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Dr Cecilia KY Chan

Dr Cecilia KY Chan

BAI Engineering (TCB), BA (TCB), PostDip in Learning and Teaching (DIT), MA in Learning and Teaching (DIT), PhD Engineering (TCB)

Head of Professional Development
Associate Professor

CPD 1.81
(852) 3917 8534
cecilia.chan@cetl.hku.hk

Area of ExpertiseResearch GrantsPublicationsInvited LecturesAwardsProfessional Community ServicesOthers

Teaching responsibilities

Cecilia has been involved in the implementation of outcomes-based approach to student learning, assessment, feedback and technology enhanced learning pedagogies and tools. She provides consultations to faculty regarding the design and assessment of innovative educational research projects, grants and initiatives. She also leads, builds and supports faculty efforts to incorporate community to develop skills and knowledge related to the scholarship and assessment of teaching and learning.

Research interests

Engineering and Science Education, Development of Generic Skills, Assessment, Community of Practice, Technology Enhanced Learning.

Current Research Area

Cecilia is interested in a vast area of learning and teaching and engineering. Below are some of her current research areas.

  • The study of student learning (includes student engagement, recruitment and retention)
  • The development of Generic Skills
  • Engineering and Science education
  • Technology enhanced learning – such as eLearning, mobile Learning, Clickers.
  • Assessment
  • Cross cultural studies
  • Women’s participation in Science and Engineering Research Activities

Research Grants

2016 – 2019

Funding for Teaching and Learning from UGC
Title: Driving Cultural and Educational Shift: Providing Support, Activities and Professional Development in the Pedagogy, Assessment and Evidence of Student Learning in Holistic Competencies.
Collaborating UGC Institutions: Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong Baptist University, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Lingnan University, The Education University of Hong Kong
Amount: HK$8,947,836
Role: PI

2017/18

Knowledge Exchange (KE) Funding
Title: Promoting and Developing Holistic Competencies of Students in Hong Kong
Amount: HK$100,000
Role: PI

2017

2017 Teaching Development Grant (18 months)
Title: Assessment Resources for Experiential Learning at HKU
Amount: HK$250,000
Role: PI

2016

Knowledge Exchange (KE) Funding
Title: Changing Mind, Changing Practice and Shifting Culture in Engineering, Science and Business Education from Leading Research Intensive Universities
Role: PI

2016

2016 HKU Outstanding Young Researcher Award
Amount: HK$3 00,000

2016

2015 HKU Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research
Title: The Challenges of Assessing and Certifying Generic Skills in a Discipline-Specific Context for Hong Kong Higher Education – How can this be achieved?
Amount: HK$ 56,625
Role: PI

2015 – 2017

General Research Fund 2015
Title:The Development of Generic Skills Competency: A conceptual evidence-based model to effectively engage students from out-of-class, extra-curricular and in-class learning experiences in a discipline-specific context (A cross-institutional project in collaboration with CUHK and HKUST, which can be considered as an extension of the previous General Research Fund project (2011) on engineering students’ generic skills development. It is also closely related to a Teaching Development Grant supported project on building an Engineering Education Community of Practice.)
Amount: HK$ 895,000
Role: PI

2015 – 2017

Special Funding for Teaching & Learning from UGC
Title:Developing, Assessing and Providing Direct Evidence of Student Learning in Generic Skills in the Context of Engineering Higher Education in Hong Kong (A cross-institutional project in collaboration with CUHK, HKUST and BU, which is again closely related to the two projects on engineering students’ generic skills development supported by the General Research Fund, but may have a more direct implication on the policy in reviewing direct evidence of student learning in the respective higher education institutions.)
Amount: HK$ 4,992,555
Role: PI

2014 – 2016

Special Funding for Teaching & Learning from UGC
Title:Professional Development and Capacity Building for Residential Education (A cross-institutional project, which also involves invitation of international speakers to share their expertise and experience in hall education with local residential education practitioners.)
Amount: HK$ 2,230,000
Role: Co-I

2013 – 2015

General Research Fund 2013
Title:Aspiring to Become an Engineer: engineering education experiences affecting secondary school studentspursuit of an engineering career in Hong Kong, China and the UK
Amount: HK$ 329,458

