Our Staff - Dr Patrick Lai


 

Dr Patrick Kwok Tung Lai

Senior Educational Development Officer

 

Room: TU607

Tel ext: 6294

E-mail: patrick.lai.edc@polyu.edu.hk

Fax: 2334-1569

   
       
  Areas of Responsibility    
 
  • Internationalising student learning experience
  • Developing students' higher order thinking and generic competences
  • Student-centred learning approaches (particularly problem/case-based learning and peer tutoring)
  • Assessment methods (particularly criterion-referenced grading methods and assessment of students' generic competences and learning outcomes)
 
       
  Curriculum Vitae    
  Academic Qualifications    
   Year Institution Qualification Field of Study  
  1996 University of British Columbia Ph.D. in Education (Curriculum Studies)

Topic:
“University students’ conceptual understanding and application of meiosis”
Supervisor:
Prof.
Gaalen L. Erickson, Dept. of Curriculum Studies

 
  1991 University of Hong Kong M.Ed. (Psychology in Student Learning) Topic:
Effects of mastery learning on students’ approaches to learning and learning outcomes in F.3 Biology
Supervisor:
Prof. John Biggs, Faculty of Education
 
  1990 University of Hong Kong Adv. Dip. Ed. Psychology in Student Learning  
  1983 University of Hong Kong Cert. Ed. Major: Biology; Minor: Integrated Science  
  1981 University of Hong Kong B.Sc. Major: Biological Science; Minor: Biochemistry  
  1978 St. Paul’s Co-Educational College Form 7    
       
  Work Experience  
 
 From
To
Institution
Position Held
 
  Jul 2016 Date Educational Development Centre, HK PolyU Senior Educational Development Officer  
  Aug 2008 Jul 2016 Educational Development Centre, HK PolyU Associate Director of Educational Development  
  Nov 2007 Jul 2008 Educational Development Centre, HK PolyU Associate Head  
  Mar 1996 Nov 2007 Educational Development Centre, HK PolyU Senior Educational Development Officer  
  1993 1996 Faculty of Education, University of British Columbia, Vancouver, Canada Ph.D. Student/Candidate (1993-96); Faculty Advisor and Sessional Instructor (1994-96)  
  1981 1992 Po Leung Kuk Wu Chung and Lee Shing Pik College Science/Biology Teacher (1981-85); Acting Senior Graduate Master (1985-86); Senior Graduate Master (1986-91) and Principal Graduate Master (1991-92)  
  1981 1992 Hong Kong Examinations Authority CE Biology Marker and Setter; CE English (Syllabus B) oral examiner  
           
  Major Publications and Conference Presentations  
  Book Chapters  
 

Lai, P., Choi, E. & Chuen C.W. (2004). Walking through the thinking process of students in a University Problem-Based Learning Engineering Course. In J.Jones, O.Kwo and T.Moore (Eds), Developing learning environments in higher education in Hong Kong. Hong Kong: Hong Kong University Press.

Lai, P. (1993). The place of mastery learning in teaching biology. In J. B. Biggs & D.A. Watkins (Eds), Learning and Teaching in Hong Kong: What is and what might be. Education Papers 17. Hong Kong: Faculty of Education, University of Hong Kong

 
  Project Publications  
 

Mok, E., Lai, P.K.T., Hung, P.H.T., & Wong, A.Y.Y. (2015). Assessing student generic programme outcomes with final year projects. Hong Kong: Faculty of Construction and Environment, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Lai, P., Taplin, M., Tu, A., Wong, A. & Ho, W. (Eds) (2010). Using course embedded assessment as a direct measure of programme learning outcomes: A toolkit for programme leaders and front-line teachers. Hong Kong: Educational Development Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Lai, P., Taplin, M., Tu, A., Ho, W. & Wong, A. (Eds) (2009). Going Beyond Professional Knowledge: An Innovative, Case-Based Approach to Generic Competencies in the Professional Context. Hong Kong: Educational Development Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Lai, P. & Taplin, M. (Eds) (2007). Implementing Peer Tutoring in Higher Education: Case Studies, Experience and Practice. Hong Kong: Educational Development Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Lai, P., Taplin, M., Tu, A. & Chung, K. (Eds) (2007). Peer-Tutoring Experiences in Higher Education. Hong Kong: Educational Development Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Kwan, K.P., Lai, P., Lai, S. & Cheng, A. (Eds) (2003). Tackling the challenges to professional education: A collection of case studies. Hong Kong: Educational Development Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Kwan, K.P., Lai, S., Lai, P. & Cheng, A. (Eds) (2003). Enhancing professional education through experiential learning. Hong Kong: Educational Development Centre, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

