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Keynote addresses

Dr Yuk Wah CHAN

Associate Professor, Department of Public and International Affairs

City University of Hong Kong


Dr Yuk Wah CHAN is the Series Editor of the Routledge Series on Asian Migration ( Her areas of research cover international migration, borderland, tourism, Vietnam-China relations, identity, and food. Her recent publications include: Diseasescape and Immobility Governance: COVID-19 and Its Aftermaths (Mobilities), The Politics of Sanitisation: Pandemic Crisis, Migration and Development in Asia-Pacific (Asian and Pacific Migration Journal), Asian Food and Culinary Politics: Food Governance, Constructed Heritage, and Contested Boundaries (Asian Anthropology) and New Chinese Migrations: Mobility, Home, and Inspirations (Routledge).

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Dr Wanxin LI

Associate Professor of Environment and Society, School of Energy and Environment

City University of Hong Kong


Dr Wanxin LI is highly experienced with evidence-based and transdisciplinary policy research for achieving sustainability transitions. Having had the privilege working with the World Bank, OECD, and Tsinghua University, she contributed significantly to discovering why and how socio-technological innovations emerge and make impacts, in the context of the multi-level governance structure in China. Her research output appears in tier one academic journals such as Nature and Land Use Policy. Besides the academia, her work has been well received by policymakers, practitioners, and international organisations. For example, she was invited to speak at the OECD International Conference on Environmental Compliance Assurance in Paris, and the Trade and Environment Session of the WTO Public Forum in Geneva. She is also highly effective in guiding students to learn the craft of designing and executing problem driven independent projects.


Presentation Abstract

Virtual Education: Hybrid Learning and Flipped Classroom after COVID-19

In this talk, we will present our survey results about Hong Kong university students’ learning experiences in remote education during the COVID semesters. Though new to virtual learning, students have adapted well to the COVID enforced online classes and have opted for a hybrid mode of learning even after COVID-19. The talk will analyse students’ perceptions of online education and the different experiences of science and non-science students. We also share our experiences in the use of online games in flipped classroom, and how such an alternative teaching space will help advance university education in the near future.

Alphabetical order by the institutions

Professor William Kwok Wai CHEUNG

Associate Vice-President (Undergraduate Programmes) 

Professor, Department of Computer Science

Hong Kong Baptist University


Professor William Kwok Wai CHEUNG is currently Associate Vice-President (Undergraduate Programmes), Professor in the Department of Computer Science, and Director of the Centre of Health Informatics at Hong Kong Baptist University. He served as Head of the Department of Computer Science from 2017 to 2021. During his headship, an interdisciplinary concentration on Data and Media Communication and an interdisciplinary undergraduate programme on Business Computing and Data Analytics were launched via collaboration with the School of Communication and the School of Business, respectively. His current research interests include artificial intelligence, data mining, social network analysis, and healthcare informatics. 

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Presentation Abstract

VTL@HKBU: Some Lessons Learnt & How about the Metaverse?

Virtual Teaching and Learning (VTL) aims to provide students with new learning experiences within or outside classrooms via digital technologies. It calls for innovations in pedagogies to effectively leverage the technologies to enhance learning experience. In this talk, I will share some VTL approaches adopted by faculty members at HKBU, and more importantly the experience they gained, and the lessons learnt. I will then share some of my observations when considering moving the T&L platform to the Metaverse.


Manager, Campus Operations, Faculty of Education

Monash University


Mr Cam PETTIONA has been in the education sector for over ten years and specialises in strategic leadership, educational technology, operations, ICT delivery, and driving organisational change. With a diverse career background as an entrepreneur, operations manager, IT manager, and technology consultant, Mr PETTIONA is an enthusiastic adopter of new and innovative technologies that drive authentic change. Mr PETTIONA has a wealth of experience in crafting and implementing different types of learning environments, encompassing physical, virtual, hybrid, immersive, and experiential formats. Mr PETTIONA has spearheaded numerous high-level projects and initiatives and served as the Faculty Lead for the development of Monash's flagship Learning and Teaching Building.

