Dr. LAM, C K Ricky

Dr Ricky Lam EDUC-210-Edit BA, PCEd, MEd, EdD

Associate Professor, Programme Director of Master of Education (MEd), Department of Education Studies

Academic & Professional Experience

  • Associate Professor, Department of Education Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Assistant Professor, Department of Education Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University
  • Teaching Fellow, Department of English Language Education, The Education University of Hong Kong
  • Lecturer, Community College of City University, City University of Hong Kong
  • English Language Teacher, Rosaryhill School
  • English Language Teacher, Maryknoll Secondary School

Research Interests

  • Second language writing; language assessment
  • Peer review; portfolio assessment
  • Assessment for learning

Research Projects

  1. 2015-17    Research Grants Council, General Research Fund/Early Career Scheme (GRF/ECS), Hong Kong HKD $427,260 (Hong Kong Baptist University, Principal Investigator), Implementing portfolio assessment as classroom innovation in EFL writing
  2. 2011-12     Research Grants Council, General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong HKD $441,825 (Chinese University of Hong Kong, Co-investigator), Implementing innovative feedback approaches in secondary EFL writing in Hong Kong (Principal Investigator: Professor Icy Lee)
  3. 2011-12     Research Grants Council, Knowledge Transfer Fund (KTF), Hong Kong HKD $30,000 (The Education University of Hong Kong, Primary Investigator), Developing learning potential from internal school tests
  4. 2009-11     Research Grants Council, General Research Fund (GRF), Hong Kong HKD $492,200 (The University of Hong Kong, Co-investigator), Developing formative instructional power from internal school tests (Principal Investigator: Professor David Carless)
  5. 2008-09    Departmental Research Fund (DRF), The Education University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong HKD $20,000 (Principal Investigator), Implementing formative assessment strategies in teacher education classrooms
  6. 2004-06    Quality Education Fund (QEF), Education and Manpower Bureau, Hong Kong HKD $314,000 (University of Hong Kong, Co-investigator), Making school-based assessment more effective in English language education (Principal Investigator: Professor Chris Davison)

Selected Publications

Articles published in international refereed journals and book chapters

  1. Lam, R. (in press). Teacher learning of portfolio assessment practices: Testimonies of two writing teachers. In M.F. Hill & H. Jiang (Eds.), Teacher Learning from Classroom Assessment: Perspectives from Asia Pacific (Chapter 8). New York: Springer.
  2. Lam, R. (in press). Promoting self-reflection in writing: A showcase portfolio approach. In A. Burns & J. Siegel (Eds.), International Perspectives on Teaching Skills in ELT. London: Palgrave MacMillan.
  3. Lam, R. (2017). Enacting feedback utilization from a task-specific perspective. The Curriculum Journal, 28(2), 266-282.DOI: 10.1080/09585176.2016.1187185
  4. Lam, R. (2017). Taking stock of portfolio assessment scholarship: From research to practice. Assessing Writing, 31, 84-97. (SSCI)
  5. Lam, R. (2016). Assessment as learning: Examining a cycle of teaching, learning, and assessment of writing in the portfolio-based classroom. Studies in Higher Education, 41(11), 1900-1917(SSCI) DOI:10.1080/03075079.2014.999317
  6. Lam, R. (2016). Implementing assessment for learning in a Confucian context: The case of Hong Kong 2004-14. In D. Wyse, L. Hayward & J. Pandya (Eds.), The Sage Handbook of Curriculum, Pedagogy and Assessment (Vol. 2, pp. 756-771). London: Sage.
  7. Lam, R. (2015). Convergence and divergence of process and portfolio approaches to L2 writing instruction: Issues and implications. RELC Journal, 46(3), 293-308.  DOI: 10.1177/0033688215597119
  8. Lam, R. (2015). Feedback about self-regulation: Does it remain an ‘unfinished business’ in portfolio assessment of writing? TESOL Quarterly, 49(2), 402-413. (SSCI)
  9. Lam, R. (2015). Understanding EFL students’ development of self-regulated learning in a process-oriented writing course. TESOL Journal, 6(3), 527-553.
  10. Lam, R. (2015). Language assessment training in Hong Kong: Implications for language assessment literacy. Language Testing, 32(2), 169-197. (SSCI)
  11. Lam, R. (2014). Can student-generated test materials support learning? Studies in Educational Evaluation, 43, 95-108.
  12. Lam, R. (2014). Promoting self-regulated learning through portfolio assessment: Testimony and recommendations. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education, 39(6), 699-714. (SSCI)
  13. Carless, D., & Lam, R. (2014). The examined life: perspectives of lower primary school students in Hong Kong. Education 3 – 13: International Journal of Primary, Elementary and Early Years Education, 42(3), 313-329.
  14. Carless, D., & Lam, R. (2014). Developing assessment for productive learning in Confucian-influenced settings: Potentials and challenges. In C. Wyatt-Smith, V. Klenowski & P. Colbert (Eds.), Designing Assessment for Quality Learning (pp. 167-182). Dordrecht: Springer.
  15. Lam, R. (2013). The relationship between assessment types and text revision. ELT Journal, 67(4), 446-458. (SSCI)
  16. Lam, R. (2013). Formative use of summative tests: Using test preparation to promote performance and self-regulation. The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher, 22(1), 69-78. (SSCI)
  17. Lam, R. (2013). Two portfolio systems: EFL students’perceptions of writing ability, text improvement, and feedback. Assessing Writing, 18(2), 132-153. (SSCI)
  18. Lam, R. (2011). Trying out comment-only marking (COM): A worthwhile experience. SLWIS Newsletter, TESOL, 6(2), 9-12.
  19. Lam, R. (2010). The role of self-assessment in students’writing portfolios: A classroom investigation. TESL Reporter, 43(2), 16-34.
  20. Lam, R. (2010). A peer review training workshop: Coaching students to give and evaluate peer feedback. TESL Canada Journal, 27(2), 114-127.
  21. Lam, R., & Lee, I. (2010). Balancing the dual functions of portfolio assessment. ELT Journal, 64(1), 54-64(SSCI)
  22. Lam, R. (2008). Adopting effective portfolio-based assessment: An integrative approach. Modern English Teacher, 17(1), 36-41.
  23. Lam, R. (2006). Students’ perceptions of the implementation of portfolio assessment in the language classroom. In C. Davison (Ed.), Enhancing Effective English Language Assessment in Secondary Schools: Integrating Theory and Practice. Quality Education Fund/Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong.