 
  Journal Paper / Conference Presentation  
 

Tiwari, A., & Lai, P. (2015, May). Nursing Competence: Too elusive to be assessed? Paper presented at the International Conference Assessment for Learning in Higher Education 2015, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Cheung, K., Lai, P., Yick, K.L., & Chan E.S.W. (2015, May). Perception of the teaching-learning environment and learning approaches on the academic results of senior-year admitted (SYA) students. Paper presented at the International Conference Assessment for Learning in Higher Education 2015, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Lai, P. (2014, August). Assessing student learning outcomes at academic programme level: Creation of professional development activities for university teachers. Paper presented at the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction SIG 1 Assessment and Evaluation Conference, Madrid, Spain.

Lai, P. (2013, August). Sustainability of a case-based approach to learning and teaching generic attributes in universities. Paper presented at the 15th Biennial Conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Munich, Germany.

Lai, P. (2012, August). Introduction of quality assurance elements into the assessment policy of generic graduate attributes of university using course-embedded assessment. Paper presented at the 6th biennial meeting of the Special Interest Group 1 of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Brussels, Belgium.

Cheng, W., Lai, P., & Taplin, M. (2012, December). Using assessment tasks as a vehicle to enhance students’ academic English writing across discipline. Paper presented at the Symposium of the Assessment Project, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Lai, P. (2011, June). The development of electronic grading rubrics to support the development of desirable learning strategies of first-year students. Paper presented at the 24th International Conference on the First-Year Experience, Manchester, United Kingdom.

Lai, P. (2010, June). Integration of generic graduate attributes into the teaching and learning of academic curricula.  Paper presented at the International Consortium of Educational Development Conference, Barcelona, Spain.

Lai, P. (2009, August).  Evaluating the Learning Experience of Students in Developing Assessment Criteria and Standards. Paper presented at the 13th Conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Amsterdam, Netherlands.

Lai, P. (2008, August). Implementing standards-based assessment in Universities: Issues, Concerns and Recommendations. Paper presented at the 4th biennial meeting of the Special Interest Group 1 of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Potsdam, Germany.

Lai, P., Taplin, M., Tu, A. & Chung, K. (2007, August). Translation of university teachers’ understandings of generic attributes: Creation of learning experience for students. Paper presented at the 12th Conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Budapest, Hungary.

Tiwari, A., Lai, P., So, M., & Yuen, F. (2006). Comparing the effects of problem-based learning and lecturing on students’ critical thinking development. Medical Education, 40, 547-554.

Lai, P. (2006). [Review of the book Assessing for learning: building a sustainable commitment across the institution, by P.L. Maki]. Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education, 31(4), 479-481.

Lai, P., Chan, P., Wong, A.Y.Y. (2005, August). Critical thinking dispositions inventory as the tool for evaluating instructional alignment.  Paper presented at the 11th Conference of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Nicosia, Cyprus.

Frankland, S., Young, P. & Lai, P. (2004, June). The forces that shape current university assessment practices. Paper presented at the 2nd biennial meeting of the Special Interest 1 of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Bergen, Norway.

Lai, P. & Cheung, K.Y. (2004, January). Effects of problem-based learning on problem solving and formulation approaches of college Design students. Paper accepted for presentation at the Hawaii International Conference on Education, Honolulu, USA.

Lai, P. & Chan, P. (2004, June). Aligning assessment with intended learning outcomes – a constructive learning experience for all?  Paper presented at the 2nd biennial meeting of the Special Interest Group 1 of the European Association for Research on Learning and Instruction, Bergen, Norway.

Tiwari, A., Avery, A., & Lai, P. (2003). A comparative study of the critical thinking disposition of Hong Kong Chinese and Australian Nursing students. Journal of Advanced Nursing, 44(3), 298-307.

Yeung, E.W., Au-Yeung, S., Chiu, T., Mok, N. & Lai, P. (2003). Problem design in PBL: Evaluation of students’ learning and self-directed learning practice. Innovations in Education and Training International, 40, 237-244.