2013 – 2015

HKU Teaching Development Grant 
Title: Assessment and Feedback – Develop Discipline-Based Assessment and Feedback Resources by Identifying Good Practices in the Faculty of Business and Economics (B&E) and the Faculty of Science at HKU and Other Overseas Universities
Amount: HK$680,400
Role: PI
Co-Investigators: Prof. Pauline Chiu, Prof. Alice Wong, Dr. Gavin Porter, Dr. Rachel Lui, Dr. Michael Chau, Dr. Hsiao-Hui Lee, Ms. Joanna Lee, Dr. Suki Ekaratne, Ms. Lillian Luk
Advisor:Prof. Bennett, Chi Kin Yim

HKU Teaching Development Grant 
Title: Project-Based Experiential Learning for Sustainability Embedded Higher Education
Amount: HK$216,491
Role: Co-I
Principal Investigators: Dr. Wei Pan
Co-Investigators: Dr Kaimin Shih, Prof C.K. Mak, 

2011 – 2014 General Research Fund 2011
Title:The Development of Generic Skills: A curriculum design framework adapting student and teacher perspectives and approaches to learning in a discipline-specific context for Hong Kong higher education.
Amount: HK$753,594
Role: PI
Co-Investigators: Prof. M. Prosser

2013 – 2014

HKU Teaching Development Grant 
Title: Technology Enhanced Tools for Large Class Engagement and Assessment for Learning 
Amount: 398,337
Role: Co-I
Principal Investigators: Dr. Wilton Fok
Co-Investigators: Prof. Patrick Chau,Dr. George Wong

2011 – 2012 King’s/HKU Fellowship Awards
Amount: HK$50,000
Role: PI

2010 – 2012 HKU Teaching Development Grant 
Title: Tackling Action Plans from HKUSLEQ Faculty Report by Building an Engineering Education Research Community to share Good Practices in Engineering Education
Amount: HK$583,476
Role: PI
Co-Investigators: Dr. Scott Smith, Dr. Wilton Fok, Dr. Siu Ming Yiu, Dr. Alfred Yu, Dr. Vincent Tam, Dr. Marian Choy, Dr. Yuan Lin, Dr. Min Yang, Dr. Ben Young, Dr. Min Zeng, Dr. Henry Lau, Dr. Kenneth Kin-Yip Wong, Dr. Thomas Ng, Dr. Edmund Y. Lam

2009 – 2011 HKU Seed Funding Programme for Basic Research 
Title: Student and Teacher Perceptions of Transferable Skills in Engineering in relation to Learning Outcomes, Delivery and Assessment
Amount: HK$240,000
Role: PI

2010 – 2011 HKU Common Core Grant 
Title: The Oceans: Science and Society
Amount: HK$100,000.00
Role: Co(I) with Dr. Nathalie Goodkin in Earth Sciences as PI

2009 – 2011 HKU Teaching Development Grant 
Title: HKU Assessment Resource Centre
Amount: HK$482,396
Role: PI
Co-investigators: Prof. M. Prosser; Prof. E. Corbet.

2009 – 2011 HKU Teaching Development Grant 
Title: Developing Transferable Skills Facilitation Strategies for Improving Integrative Project Courses in Engineering
Amount: HK$238,718
Role: Co(I) with Dr. Alfred Yu in Engineering as PI

2006 – 2007 DIT Funding Award for Teaching, Learning & Assessment Projects
Title: Enhancing Keyskills and Career Speed Dating  
Amount: €10,000
Role: PI 

Mar 2006 – Jun 2006 Science Foundation Ireland: Institute Planning Award
Title: To conduct a self-assessment proposal of women’s participation in Science and Engineering Research Activities and Research Management within DIT
Amount: €10,000
Role: Team Lead in Engineering

2005 – 2007 DIT Team Research Scheme TERS
Title: HEART Project Health Informatics
Amount: €50,000
Role: Team Member 

Oct 2005 – Present Higher Education Authority: Technological Sector Research, Strand I Post-Graduate R&D
Title: Development of a Novel, Integrated Control System Prototype for Industrial Fungal Fermentation Processes Using Differential Interference Contrast Microscopy and On-Line Image Analysis
Amount: €34,000                                                                                
Role: PI at DIT Engineering (cross faculty collaboration)

2004 – 2005 DIT Funding Award for Teaching, Learning & Assessment Projects
Title: Natural, Creative, Brainstorming “Scrapyard Challenge” Design – to allow student to explore their natural thinking hats
Amount: €10,000                                                                             
Role: PI

2004, 2005 DIT President’s Funding Award
Title: Student Awards and Career Information Night
Amount: €2,000 + external funding from industries
Role: PI 

