N. Law

N. Law
The University of Hong Kong | HKU · Division of Information & Technology Studies

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Cyberbullying has become a critical issue in many parts of the world. Children affected by bullying in cyberspace may also experience various other problems in their daily lives, such as emotional and behavioral issues. Despite the well-documented positive correlation between digital technology use and cyberbullying experiences in adolescents, a pa...
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Contextualized in the prolonged period of COVID-19-related school suspension in Hong Kong, the present study unravels relationships among socioeconomic status (SES), parental involvement, and learning outcomes for a matched sample of 186 primary and 932 secondary school students and their parents who participated in the eCitizen Education 360 surve...
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Contextualized in the prolonged period of COVID-19-related school suspension in Hong Kong, the present study unravels relationships among socioeconomic status (SES), parental involvement, and learning outcomes for 186 primary and 932 secondary school students and their parents who participated in the eCitizen Education 360 survey. Three-step latent...
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Hong Kong was one of the first places hit with the COVID-19 outbreak in January 2020and has since responded with several periods of full or partial school suspension, during which teaching and learning often occurred remotely using digital means. During this time, collecting research data and testing students have become more difficult than before....
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Background: Digital competence can help children and adolescents engage with technology for acquiring new knowledge and for broadening social contact and support, while reducing the risk of inappropriate media use. This study investigated the effects of digital competence on the risk of gaming addiction among children and adolescents. We explored w...
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In the learning design community, there has been an increasing recognition of the value of positioning teaching as a design science, in which teachers craft and test effective learning conditions through a goal-oriented and evidence-based procedure. However, the existing models and tools supporting teachers’ design practice focus primarily on learn...
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A corollary to the exponential growth of digital technology is the increase in research interest in the construct of digital citizenship (DC) in diverse disciplinary areas. Although the term DC is used widely in research, scholars do not commit to a common definition. This integrative review investigates the conceptualizations and measurements of D...
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Efforts to realize the potential of learning analytics (LA) to contribute to improving student learning and learning design have brought important advances. A review of successful cases of learning analytics applications reveals that (1) there is a tight coupling between the learning outcome goals, task sequence design, and the learning analytics a...
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Digital literacy (DL) skills are widely recognized as important for education, employment, and entrepreneurship around the world. They have been organized into frameworks to guide the design of digital literacy education, training, and assessment for a macro-level population. However, local contexts that vary in terms of digital technology practice...
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Purpose This study examines how a school progressively built its social capital for agile adaptation to provide inclusive and effective fully online learning provisions through intentionally enhancing its architecture for learning. Design/methodology/approach The authors conducted a case study to examine how school A was able to respond rapidly an...
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Digital literacy competence (DL) is an important capacity for students’ learning in a rapidly changing world. However, little is known about the empirical structure of DL. In this paper, we review major DL assessment frameworks and explore the dimensionality of DL from an empirical perspective using assessment data collected using authentic softwar...
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This paper explores the roles of information and communication technology (ICT) coordinators, using architectures for learning as the theoretical framework to identify (a) the structures and mechanisms utilized to decide the role of a coordinator and (b) those organized for the coordinator to realize a role within a school context of ICT‐enabled, i...
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Digital literacy (DL) is an important capacity for students’ learning in a rapidly changing world. However, tension exists between the theoretical conceptualizations of DL as a multidimensional construct and empirical studies reporting unidimensional DL scores. Also, little is known about how DL may vary among different age cohorts, and whether and...
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In Design-based implementation research (DBIR), the focus of design efforts is on not only the creation of tools and resources for student learning improvement, but also the (re)design of institutional conditions that support the improvement to be sustainable and scalable. This paper reports on a DBIR project in Hong Kong supporting teachers to use...
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This paper describes how an in-service school-university partnership (SUP) innovation Network in Hong Kong modified its teacher professional development program in order to address the challenges of school closure during COVID-19. The SUP network is a joint-school network with a mission to support scalable STEM pedagogical innovations in schools wi...
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Like many other places around the world, the municipal government in Hong Kong and Shanghai promote K-12 STEM education without prescribing specific curriculum standards. This study examines how teacher learning proceeds under such circumstances for STEM implementation, and how such learning is influenced by contextual factors. Using thematic analy...
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This paper explores the roles of ICT coordinators, using architectures for learning as the theoretical framework to identify 1) the structures and mechanisms utilized to decide the role of a coordinator, and 2) those organized for the coordinator to realize a role within a school context of ICT-enabled, instructional reform. Data on ICT coordinator...
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We investigate learner efficiency by categorizing a computational MOOC and analyzing user behavior data from a learning design point of view. Learning design is important both when designing courses as well as studying them. Learning behavior can be observed from the MOOC platform data. For this study we ask two learning designer experts to categor...
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There have been a strong push at the policy level in many countries to promote interdisciplinary approach in the teaching of the STEM subjects. This study explores whether and in what ways the quality of the science teachers’ pedagogical practices change when teaching in an interdisciplinary context. A pilot study has been conducted in five seconda...