Invited Talks/Seminars

  1. Lam, R. (2017, April). What Research Tells Us about Writing Portfolio Assessment in Practice: Trends, Issues and Future Directions. Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics Seminar, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
  2. Lam, R. (2017, March). Issues in Writing Portfolio Assessment: An Assessment-as-Learning Perspective. Learning & Teaching @ EdUHK Festival 2017: Innovation and Excellence, Department of English Language Education, The Education University of Hong Kong.
  3. Lam, R. (2017, March). Reflection on a Teacher Educator’s Professional Journey: Up Close and Personal. Learning & Teaching @ EdUHK Festival 2017: Innovation and Excellence, Department of Linguistics and Modern Language Studies, The Education University of Hong Kong.
  4. Lam, R. (2014, June). Helping students to tackle the standardized writing assessment: A genre-based perspective, Pearson 2014 HKDSE English Language Exam Analysis, Pearson, Hong Kong.
  5. Lam, R. (2013, April). Formative use of summative tests: Using test preparation to promote performance and self-regulation, Departmental Research Seminar, Department of Education Studies, Hong Kong Baptist University, Hong Kong.
  6. Carless, D., & Lam, R. (2012, December). Learning-oriented assessment in Confucian-influenced settings: Challenges and possibilities, Symposia on Classroom-based Assessment, The Second GDUFS Forum on Applied Linguistics, Guangzhou, China.
  7. Lam, R., Court, K., & Johnson, H. (2011, March). An enterprise project: Working with international partners, Faculty of Education Development Day: Scholarship, Research and Enterprise, The University of Cumbria, Lancaster, UK.

