assessment is conceptualised and conducted in HE/FE and professional contexts generally, and specifically in TEL settings. The module covers a range of themes such as approaches in researching knowledge creation, online learning communities, networked learning and networked identities, exploration of the notions of collaboration and computer-supported collaborative learning (CSCL), and micro-aspects such as learning and teaching practices with learning technologies including e-learning design.

The aim of Module 3 is to enable you to gain knowledge and skills in TEL networked learning through reflecting on research advances in the field, with an emphasis on LTA issues and perspectives, and by undertaking small research projects in the field of TEL/networked learning. We aim to offer you a series of loosely structured collaborative activities to help you identify issues which you consider as relevant to your interests and needs. We aim towards getting a balance between your interests and professional concerns and our sense of “mapping out the territory”. Helping you weave your way through it is not an easy or simple task but we certainly think it is one worth striving for. We hope that we can collectively work towards that aim, through reviewing as a learning community where we are and what we are doing and why we are doing it.


OpenBadges now in and soon in and

We have mentioned before that OpenClass will implement and deliver the digital badges market during our – flipped class & activities management and this is now in Beta.

Buddy Reading Induction Badge

Kids4Kids – a charity in HK which delivers many literacy related program will be the first one to benefit from the use of digital badges for recognising volunteers’ contribution. (Kids4Kids –

Check out the link to the badge, participants will be recognised through the SHOW OFF module (under development)

Click to see more

Interesting Projects / CFP in Flipped Classroom and MooC

Battling a really bad cold over the weekend and has to settle with aspirin tynenol and the like.. Yikes and was comfortably finishing my paper on Mobile Learning and teacher’s roles & competency. What was interesting though was that there are increasing attention to MooC and Flipped, already lining up a co-author and we should be getting ready soon.

Taylor and Francice Journal has a CFP July 31st deadline for 2 page at
And then there is the with funding from the Bill & Melinda Gates Foundation.

Phil Hill’s diagram of MOOC (Massive Open Online Course)

As I was researching about network learning communities, I had a good discussion with my cohort about “demographics” – Who are the students ? Are they real ? Digital identity issues surfaced about the participants data. A further dig into the discussion about xMOOC and cMOOC in student authentication will become important. The need for Heterogeneous E-Learning Portal (HELP) is becoming significant.

cMOOC is the Connectivist MOOC led by Siemens

xMOOC is the Instructivist MOOC

So far, I like this discussion from Gordon


Lancaster University joins FutureLearn (12 universities)

I am so excited to see a post about my university for which I am completing my PhD in E-Learning is actually a forerunner in FutureLearn – Great stuff ! Lancaster University !

TechCrunch and FastCompany – these two media (Albeit US centric) has covered well about the trends in open learning and e-Learning platforms. and how disruptive innovation takes place in the Learning industry (particularly in Higher Education).

Traditionally, a university lecturer can only impact and deliver a lecture to a finite number of students at a given time, at a given place (synchronously), but with modern technology like whiteboards, video cameras, cloud storage, video servers, administrative interfaces and mobile devices, there are plenty of room for extending the “learning and teaching” outside of classroom or lecture theatres.


According to FutureLearn’s website, MOOC (Massive Open Online Course) will be taking off in UK as well since some of the leading .

and according to this recent report from FastCompany.

Groups and Communities – Readings for PhD 824

DSC00045My next paper will be centered around Groups and Communities and Researching the Design of Technology Enhanced / Networked Learning Communities. This is a list of readings and some of these papers are in public domain and can be downloaded. (enjoy, it’s linked to a google doc that I keep).

Google Doc or now the Google Drive is still pretty much a tool for building my own knowledge base, but if I can make good use of the Google+ together, then the ability and chances to build a sustainable learning community is higher.

Andre K. Fowlkes: Why not a ‘venture fund’ to support community initiatives?

Found a tweet from Andre K. Fowlkes: Why not a ‘venture fund’ to support community initiatives? — djychun (@djychun)

Isn’t what Philanthropy Capital or Foundations like Gates Foundation does ? setup to provide funding to meaningful ventures with a cause ? This article presents some great notions but yet hasn’t left any pointers to how it can be executed.20120813070022-Screen_Shot_2012-08-13_at_9.57.08_PM