2003 – 2006 HEA’s Information Technology Investment Fund
Title: To improve Student Learning, Student Retention, Student Motivation, Student Recruitment 
Amount: €350,000
Role: Coordinator 

Peer reviewed journal articles published

  • Kutnick, P., Zhu, Z., Chan, C.K.Y., Chan, R.Y.Y., Lee, B.P.Y., & Lai, V.K.W. (2017). Attitudes and aspirations regarding engineering among Chinese secondary school students: comparisons between industrialising and post-industrial geo-engineering regions of Mainland China and Hong Kong. Compare: A Journal of Comparative and International Education, 1-22. [Link]
  • Chan, C.K.Y., Zhao, Y and Yuk, L.Y.Y. (2017). A validated and reliable instrument investigating engineering students’ perceptions of competency in generic skills. Journal of Engineering Education, 106(2), 299-325. [Link]
  • Chan, C.K.Y., Wong, G.C.K., Law, A.K.H., Zhang, T., & Au, F.T.K. (2017). Evidence-based conclusions concerning practice, curriculum design and curriculum reform in a civil engineering capstone design course in Hong Kong. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 54(3), 260-274. [Link]
  • Chan, C.K.Y. (2015). Use of animation in engaging teachers and students in assessment in Hong Kong higher education. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 52(5), 474-484. [Link]
  • Chan C.K.Y., The impact of culture, discipline and unguided instruction in problem-based learning, Higher Education Research & Development. (In Review)
  • Chan C.K.Y., Fok W.W.T. & Luk L.Y.Y. Pedagogical affordances in a mobile application to enhance interaction and engagement in lecture class. European Journal of Engineering Education. (In Review)
  • Chan C.K.Y. Factors that affect the effectiveness of the problem-based learning process, Educational Studies. (In Review)
  • Chan C.K.Y. Aligning students’ and teachers’ perceptions on transferable skills, European Journal Of Engineering Education. (In Review)
  • Chan C.K.Y. What is the teachers’ perception towards student evaluation of teaching in Hong Kong?, Teaching in Higher Education. (In Review)
  • Chan, C. K. Y. (2014). Facilitators’ perspectives of the factors that affect the effectiveness of problem-based learning process. Innovations in Education and Teaching International, 53(1), 25-34. [Link]
  • Chan C.K.Y., Luk L.Y.Y. & Zeng M. (2014), Teachers’ perceptions of student evaluations of teaching. Educational Research and Evaluation: An International Journal on Theory and Practice, 20(4), 275-289. [Link]
  • Chan, C.K.Y., & Luk, L. Y. Y. (2013). Faculty perspectives on the “3+3+4” curriculum reform in Hong Kong: A case study. International Education Studies, 6(4), 56-66. [Link]
  • Chan C.K.Y. (2012). Assessment for community service types of experiential learning in the engineering discipline, European Journal Of Engineering Education, 37(1), 29-38. [Link]
  • Chan, C. K. Y. (2012). Exploring an experiential learning project through Kolb’s Learning Theory using a qualitative research method. European Journal of Engineering Education, 37(4), 405-415. [Link]
  • Chan C.K.Y. (2012). Identifying and understanding the graduate attributes learning outcomes in a case study of community service experiential learning project, International Journal Of Continuing Engineering Education And Life-long Learning, 22(1/2), 148-159. [Link]
  • Chan C.K.Y. (2012). Associating educational psychology theories in a curriculum to maximise student participation, Journal Of Studies In Education, 2(3), 42-54. [Link]
  • Porter G.W., King J.A., Goodkin Emami N.F. & Chan C.K.Y. (2012). Experiential learning in a common core curriculum: Student expectations, evaluations, and the way forward, International Education Studies, 5(3), 24-38. [Link]
  • Chan C.K.Y., Tam V.W.L. & Li C.Y.V. (2011). A comparison of MCQ assessment delivery methods for student engagement and interaction used as an in-class formative assessment, In: Julie Johnson, International Journal Of Electrical Engineering Education, 48(3), 323-337. [Link]
  • Chan C.K.Y. & Fok W.W.T. (2009) Evaluating the learning experiences in virtual laboratory training in electrical and electronic engineering through student perceptions – A case study in the University of Hong Kong, Special Issue: Learning Technologies in Engineering Education: The Journal of the Higher Education Academy, Engineering Subject Centre, 4(2), 70-75. [Link]
  • Barry D.J., Chan C.K.Y. & Williams G.A. (2009), Morphological quantification of filamentous fungal development using membrane immobilization and automatic image analysis. Journal Of Industrial Microbiology and Biotechnology, 36(6), 787-800.
  • Barry D.J., Chan C.K.Y. & Williams G.A.(2007). Nitrocellulose as a general tool for fungal slide mounts. Journal Of Clinical Microbiology,45(3), 1074-75. [Link]

