Our Staff - Dr Julia Chen


 

Dr Julia Chen

Director of Educational Development

 

Room: TU626a

Tel: 3400 3173

E-mail: julia.chen@polyu.edu.hk

Fax: 2334-1569

   
       
  Areas of Responsibility    
 
  • Institution support
 
       
  Curriculum Vitae    
  Academic qualifications    
  BSc, PCEd, MA, PhD, ATCL, LTCL, FTCL  
     
  Work Experience    
 

I am Director of the Educational Development Centre at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University. Before that, I was Associate Director of the English Language Centre, coordinating 4YC Language & Communication Requirement subjects, materials development and QA; and was the Chair of the Faculty of Humanities' Learning and Teaching Committee. I mainly teach PhD and MPhil students from across the disciplines a subject that I developed entitled "Thesis Writing for Research Students". I also co-teach the subject "Curriculum and Assessment" in the Professional Doctorate programme Doctor of Applied Language Sciences offered by the Faculty of Humanities. I have had extensive subject leading and development experience, including EAP, EIW and English in Literature and Film subjects. I am the Project Leader of two projects on English Across the Curriculum (one institution LEG and the other a 5-university joint TLRP) and a third project with Stanford University on developing an online learning platform with automatic error correction. I led the organisation of the 1st International Conference on English Across the Curriculum held in December 2015 (http://eacconference.elc.polyu.edu.hk/), and am Chair of the Organising Committee for the 2nd EAC conference to be held in December 2018 (https://elc.polyu.edu.hk/conference/EAC2018/).

 
     
  Major Publications and Conference Presentations  
  Publications  
 

Chen, J. & Foung, D. (in press). A motivational story: A mixed-method learning analytics study of a blended EAP course in Hong Kong – Goals for blended learning designers and learners. In M. Freiermuth. (ed.). Language Learning Psychology and Technology in TELL. London: Palgrave-Macmillan. [Full paper accepted]

Foung, D. & Chen, J. (2019). A learning analytics approach to the evaluation of an online learning package in a Hong Kong university. The Electronic Journal of e-Learning, 17(1), pp. 11-24, available online at www.ejel.org

Foung, D. & Chen, J. (2019). Discovering disciplinary differences: Blending data sources to explore the student online behaviors in a university English course. Information Discovery and Delivery, 47(2), 106-114. https://doi.org/10.1108/IDD-10-2018-0053

Chen, J. (2018). Comprehensive review of university English subjects: Results and reflections. JACET Journal, 62, 1-14.

Chen, J. & Foung, D. (2018). Connecting teacher-made assessments to course learning outcomes through learning analytics: an empirical model. In White, E., & Delaney, T. (eds.), Handbook of Research on Assessment Literacy and Teacher-Made Testing in the Language Classroom, pp.101-125. Hershey, PA: IGI Global.  Doi: 10.4018/978-1-5225-6986-2.

Chen, J., Foung, D., & Armatas, C. (2018). Adopting Learning Analytics to Enrich Regular Curriculum Review and Enhancement: A Case Study of a University English Programme in Asia. In A. Pardo, K. Bartimote, G. Lynch, S. Buckingham Shum, R. Ferguson, A. Merceron & X. Ochoa (Eds.), Companion Proceedings of the 8th International Conference on Learning Analytics and Knowledge. Sydney, Australia: Society for Learning Analytics Research.

Cheng, G., Chen, J., Foung, D., Lam, V., & Tom, M. (2018). Towards automatic classification of teacher feedback on student writing. International Journal of Information and Education Technology, 8(5), 342-346.

Cheng, G., Chwo, S.-M. G., Chen, J., Foung, D., Lam, V., & Tom, M. (2017). Automatic classification of teacher feedback and its potential applications for EFL writing. Proceedings of the 25th International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2017) (pp. 884-889). New Zealand.

Armatas, C., Tse, A., Chow, J., Foung, D., Chen, J., & Chan, C.S. (2017). Exploring the relationship between the time of completing online quizzes and students' performance in academic writing. EduLearn17 Proceedings, 5306-5311.

Chen, J., Chau, J., Lim, G. & Li, V. (2016). Online language learning to develop English reading and listening skills in university students: A pilot study in Hong Kong. International Journal for 21st Century Education, 1, 1, pp.35-54.

Lughmani, S., Gardner, S., Chen, J., Wong, H., & Chan, L. (2016). English across the curriculum: Fostering collaboration.  ELTWO:Special Issue on 5th CELC Symposium Proceedings.

Chen, J. (2013). New direction in university English language training: Blended delivery. In Ji, P.Y. & Fan, Y. (Eds.), New Directions in TESOL (pp. 86-103). Shanghai: Fudan University Press.

Chan, F. & Chen, J. (2012). Impacts of alignment between ESP and content subjects on biomedical engineering students. Asian ESP Journal, 8(2), 27-54.

Chau, J., Wu, W., Chen, J., & Lughmani, S. (2012). ESL readers' comprehension performance: the Chinese secondary context. ELT Journal; doi: 10.1093/elt/ccr088.

