Three scholars of the Department of Education Studies (EDUC), Senior Fellow Dr Anita Poon, Professor Sandy Li and Senior Lecturer Mr Tony Lai, were commissioned by the Education Bureau with HK$1.4 million to conduct a research project

on "Knowledge structure of reading skills in the context of student adaptive learning for English language for primary schools to enhance learning and teaching".

The Education Bureau is now launching an unprecedented large-scale plan on building knowledge structures of English Language, Chinese Language and Mathematics for primary schools to enhance learning and teaching. In order to enhance students' English proficiency, schools are recommended to strengthen the teaching of reading skills and strategies, with a special emphasis on new literacy skills, with which students need to be equipped so as to meet new challenges in the new era of technology. 

EDUC has been invited to contribute to the subject area of English Language in the first phase of the Education Bureau's plan. Student adaptive learning is a new initiative and so far very few countries have set up such systems.

This is a 12-month pilot research project aiming at exploring the feasibility of designing a student adaptive learning system which is an e-learning system that can automatically generate personalised learning path and customise learning contents to the individuals based on selected parameters and predefined rules. 

The pilot study involves four stages of work: to conduct a thorough literature review in adaptive learning in English language learning as practised in other countries; to construct a reading-specific knowledge structure based on the basic competencies framework proposed by the Education Bureau for primary students; to create a sample of reading assessment tasks for adaptive learning; and to pilot the assessment tasks in some primary schools.