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This paper reports on a longitudinal study of a network of 10 special education needs schools over a span of 11 years that leveraged the opportunity offered by a government‐funded e‐learning pilot scheme initiative to further their efforts in providing the same educational opportunities to their students as those in mainstream schools. The trajecto...
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Student learning activity in MOOCs can be viewed from multiple perspectives. We present a new organization of MOOC learner activity data at a resolution that is in between the fine granularity of the clickstream and coarse organizations that count activities, aggregate students or use long duration time units. A detailed access trajectory (DAT) con...
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Neuroscientific research has unequivocally pointed to the deeply social nature of human learning. Learning at the cognitive behavioral level is underpinned by neurophysiological changes in brain structure and connectivity across different parts of the brain as the learner interacts with others and the environment. Studies of epigenetic processes sh...
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Student learning activity in MOOCs can be viewed from multiple perspectives. We present a new organization of MOOC learner activity data at a resolution that is in between the fine granularity of the clickstream and coarse organizations that count activities, aggregate students or use long duration time units. A detailed access trajectory (DAT) con...
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This paper explores how a school can design structures for ICT use, and the interrelationships between that design and impact on ICT use of a large number of learners and a wide range of stakeholders. The paper features four cases, each of which presents an initial design for an ICT facilitator role in a school, in terms of organizational unit memb...
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The objective of the Digital Literacy Global Framework (DLGF) project is to develop a methodology that can serve as the foundation for Sustainable Development Goal (SDG) thematic Indicator 4.4.2: “Percentage of youth/adults who have achieved at least a minimum level of proficiency in digital literacy skills”. To achieve this objective, we have buil...
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There is an increasing interest in understanding learners through biographical and ethnographic methods in order to gain a more holistic picture of how the various aspects of a learner's context and interactions outside of the formal learning spaces contribute to their learning behavior and outcomes. Given learners' pervasive use of digital technol...
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Teachers’ learning has long been identified as crucial to successful implementation of pedagogical innovations. Prior studies on facilitating teacher learning in pedagogical innovations have placed much emphasis on the design of learning architecture in terms of the structure and interaction mechanisms that scaffold teacher learning. This study exp...
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Available at: https://bit.ly/2HejXi0 - Pedagogy is at the heart of teaching and learning. Preparing young people to meet new contemporary challenges means to review and update the pedagogies teachers use. However, despite the increased reporting of teachers and schools that are innovating, schools remain largely seen as very resistant places for...
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It is becoming increasingly recognized that education solutions from one country, including ICT for learning and teaching in the curriculum, may not be suited to the context of another. It is probably best for each country to develop its own solutions or approaches based upon in-depth analysis of the local conditions and strategic priorities. Howev...
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Over the past ten years, a lot of advances have been made in both the learning design and learning analytics research communities in terms of research outputs. On the other hand, these advances have not made visible impact on the everyday practices of the key stakeholders they aim to serve: teachers and learners. This paper argues that to advance b...
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Prior studies on the sustainability and scalability of pedagogical innovations have shown that higher efficacy of innovation implementations connects with joint-school networks as these provide richer architectures for learning compared to single school innovations. Whereas, there is little direct evidence on how the feature of architecture for lea...
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Notions of what constitutes quality in design in traditional on-campus or online teaching and learning may not always translate into scaled digital environments. The DesignLAK17 workshop builds on the DesignLAK16 workshop to explore one aspect of this theme, namely the opportunities arising from the use of analytics in scaled assessment design. New...
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There is an increasing recognition in the learning analytics community that the development and potential contribution of learning analytics can be significantly enhanced by connecting the evaluation functions of learning analytics to the learning design intentions and implementation as a context for interpretation. There have been some initial exp...
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Crisis management in law enforcement contexts is considered to be a kind of Naturalistic Decisionmaking (NDM). In a NDM situation, crisis management personnel usually have to tackle highly fluid situations under great stress and uncertainty. It has been observed that a major challenge to the effective handling of crisis situations is the tendency f...
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The notion of self-directed learning (SDL) has gained prominence in many education institutes around the world. However, few studies detail the specific enabling factors that could foster SDL in primary and secondary school science education. Focusing on this gap, we engaged in a mixed methods study that examined 17 schools in Hong Kong, consisting...
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The fragility and (un)sustainability of pedagogical innovations, is a major challenge in the education literature. Based on the theoretical framework that sustainable change requires sustained and aligned learning at multiple levels of the education system, this paper reports on an exploration of the sustainability of the learning innovations in th...
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Higher education has experienced a lot of changes over the past several decades, expedited by globalisation and escalating pressures on research performance. While the pressures and mechanisms of change at the institutional level, including the tenure and promotion system, are generally high on academic and top level administrative staff in univers...
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This paper explores how a school organizational environment can be structured across multiple levels to facilitate decision-making and teacher professional learning opportunities, and the interrelationships between that structuring and the sustaining and spreading of information and communications technology (ICT) use in teaching and learning. The...