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Presentation Abstract

Pushing the Ed-Tech Envelope - A Non-Academic Perspective in the Australian Context

Pre-COVID – From classic Didacticism to Flipped Classrooms through to MOOCs and Flexible Learning – what worked, what did not, and the importance of reliable technology that does not fail.

COVID – The pivot to Remote Everything – Lessons Learned and Life on Zoom.

Now – The return to Face-to-Face education and the importance of social learning and concept reinforcement.

Future – AI, individualised learning, micro-credentials, and life-long learning.

Dr Christopher Yew Hong SEE

Lecturer, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine

The Chinese University of Hong Kong


Dr Christopher SEE received his medical degree from the University of Cambridge (Trinity College) and trained in Emergency Medicine. A committed medical educator, his training includes a PGCE from the University of Edinburgh and a Ph.D. from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) in medical education.

He received the Excellent Teacher Award teaching anatomy at the University of Manchester and lectured at HKU. He is presently a lecturer at the School of Biomedical Sciences, CUHK Faculty of Medicine teaching human anatomy. He is the course coordinator of 4 courses including Medical Year 3 Anatomy and is a pre-clinical academic advisor.

His research interests are gamification, e-learning and particularly the use of Artificial Intelligence (AI) in medical education. He graduated from the Oxford AI programme, the University of Oxford, and has taught modules on AI and Machine Learning for medical school curricula. He leads the AI for Education Community of Practice in CUHK.

He was awarded Fellowships of the Academy of Medical Educators UK (FAcadMed) as well as the Higher Education Academy (FHEA) for contributions to higher education. In recognition of excellence in teaching, he received the Faculty Education Award in 2022.

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Presentation Abstract

Applied Gamification in the Educational Metaverse

To be effective, digital educational environments for learning must be able to capture the imagination and attention of students. Educators can take important pedagogical lessons from gamification to achieve this goal in the metaverse. Video games are a particularly relevant example of highly engaging single and multi-player environments familiar to university students. This talk will draw upon scholarly work in academic escape room games and educational AI chatbots to link key principles of gamification to design of student learning environments, active tasks, and collaborative exercises for the educational metaverse.

Professor Ben Y. B. CHAN

Director of Center for Engineering Education Innovation

Associate Professor in Engineering Education

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology


Dr Ben Y. B. CHAN is currently an Associate Professor in Engineering Education and the Director of the University’s Center for Engineering Education Innovation. Dr CHAN has worked extensively in Engineering Education related areas, including academic advising, experiential learning, and teaching pedagogies development.  Dr CHAN has been the recipient of numerous teaching excellence awards during his almost decade-long teaching at the University, including the finalist of the QS Reimagine Education Award 2018 (Global) organised by the Wharton School QS Reimagine Education Award Committee; School of Engineering Teaching Excellence Appreciation Award in 2016 & 2020; the Common Core Teaching Excellence Award 2016 - Honorary Mention, the Nomination for the 2017 & 2020 UGC Teaching Award, etc. He also accumulated over HK$20M education related grants as a PI and has over 50 journal and conference papers published.

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Presentation Abstract

Education Meets the Metaverse, Is It Just Another Beautiful Gimmick? 

Imagine you are enjoying your coffee outside the Starbucks facing the sundial, the sun suddenly disappeared, and the day turned dark. A terrible storm hits, soil and gigantic rocks rolling down the hill and destroying everything in the area. Suddenly, you are back in a classroom surrounded by whiteboards and populated with movable chairs.

Today, as the metaverse infrastructure is still under construction, researchers, educators, policymakers, and digital designers have a chance to lead the way rather than get caught in the undertow. To leverage the potential of the metaverse as a 3D, global, interconnected, immersive, and real-time online space, we need new ways to connect the physical world with augmented and virtual reality (VR) experiences.

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