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Adam Forrester

Assistant Dean (FH) / Senior Teaching Fellow (ELC)

Contact Details:
Phone Number

Room FG312
English Language Centre
The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
Hung Hom
Hong Kong

Academic Details:

Adam does not like a “say no” attitude. In the 21st century, not wanting, or not knowing how to do something is never an excuse. If you don't know how to do something, learn - we are in the age of life-long learning! Someone else will more than likely be able to do it faster and better than you, but the knowledge you have gained will enable the end result to be much better, even if in the end you get someone to do that thing for you. If you don't want to do something, be careful. While in the past people could spend a lifetime sitting behind a desk doing a minimum of work, in today's world you can be easily found out.

ALT Member

☛ Adam supports all projects which lead to better teaching and learning. This is the key question that should be asked behind any new initiative. Does it lead to improved teaching and learning? If not, what is the purpose of the initiative?

☛ To schedule an appointment, check Adam's calendar (select “week” in the top right) and then contact Adam.

☛ Adam started and is now part of the team creating the ELC Open Online Courses Also look here for other MOOCs and SPOCS.

☛ Adam is leading the ELC's VR/AR Job interviews project.

☛ Adam is leading the PolyU team on the HKCPD Hub.

☛ Adam's publications.

☛ Where are you?

Previous Introductions
☼ July 2018 Video ☼
☼ July 2015 Video ☼
☼ May 2013 Video ☼
☼ May 2012 Video ☼
☼ Jan 2012 Audio ☼
☼ Aug 2011 Audio ☼
☼ Jan 2011 Audio ☼
☼ Sep 2010 Audio ☼

Teaching Interests
★ Video: Wikis in plain English

★ Video: Wikis in university teaching and learning - Richard Buckland UNSW

★ Video: Gamification, Assessment, and the Joy of Learning - Richard Buckland UNSW

★ Audio: Encouraging creativity in the workforce - Jeff Streeter, Director of the British Council(HK)

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More about me

Useful Links (July 2018)
Make your life easier
☛ Light pdf - Free and easy to use online pdf editor
☛ Doodle - The simple way to decide on dates, places & more.
☛ Word to HTML - Instantly convert your text to HTML.
☛ Sound Effects - 16,000 BBC Sound Effects available for educational use.
☛ Free Music Archive - It's not just free music; it's good music.
Voice recording
✔ Audioboom - because sound is social, and so is learning
✔ Vocaroo - is a shiny new service for sending voice messages across the interwebs
✔ Podbean - An ultra simple podcast publishing solution
✔ Zotero - Your personal research assistant - manage, cite, and share your research sources
✔ Mendeley - Like iTunes for research papers.
✔ Onelook - Type in a word and search many dictionaries at once.
✔ Macmillan - Check out the Red Words under games!
Beautiful clouds
✔ WordClouds - beautiful word clouds
✔ polleverywhere - vote using your mobile.
✔ socrative - 3 mins to set up, 20 secs to use!
✔ Kahoot! - add a game element to your teaching!

online @
• Twitter
• youtube
• slideshare

We currently have 10 Open Online Courses on KEEP. For more details look on this page:
• ELC Open Online Courses

About me: M.A. (TESOL) & B.A. (Hons)

ORCID ID: 0000-0001-9033-7990

Conference Presentations:

Reimagining subjects for the digital world: experiences from a Hong Kong tertiary language centre by Adam Forrester on 03/12/2021 at 19th AsiaTEFL International Conference 2021, Online Show abstract Open webpage

Addressing the Challenges of Online Group Speaking Assessments by Adam Forrester on 20/05/2021 at 3rd International Conference on English Across the Curriculum , Online Show abstract

VR - possibilities for use in tertiary language centres by Adam Forrester, Chan Ching Hang Justine on 25/04/2021 at The 1st AEJ UKI SLA Research Conference, Online Show abstract Open webpage

Preparing Teachers for Digital Fluency by Adam Forrester on 08/01/2021 at The HKCPD International Conference 2021, Online Show abstract Open webpage

Moving from a pen and paper in-class writing assessment to online assessment. Challenges, possible solutions, benefits and drawbacks by Adam Forrester on 27/11/2020 at Asia TEFL 2020 International Conference, Goyang, South Korea and Online Show abstract Open webpage

MOOCs: From ‘course and a half syndrome’ to the micro-course by Adam Forrester on 29/06/2019 at The 17th Asia TEFL International Conference, , Bangkok, Thailand Show abstract Open webpage

Virtual Reality: Game changer or passing fad?". by Adam Forrester on 28/06/2019 at The 17th Asia TEFL International Conference, , Bangkok, Thailand Show abstract Open webpage

Crossing the curriculum through VR by Adam Forrester on 05/12/2018 at 2nd International Conference on English Across the Curriculum, The Hong Kong Polytechnic University, Hong Kong Show abstract Open webpage

MOOCs: the students, the institution and the platform - factors for consideration by Adam Forrester on 20/10/2016 at International Conference, MOOC's, Informal Language Learning and Mobility, The Open University, Milton Keynes, UK Show abstract Open webpage

MOOCs: excluding or including the world? by Adam Forrester on 21/04/2016 at 2nd Annual International Conference on Education 2016, Bangkok, Thailand Show abstract Open webpage

Blended learning in a News and Views Course by Adam Forrester on August 2011 at SICSS 2011, Shanghai Open webpage

Practising Discussion & Interview Skills with EFL learners using Web2.0 tools by Adam Forrester on July 2011 at elearning 2.0, Brunel University Open webpage

Web 2.0 Tools Promoting Reading Skills among University Students by Adam Forrester on May 2011 at International Educational technology Conference (IETC), Istanbul, Turkey Open webpage

Presentation by Adam Forrester on July 2010 at Cutting Edges: Creativity in language teaching and teacher training, Canterbury Christ Church University, Canterbury, UK

Using Wikis in a News and Views Course by Adam Forrester on July 2010 at >EDULEARN10, International Conference on Education and New Learning Technologies, Barcelona, Spain Open webpage


Current Projects

The genesis of an ELC Personal English Learning Assistant coupling Artificial Intelligence and Natural Language Learning Show details

Completed Projects

English@Work in Asia MOOCs Show details

Interactive Virtual Job Interviews with Self-Reflection for LMS Students Show details

An investigation into how the ELC’s VR Room is being used by students and is perceived by teachers Show details

Developing a blended learning course that widens student interest in current news topics Show details

Migration of ELC elearning provision from Moodle to Blackboard environment and associated materials development Show details

Hong Kong Continuing Professional Development Hub Show details

Investigating and experimenting with the use of online voice recording using both computers and mobile devices in a range of ELC courses Show details

ELC Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Show details

Presentation videos for English for University Studies and University English for Higher Diploma Students I Show details

Professional Interests:
Action research
Artificial Intelligence
Autonomy in the language classroom
Educational Videos
Mixed reality
Augmented reality
Materials Development
Mobile Learning - Using Smartphones in Class
Mobile Learning
Powtoon - video production
Professional development
Technology enhanced learning
Technology in language teaching
Video production
Virtual Reality
Web 2point0
Web 3point0
Machine learning