Chu, K.C. and Lai, P. (2002). How can engineering students’ problem solving skills be improved? World Transactions on Engineering and Technology Education 1 (1), 91-94.

Lai, P. and Chuen, C.W. (2002, July). Reconceptualising of the PBL cycle by an Engineering Faculty – a staff development experience. Paper presented at the 25th Conference of the Higher Education and Research Development Society of Australasia, Perth, Australia.

Tiwari, A. & Lai, P. (2002, June). An evaluation of the effectiveness of problem-based learning in developing nursing students’ critical thinking. Paper presented at the Symposium in Medical Sciences: 21st Century Health Care in Hong Kong: A new era. Faculty of Medicine, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Chow-Gardner, A.K.K., Tsang, W.W.N., & Lai, P. (2001, May). Peer tutoring: a useful tool to enhance learning in Human Anatomy. Paper presented at the 2nd Hong Kong Conference on Quality in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Hong Kong.

Dasari, B. & Lai, P. (2001, May). To investigate differences in learning preferences of deep and surface biased occupational therapy students. Paper presented at the 2nd Hong Kong Conference on Quality in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Hong Kong.

Kwan, K.P., Ho, A.S.P., & Lai, P. (2001, May). A five component model for promoting higher-order thinking in university teaching. Paper presented at the 2nd Hong Kong Conference on Quality in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Hong Kong.

Tiwari, A., Wong, C.M., & Lai, P. (2001, May). The effectiveness of a context-based problem-based learning (PBL) model in promoting student learning. Paper presented at the 2nd Hong Kong Conference on Quality in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, Hong Kong.

Lai, P., & Chuen, C.W. (2001). Case scenarios as backbone to learning and assessment to promote higher order thinking of students in a large Engineering PBL class. In P. Little, O.S. Tan, P. Kandlbinder, A. Williams, K. Cleary & J. Conway (Eds), Proceedings of the 3rd Asia Pacific Conference on Problem Based Learning. Australia: Australian Problem Based Learning Network.

Lai, P. & Tang, C. (2000).  Obstacles to the implementation of problem-based learning (PBL) in local universities of Hong Kong. In O.S. Tan, P.Little, S.Y.Hee & J. Conway (Eds), Problem-Based Learning: Educational Innovation Across Disciplines, Singapore: Temasek Centre for problem-based learning.

Lai, P., Tang, C. Arthur, D., & Leung, S.F. (1999). Who benefits from portfolio assessment in problem-based learning nursing courses? Themes and variation in PBL, 1, 150-158.

Tang, C., Lai, P., Arthur, D., & Leung S.F. (1999). How do students prepare for traditional and portfolio assessment in a problem-based learning curriculum. Themes and variation in PBL, 1, 206-217.

Biggs, J., Lai, P., Lavelle, E. & Tang, C. (1999). The effect of a writing workshop on graduate students’ L2 writing process. British Journal of Educational Psychology, 69, 293-306.

Chan, P.Y.I. & Lai, P. (1999). Enhancing student learning by using problem-based learning in clothing manufacture. In J. Conway, D. Melville & A. Williams (Eds), Research and Development in Problem Based Learning. Volume 5: PBL: A way forward. Australia: Australian Problem Based Learning Network.

Lai, P., Jones, J., Abbas, M.S., Kwong, M.Y., Liew, K.L., Ng, R. & Taylor, G. (1999). Enhancing student learning through the use of peer tutoring – A case study from the Hong Kong Polytechnic University.  In J.James (Ed), Quality in teaching and learning in higher education. Hong Kong: University Grants Committee of Hong Kong and Individual Authors.

Lai, P. & Tang, C. (1999). Constraints affecting the implementation of problem-based learning (PBL) strategy in university courses. In J. Marsh (Ed), Refereed Proceedings of the 1st Asia-Pacific Problem Based Learning Conference. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong.

Yeung, E., Au-Yeung, S., Chiu, T., Mok, N. & Lai, P. (1999). Application of problem based learning strategies to enhance clinical reasoning and self-directed learning skills in a university physiotherapy program. In J. Marsh (Ed), Refereed Proceedings of the 1st Asia-Pacific Problem Based Learning Conference. Hong Kong: University of Hong Kong.

Lai, P. (1998). Assessment and problem-based learning: Constructive alignment. Paper presented at the AERA annual meeting, San Diego, USA.

