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Research interests

  • Open and flexible education
  • Open educational resources
  • Technology in education
  • Academic analytics
  • Mobile learning
  • Blended learning
  • Language genre analysis
  • Curriculum design

Biography

As the inaugural Dean of the School of Open Learning of HKMU, KC is keen to assist students to effectively complete our distance learning and part-time programmes and succeed in gaining HKMU undergraduate and postgraduate qualifications. KC is also the Director of Research Affairs and Knowledge Transfer, overseeing the University's research activities and faciliating its research studies and knowledge transfer. In addition, he leads research in innovative learning, teaching and educational administration at the University's Institute for Research in Open and Innovative Education, as its Director. Externally, he serves as Visiting Professor of Middlesex University in the United Kingdom and a number of institutions in China, such as Hebei Academy of Social Sciences and Hebei University of Economics and Business.

KC has published over 200 refereed journal articles/book chapters/conference papers and 8 monographs/textbooks, co-edited 12 books. He serves as the editor for the Asian Association of Open Universities Journal and one of the editors for the 'Innovation and Technology in Education' Section of SN Computing Science, has been guest editor of special issues for five renowned journals, as well as editorial board member for distinguished journals. Being keenly interested in research in innovative and open education, He has successfully obtained funding for a large number of research and development projects in related research areas.

For three decades, KC has devoted to open education and related development, for which he has played a broad variety of roles, including strand/department head, course developer, course development coordinator, postgraduate and undergraduate programme leader, course coordinator, and supervisor for doctoral research. He has headed teaching teams in the disciplines of business, education and language studies. In 2016, he founded the University's Institute for Research in Open and Innovative Education.

For the Asian Association of Open Universities which has over 60 member institutions, KC also served as the Secretary-General for three years from 2014, actively promoting professional development and facilitating professional exchanges in open and distance education for the institutional members of the Association.

Being active in the academic and professional communities, KC has engaged in a broad variety of community services. He is currently the President of Hong Kong Society of the Chartered Institute of Linguists, and advisor for the Programme Endorsement Sub-Committee of the Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management. In the past, he contributed as an advisor in a broad range of study and training programmes and as a key member in committees of various professional bodies, for example, he was the founding Chairman of the Council of Hong Kong Professional Associations.

Closely connected to the school sector in Hong Kong, KC has served for two decades as a Supervisor and Manager for many secondary and primary schools of a major sponsoring body.

KC has earned three bachelor's degrees, four master's degrees and a PhD from renowned institutions, including the University of Hong Kong, Peking University and the University of London. He has also been awarded many professional qualifications such as Diploma in Education, Advanced Diploma in Translation, as well as Chartered Linguist and Fellowship of the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

KC has organized many international conferences in areas of open, online and innovative education and technology-mediated education, including the signature annual event: International Conference on Open and Innovative Education. He is also popular at local and overseas conferences and professional events as keynote and plenary speakers.

Qualifications

PhD [HKU], MA [CityU], MA [PolyU], MA [Surrey], MA [London], LLB [Peking], DipEd [London], AdDipTrans [HKTS], FDip [CIOL], DipTrans [CIOL], FCOPA, FIHRM(HK), FCIL, CL

Appointments

Visiting Professor and advisor (honorary appointments), Doctorate in Professional Studies Programme, Department of Education, Middlesex University, UK

November 2012 - present


Visiting Professor (honorary appointment), Hebei University of Economics and Business, China

appointed in 2017


Visiting Professor (honorary appointment), Hebei Academy of Social Sciences, China

appointed in 2012


Visiting Professor (honorary appointment), Kaifeng University, China

appointed in 2007


Visiting Professor (honorary appointment), Hefei University, China

appointed in 2007


Chair Professor (honorary appointment), Handan College, China

appointed in 2006


President, Chartered Institute of Linguists Hong Kong Society

2010 - present,

2002 - 2010, Chair

2000 - 2002, Vice-Chair

1999 - 2000, Executive Committee Member


Editor, Asian Association of Open Universities Journal

2014 - present

Editor: 'Innovation and Technology in Education' Section of SN Computing Science

2020 - present


Editorial Board Member: Interactive Technology and Smart Education

2017 - present


Editorial Board Member: Higher Education Quarterly

2017 - 2021


Subject Specialist, Hong Kong Council for Accreditation of Academic and Vocational Qualifications

2007 - 2014; 2016 - present

Memberships

  • Member, Central Secondary School Management Committee and Central Primary School Management Committee, Hong Kong Council of Church of Christ in China (CCC), 2001 – present
  • Secretary-General, Asian Association of Open Universities, 2014 – 2016
  • Member, Professional Standards Committee, Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management, 2010 – present
  • Advisor, Programme Endorsement Sub-Committee, Hong Kong Institute of Human Resource Management, 2010 – present
  • Senior Advisor, Bureau of Commerce, Handan City, Hebei Province, China, appointed in 2007
  • Advisor, Education Bureau, Handan City, Hebei Province, China, appointed in 2006
  • Chairman, Council of Hong Kong Professional Associations, 2005 – 2011
  • Expert, Expert Committee for National Licensing Training for Marketers, appointed in 2003
  • Invited keynote/plenary speaker, examples in 2020: (a) 'Technology in Nursing Education: Options and Readiness', 13th International Nursing Research Conference, Seoul National University, 22 September. (b) 'To What Extent does Ambient Intelligence Support Precision Education — Using STEAM Learning as an Example', 5th International Conference on Technology in Education, Macau, 19–22 August. (c) 'Tutoring and Mentoring During the COVID-19 Outbreak', 2nd Webinar of the Presidential Speech Series, Asian Association of Open Universities, Jakarta, 4 August. (d) 'COVID-19 and Higher Education in China', International Webinar on 'Higher Education Challenges in Distance Learning, Content Delivery and Quality Control', organized by Allama Iqbal Open University, 16 June. (e) 'Impact of Pandemic on Online Learning', International Online Conference on Teaching-Learning in the Time of Pandemic: role of Online Learning, organized by Krishna Kanta Handiqui State Open University, Assam, 21–22 April.

Expertise related to UN Sustainable Development Goals

In 2015, UN member states agreed to 17 global Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) to end poverty, protect the planet and ensure prosperity for all. This person’s work contributes towards the following SDG(s):

  • SDG 4 - Quality Education
  • SDG 8 - Decent Work and Economic Growth

Education/Academic qualification

Bachelor, Education

Master, TESL, City University of Hong Kong

Master, Chinese Linguistics, Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Bachelor, Law, Peking University

Doctor, Curriculum Design, The University of Hong Kong

Master, Distance Education

DipEd

Master, Applied Linguistics, University of Surrey

External positions

Visiting Professor (honorary appointment), Hebei University of Economics and Business

2017 → …

Visiting Professor and advisor (honorary appointments), Doctorate in Professional Studies Programme, Middlesex University

Nov 2012 → …

Visiting Professor (honorary appointment), Hebei Academy of Sciences

2012 → …

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