University Students Supporting School Teachers of
Academically At-Risk Students through Educational Technology

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Principal Supervisors
Prof Lim Cher Ping, Chirp
Chair Professor of Learning Technologies
and Innovation, Department of Cirriculum and Instruction, The Education University
of Hong Kong

Dr Tang Hei Hang, Hayes
Research Fellow of APCLC
& Assistant Professor of EPL
The Education University of Hong Kong

Dr Fong Wai Tsz, Ricci
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
The Education University of Hong Kong

Dr Leung Ka Wai, Marina
Department of Curriculum and Instruction
The Education University of Hong Kong

Dr Darren Bryant
Asia Pacific Centre for Leadership and Change & Department of Education Policy and Leadership, The Education University
of Hong Kong

Funding Source
Teaching Development Grant
Project Duration
January 2021 - June 2022


During school closures, teachers in less resourceful schools have struggled to cater to the diverse learning needs of academically at-risk students in their class. Without the physical presence of the teacher, these students, lacking the digital resources and rich learning experiences with educational technology, may not know how to stay engaged in the learning and teaching tasks and activities in online learning environments. EdUHK Bachelor of Education (BEd) students, as future teachers, who have been immersed in technology-enabled learning and teaching experiences, will be able to provide technological support to these school teachers to engage their students. By working with and supporting these teachers, EdUHK BEd students have the opportunities to work in actual teaching contexts and have authentic and meaningful learning experiences in local schools. Meanwhile, EdUHK pre-service teachers could support in-service teachers to enhance the digital experiential learning of their students, namely through the portable future classroom this project will offer. Therefore, this project aims to develop a professional learning community of BEd students, FEHD staff and in-service teachers, and enhances student learning engagement and outcomes by providing EdUHK students with the opportunities to support teachers (technically and pedagogically) of academically at-risk students through the experiential learning with state-of-the-art educational technology.

Expected Outcomes

The project outcomes are as follows:
To enhance students' capacity in designing quality technology-enabled learning and teaching resources;
To enhance students' competencies in adopting and adapting innovative learning and teaching strategies/tools of the portable future classroom toolbox in their subject areas;
To foster students’ learning-for-life attitude through learning by doing; and
To provide support professional development for teachers from schools which are less resourceful in Hong Kong with blended learning and teaching.