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(i) Please note that all sessions are scheduled in Hong Kong Time (GMT +8 or UTC +8).

Full programme, abstracts of posters and oral presentations




Format: Hybrid and In-person sessions

Venue: 1/F, Lee Shau Kee Building, The Chinese University of Hong Kong



Format: All sessions to be online-only



Format: All sessions to be online-only

  • [10:00 - 11:15] Panel Discussion II - Research on Teaching and Learning

  • [11:30 - 12:45] Themed Parallel Sessions (Oral Presentations) - Breakout III

  • [12:45 - 14:15] Break

  • [14:15 - 15:30] Themed Parallel Sessions (Oral Presentations) - Breakout IV

  • [15:45 - 17:00] Themed Parallel Sessions (Oral Presentations) - Breakout V

Panel Discussion I - Inclusive Education: Special Education Needs in Higher Education

Panel Discussion I

Date: 15 December 2022, Thursday 

Time 10:00 - 11:30 

Format: Online via Zoom platform 


This panel discussion aims at examining the learning experience of mature students with special education needs (SENs). This panel will discuss the issues and challenges faced by teachers and university students with SENs. The panel will exchange some practical tips and experiences for support and advancing equal learning opportunities for students with SENs in tertiary education institutions hoping to create an inclusive learning and teaching environment. 


Professor Vivian LEE, Associate Professor, Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 


Professor Kevin CHAN, Associate Professor, Department of Psychology, The Education University of Hong Kong 


Dr Kevin Chan is an Associate Professor and the Head of Department of Psychology at The Education University of Hong Kong (EdUHK). He is a psychologist studying the stigma of mental disorders and developmental disabilities. He is keen in using research to inform mental health education and mental health promotion. He has developed a postgraduate programme on positive psychology. He has also conducted several teaching development grant projects to promote university students’ well-being. He has received several teaching and research awards from the EdUHK. He has also received the Rising Star Award from the Association for Psychological Science. 

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Ms Rebecca CHEUNG, Head, Wellness and Counselling Centre, Office of Student Affairs, The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Ms Rebecca Cheung is the Head of Wellness and Counselling Centre, Office of Student Affairs at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). She oversees the SEN Service, which is responsible for coordinating support services for students with SEN at the university. She is a registered clinical psychologist in Hong Kong. She provides counselling service to university students, including SEN students, to facilitate their adjustment at the university. Before working at CUHK, she worked in a non-government organization, providing clinical service to children with SEN and support to their parents and teachers.

Professor Gary LAM, Assistant Professor, Department of Educational Psychology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 

Professor Gary Lam is an Assistant Professor at the Department of Educational Psychology at The Chinese University of Hong Kong. His research is focused on better understanding and promoting well-being across the life span among individuals with autism and other special educational needs (SEN), as well as supporting their stakeholders, such as parents, teachers, and other community members. He is a registered Educational Psychologist in Hong Kong and a Licensed Psychologist in the United States who has extensive clinical experience working with children, young adults, and their families and teachers in school and community settings.   

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Professor Gladys TANG, Director, Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies, and Professor, Department of Linguistics and Modern Languages, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 


Professor Gladys Tang received her doctoral degree in applied linguistics at the University of Edinburgh, United Kingdom. Her research interests include sign linguistics, sign language acquisition, language pedagogy and education. She has been publishing about the linguistics of Hong Kong Sign Language and how deaf and hearing children acquire this language, development of literacy among deaf and hearing children, and deaf education. Currently, she is the Director of the Centre for Sign Linguistics and Deaf Studies and a member of the editorial board of Deafness and Educational International and Sign Language Studies. 


Cross-Institutional Workshop on Virtual Teaching and Learning - A New Era of Education: Learning in the Metaverse  

Date: 15 December 2022, Thursday 

Time: 12:30 – 14:00 

Format: Online via Zoom platform 


The “Metaverse” has come into the spotlight in recent years and is heralded as a future trend in education. With the application of disruptive technologies, the Metaverse opens up a wealth of new educational opportunities. These include how the Metaverse provides students with an immersive learning experience without physical boundaries. The Metaverse could be widely adopted in multiple disciplines and on different levels. In this workshop, five speakers from different disciplines across four institutions are invited to share their insights, practical experience, opportunities and challenges concerning the application of Metaverse in Education. Their sharing will cover good practices and projects at both institutional and individual levels.  