Scholarly Books, Monographs and Chapters

  • Carless, D., Bridges, S.M., Chan, C.K.Y., Glofcheski, R. ,Scaling up Assessment for Learning in Higher Education, 2016.
  • Jung, J., and Chan, C.K.Y. Academics’ Perception on Research versus Teaching and their Recognition, Changing Academic Profession in Hong Kong: Governance, Productivity, and Global Integration by Springer, Postiglione, GA and Jung, J (Eds) In Print
  • Chan, C.K.Y. Teaching and Learning Support and Development for Academics in Hong Kong, Changing Academic Profession in Hong Kong: Governance, Productivity, and Global Integration by Springer, Postiglione, GA and Jung, J (Eds) In Print
  • Chan, C.K.Y, Tam, V.W.L and Fok, W.T.T. Traditional and Modern MCQ Methods as In-class Formative Assessment. In: Tarek M. Sobh and Khaled Elleithy (Eds), Emerging Trends in Computing, Informatics, Systems Sciences, and Engineering, Springer, 2012, 1061 -1067.
  • Chan, C.K.Y and Colloton, T. Informal Instructional Design to engage and retain students in Engineering. In: Tarek M. Sobh and Khaled Elleithy (Eds), Emerging Trends in Computing, Informatics, Systems Sciences, and Engineering, Springer, 2012, 619 – 627.
  • Chan, C.K.Y. Laboratory Learning, In: Norbert M. Seel (Eds), Encyclopedia Of The Sciences Of Learning 1st Edition. Springer, 2012, 1705-1708.
  • Fok, W.T.T. and Chan, C.K.Y. Reconstruction after the 512 Earthquake ~ Knowledge Exchange and Experiential Learning Projects in Sichuan by Hong Kong Professions. In: Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering (Eds), The University of Hong Kong, 2010, 151-160.
  • Chan, C.K.Y. Active based key-skills Learning in Engineering Curriculum to Improve Student Engagement. In: Magued Iskander, Vikram Kapila, Mohammad A. Karim (Eds), Technological Developments in Education and Automation. Springer, 2009, 79-84.
  • Coyle E., Costello F., Murphy M., Chan, C.K.Y. and Shoemaker L., Reinventing A Level 7 Programme In Electrical Engineering And Greatly Improving Upon Student Retention. Innovations 2007: World Innovations In Engineering Education And Research. In: Aung W (Eds), International Network For Engineering Education And Research (INEER).Arlington,VA22205,USA, 2007, Special Volume: 515-529.