Paper Presentation at Conferences

  1. Lam, R. (2017, June). Writing portfolio assessment: Principles, issues and recommendations. The 16th Symposium on Second Language Writing: Assessing Second Language Writing, Chulalongkorn University, Bangkok, Thailand.
  2. Lam, R. (2017, March). Pedagogy on self-reflection in writing: An illustration of showcase portfolio approach, 52nd RELC International Conference on Dimensions of Language Education: Policy, Perspectives, Practice, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization – Regional Language Centre, Singapore.
  3. Lam, R. (2016, March). Engaging students with feedback in language classrooms: We know why not how, 51st RELC International Conference on Teaching Literacies – Emerging Pathways and Possibilities in Language Education, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization – Regional Language Centre, Singapore.
  4. Lam, R. (2016, March). A mirage or an oasis? Language assessment training in Hong Kong, 51st RELC International Conference on Teaching Literacies – Emerging Pathways and Possibilities in Language Education, Southeast Asian Ministers of Education Organization – Regional Language Centre, Singapore.
  5. Lam, R. (2015, May). Assessment as learning: Examining a cycle of teaching, learning, and assessment of writing in the portfolio-based classroom, International Conference: Assessment for Learning in Higher Education 2015, The University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong.
  6. Lam, R. (2014, June). Student-generated test materials as a means to empower learning, Second Thammasat University International ELT Conference, Redesigning the Ecology of Asian Englishes: Where Theory Meets Practice, Bangkok, Thailand.
  7. Lam, R., Mak, P., & Lee, I. (2012, March). Understanding EFL students’ self-learning capacity in two portfolio classrooms, TESOL International Convention: A Declaration of Excellence, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, USA.
  8. Lam, R. (2011, June). Portfolio assessment as a process of change: Instructors’ perspectives, Symposium on Second Language Writing 2011, Writing for Scholarly Publication: Beyond “Publish or Perish”, National Taiwan Normal University, Taipei, Taiwan.
  9. Lam, R. (2009, December). Pedagogical and theoretical implications of two portfolio assessment approaches: Writing for learning or writing for evaluation? Third HAAL Research Forum, Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics, Hong Kong.
  10. Lam, R., & Lee, I. (2009, November). Balancing the dual functions of portfolio assessment: Lessons from a case study, Symposium on Second Language Writing 2009: The Future of Second Language Writing, Arizona State University, Tempe, Arizona, USA.
  11. Lam, R. (2008, December). Exploring two portfolio approaches in the EFL writing classroom, 13th International Conference on English in South East Asia (ESEA 2008): Englishes and Literatures-in-English in a Globalised World, National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University, Singapore.
  12. Lam, R. (2008, August). Designing effective portfolio assessment in the EFL context, 2008 Asia TEFL International Conference, Globalizing Asia: The Role of ELT, Sanur Paradise Plaza Hotel, Bali, Indonesia.
  13. Lam, R. (2008, June). Impact of peer review on EFL students: A case in Hong Kong, Symposium on Second Language Writing, Foreign Language Writing Instruction: Principles and Practices, Purdue University, West Lafayette, Indiana, USA.
  14. Lam, R. (2008, January). Integrating alternative assessment into a writing course: Examining teachers’ readiness, Responding to Change: Flexibility in the Delivery of Language Programmes, An International Conference, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology and Payap University, Hong Kong and Thailand.

Current and Past Leadership Roles

  1. (2015-to date) Programme Director of Master of Education (MEd), Hong Kong Baptist University
  2. (2013-2015) Programme Coordinator of Full-time Master of Education (MEd), Hong Kong Baptist University
  3. (2011-2012)  Programme Leader of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in English Studies & Bachelor of Education (Honours) in English Language Education (in collaboration with Chinese University of Hong Kong), The Education University of Hong Kong
  4. (2010-2011)  Associate Programme Leader of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Contemporary English and Education (in collaboration with Lingnan University), The Education University of Hong Kong
  5. (2009-2011) Field Experience Coordinator of Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Secondary), The Education University of Hong Kong
  6. (2009-2010)  Programme Leader of Bachelor of Arts (Honours) in Contemporary English and Education (in collaboration with Lingnan University), The Education University of Hong Kong
  7. (2008-2009) Field Experience Coordinator of Bachelor of Education (Honours) (Primary), The Education University of Hong Kong