This workshop arises from an IICAs (Inter-institutional Collaborative Activities) Project under the VTL Grant led by CUHK – “Establishing Effective Virtual Teaching Strategies to Support Learning beyond Classroom”.  

Developing a Learning Scene on Metaverse


In this talk, we will give a preliminary report on the development of an interactive learning scene on the Metaverse. This learning scene attempts to model and simulate the sea turtle ecosystem in northern Australia as affected by global warming and climate changes. This project allows cross-border, cross-cultural, and cross-disciplinary student collaboration on a sustainability issue. Our goal is to deploy this learning scene on the Metaverse so as to arouse social concern over this issue. In this talk, we will also discuss the enabling technologies and the challenges we faced in this project. 

Dr Martin CHOY, Senior Lecturer, Department of Computer Science, Hong Kong Baptist University 


Dr Choy received his B.Eng., M.Phil. and Ph.D. degrees from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, all in Information Engineering. In July 2008, he joined Department of Computer Science at the Hong Kong Baptist University and now serves as a Senior Lecturer. His area of interests includes platform based development, computer graphics and data visualisation. 

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Metaverse for Entrepreneurial education, an experience sharing


HKUST has been actively exploring the use of Metaverse experience in its entrepreneurial education courses for the last few years. The deployments involved 2D to 3D, also the integration of day-to-day personal learnings/reflections to team-based collaborations in multiple courses. These new learning paradigms fit well into the Entrepreneurial Experiential based education and design thinking frameworks. Deployment has involved diverse learner backgrounds, involving students from multiple disciplines (namely Business, Engineering, Science, and Social Science at HKUST) from different ages, gender, ethnic groups, and also across different universities. The team has also been working with high schools in HK to introduce these pedagogical elements to secondary education especially involving personal reflections, career planning, as well as team interactions. 

Professor Erwin HUANG, Adjunct Professor, Division of Integrative System and Design, The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology 


Professor Erwin Huang, is the associate director of the Technology Leadership and Entrepreneurship program at the HKUST. Erwin is a serial entrepreneur with extensive technology, business and social innovation experiences before joining university education. 

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Exhibition Go Virtual: Immersive Experience in the Metaverse


Moving forward to the new era of the Metaverse, the Expo 2022 intends to go virtual by holding the poster exhibition physically and online. Over 50 posters have been displayed online at the virtual exhibition venue - a 3D model of the Lee Shau Kee Building, CUHK. Participants can explore different types of active learning classrooms from a first-person perspective. Moreover, they can interact with each other and share ideas similar to what they do in the real world. In this talk, Ms. Provides NG will share the design and implementation of the exhibition platform. In addition, Prof. Paul Lam will share several uncharted research opportunities for the application of virtual classrooms. 

Professor Paul LAM, Associate Professor, Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 


Prof. Paul Lam, SFHEA, is an Associate Professor at the Centre for Learning Enhancement and Research and an Associate Director at the Centre for eLearning Innovation and Technology at the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK). His research interest is in the wide use of pedagogically-led educational technologies in higher education as well as in schools. 

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Ms Provides NG, PhD Student, School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 


Provides Ng was trained as an architect and a researcher, who studies the emergence of digital tools, their impacts and applications in the built environment. Her work stands at the convergence of cybernetics theory, extended reality (XR), decentralisation, and participatory design. She believes in interdisciplinary and intercultural collaboration and often works with talents worldwide to engage local communities with different design problems and contexts. 

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Metaverse: A New Way to Teach and Learn


The Metaverse is widely regarded as being the next iteration of the Internet, one that will give rise to a greater fusion of the real and virtual worlds. In the Metaverse as commonly conceived today, many have focused on the opportunities for businesses and different forms of social engagement. The Metaverse also holds significant promise for education, particularly with simulated learning and education that can overcome physical boundaries. 