Conference Papers

  • Chan, C.K.Y. Shifting education culture from focusing on academic to competencies. In: The European Conference on Education. Brighton, UK, 2017.
  • Luk, L.Y.Y., & Chan, C.K.Y. Work supervisors as change-makers in the enhancement of students’ internship experience. In: The European Conference on Education. Brighton, UK, 2017.
  • Luk, L.Y.Y., & Chan, C.K.Y. Assessment for learning in engineering internship programmes in Hong Kong: How far are we? In: International Conference: Assessment for Learning in Higher Education. Hong Kong, 2015.
  • Luk L.Y.Y., Zhao Y. and Chan C.K.Y., Discovering the Learning and Teaching Approaches of Transferable Skills to Engage Students, In: International Conference of Science Educators and Teachers. Phuket, Thailand, 2014.
  • Luk L.Y.Y., Chan C.K.Y. and Zhao Y., What are Science and Engineering Students’ Motivations in learning Generic Skills? In: International Conference of Science Educators and Teachers. Phuket, Thailand, 2014.
  • Zhao Y., Luk L.Y.Y. and Chan C.K.Y., Psychometric Properties of a Survey on STEM Students’ Perceptions of Generic Skills, In: International Conference of Science Educators and Teachers. Phuket, Thailand, 2014.
  • Tam V., Yi A., Lam E.Y., Chan C. and Yuen A.H.K., Using cloud computing and mobile devices to facilitate students’ learning through e-learning games, In: IEEE, International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies Proceedings. Beijing, 2013.
  • Fok W.W.T. and Chan C.K.Y., Mobile Technologies for in-class Interaction and Assessment for Learning, In: The European Conference on Technology in the Classroom 2013: Official Conference Proceedings. United Kingdom, 2013.
  • Fok W.W.T. and Chan C.K.Y., iClass Assessment: A Pen-Based Assessment and Feedback Platform, In: IEEE, 13th International Conference on Advanced Learning Technologies (ICALT). Beijing, 2013.
  • Fok W.W.T. and Chan C.K.Y., Mobile technologies for in-class interaction and assessment for learning, In: CITE Research Symposium 2013. Hong Kong, 2013.
  • Ho, R.M.H., Luk, L and Chan C.K.Y., A Review of Literature on Challenges and Obstacles to Implementation of Generic Skills, In: INTED2014, the 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain, 2014.
  • Luk, L, R.M.H., Ho, C.S.Y, Yeung and Chan C.K.Y., Engineering undergraduates’ perception of transferable skills in Hong Kong, In: INTED2014, the 8th International Technology, Education and Development Conference, Valencia, Spain, 2014.
  • Lei C.U., So H.K.H., Lam E.Y.M., Wong K.K.Y., Kwok Y.K. and Chan C.K.Y., Teaching Introductory Electrical Engineering: A Project-Based Learning Experience, Proceedings of the IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning for Engineering (TALE 2012), Hong Kong, China. 2012.
  • Chan C.K.Y., A Case Study Of Community Service Experiential Learning, In: IATED, International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies. Spain, 2011.
  • Chan C.K.Y., A Literature Review of Assessment for Community Service Type of Experiential Learning, In: IATED, International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies.Barcelona,Spain, 2011.
  • Chan C.K.Y., The Use Of Animations In Engaging Teachers And Students in Assessment , 6th International Conference On Teaching And Learning In Higher Education (TLHE). Singapore, 2011.
  • Chan C.K.Y., Assessing Community Service Type Of Experiential Learning, In: IATED, International Technology, Education and Development Conference (INTED). Spain, 2011.
  • Chan C.K.Y., Curriculum Design Model for the Development of Transferable Skills for Effectively Engage Undergraduate Students, International Conference on Learning and Teaching – Temasek Polytechnic, Singapore. 2010.
  • Chan C.K.Y., Fok W.W.T. and Tam V.W.L., Engaging Students with Various in-class Formative Assessment, In: IATED, International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI). 2010.
  • Chan C.K.Y. and Colloton T., Informal Instructional Design to engage and retain students in Engineering, International Conference on Engineering Education, Instructional Technology, Assessment, and E-learning (EIAE). 2010.
  • Chan C.K.Y. and Prosser M.T., Optimizing eLearning Support Framework to engage students and teachers, ISSOTL Conference. 2010.