 Consultancy/Professional/Community Services

  1. (2017) Assessor of English Language (Primary 6) for Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA): Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
  2. (2017) External Examiner of EdD Examination – Thesis Title: ‘Teacher Factors and Washback: Case Studies of IELTS Preparatory Courses in Hong Kong’, Miss Rachel FT WONG, University of Bristol
  3. (2017-to date)  Appointed Member of the Assessing Writing Editorial Board
  4. (2016-to date)  Invited reviewer of The Journal of Asia TEFL
  5. (2016-to date)  Invited reviewer of Studies in Higher Education
  6. (2016-to date)  Invited reviewer of Papers in Language Testing and Assessment (PLTA): An International Journal of the Association for Language Testing and Assessment of Australia and New Zealand
  7. (2016) Invited reviewer of book title proposal ‘Designing Quality Authentic Assessments’, Routledge
  8. (2016)  Invited reviewer of book series proposal ‘Assessment in Schools: Principles in Practice’, Routledge
  9. (2016-to date)  Invited reviewer of Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice
  10. (2016-to date)  Invited reviewer of Pedagogies: An International Journal
  11. (2016)  Examiner of PhD Examination – Thesis Title: ‘Feedback Practices in English Writing Skills at Tertiary Level in Vietnam’, Thi Ha Nguyen, Monash University
  12. (2016)  Member of the 6th Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics (HAAL) 2016 Conference Organizing Committee
  13. (2016)  Member of 2016 Hong Kong Baptist University and Sun Yat-Sen University EDUC-SYSU Exchange Programme Organizing Committee
  14. (2016-to date) Official Editorial Reviewer of the Asian EFL Journal
  15. (2016-2018)  Appointed Member of the TESOL Journal Editorial Advisory Board
  16. (2015-2018)  Appointed Member of the Sage Open Journal Editorial Review Board
  17. (2015-2018)  Appointed Member of the RELC Journal Editorial Board
  18. (2015-2018)  Executive Committee Member of Hong Kong Association for Applied Linguistics (HAAL)
  19. (2014-to date)  Executive Committee Member of Hong Kong Educational Research Association (HKERA)
  20. (2016-to date)  Invited reviewer of Open Learning: The Journal of Open and Distance Learning
  21. (2016-to date)  Invited reviewer of TESOL Journal
  22. (2016) Invited official reviewer of TESOL 2017 International Convention & English Language Expo (Seattle, Washington, USA)
  23. (2016-to date)  Invited reviewer of British Journal of Educational Technology
  24. (2016-to date)  Invited reviewer of European Journal of Engineering Education
  25. (2016-to date)  Invited reviewer of Asia Pacific Education Review
  26. (2016-to date)  Invited reviewer of Education Journal
  27. (2016-to date)  Invited reviewer of Educational Research for Policy and Practice
  28. (2015)  Invited official reviewer of TESOL 2016 International Convention & English Language Expo (Baltimore, Maryland, USA)
  29. (2015)  Invited proposal reviewer of TESOL 2015 Regional Conferences – Excellence in Language Instruction: Supporting Classroom Teaching & Learning (Singapore)
  30. (2015-to date) Invited reviewer of RELC Journal
  31. (2015-to date) Invited reviewer of TESL-EJ
  32. (2015-to date) Invited reviewer of Educational Studies
  33. (2015-to date) Invited reviewer of Language Assessment Quarterly
  34. (2015-to date) Invited reviewer of Language Testing
  35. (2015-to date) Invited reviewer of The Curriculum Journal
  36. (2015-to date) Invited reviewer of TESOL Quarterly
  37. (2014-to date) Invited reviewer of Journal of Computer Assisted Learning
  38. (2014-to date) Invited reviewer of Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education
  39. (2014-to date) Invited reviewer of Learning: Research & Practice Journal
  40. (2014-to date) Invited article editor for Sage Open Journal
  41. (2014)  Invited proposal reviewer of TESOL 2015 International Convention and English Language Expo (Toronto, Canada)
  42. (2014) Invited proposal reviewer of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference 2014 (Hong Kong, China)
  43. (2014-15) Assessor of English Language (Primary 6) for Territory-wide System Assessment (TSA): Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
  44. (2013-15) Chairperson of the Test Development Committee for Basic Competency Assessment (BCA) – Student Assessment (Key Stage Three English): Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
  45. (2013-to date) Invited reviewer of System
  46. (2013-to date) Invited reviewer of Assessing Writing
  47. (2013-to date) Invited reviewer of Studies in Educational Evaluation
  48. (2012-to date) Invited reviewer of The Asia-Pacific Education Researcher
  49. (2012) Proposal reviewer of 2013 TESOL International Convention and English Language Expo
  50. (2012) Invited reviewer of Journal of Languages and Culture
  51. (2011) Invited Speakerof Professional Development Day, “Enhancing student learning through formative assessment strategies”: Emmanuel Primary School, To Kwa Wan, Kowloon
  52. (2010-to date) Invited reviewer of Instructional Science
  53. (2010-12) Appointed English Advisor to assist in development of new English Programmes and Courses: Hong Kong School of Commerce
  54. (2009) Invited Speaker of Professional Development Workshop on Social Issues (New Senior Secondary English Curriculum): CCC Kei Chi Secondary School, Kwun Tong, Kowloon
  55. (2008) Member of Moderation Group (English – Secondary) for Basic Competency Assessment (BCA) – Student Assessment: Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
  56. (2007) Expert Panelist for the English Enhancement Scheme for CMI Schools and Additional Support for EMI Schools: Education Bureau
  57. (2005-06) Marker of Paper I, English Language (Syllabus B), Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination: Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
  58. (2004-06) Oral Examiner of Paper IV, English Language (Syllabus A & B), Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination: Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority
  59. (2001-05) Item-writer and Marker of S.1 & S.3 English Language, Hong Kong Attainment Test: Education Bureau (Research and Test Development Section)
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