Professor Cheng-Han TAN, Former Dean, School of Law, The City University of Hong Kong 


Professor Tan Cheng Han is a Professor of Law at the National University of Singapore where from 2001 to 2011 he was  Dean of the  NUS  law school and from 2012 to 2019 was Chairman of the school’s E W Barker Centre for Law and Business. He was also the Dean of the City University of Hong Kong School of Law from 2019 to 2022. He was appointed Senior Counsel in Singapore in 2004 and has been a Visiting Professor at Bucerius Law School in Hamburg, Peking University, East China University of Political Science and Law, Tokyo University, and National Taiwan University. Professor Tan’s present appointments include being Chairman of Singapore Exchange Regulation Pte Ltd and Caritas Singapore, and a member of the Singapore Business Federation’s Board of Trustees, the Archdiocesan Commission for Catholic Schools and the Hong Kong Law Reform Committee. He has written many academic papers across a wide range of areas including Agency, Contract, Corporations, Criminal Law, Family Law, Legal History, and Partnership Law. His latest edited book (with P.S. Davies) on Intermediaries in Commercial Law (Hart Publishing) was published in 2022. 

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Panel Discussion II - Research on Teaching and Learning

Date: 16 December 2022, Friday 

Time 10:00 - 11:15

Format: Online via Zoom platform 


This panel discussion about “Research on Teaching and Learning” invites internal and external speakers from various disciplines to showcase their past and present research on enriching learning experience for students at all levels. Many factors could support or hinder how teachers research their teaching practice. These may include understanding what educational conceptual frameworks or theoretical positions are relevant to their study under investigation, exploring their teaching using a variety of lenses, or practical issues pertinent to how teachers collect data with finite time and human resources. This panel discussion aims to start conversations among teachers interested in researching their teaching practice regardless of their disciplines or experience. 


Professor Paul LAM, Associate Professor, Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research, The Chinese University of Hong Kong 

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Dr Lipika Alok CHATTERJEE, Lecturer, School of Pharmacy, The Chinese University of Hong Kong  


Dr Lipika Chatterjee received her B. Pharmacy and MBA, Marketing degree from University of Pune, India. She then received her PhD degree from University of Otago, New Zealand. After graduating with her PhD, she joined the research and development team of Bayer New Zealand (Animal Health Division) and was involved in projects developing injectable formulations for the treatment of bovine mastitis.  

Following her childhood passion to work with students, Dr Chatterjee then transitioned into a teaching career. She worked as a lecturer at the International Medical University (IMU), Kuala Lumpur for three years before joining The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) in 2018. Dr Chatterjee’s keen interest is to make her students classroom experience fun, engaging and meaningful. She has recently completed her first teaching grant project titled ‘Micromodules for Flipping and Gaming up Dosage Form Science courses: Application of pharmaceutical science concepts by Pharmacy students’. 

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Professor Adam FINGRUT, Assistant Professor, School of Architecture, The Chinese University of Hong Kong  


Professor Adam FINGRUT is an Assistant Professor and researcher in architecture at the Chinese University of Hong Kong, with a teaching and research focus on computation, fabrication, and construction systems in architecture. Prof Fingrut has developed an innovative teaching pedagogy with his architecture students. His teaching demonstrates how emerging technology is integral to design thinking by exposing students to a process of discovery learning. Prof Fingrut’s research focuses on understanding how new technology can innovate design, fabrication, and construction methods. He is the Co-Director of the Centre of Robotic Construction and Architecture (CRCA) at CUHK, a collaborative research platform with the Department of Mechanical and Automation Engineering (MAE), which explores the use of advanced design and robotics for innovative architecture. 


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Dr Lillian WONG, Senior Lecturer, Centre for Applied English Studies, The University of Hong Kong  


Dr Lillian Wong is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Applied English Studies at The University of Hong Kong and Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy. Her research interests include innovation and change in language education, teacher scholarship and professional development, technology in language teaching and learning, curriculum design and materials development and English for Academic and Professional Purposes. Dr, Wong has been awarded competitive research grants for 13 projects, given over 160 papers, including 60 plenary and invited presentations around the world. Recent book publications include Innovation and Change in English Language Education (Routledge, 2013), Faces of English Education: Students, Teachers and Pedagogy (Routledge, 2017), Specialised English: New Directions in ESP and EAP Research and Practice (Routledge, 2019) and The Bloomsbury Handbook of Discourse Analysis (2nd Edition) (Bloomsbury, 2021). She is passionate about supporting teachers to make the most of their skills through research, scholarship, professional development and collaboration to provide the best learning opportunities for their students.  


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