  • Chan, C.K.Y and Colloton, T. Pedagogy, Technology and Curriculum, The Challenges that Academic face to become the main designer of eLearning Curriculum? ICERI2010 (International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation), Madrid, Spain, 2010.
  • Chan C.K.Y., Tam V.W.L. and Fok W.W.T., Traditional and Modern MCQ Methods as In-class Formative Assessment, International Conference on Engineering Education, Instructional Technology, Assessment, and E-learning (EIAE). 2010.
  • Chan C.K.Y., Pedagogy, Technology and Curriculum, The Challenges that Academic face to become the main designer of eLearning Curriculum? In: IATED, International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation (ICERI2010). Madrid, Spain, 2010.
  • Fok W.W.T. and Chan C.K.Y., Experiential learning for Engineering Education – A school reconstruction project in Sichuan after the 5.12 Earthquake, The 2nd International Symposium on Engineering Education and Educational Technologies: EEET 2010 in the context of The 3rd International Multi-Conference on Engineering and Technological Innovation: IMETI 2010, July, Orlando, Florida, USA . 2010.
  • Chan C.K.Y., Aligning The Learning Activities And Assessments With learning Outcomes And Students’ Perception For Transferable Skills, The International Technology, Education and Development Conference . INTED, 2009.
  • Chan C.K.Y., The World Towards Educational Globalization: Our Challenges – Reform, Culture And Outcomes? The International Technology, Education and Development Conference. INTED, 2009.
  • Chan C.K.Y., The Impact of Online Laboratory to Student Learning, The International Conference of Education, Research and Innovation. 2009.
  • Chan C.K.Y., The Impact Of Culture, Discipline And Unguided Instruction In Problem-based Learning Approach, The International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies. 2009.
  • Chan C.K.Y. and Murphy M., Active-based Key-skills Learning In Engineering Curriculum To Improve Student Engagement, International Conference On Engineering Education, Instructional Technology, Assessment, and E-learning. 2008.
  • Barry D. J., Chan C., and Williams G. A., Kinetic analysis of fungal differentiation in solid state culture via a novel image analysis method," in Abstracts of European Bio Perspectives, Koln, Germany, May 2007.
  • Chan, C and Murphy, M. Women, Engineering and Research – providing choice and balance? Proceedings in American Society for Engineering Education ASEE,Chicago,USA, June 2006.
  • Chan, C. Opening the Educational Doors to Modern China – Expectations met?, Proceedings of Educational Conference, NUI Galway June 2006
  • Chan, C. Psychology, Engineering and I, Proceedings of SEFI 2005 Annual Congress, 2005.
  • Chan, C. Student Retention Strategy as in the words of Darwin – “the biggest, the smartest, and the strongest are not the survivors. Rather, the survivors who are the most adaptable, Proceedings of 33 International Symposium IGIP/IEEE/ASEE, Fribourg, Switzerland, Oct 2004.
  • Chan, C. and Coyle, E. Natural, Creative, Brainstorming “Scrapyard Challenge” Design Project, Proceedings of 33 International Symposium IGIP/IEEE/ASEE, Fribourg, Switzerland, Oct 2004.  
  • Chan, C. Student Retention Strategy targeting Diplomas, Certificate and Ordinary degrees, Proceedings of SEFI 2004 Annual Congress. The Golden Opportunity for Engineering Education, Valentia, Spain, September 2004.
  • Chan, C. Student Retention in DIT Engineering Programme, DIT Learning and Teaching Showcase, 2003.
  • Chan, C. and Boland, F. 3D Solder Paste Inspection– Surface Mounted and Related Technology Group SMART Magazine, NMRC & SMART group, 1999.
  • Chan, C. and Boland, F. Colour Pattern Analysis for 3-D inspection of Printed Circuit Boards – Proceedings of IASTED International Conference, Honolulu, Hawaii, USA, August 1998.
  • Chan, C. and Boland, F. Dual Projection structured light system for solder paste inspection of printed circuit boards – Proceedings of Optical Engineering Society of Ireland & Irish Machine Vision & Image Processing Joint Conference, NUI Maynooth, Sept. 1998
  • Chan, C. and Boland, F. Geometric Profilometry with colour recognition structured light technique for 3-D re-modelling of low attitude objects – Proceedings of Optical Engineering Society of Ireland & Irish Machine Vision and Image Processing Joint Conference, NUI Maynooth, September 1998.