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In this paper we elaborate and extend the work of the EDUsummIT 2015 Thematic Working Group 7 (TWG7) by proposing a set of indicators on quality Technology-Enhanced Learning and Teaching (TEL&T). These indicators are intended as one component of a set of global indicators that could be used to monitor implementation of the Education 2030 agenda, wh...
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Technology Enhanced Learning (TEL) has become increasingly important on the agendas of education policy makers, school leaders and teachers around the world. The policy level rationale for emphasizing TEL is not only to improve learning outcomes, but to also transform the learning process to foster new capabilities that are needed for life and wor...
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This paper explores how schools design and position roles to facilitate teacher collaborative learning of educational technologies, and the possible necessary school-level conditions for these roles to support teachers for successful pedagogical impact. It features two embedded case studies of emergent educational technologist roles' in private int...
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To learn in our knowledge-oriented society often involves a deep engagement with knowledge artifacts—objects that combine material and semiotic aspects. This is particularly true in CSCL contexts. Knowledge can be formed and shared in different ways and within different formats.Through advances in computer-supported collaborative learning technolog...
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This chapter presents a meta-study of the implementation strategies of seven cases of ICT-enabled learning innovations (ICT-ELIs), with a particular focus on lessons learnt about their sustainability, scalability and systemic impact. Three of the cases come from Europe ( eTwinning , 1:1 Learning and Hellerup School ) and four from Asian countries (...
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Classroom-based knowledge building requires advanced pedagogies and collaborative technologies. It qualifies as disruptive innovation: progressively more impressive accounts of what students and teachers can accomplish alter beliefs regarding developmental, demographic, and cultural barriers. To establish knowledge-building communities requires eff...
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The papers in this issue present innovative approaches to analyzing the roles of individuals in small-group collaborations supported by computer technologies. In reading these articles, you may find it interesting to consider the ways in which their methods conceptualize the relationship of collaborative group learning to the roles of its individua...
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The dialogical perspective provides an important theoretical framework for CSCL. The strain of this approach most influential in CSCL arose in the throes of the Russian revolution. In the social and intellectual ferment of revolutionary Russia—during the decades preceding and following 1917—groups turned to the theories of Marx (1867/1976) not only...
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A productive and engaging discourse is central to knowledge building (KB). What kind of pedagogical design would be necessary to facilitate sustained student engagement in deepening discourse that would result in their learning of key concepts as stipulated in the science curriculum and in productive knowledge building to tackle authentic problems?...
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This study reports on an in-depth analysis of two teachers' implementation of one collaboratively designed curriculum unit in the context of the school's participation in an elearning initiative to integrate ICT use in the grade 5 General Studies curriculum. The analysis reveals significant differences in the actual implementation as well as in the...
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Innovation seems to be a constant -and necessary -theme in education. A common underlying rationale is that changes in education of all levels and types prepare citizens for life in the knowledge society. The contexts include intensifying globalisation, progressively shorter half-lives of knowledge, and economic competitiveness which requires incre...
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While the focus of this book is generally to explore whether multivocal analysis of the same dataset can lead to productive interactions among researchers and possible theoretical and/or methodological developments that this may bring about, this chapter explores whether such multivocality would have meaningful implications for practice. Our analys...
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This paper sets out to identify pivotal moments in students’ knowledge building progress for an online asynchronous corpus generated by a class of master’s level students in the context of a totally online course. The main motivation for this study is to develop a methodology that can be effectively automated to aid teachers and/or researchers to q...
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This report presents three cases of ICT-enabled innovation for learning from Europe (eTwinning, 1:1 Learning in Europe and Hellerup School in Denmark) and four cases from Asia (e-Learning Pilot Scheme in Hong Kong SAR, Knowledge Construction with Technology (CoREF) in Japan, Third Masterplan for ICT in Education (mp3) in Singapore and Digital Textb...
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In Madison, Wisconsin, USA, with its Northern European heritage, collaborative learning is fueled by brats and beer. At the international CSCL conference in June, there were many formal and informal opportunities to build knowledge about our field with colleagues from around the world while sipping drinks on the shores of the sunny lakes, along the...
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This paper aims to study the relationship between questioning and the quality of knowledge constructed in a CSCL context. In previous studies, different units of analysis are employed and the patterns of relationships are not consistent for different age groups. The analytic units of a thread, an individual, and a group are employed in this study,...
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This chapter reports on the productive multivocality project, a 5-year collaboration among researchers exploring the basis for productive dialogue between multiple analytic traditions in the analysis of group interaction, focusing on educational settings. The project was motivated by the need to bring cohesion to multidisciplinary fields such as th...
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Many scholars have contributed efforts to improve education in schools. A major motivation for learning scientists to develop design research as a methodology is to contribute to theory and educational practice through rigorous research without avoiding the complexities and messiness in authentic educational settings. There are many examples of suc...
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This chapter reviews the contribution of new information-communication technologies to the advancement of educational assessment. Improvements can be described in terms of precision in detecting the actual values of the observed variables, efficiency in collecting and processing information, and speed and frequency of feedback given to the particip...