Learning and Assessment for Digital Citizenship

Photo of Professor Nancy LAW with some members of the project team and the project advisory committee at the International Education Expo at Zhuhai, November 2019.
2019 年 11 月,在珠海國際教育博覽會上,羅陸慧英教授與研究團隊及項目咨詢委員會部分成員合影。
  • Project Details:
Project Code:T44-707/16-N
Project Title:Learning and Assessment for Digital Citizenship
Project Coordinator:Professor Nancy Wai-ying LAW
Coordinating Institution:The University of Hong Kong
Participating Institution(s):The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology
  • Abstract
This project is an interdisciplinar y research project to study the impact of digital media on the everyday life of children and youth, and on their development a s citizens in an increa singly technology-intensive and globally-connected world. The longitudinal study conducted in the first half of respectively 2019 and 2021 found:

• A serious digital literacy (DL) divide within and across schools that greatly increased over time.
• Students’ collaborative problem-solving (CPS) skills suffered during the pandemic.
• Students’ socioeconomic status (SES) influences their DL, but only at the school level, meaning that students in schools with above average SES are advantaged, but individual students’ SES does not affect their DL achievement in comparison with other students from the same school.
• Digital literacy is a protective factor for students’ wellbeing, namely Internet & game addiction, proneness to cyberbullying experience, online safety and data privacy issues.
• Students’ DL achievement are positively predicted by their digital leisure activities at home and their engagement in exploratory schoolwork (e.g. search for information), but not by teacherdirected learning tasks.
• A good parent-child relationship is the single most important factor for a child’s wellbeing.
• Schools with high levels of online learning preparedness share similar leadership characteristics in developing a culture of trust, collaboration, and openness to innovation.
• Schools’ participation in joint-school student-centered learning innovation projects is beneficial to their online learning preparedness.
  • Research Impact
• On policy (government and school levels) and the community: the need to take account of the findings to create appropriate conditions and support to foster students’ digital literacy and digital wellbeing. Evidence: the spinoff project on “eCitizen Education 360 – an action focused post-COVID-19 study for equitable quality education” for all was successfully launch in June 2020, made possible with wide community support. School-based reports helped schools to reflect and make further strategic plans for a better New Normal in education.
• The tools and instrument s developed through the projec t will have significant impact on educational policy and practice. Schools, youth organizations and charitable organizations are currently exploring collaboration with the research team to use the instruments and the team’s research expertise to support their strategic development projects.
• Further impact is expected in the areas of parent education, social policy, as well as the e-learning industry.