Media Releases

Invited Lectures

Role Conference Name Place / Date
Invited Panel Discussion Panel:
What are the Key Performance Indicators for Students Generic Competencies?
Influencing Teaching and Learning Practice, Achieving the Ripple Effect, 2017 Hong Kong / 2017
Invited Speaker
“Measuring the un-measurable – assessing holistic competencies through an evidence-based pedagogical driven online system”
Learning and Teaching Expo, 2016 Hong Kong / 2016
Invited Speaker
“Measuring the un-measurable – assessing generic competencies through an evidence-based pedagogical driven online system”
Online & e-Learning Summit Asia 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Oct 2016
Invited Speaker INTI International University, 2016 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia / Oct 2016
Invited Discussant
“History of Women’s Participation in Science and Engineering”
2016 RIAW International Conference
Women and Gender in Science & Engineering, Sookmyung Women’s University
Seoul Korea / Nov 2016
Invited Keynote Speaker
“The Development of Generic Skills and Assessment”
National Conference of General Education Into the Intellectual world
Title “Development of Generic Skills and Outcome Based Assessment”
Thailand / June 2016
Invited Keynote Speaker
“Instilling a culture of blended learning excellence in staff and students for effective teaching and learning”
Blended Learning Asia 2016
Improving Student Experiences and Achievement through Digital Technology, Course Design and Innovative Teaching Methods
Singapore / June 2016
Invited Panel Discussion
Panel: Fostering teacher innovation to create a culture of blended learning in the Asia
Blended Learning Asia 2016
Improving Student Experiences and Achievement through Digital Technology, Course Design and Innovative Teaching Methods
Singapore / June 2016
Invited Keynote Speaker
“Research-Teaching Nexus — Achieving a balance between teaching and research”
Network for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in research-intensive universities (NETL) 2016 Hong Kong / March 2016
Invited Keynote Speaker
“Developing and Assessing 21st Century Skills through a Research Evidenced-based Skills Framework”
The Fourth International Workshop on Innovative Engineering Education (IEE 2016) Jeju, Korea / Jan 2016
Invited Keynote Speaker
“How to engage, motivate and assess engineering students through students’ reflection”
The Fourth International Workshop on Innovative Engineering Education (IEE 2016) Jeju, Korea / Jan 2016
Invited Keynote Speaker
“Appropriate Assessment and Constructive Feedback, hand in hand approaches to inspire student learning in Engineering Education”
SKKU Hub Centerfor Innovative Engineering Education Faculty Development Workshop 2016 (FDW 2016) Korea / Jan 2016
Invited Keynote Speaker
“My students are falling asleep.” – Interactive ways to incorporate active learning activities and assessment into a typical engineering lecture and classroom
SKKU Hub Centerfor Innovative Engineering Education Faculty Development Workshop 2016 (FDW 2016) Korea / Jan 2016
Invited Speaker
Pre-Conference Workshop “Evidence of student learning outcomes – Why and how?” Cecilia Chan and Mike Prosser
The International Conference: Assessment for Learning in Higher Education 2015 – University of Hong Kong Hong Kong / May 2015
Invited Speaker
Roundtable Discussion “Building a community of practice to share good assessment and feedback practices in engineering and science education”
The International Conference: Assessment for Learning in Higher Education 2015 – University of Hong Kong Hong Kong / May 2015
Invited Keynote Speaker
“Developing Student Learning Quality Assurance or Quality Enhancement”
Innovative Curricula Design Conference “Higher Education in 2020″ , University of Tartu, Estonia (2014) Estonia / April 2014
Invited Keynote Speaker
“Innovation in Engineering and Science Education”
Innovative Curricula Design Conference “Higher Education in 2020″ , University of Tartu, Estonia (2014) Estonia / April 2014
Invited Plenary Speaker The Research in Engineering Education Symposium 2013 (REES 2013) Malaysia / 2013
Invited Keynote Speaker
“Are we providing Evidence of Student Learning to fulfill our Engineering Accreditation Criteria, how?”
The Fourth International Workshop on Innovative Engineering Education (IEE 2013) Korea / 2013
Invited Keynote Speaker
“Assessing Engineers their Disciplinary Knowledge and Generic Skills”
SKKU Hub Centerfor Innovative Engineering Education Faculty Development Workshop 2013 (FDW 2013) Korea / 2013
Invited Keynote Speaker
“Assessment Of Student Learning In Engineering Education”
HKUST International Summer Workshop on Engineering Education Innovation 2012 Hong Kong / 2012
Invited Speaker
“Curriculum Reform at the University of Hong Kong– Assessing Employability Skills”
Aston University, 2012 United Kingdom / 2012
Invited Speaker
“Researching and disseminating pedagogic practice”
Aston University, 2012 United Kingdom / 2012
Invited Speaker
“Curriculum Reform at the University of Hong Kong – Assessing Employability Skills”
Oxford Brookes University, 2012 United Kingdom / 2012
Plenary Speaker
“Elearning Futures: Where To From Here?”
CITE Research Symposium (CITERS), 2011 Hong Kong / 2011
Invited Keynote Speaker
“An Interactive Learning System on iPhone/iPod Touch”
Learning from eLearning Innovation Workshop Series”, Education Development Center, Hong Kong Polytechnic University. 2010 Hong Kong / 2010

Awards

2016 36th Round Post-doctoral Fellow Scheme (Research Area: Generic Skills in Education)
2016 HKU Outstanding Young Researcher Award
2011 King’s/HKU Fellowship Awards
2006 DIT Engineering Staff Excellence Achievement Award for the contribution in Student Recruitment and Achievement
2005 DIT Engineering Staff Excellence Achievement Award for the contribution in Student Motivation and Retention
1998 SMART AWARD (Surface Mount and Related Technology Award) National Microelectronics Research Centre (NMRC) and SMART group
1996-2000 PhD Research Scholarship, Forbairt, Irish Enterprise Board
1996-1998 Postgraduate Scholarship Awards Trinity College Dublin
1996 Best Student of the Year Award, Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMech E)
1996 Jeffcott Prize Award, Trinity College Dublin
1995 Stanford Smith Prize Award and Book Prize, Trinity College Dublin
1994 Book Prize, Trinity College Dublin

