CLASS Awards 2018

  New Researcher Award  
New Researcher Award
Dr Ki Joon KIM
Dr Kim investigates the sociopsychological effects of human–technology interactions by examining how humans respond to various affordances (e.g., modality, agency, interactivity, or navigability) present in digital media interfaces. Specifically, he explores the processes by which these affordances influence the behavioural and psychological outcomes of technology-mediated communication. Dr Kim also develops theoretical paradigms by which human interactions with the latest pervasive technologies (such as the Internet of Things or wearable devices) are perceived as socially meaningful and persuasive.
  Teaching Innovation Award  
Teaching Innovation Award
Dr Peter Edward Rees JORDAN
The fear of being wrong, the fear of appearing stupid and the fear of failure are major obstacles to discovery. Yet in real life we often learn our greatest lessons through making mistakes. The bigger the mistake, the greater the lesson. A safe, but challenging learning environment encourages students to engage proactively with their subject, to explore, to experiment, to take chances and to discover.
Teaching Innovation Award
Dr Sean Kenji STARRS
‘Education is not the learning of facts, but the training of the mind to think.’ – Albert Einstein. With this motto in mind, Sean applies diverse tactics to create an atmosphere in which students feel comfortable challenging everything and everyone, including the professor and themselves, both inside and outside the classroom. The aim is to help students to gain life-long critical thinking skills, an instinct for freedom and democracy, and a passion for helping to make a better world, both for people and the planet.
Teaching Innovation Award (Merit)
Drawing insights from master-apprentice mentorship, situated community learning stresses hands-on lecturing and real issue-driven learning in an interactive community. This approach encourages students to build up a learning community, to reach out and seek solutions proactively and eventually to dismantle the walls between the classroom and the larger world.
  Teaching Award  
Teaching Award
Learning and discovery are continual processes of re-examination, which require innovative tactical approaches. Through the use of diverse digital technologies, customised participation, discussion of media messages and clearly planned outlines, Ms Hernandez helps her students to develop creative communication campaigns for local community projects. These projects have involved dealing with gender violence, enabling diversity in the workplace, supporting immigrants’ rights and empowering local businesses. Connecting the students’ learning experiences to larger strategic processes helps them to find innovative ways to participate in constructing their professional objectives, while gaining an understanding of the challenges their society faces.
Teaching Award
For maintaining an active learning experience in an energetic, interactive classroom, Ms Maxton-Lee identifies the most effective tools and activities for the students to understand fundamental concepts, and to express their own ideas and identities within each subject. She believes it is important to keep a dynamic and diverse programme of learning activities that is consistent with core learning objectives, and that keeps the students engaged and stimulated.
  Discovery-enriched Curriculum Award  
Undergraduate Champion (Individual)
YEUNG Hiu-lam
The general public may misunderstand elderly people, and think they are just weak and need to be helped because of their limited physical functions. For example, the elderly in day care centres may be left to just play board games or watch TV. In fact, the elderly still have the ability to learn new things and to develop their potential. The process of playing a new sport allows the elderly to demonstrate their vitality and cultivates a positive attitude in them, which enables them to enjoy a more energetic and healthy life in their old age.
Undergraduate Runner-up (Individual)
LEUNG Shuk Yan
Difficulty of stay-at-home mum from low-income family
Stay-at-home mothers from low-income families experience difficulties that can last for many years, according to statistics and personal experiences. They face financial difficulties and the burden of many household chores. Insufficient child-care provision leads many women to take care of their families rather than earn money. Social enterprise can be of benefit here. MicroForests is an innovative solution in which micro-landscapes are designed to support mothers and create social impact.
Undergraduate Champion (Group)
WONG Wing Pui Wilsy / CHAN Yin Po / SETHI Harshit / NG Wing Nam Jasmine / YUEN Ting Wei / CHAN Chin Nam Darian
Petition for McDonald’s to stop distribution of plastic bags for single-drink purchases
The aim of this project was to change McDonald’s practice of plastic bag distribution and align it with current environmental policy. Plastic bags have been a huge challenge in terms of greener living, and the government has initiated a policy to reduce their use. We identified discrepancies between McDonald’s professed environmental commitment and its actual practices. We thus initiated an online petition lobbying for change, through which the company can save both financial costs and its environmental credentials.
Undergraduate Runner-up (Group)
FUNG Pui / LI Hiu Yee / CHAN Suet Ying
Tung Wah Coffin House
As a grade one historic building, the Tung Wah Coffin Home is not open to the public and is not a commercial venture. Access is only granted by special appointment. The project team organised a guided tour and an expert was invited to discuss the history of the Home. The team also created a website to share the Coffin Home’s history and significance, and the dilemmas that have been faced. We hope to use the Coffin Home as a case study to encourage a deeper understanding of heritage development in Hong Kong.
Postgraduate Champion (Group)
YIN Chuang / DUAN Zening / SHEN Anqi
Opinion mining of Sino-India Dokham Standoff Event
The increasing contact between China and the rest of the world has led to international friction and conflicts. Third-party opinion plays a crucial role in the escalation or resolution of conflicts, but the current international opinion detection systems focus on the two sides in a conflict while neglecting the third parties involved. We developed an International Conflicted Opinion Mining and Detection System (ICOS), based on our rich experience in computational communication research. This can robustly support the task of data mining, analysing, forecasting and visualising the evolution of opinion.