Academic Profile : Faculty

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Prof Looi Chee Kit
Professor, National Institute of Education - Learning Sciences and Assessment
Co-Director, CRADLE@NTU, Centre for Research and Development in Learning (CRADLE)
Professor Looi Chee Kit is with the Learning Sciences and Assessment Academic Group in the National Institute of Education (NIE) of NTU. He is currently the Co-Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Learning at NTU. Chee Kit holds a PhD in Artificial Intelligence from the University of Edinburgh. He was the Founding Head of Learning Sciences Lab of NIE, the first research centre devoted to the study of the sciences of learning in the Asia-Pacific region. His research interests are in the fields of computer-supported collaborative learning, mobile learning, computational thinking education, sustainability and scaling of educational innovations.

Chee Kit’s research in education is characterized by producing outcomes, processes or artifacts that impact practice. An early completed project of his in NIE involved the design and development of digital mathematics manipulatives which have been made available to all secondary schools in Singapore.

He is the PI or co-PI of several research projects funded by the National Research Foundation, Singapore. His research has created significant inroads into transforming school practices: his work on rapid collaborative learning has created routine practices of collaborative work in ten primary and secondary schools. These schools have continued or plan to continue the innovations on their own initiatives. This work is cited in the 2010 US National Educational Technology Plan as a key example of technology-enabled innovation that has significant real impact in schools.

His research on seamless and mobile learning has made good progress toward creating a model of 1:1 computing in schools. His work created and transformed the complete curricula of Primary 3 and 4 science in Nan Chiau Primary School in Singapore so that they can harness the affordances of mobile devices for inquiry learning. Because of the good research outcomes, the school has decided to scale-up its 1:1 implementation to all of the Primary 3 and 4 classes since 2011 till now. In 2013, the school works with ten other schools in to scale-up the curricular innovation, supported by research into teacher professional development models, and sustainability and implementation issues. This research is remarkable in terms of reaching this stage of achieving sustainability and scalability.

Chee Kit’s early mobile learning projects are featured amongst 25 handheld learning products and research projects in the U.S. and abroad in the US-based Sesame Workshop’s 2009 report on "Pockets of Potential: Using Mobile Technologies to Promote Children’s Learning." Thus his work is part of a cool-headed overview of the potential of mobile technologies for children's learning, which ends with a proposal to the Obama government to adopt a "multi-sector action plan to transform mobile learning from a state of uneven and scattered innovation into a force for dynamic educational impact." His mobile learning work is also cited in the US-based District Administration website which is widely read by US schools’ superintendents.

Over the years, Chee Kit has given keynote addresses in international conferences held in Chile, Spain, Sweden, Israel, United States of America, Finland, Australia, Japan, Korea, China, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Macau, Taiwan, Malaysia, the Netherlands, UAE, and Singapore. He was a member of the SingTel Customer Advisory Council for Education. He was an Associate Editor for the Journal of the Learning Sciences, and is currently an Associate Editor for the International Journal of AI & Education, and for the International Journal on Computer Science Education. He is an editorial member of the Journal of CAL, the International Journal of Computer-Supported Collaborative Learning, and Journal of Smart Learning Environments. He is Review Editor for Frontiers in Psychology and Frontiers in Education, and the General Editor of series entitled Routledge Advances in the Learning Sciences.

As a member of the Core Expert Group, he participated in the work on developing the framework for assessing Collaborative Problem Solving in OECD PISA 2015. He has served as an expert for work with the New York Academy of Sciences. He is special consultant to the Smart Learning Institute of Beijing Normal University.

Chee Kit is a Fellow of the International Society of the Learning Sciences as well as a Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Society on Computers in Education. He is a founding member of the Global Chinese Society of Computers in Education, sits on its advisory board, as well as the advisory board of the Computers in Education journal published by Springer. He served as the President of the Global Chinese Society of Computers in Education from 2017 to 2019.
Learning Sciences, Seamless Learning, Mobile Learning, Technology-enabled Innovations, Computational Thinking
 
  • APPLETREE: Assessing Processes and Products for Learning (APPLE) by Tracking and Reporting Efficacy and Effectiveness (TREE) of Collaborative Idea Improvement
  • Build, Inspire, Strategize: Promoting Computing Education in Singapore
  • How to Bring Computational Thinking (CT) Into Mathematics Classrooms: Designing for Disciplinary-specific CT
  • Uncovering the Process and Outcome of Computer-Supported-Collaborative-Learning (CSCL) using Multimodal Learning Analytics: New Environments and Assessment for CSCL in the learning continuum
  • Computer-Supported Collaborative Argumentation in Social Studies and History Classrooms
  • Build, Inspire, Strategize: Promoting Computing Education in Singapore
  • Leveraging on augmented reality technologies for Establishment of Science Trail: An exploratory study
  • AI-Powered Seamless Vocabulary Learning: Enhancing Learner-generated Contexts
Awards
• Best Paper Awards at International Conferences
Outstanding conference paper award for Looi, C.-K., Song, Y., & Wong, L.-H. (2013). Mobile technology-assisted personalized learning in science inquiry. In Proceedings of Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education 2013 (pp. 174-180). Beijing, China: Beijing University.

