Our Staff - Dr Barbara Tam


Dr Barbara Tam

Educational Development Officer


Room: TU610

Tel ext: 5108

E-mail: barbara.tam@polyu.edu.hk

Fax: 2334-1569

  Areas of Responsibility    
  • Extended programmes: Introduction to University Teaching (IUT), Becoming an Effective Teaching Assistant (BETA), Becoming Skillful Teachers (BST) & Certificate in University Teaching (CUT)
  • Active learning
  • Promotion of students’ academic integrity
  • Peer review and teaching portfolio
  Curriculum Vitae    
  Academic Qualifications    
   Year Institution Qualification Field of Study  
  2017 University of Bristol, UK EdD

Professional Development in Higher Education

  2002 City University of Hong Kong MA in English for Specific Purposes (Credit)

English for Specific Purposes

Dissertation: “Problem-based Learning: A New Direction of English for Specific Purposes?”

Supervisor: Dr Ken Hyland

  1999 University of Cambridge, UK MPhil in Education

School Development

Dissertation title: “Educational Decentralization: Hong Kong as a Case Study”

Supervisor: Prof. Mel West

  1994 Chinese University of Hong Kong BSSc (Hons)


  Work Experience  
   From To Institution Position Held  
  2007 Date Educational Development Centre, Hong Kong Polytechnic University Educational Development Officer  
  2003 2007 Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching, University of Science and Technology Instructor  
  2000 2003 Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching, University of Science and Technology Assistant Instructional Development Officer  
  1998 2000 Hong Kong Institute for Vocational Education Lecturer  
  1994 1997 Canadian International School Language Teacher  
  Major Publications and Conference Presentations  

Tam, B. (2013, December). Professional Development of New Teachers in Higher Education: A Case Study of a University in Hong Kong. Paper presented at Faculty of Education: Postgraduate Research 2013 Conference, The University of Hong Kong.

Wong, S.C.K., Tang, A., Leung, J., Chan, A., Li, M., Wu, J., Tam, B., & Lee, W. (2013, July). Understanding Hotel and Tourism Undergraduate Students’ Experiences of Discipline-Based Freshman Seminar: A Qualitative Study. Paper presented at the APTA (Asia Pacific Tourism Association) 2013 Conference, Bangkok.

Tam, B. (2012, March). Professional Development of Teachers in Higher Education: Developing a
Theoretical Framework
. Paper presented at Bristol Postgraduate Research 2012 Conference, City University of Hong Kong.

Tam, B. (2011, December). Students’ Perceived Learning Needs and their Implications for Developing First Year Seminars. Paper presented at the International Conference on Addressing Student Learning Diversity 2011, The Hong Kong Institute of Education.

Tam, B. (2001). Preparing Textual Information for On-line Purposes. Paper presented at Teaching Development Grant Conference 2001, The Scholarship of Teaching and Learning, Hong Kong.

Tam, B. (2001). The challenges of and guidelines for enhancing the readability of online learning content. Proceedings of the first Teaching and Learning Symposium 2001, Centre for Enhanced Learning and Teaching, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, Hong Kong.

  Funded Research/Teaching Development Projects/Consultancies  
  Ongoing Projects  
   From To    
  2013 2016 Advisory Committee on eLearning, eLearning and Blended Learning Development Fund, Introduction to University Teaching 2.0, (Project Leader)  
  2013 2016 Advisory Committee on eLearning, eLearning and Blended Learning Development Fund, Becoming an Effective Teaching Assistant 2.0 (BETA 2.0), (Team Member)  
  Completed Projects  
   From To Institution  
  2009 2012 Teaching Development Grant of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University, SHTM Freshman Seminar (Team Member)