Academic Committees

  • Member of the 4 Year Curriculum Reform Assessment Sub-committee
  • Member of the 4 Year Curriculum Reform eLearning Sub-committee
  • Member of the Knowledge Team Meeting
  • Member of the Electrical Engineering Curriculum Reform Brainstorming Group

Editorship/Editorial board Membership/Referee of Scholarly Journals and Conferences

Position Journal Name Period of Appointment
Chairperson Conference Influencing Teaching and Learning Practice: Achieving the Ripple Effect March 2017
Conference Committee International Conference: Beyond the Formal Curriculum in Universities 2016 August 2016
Chairperson Conference Network for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning in research-intensive universities (NETL) 2016 March / 2016
Chairperson Conference International Conference: Assessment for Learning in Higher Education 2015 May / 2015
Technical Programme Conference Committee IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment and Learning for Engineering 2012, IEEE.Hong Kong, 2012
Editorial Board International Education Studies.CanadianCenterof Science and Education,Canada. 2009 – Present
Editorial Board International Journal of Electrical, Electronics and Computer Systems (IJEECS)Press,Australia. Since 2011 – Present
External Reviewer European Journal of Engineering Education Since 2011 – Present
External Reviewer Transactions on Learning Technologies Since 2011 – Present
International Advisory Committee International Joint Journal Conference in Engineering, IJJCE Since 2009 – Present
Conference Review Board Scholarship Of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) Commons ConferenceGeorgia,USA 2010 & 2011
Conference Review Board International Conference on Engineering Education, Instructional Technology, Assessment, and E-learning (EIAE) 2009, 2010

Employment History

2004-2008 Tenured Lecturer (~ Assistant Professor) and Programme Coordinator
School of Control Systems and Electrical Engineering
Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
2003-2004 Lecturer (~ Assistant Professor)
School of Control Systems and Electrical Engineering
Dublin Institute of Technology, Ireland
2001-2003 Computer Imaging Machine Vision Specialist 
Xsil Ltd., R&D Vision Department, Ireland
2001 Post-Doc Researcher 
Z+F UK Ltd, Manchester, UK
1999-2001 Assistant Lecturer 
Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department,
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland
2000 Contract Web Developer (Contract Positions)
1999-2000 Part-time Assistant Lecturer
Dun Laoghaire Art and Design Technology Institute            
1998-1999 Software Imaging Developer (BioMedical)
BioObservation Systems Ltd, Image Analysis Research Campus Company University College Dublin (UCD), Ireland
1996-Present Court Interpreter (Ad hoc Contracts) 
EC Translations Co. & Market Asia Ltd.
1997-2001 Part-time Computer Programming Tutor
Information Systems Evening Diploma course, Computer Science Dept.,
Trinity College Dublin
1996-1998 Tutor and Demonstrator
Electronic and Electrical Engineering Department, 
Trinity College Dublin, Ireland

Previous Educational Development

  • Continuous collaboration with Tallaght IT (Ireland), University of Wolverhampton (UK), Purdue University (US) and University Politehnica of Bucharest (Romania) on pursuing student Erasmus programmes and joint educational research
  • Working committee member in DIT Learning and Teaching
  • Review Panel for Programme accreditation
  • Working committee member in Modularisation Implementation Team
  • School Coordinator Role for Student Recruitment, Student Placement and Student Career and Key-skills Development
  • Coordinated, introduced and presented a workshop on Basic Chinese Cultural Training – “The Educational Perspectives through the eyes of Chinese Students in Ireland” to staff and students across all disciplines in DIT, and subsequently, was invited to present to a number of universities and colleges nationally
  • Launched a Learning and Teaching Forum within the school to discuss and to share ideas
  • Leaded and launched the DIT Female Engineer Society WAVES in 2005
  • Leaded and launched the DIT Women in Science Engineering Research (WiSER) Group in 2005
  • Chaired and organised the Female Engineers Role Model Days for secondary school students
  • Invited to act as the DIT Spoke Person by the Science Foundation Ireland’s funding scheme for Young Women in Engineering Programme
  • Guest speakers on different student related topics such as student retention and active learning at NUI Galway, Griffin College Dublin, Tallaght IT, Ireland Conferences