“How to induce and measure long-term benefits in gamified learning?”

On Dec. 7, 2018, Dr. Chu gave a keynote speech on “How to induce and measure long-term benefits in gamified learning?” during the ICGBL 2018 The 3rd International Conference on Game-based Learning at the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

In this talk, he used his highly successfully gamified learning platform “Reading Battle” to illustrate how gamified platforms can lead to long-term benefits for learners. Gamified learning is often criticized for merely encouraging extrinsic motivations and that it is detrimental to intrinsic motivation. Critics believe that when the extrinsic rewards are taken away, learners will no longer be motivated and “return to normal” – meaning that they will return to their “old” learning mode. However, Dr. Chu’s talk demonstrated various properly designed gamified platforms which can help students transform their extrinsic motivation into intrinsic motivation; ergo, the habit of learning can be sustained.

For a demonstration of Reading Battle, please click the thumbnail above.

Dr. Chu gave a speech on “Pursuing Dreams” in High table dinner.

At this talk, I shared with around 300 students and alumni of Swire Hall, where I serve as the warden, one of my dreams – to help millions of students in underdeveloped places to be able to learn happily and effectively through my gamified learning pedagogies.

My recent talk at Nanning, mainland China ended with a request from close to 300 teachers from around 300 schools that they want to use the simplified Chinese version of my gamified learning platform, “Reading Battle”. Reading Battle is a cross-disciplinary gamification platform that harnessed knowledge from the field of information and library science, e-Learning (digital gamified learning in particular), children’s literature, motivation psychology, and computer science.  To tackle this enormous task, I plan to set up a social enterprise to help students in these schools. Many of them belong to low-income families. This can eventually lead to an organization that can help numerous children worldwide. The project needs lots of volunteers/partners and you are invited to join me in this meaningful endeavor!

For details of my talk, see the ppt below:

TeamLab – A must see museum in Tokyo!

On June 7, My wife and I visited TeamLab, which launches “the world’s first digital art museum in Tokyo”.

We had great fun exploring the “Soft Black Hole”, where “Trying to walk, the foot sinks.” The space itself is affected and changed by the weight of people’s bodies, and the people’s bodies are affected by the changing space. People are able to interact with each other through the ever changing space.

Another exhibit that I enjoyed a lot is the “Wander through the Crystal Universe”. It’s stunningly beautiful to walk through the space. See the wonders below!

Meeting Dr Hitoshi Kamada at Kyoto Notre Dame University

On June 10, 2019, Sam met Dr. Hitoshi Kamada (a member of ASIS&T) at Kyoto Notre Dame University where Hitoshi serves as an associate professor in the Department of Japanese and Global Cultures. Hitoshi has worked as an academic librarian in the US for over 10 years and he’s been teaching academic librarianship for several years, among other course, and thus made himself an expert in academic librarianship.

Hitoshi shared that he attended ASIS&T AM in Seattle in 2014. Since then, he hasn’t been able to join due to the cost and the time it takes to attend the AM. He also expressed a desire to meet experts in information science coming from overseas.

Sam has helped organized 5 successful information science-related regional events in the past few years – two with ASIS&T (one for training up research students in 2017 and an ASIS&T AP conference held in Cambodia in Jan 2019); one with iSchools (held the annual iSchools AP meeting in Hong Kong in 2017 together with a 2-day training on data science for information professionals); and two with University of Illinois’ iSchools in offering 2 Summer/Winter Institutes on data science. With his experience in organizing conferences and related events, Sam suggested to Hitoshi that he can work with him and other Japanese ASIS&T members to organize a regional ASIS&T AP conference to be held in Japan in June 2021. He offered to start meeting about this in late August or early September this year.

Since Kyoto is a world famous tourist attraction place, Sam suggested to Hitoshi that he can consider writing a project/research proposal on tourist information seeking behaviour. With his experience in gamifying learning for kindergartners, primary and secondary school students and university students, Sam further suggested that he can help with a project/research proposal regarding tourist education.

Sam found his visit to Tokyo and Kyoto and his discussions with various ASIS&T members and other information science professionals very fruitful!

ASIS&T AP regional conference in Cambodia

The Association for Information Science and Technology (ASIS&T) Asia-Pacific Regional Conference was held in Phnom Penh, Kingdom of Cambodia on January 3-4, 2019. The theme of this conference was Effective Learning in Low-Tech Information Environments. Even with rapid developments in technological infrastructure in many parts of the word, there exists low-tech information environments around the globe. Kingdom of Cambodia has made a lot of progress in the use of information technology over the past decades. However, it still lags behind the developed countries in some areas, such as IT infrastructure. This conference seeks to facilitate the effective learning in such contexts by introducing technological strategies, pedagogical approaches/theories for effective learning, evaluation and assessment for learning and other information science practices to be implemented in low-tech environments.