• Best paper award for Designing content-independent mobile learning technology: Learning fractions and Chinese Language, Tenth World Conference on Mobile and Contextual Learning, Beijing, China, 18-21 October 2011.

• Excellent paper award for Designing Rapid Collaborative Knowledge Improvement for Second Language Learning, Proceedings of Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education, Zhejiang University, Hangzhou, May 2011.

• Best conference paper award for Mobile-Assisted Vocabulary Learning in Real-Life Setting for Primary School Students: Two Case Studies. 6th IEEE International Conference on Wireless, Mobile and Ubiquitous Technology in Education (WMUTE 2010), Kaohsiung, Taiwan,12-16 April 2010.

• Outstanding conference paper award for Who Are the Beneficiaries When CSCL Enters into Second Language Classroom. Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education 2009, May 26-28, Taipei, Taiwan.

• Outstanding conference paper award for Computers as Cognitive Tools: An Environmental Learning Project in Singapore, International Conference on Computers in Education, Hiroshima, Japan, November 2007; in Supporting Learning Flow Through Integrative Technologies (ed. T. Hirashima, U. Hoppe & S-C Young), IOS Press, pp. 377-384.

• Outstanding conference paper award for Incorporating Online Discussion in Classroom Learning: A New Strategy, International Conference on Computers in Education (ICCE 2006), Beijing, China, November 2006.

• Best conference paper award for Supporting Conversations and Learning in Online Chat, 10th World Conference on AI in Education, San Antonio, USA, May 19-23, 2001.

• Outstanding conference paper award for “EPIGAME: An Environment for Learning Epistemic Games”, International Conference on Computers in Education, Kuching, Sarawak, Malaysia, December 1997.

• Best conference paper award for An ITS to Plan Inquiry Dialogue, 7th World Conference on AI in Education, Washington, D.C., USA, Aug 16-19, 1995.

• Best conference paper award for A 2-D Framework on Qualitative and Quantitative Models in an ITS, East-West International Conference on Computer Technologies in Education, Crimea, Ukraine, September 1994.
 
Fellowships & Other Recognition
Fellow of the International Society of the Learning Sciences
Fellow of the Asia-Pacific Society on Computers in Education
 
Courses Taught
EED100 Introduction to Instructional Technology
PED513 Instructional Technology
CED201 Learning, Thinking and Instructional Technologies
MAIDT816 Advanced Computer-based Learning Systems
DDM Diploma in Departmental Management (6-month programme to train Heads of Departments in schools)
LEP Special Topics in LEP (9-month programme to train school leaders)
MAIDT 809 Designing, Conducting, and Reporting Investigations
MLT 834 Technologies as Cognitive Tools
MLT 807 Cognitive Foundations of the Learning Sciences
MLT 808 Design of Interactive Learning Environments
MLT 809/MLT 909 Research Methodologies for the Learning Sciences
MTD 802/MTD 902 Foundations of Learning and Instruction
MLT 801/MLT 901 Foundations of the Learning Sciences
EDTM901 Design of Technology-Medicated Learning Environments
MSL906 Education at the Intersection of Artificial Intelligence
and Neuroscience
 
Supervision of PhD Students
PhD thesis by Juan Dee WEE, “Reinventing Mathematics Problem Design and Analysis of Chat Interaction in Quasi-Synchronous Chat Environments”, 2010. Early versions of parts of this PhD thesis are published as a book chapter in Stahl (ed, 2009), Studying Virtual Math Team, published by Springer, as well as presented in ICLS 2008.

PhD thesis by Longkai WU, “Scaffolding of Students’ Reflection by Agent Prompts in an Intelligent Learning-by-Teaching Environment”, oral examination in 2010. Early versions of parts of this PhD thesis are published as a book chapter in a volume by Springer, as well as presented in ICLS 2008. Professor Wu is now a full professor in CCNU, China.

PhD thesis by Yun WEN, “Investigating Social Interaction in a Networked Second Language Collaborative Writing Classroom”, 2014. This thesis has been published as a book by Springer.

PhD thesis by Peter Seow, “A Phenomenological Study of Teachers’ Experiences in Integrating 1-to-1 Technology in Singapore Classrooms”, 2015.