Chen, J. (2011). From reactive to proactive: Handling student plagiarism in higher education. Higher Education Quality Assurance.(pp.240-251).

Chan, F., Chen, J., Fung, F., Cheung, A. and Wong, M.S. (2010). Does inter-departmental curricular partnership help achieve biomedical engineering-specific language learning? RELC Anthology Series 52, pp. 190-217.

Chen, J. (2002). Commander and serviceman: The story of Kim.  In P. Benson & D. Nunan (Eds.), Special Edition of the Hong Kong Journal of Applied Linguistics, 7(2), 73-90.

Hamp-Lyons, L. and Chen, J. (2001). An investigation into the effectiveness of teacher feedback on student writing. In Kember, D., Candlin, S. & Yan, L. (Eds.), Further case studies of improving teaching and learning from the Action Learning Project. Hong Kong: Action Learning Project.

Hamp-Lyons, L., Chen, J. & Mok, J. (2001). Introducing innovation incrementally: Teacher feedback on writing. Thai TESOL Bulletin, 14(2), 59-66.

Chen, J. (1997). Issues in the Teaching of Writing in Hong Kong. HKPU Working Papers in ELT & Applied Linguistics, 2(1), 29-38.

 
  Conference Presentations (since 2012)  
 

Chen, J., Chan, C., Man, V., Tong, K. & Lai, J. (2018, December). Helping students from different disciplines with final year/capstone project: Supervisors’ and students’ needs and requests. Colloquium at the 2nd International Conference on English Across the Curriculum, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Lim, G., Chen, J., Robbins, J. & Yap, V. (2018, December). Can a mobile app help students write better final year project proposals? Paper presented at the 2nd International Conference on English Across the Curriculum, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.

Chen, J., & Zhou, L. (2018, October). LMS Review: Experience Sharing from Hong Kong PolyU. Presented in Chinese Higher Education Development Network Annual Conference 2018, Xi’an Jiaotong University, China PRC.

Chen, J. (2018, August). Developing English across the Curriculum for L2 learners in a complex linguistics environment. Paper presented at 17th Symposium on Second Language Writing, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

Foung, D. & Chen, J. (2018, August). A mixed-method learning analytics study on the impact of L2 writing performance under the ability-grouping policy in higher education. Paper presented at 17th Symposium on Second Language Writing, Simon Fraser University, Vancouver, Canada.

Chen, J., Ng., A., & Chan, C. (2018, June). Connecting students, faculty and English teachers via a new final year capstone project mobile app. Paper presented at International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference, Auburn University, Alabama, USA.

Chen, J., Davis, C., Tsang, E., Man, V., & Chan, C. (2018, May). English across the curriculum: Helping students with their capstone project. Paper presented at Continuing Professional Development Symposium, PolyU, Hong Kong.

Chen, J., Lin, L., Foung, D., & Nixon, C. (2018, May). Curriculum review beyond regular QA: PolyU’s Language & Curriculum Requirement. Paper presented at Continuing Professional Development Symposium, PolyU, Hong Kong.

Chen, J., Foung, D. & Armatas, C. (2018, March). Adopting learning analytics to enrich regular curriculum review and enhancement: A case study of a university English programme in Asia. Paper presented at 8th International Conference on Learning Analytics & Knowledge, Sydney, Australia.

Chen, J., & Zhou, L. (2017, July). New approaches towards educational development. Presented in Chinese Higher Education Development Network Annual Conference 2017, Shanghai.

Foung, D. & Chen, J. (2017, July). How Rasch analysis enriches academic analytics: a case study of a university English course. Paper presented at International Conference on Open and Innovative Education (ICOIE) 2017, Open University Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Chen, J. & Foung, D. (2017 June). Does streaming work? A quantitative study of university EAP subjects. Paper presented at Faces of English 2: Teaching and Researching Academic and Professional English, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Chen, J. (2016, June). The relational nature of WAC: a boundary object to bridge across disciplines and differences. Paper presented at IWAC 2016, University of Michigan, Ann Arbor, USA.

Chen, J. (2015, December). Developing academic literacy in context: Strategies, limitations and preliminary results. Paper presented at International Conference on the Development of English Across the Curriculum, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong.

Chen, J., Costley, T., Lai, J., Fitzpatrick, D., Tong, K., & Lim, G. (2015, June). Professional development in enhancing English across the curriculum. Colloquium presented at Faces of English: Theory, Practice and Pedagogy, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Lughmani, S. D., Gardner, S., Chen, J., Wong, H. & Chan, L. (2015, May). English across the curriculum: Fostering collaboration. Invited colloquium presented at CELC Symposium, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Chen, J. & Tong, E. (2014, June). Supporting student learning through an ‘English-across-the-curriculum’ approach. Paper presented at International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference 2014, University of Minnesota, Minneapolis, USA.

