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Virtual Teaching and Learning (VTL) Pedagogical Research Service



The VTL Pedagogical Research Service project is funded by The University Grants Committee (UGC) and The Quality Assurance Council (QAC) under the Special Grant for Strategic Development of Virtual Teaching and Learning in response to the Covid-19 pandemic. This new initiative aims to provide timely, constructive and tailor-made consultation for teachers at The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) to pursue innovative VTL approaches and apply cutting-edge pedagogy and technology to the enhancement of teaching and learning.


The project is led by Prof. Paul Lam, Associate Professor, Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research (CLEAR) for two years from July 2021 to June 2023.

Scopes of work:

The Research Implementation Dissemination (RID) wheel (see Figure 1) encapsulates three areas of consultation that we offer.

(1) Research

  • Discussion of research backgrounds and literature

  • Exploration of potential educational concepts and directions

  • Co-construction of research project strategies and frameworks


In the research stage, teachers may schedule a consultation with us. During the meeting, there will be discussion on your initial research ideas and some of your burning questions. Your ideas and questions will be documented and researched. After exploring your specific topics in the literature, you will receive our responses in a Q-and-A format, detailing your questions as well as our feedback and suggestions informed by the literature and others. The sole purpose of our consultation service at this stage is to assist teachers to explore potential research topics and directions so that they may apply for further funding to experiment the new ideas or potentially add value to their existing research projects.


(2) Implementation

  • Co-construction of research instruments

  • Administration of online surveys, interviews, and/or focus-group interviews where appropriate

  • Aid in data analysis and visualisation


In the implementation stage, teachers may schedule a meeting with us if they seek additional support to co-create and administer research instruments, and to conduct analysis on the data collected. Teachers could receive advice on how to adapt their existing survey to a new project or to develop research instruments from scratch. They may also be given support to distribute their research instruments through CLEAR’s networks.


(3) Dissemination

  • Interpretation of research results

  • Arrangement of dissemination opportunities including workshops, case stories, and exemplary practices on websites

  • Advice on manuscript/reference styles for publications where applicable


In the dissemination stage, we will discuss our interpretation of research results with teachers who seek support in the implementation stage. CLEAR will be organising four to six dissemination opportunities where teachers could share their research studies with other likeminded colleagues. Teachers who aim to publish their work could also receive advice on manuscripts such as reference styles. 


The double-headed arrows in Figure 1 represent the interrelationships between components in the RID wheel. For example, research can inform implementation as can dissemination. The iterative process will help teachers optimise their teaching practices.

The RID wheel.png

Resources and benefits:

  • You will have access to personalised consultation services on e-learning research.

  • You may have opportunities to share your research studies at workshops, seminars, and other events organised by this project.

  • You will receive different research support throughout.

Code of practice:

  • This code of practice is for all VTL Pedagogical Research Service delivered by CLEAR in collaboration with teachers at CUHK. We value the importance of academic integrity. Therefore, it is essential that our work is acknowledged and certified. In the event that we make substantial contributions (inclusive of participation in the concept, design, data collection and data analysis) which meet the criteria for authorship, we shall be listed as (co)authors in the manuscripts/publications.

  • We work diligently to honour your requests. Our response time will be dependent on the nature and volume of work. The VTL Pedagogical Research Service is administered in accordance with the capacity of the research team at CLEAR. CLEAR reserves the right to decline provision of support if, in its judgment, fulfilment of the requests is beyond the scope of VTL and/or beyond our capacity.


Elsevier (2, September 21). CRediT author statement.

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