Call for MPhil and PhD Applications: Learning and Assessment for Digital Citizenship

A unique opportunity to immerse yourself immediately in cutting-edge and socially relevant research on digital citizenship awaits you at the Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong. Learning and Assessment for Digital Citizenshipis the first theme-based research scheme funded education-focused project awarded by the Research Grants Council of Hong Kong, indicating the significance of this project. This interdisciplinary research explores the impact of digital media on the everyday life of children and youth, and on their development as citizens in an increasingly technology-intensive and globally-connected world. The project is now inviting aspiring young researchers from all over the world to apply for admission to conduct research studies under the Doctor of Philosophy (PhD) and Master of Philosophy (MPhil) programmes at the University of Hong Kong. Major research foci include:

Digital Citizenship Development Scale
  • Develop a framework and research design for establishing normative developmental trajectories
  • Identify core capacities such as cyber wellness and avoidance of Internet addiction
  • Collect and analyze complex longitudinal datasets from childhood to young adulthood (7-22 years old)

Inquiries: Professor Nirmala Rao, nrao@hku.hk

Collaborative Problem-Solving through Serious Games
  • Develop a game pedagogical theory for digital citizenship
  • Create virtual representations of real-life contexts to provide methodologically advanced and innovative approaches to assessing collaborative problem solving skills

Inquiries: Professor Ricky Kwok, Ricky.Kwok@hku.hk

Digital Citizenship Assessment Framework, Performance Assessment Design and Analysis
  • Develop frameworks for assessing digital literacy and collaborative problem solving applicable across the lifespan until adulthood
  • Develop and validate age-appropriate assessments and examine change over time using statistically rigorous methods and analyses

Inquiries: Professor Jimmy de la Torre, j.delatorre@hku.hk

Contextual Variable Indicator Framework and Statistical Modelling
  • Examine how individual, family, and school factors contribute to the development of digital citizenship
  • Use pioneering methods such as mobile and wearable devices: location tracking (via GPS), interaction tracking (using Bluetooth and Infrared technology), and emotion monitoring (by tracking electrodermal activity)

Inquiries: Dr. Allan Yuen, hkyuen@hku.hk

Overall Project Coordinator is Professor Nancy Law, nlaw@hku.hk.

Please visit the following websites for more information:

Application Deadline: December 1, 2017