Chen, J. Yiu, R., Lim, G., & Cheung, A. (2014, May). Interdepartmental collaboration: Writing in the Disciplines. Paper presented at ELTU Conference, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Chen, J. (2014, May). Review of the New 4yc English Language Curriculum: Working within Institutional Guidelines, Suggestions & Restrictions. Paper presented at ELTU Conference, Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Chen, J. (2013, May). Students’ perceptions and experiences of ‘hybrid’ assessments. Paper presented at Alternative Pedagogies in the English Language & Communication Classroom, National University of Singapore, Singapore.

Chen, J., Chau, J., Wu, W., Chigaeva, S., Lughmani, D., Robbins, J., & Evans, J. (2012, June). The secondary-tertiary interface: Language training for the new cohort. Paper presented at Research into Practice in the Four-year Curriculum Symposium, University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.

Chen, J. (2012, February). New direction in university English language training: Blended delivery. Paper presented at New Directions in TESOL, a biannual Sydney U-Fudan U conference, Fudan University, Shanghai, PRC.

 
     
  Funded Research/Teaching Development Projects  
  Ongoing Projects  
 

Developing a PolyU-Stanford adaptive learning online platform for English and exploratory adaptive assessment for Science subjects

Exploring the language needs and ability of SYA students

Identifying at-risk students with course diagnostic reports

How students handle blended learning tasks – A case study of an advanced university English course

English Across the Curriculum 

Language enhancement for Capstone Projects Using Interactive Apps 

 
     
  Completed Projects  
 

Interactive online English activities and game-mediated app for independent language learning 

Towards automatic tracking of student responses to teacher feedback in draft revision 

Development of an Institutional-wide e-Learning Platform with Diagnostic e-Assessment and e-Learning Packages using Learn@PolyU to Enhance Entry Students’ Underpinning Skills and Knowledge 

Academic support for senior year students

Community of Practice (CoP) Project: Enhancing Students’ English Abilities

Professional Development in Enhancing English across the Curriculum

Overseas Scholarship Scheme Implementation Project

Evaluation of GUR in 4 Year Curriculum

 
     
  Professional Interests  
 

English Across the Curriculum

Learning analytics

EAP

ESP

e-learning

Teacher training

 
     
  Awards  
 

Reimagine Education Awards 2017 - Shortlisted for the Learning Assessment Award (Team Leader)

University Grants Committee (UGC) Teaching Award Shortlisted Finalist 2013

President's Award for Excellent Performance/Achievement in Services 2011-12 (Team Leader)

Faculty Award for Outstanding Performance/Achievement in Services 2010-11 (Team Leader)

President's Award for Excellent Performance/Achievement in Teaching 2002-03

Faculty Award for Outstanding Performance/Achievement in Teaching 2002-03

 
     
  Invited Talks  
 

Event: Staff Development Workshop, King’s College London, 9 July 2018
Title of my talk: A Hong Kong model of enhancing students’ communication skills in the discipline: Needs, affordances and challenges

Event: Learning and Teaching @EdUHK Festival 2018, Education University of Hong Kong, 25 May 2018
Title of my talk: Using a mobile app to help students with the English for their final year project

Event: Excellent Teachers for Teaching Excellence Symposium, PolyU, 11 December 2017
Title of the panel discussion: How do current best practices help us shape the future learning and teaching in higher education
Title of my talk: Professional development in enhancing English across the curriculum

Event: Research Design and Scientific Article Writing Workshop, Sun Yet-Sen University, 21-23 April 2017
Title of my talk: Research writing for rehabilitation

Event: Teaching and Learning: Building Academic Discipline in Higher Education Forum (Co-organised by Sichuan University Pittsburgh Institute & BlackBoard China), 12 November 2016, Chengdu, Sichuan
Title of my talk: Enhancement of students’ learning in higher education: Sharing Hong Kong PolyU’s experiences

Event: Japan Association for College English Teaching 43rd Summer Seminar, Kyoto University, 18-19 August 2016
Title of my talk 1: EAP curriculum development and innovation
Title of my talk 2: EAP curriculum evaluation & English across the curriculum

Event: International Symposium on English for Academic Purposes, Kyoto University, 17 August 2016
Title of my talk: Teaching academic writing in Hong Kong: The case of the Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Event: Staff Development Workshop, Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong, 20 May 2016
Title of my talk: Writing your paper clearly and accurately

Event: Special staff event, Vocational Training Council, Hong Kong, 21 March 2016
Title of my talk: Improving Students’ English Performance in Content Subjects

Event: Staff Development Workshop, The Hong Kong Baptist University, 13 April 2015
Title of my talk: 4yc English Language Curriculum in PolyU: downs and ups

Event: Staff Development Workshop, University of Missouri, Columbia, USA, 13 November 2014
Title of my talk: English Across the Curriculum in The Hong Kong Polytechnic University

Event: Staff Development Workshop, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, 10 October 2014
Title of my talk: Review of the 4-Year Curriculum and elearning

 
     
  Membership on International Publication Boards  
 

- Advisory Committee for the International Writing Across the Curriculum Conference 2020

- WAC Clearinghouse Publications Review Board

- Editorial Review Board of the book series International Exchanges on the Study of Writing

 
     
  Membership on Professional Associations  
 

- China Higher Education Development Network, Executive Council Member

- The Japan Association of College English, Honorary Member