Professor H. E. Kao Kim Hourn, the President of the University of Cambodia (Figure 1, the person in the middle) gave a wonderful opening speech to kick off this conference. Apart from notable government officials and scholars in Cambodia and abroad, this conference attracted participations of various influential academic scholars from around the world, including Prof. Kit Tai Hau (former Pro-Vice-Chancellor of Chinese University of Hong Kong), Prof. Steven Miller (Vice Provost from Singapore Management University), Prof. Lisa Given (former President of ASISI&T) and Prof. Javed Mostafa (professor at UNC School of Information and Library Science and UNC School of Medicine). Prof. Hau (Figure 1, the first person on the left) chaired the panel discussion “Higher Education in the 21st Century with Information and Learning Sciences”. Although Prof. Miller couldn’t join the conference in person, he offered helpful advices regarding how we could do proper marketing to attract participants from neighboring countries. Prof. Given gave a keynote speech on Social Media in Low-Tech Environments: The Australian Experience.Although still in the process of recovering from an injury, Prof. Mostafa, Editor-in-chief of JASIST (a top journal in the field of information and library science), was very keen in helping the conference by providing an insightful recorded video keynote speech. This conference was well attended by policy makers, professors, researchers, principals, teachers and students from the United States, Australia, Singapore, China, Africa, India, Laos, Myanmar and Cambodia.

Of particular note, H. E. Hang Chuon Naron (Figure 3, the person in the middle), Minister of Education, Youth and Sport of Kingdom of Cambodia together with several principals participated in the panel discussion “Effective Learning in Preschool, Primary and Secondary Education with Industrial Revolution 4.0”. In response to Fourth Industrial Revolution, Dr. Naron highlighted the importance of equipping students with soft skills and addressed the question: how education can deal with the upcoming technological unemployment. For the special event, the conference venue was fully packed with more than 200 people attending. In another panel discussion focusing on higher education, panel members shared their insights in how information science and learning sciences may help Cambodia move forward in the 21st century. It was attended by Mr. MEAS Sophorn (spokesman for Ministry of Information) and a number of senior staff in various Cambodian universities.

There were several workshops with themes on research methods, publishing articles in high quality journals, and developing students’ reading and writing skills. An unconference on literacy for academic audience was also well received by audience. Parallel sessions with 33 talks were also presented, with various topics related to the theme of the conference. Besides academic exchange, this conference also had culture and musical performance. One was the dance performance performed by students from Pleroma School for Girls (Figure 4). The other one was the traditional APSARA dancing and folklore singing performed by students from University of Cambodia (Figure 5).

Written by: Dr. Sam Chu, Chair of ASIS&T AP Cambodian Conference, Associate Professor, The University of Hong Kong.                         

 Ms. Shen Qiao, Vice Chair of ASIST&T AP Cambodian Conference, PhD student, The University of Hong Kong.

Professor Michael Seadle’s Visit

Professor Michael Seadle

Current Executive Director of the iSchools, Inc. http://ischools.org/

Past Chair of the iSchool iCaucus

Current Editor-in-chief of World Digital Libraries: An International Journal

Previous Director of the Berlin School

Previous Dean and previous Deputy Dean of the Humanities Faculty

Past editor of Library Hi Tech.


June 3, 2019

Michael was attending the 6th World Conference on Research Integrity at Sam’s university (The University of Hong Kong / HKU) and he visited Sam.

Besides sharing his multi-million dollars (in Euros) project(s) in research integrity with publisher(s), Michael shared his thoughts for both iSchool and ASIS&T. He and Sam discussed how iSchool and ASIS&T can team up to take the field of information science further. One idea is that the two can joint force in coming up with an accredition process for various information science-related programs.

Sam shared that HKU got 2 programs (“Master of Science in Library and Information Management” & “Bachelor of Science in Information Management”  accredited by CILIP in recent years. CILIP, the UK’s library and information association, “represent and champion all information professionals” (https://www.cilip.org.uk/).

Michael and Sam discussed that ASIS&T and iSchool can consider working with CILIP to offer a comprehensive international accredition process for various information science-related programs for universities from around the world. They believe that doing this can strengthen the image of ASIS&T and iSchool (and CILIP too) and hence results with a win-win situation for all participating bodies and for all information professionals too.

Japan Society of Library and Information Science

On June 8, 2019, Sam attended the Japan Society of Library and Information Science

Spring Research Meeting (http://jslis.jp/events/spring-research-meeting/) at Teikyo University, Tokyo. He met a number of information science academic and professionals including two ASIS&T members, Dr. Yukiko Sakai 酒井 由紀子 from The Tokyo Foundation for Policy Research and Professor Keiko Kurata from Keio University.

At the beginning of the meeting, Professor Mitsuhiro Oda (President, Japan Society of Library and Information Science) introduced Sam to the group. Sam then participated in a number of talks such as the information use habits of public library patrons, machine learning, and helping students to increase their reading abilities.

(left to right) Dr. Yukiko Sakai , Sam, and Professor Mitsuhiro Oda

The talks were interesting and the participants were very engaged during the Q&A periods. Sam managed to give a couple of comments that appeared well-received by the speakers and the audience, in particular, during Ms Yuka Sugimoto’s presentation “helping students to increase their reading abilities”. Ms Sugimoto gave an overview of all nine editions of the book “How to increase reading ability” by A.J. Harris, which inspired her upcoming research project that aims to improve students’ reading abilities.

Drawing from experience, Sam suggested that Ms. Sugimoto could also look into enhancing students’ reading interest, motivation and habits. Sam continued that the speaker may consider examining intervention strategies facilitated by technologies such as digital gamified learning. Since Japan is so famous in creating games, Sam suggests that the speaker can consider to examine how may various game elements help increase students’ reading interest and ability.