Lai, P.K.T. (1998). Student prior experience – its significance to course perception, approaches to learning and learning outcome. A case study in Canada. Educational Research Journal, 13 (1), 23-39.

Lai, P. & Chu, K.C. (1997). Who benefits from problem-based learning? Zeitschrift fuer Hochschuldidaktik, Special issue “Problem-based learning: Theory, Practice and Research, 21(1), 148-160.

Lai, P., Tang, C. & Taylor, G. (1997). Traditional assessment approaches: saints or devils to learning fostered by problem-based learning (PBL)? In J. Conway, R., Risher, L.Sheridan-Burns and G.Ryan (Eds), Research and development in problem-based learning. Volume 4: Integrity, innovation, integration. Australia: Australian Problem Based Learning Network.

Lai, P., Tiwari, A. & Tse, P. (1997). Problem Based Learning (PBL): Boosting the problem-solving performance of all or some? In J. Conway, R., Risher, L.Sheridan-Burns and G.Ryan (Eds), Research and development in problem-based learning. Volume 4: Integrity, innovation, integration. Australia: Australian Problem Based Learning Network.

Tang, C., Lai, P., Davies, H., Frankland, S., Oldfield, K., Walters, M., Ng, M.L., Tse, P., Taylor, G., Tiwari, A., Yim, M., & Yuen, E. (1997). Developing a context-based PBL model. In J. Conway, R., Risher, L.Sheridan-Burns and G.Ryan (Eds), Research and development in problem-based learning. Volume 4: Integrity, innovation, integration. Australia: Australian Problem Based Learning Network.

Lai, P.K.T. (1996). An integrative future trend of problem-solving research in genetics. Educational Research Journal, 11(1), 45-51.

Lai, P.K.T. (1994). Learning and its implications for teaching: Two case studies from Canadian and Hong Kong schools. Educational Research Journal, 9 (1), 24-30.

Lai, P. & Biggs, J.B. (1994). Who benefits from mastery learning? Contemporary Educational Psychology, 19 (1), 13-23.

 
     
  Funded Research/Teaching Development Projects  
 
 From
To
Institution
 
  Dec 2013   The development of a comprehensive and effective academic support system to facilitate Senior Year Admitted Students’ academic success in their university study (Co-Investigator)  
  2011 2014 Enhancing Students’ Professional Competence and Generic Qualities through Writing in English Across the Curriculum (Co-investigator)  
  2008 2011 Using course embedded assessments for institutional assessment (Principal Investigator)  
  2008 2011 Assessing Student Generic Programme Outcomes with Final Year Projects (Co-Investigator)  
  2005 2008 Developing students’ generic competencies in a professional context (Strand C of the institutional project on “Promoting students’ all-round development beyond the professional context: Institutional support for implementing and evaluating PolyU’s strategic initiatives for enhancing student learning for the triennium 2005-08) (Principal Investigator)  
  2005 2007 Supporting and sustaining the impact of peer tutoring to enhance student learning in PolyU (Principal Investigator)  
  2002 2006 The integration of Peer Tutoring Scheme into academic programmes/subjects to enhance learning and teaching in Universities of Hong Kong (Principal Investigator)  
  1999 2003 Tackling the challenges to professional education (Co-Investigator)  
  1997 1999 Enhancing the effectiveness of problem-based learning by appropriate assessment methods (Principal Investigator)  
  1997 1998 A study of the problems and needs of postgraduate students at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Principal Investigator)  
  1996 1998 A study of the written English communication needs and quality of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University full-time postgraduate research students (Principal Investigator)  
  1996 1998 The development and implementation of a Problem-Based Learning (PBL) model to enhance learning and teaching at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University (Principal Investigator)  
     
  International Consultancies  
  Visiting academic staff developer of Stockholm University, Sweden (29 September – 6 October 2002)  
     
  Services to the Profession  
 

Invited Paper Reviewer of the refereed journal Instructional Science and Educational Research Review (Current)

Member of the HKU research team on the production of the Chinese version of the Critical Thinking Dispositions Inventory (2006)

Member of the HKIED research team on the production of the Chinese version of the Assessment Experience Questionnaire (2006)

Book Reviewer, Hong Kong University Press (2005)

Visiting academic staff developer of Stockholm University, Sweden (29 September – 6 October 2002)

Member of the Organizing Committee, First Asia Pacific Conference on Problem-Based Learning (1999)