Research Projects

  • IT in Education
  • 1. The development of a learning resource management system to facilitate project-based learning September 2004 - 2009 (Completed)
    Web-based learning systems provide a platform of mounting up a large amount of learning resources for sharing between teachers and learners. However, there are difficulties in storing these learning objects in a structured and systematic way so that they can be shared and used in an efficient way. Examples of having difficulties in retrieving learning objects from large learning web-sites can be found frequently. On the other hand, searching for useful learning objects via the web often results in numerous irrelevant data items. The emerging learning object metadata (LOM) standard specifies the syntax and semantics of the LOM, which provide data not only on the basic attributes of the learning objects but also the classification data of the learning objects. This project aims to develop a learning resource management system using learning object metadata (LOM) standard. The system consists of two parts: the definition of learning objects and the classification of the learning objects.

    2. A Deployment Plan for a School-Based Student Performance Management Model August 2001 - January 2003 (Completed)
    titled "A Student Performance Monitoring (SPM-Net) System in the New School Model" (QEF 1998/1719) was completed in December 2000, with some value-added tools on top of the original proposed SPM-Net system for teachers. One of such examples is the issuing of written comments on students'performance by class teachers upon viewing a student's profile; another one is the automatic warning on students' non-performance issued by means of printed letters and/or electronic mails. The recent deployment of the SPM-Net services to a primary school connected to the secondary school means that we are able to view a student's performance for a prolonged period so that a school-based continuous assessment can be achieved via the one through-road from primary and secondary education. The SPM-Net services facilitate not only the implementation of such a through-road policy but a school-based student performance model. This project, thus, aims to deploy the SPM-Net system to 10 selected schools with additional functions to support a more ideal view on a student's profile, which includes the academic data, non-academic performance such as attendance, award and punishment, extra-curricular activities, etc., and performance in the defined categories: the Moral, Intellectual, Physical, Social, Aesthetic, and other development of a student. The various data gathered through these services are used to compile various management reports accessible in a controlled manner by both the school management and teachers. Timely access to up-to-date student performance reports has reduced teachers' administrative workload; provided a tool of noting early signs of students'non-performance so that remedial actions can be taken place as soon as possible; and improved communication between parents and the schools.

    3. A Web-Based Environment for Teaching & Learning Support: Design & Implementation August 2001 - July 2002 (Completed)
    Traditional subject-specific learning systems treat learning as passive "knowledge transfer". Review of recent researches noted the potential of technology-supported interactive tool as an enabler of active learning in which learners are in control and exploring. An interactive design has the potential to facilitate the linking of concrete to abstract representations. It can enhance constructive learning by enabling learners to manipulate cognitive artefacts. It is therefore crucial to design appropriate interactive learning tools for active knowledge construction on abstract subject matters. A review of literatures indicated that many learners have great difficulties in learning the concepts and procedural knowledge of mathematics fraction. One of the main causes of such difficulties is the inadequate and inappropriate teaching in traditional approaches. The aim of this study is to develop a Web-based Interactive Learning Environment (WILE) according to the need and expert knowledge of schoolteachers with particular intention to support teaching of teachers and genuine learning of learners. It is expected that the WILE may demonstrate the possibility of improvement of teaching and learning through the use of information technology. The objectives of the study are to design a WILE deploying expert knowledge of teachers in teaching a particular subject domain for assisting students to acquire key concept of the domain; to develop a WILE to support and enhance teachers' skills in teaching learners how to grasp the fundamental knowledge of the chosen domain; and to evaluate the WILE by studying subjective satisfaction of teacher and learner on using the WILE and thus see whether it may facilitate learners to acquire higher-order thinking skills for independent and lifelong learning.

    4. A Student Performance Management (SPM-net) System in the New School Model October 1998 - December 2000 (Completed)
    Secondary Schools in Hong Kong have to routinely gather, process, disseminate a large amount of student related learning and performance data. The gathering and processing of such information are currently carried out manually by the respective class teachers, subject teachers and clerks. To obtain useful and timely student performance related information from these data is tedious and time-consuming. This project aims to develop, in close collaboration with secondary schools, a suite of LAN-based services for improving the efficiency and effectiveness of collecting, processing and disseminating learning and performance related information. The main functions of SPM-Net include: Class Attendance Management; Student Workload Management; Submission of Coursework; Awards and Punishment; Continuous Assessment; Student Performance Reports; and Security and Data Maintenance Administration. The SPM-Net aims to solve some of the current problems faced by school teachers in gathering, processing, and disseminating a large amount of student performance related data such as class attendance, student workload management, and submission of course work, awards and punishment records, etc. In particular it would have a friendly interface to users, both in Chinese and English; handle multimedia data; and provide system interface and linkages to existing SAMS data sets. Among the many benefits of the SPM-Net are speedy and dynamic handling of student performance related data, to support shared assess of learning and assessment information in a controlled manner, and to support close monitoring of students and teachers performance.