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Prof. ZOU Di
Associate Professor, Department of English
Associate Professor, Centre for English and Additional Languages
Head, Centre for English and Additional Languages
Lingnan University, Hong Kong

Email: dizou@ln.edu.hk
Office: LBY222, B. Y. Lam Building
Lingnan University, Tuen Mun, Hong Kong
Office Phone: +852-26168112

Biography

Prof. Zou Di is an Associate Professor and the Head of the Centre for English and Additional Languages at Lingnan University, Hong Kong. She gained her PhD in English from City University of Hong Kong and a TESOL certificate from Trinity College London. Her research interests include education technology, language education, computer-assisted language learning, game-based language learning, and artificial intelligence in language education. She has published a total of 186 research publications, including 118 journal papers, 3 edited books, 18 book chapters, 45 conference proceedings and 2 patents. Among the 118 journal papers, 81 are SCI/SSCI indexed, appearing in prestigious journals like Computers & Education, British Journal of Educational Technology, Computer Assisted Language Learning, Language Learning & Technology and Systems. Her Google Scholar citation count is 5578 (as of April 2024) with an h-index of 37 and an i10-index of 75. She has been listed among the World's Top 2% Scientists by Stanford University in 2021, 2022, and 2023. Her papers in Computers & Education and Computer Assisted Language Learning are among the Most Cited Articles. She has received the Excellent Paper Award from the International Conference on Blended Learning. Her projects in teaching development and language enhancement have earned the Golden Medal and Special Awards from the International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada (iCAN), the Silver Medal from the International Innovation and Invention Competition(IIIC) in Taiwan, and more. She serves as an Associate Editor for Computer & Education, Australasian Journal of Education Technology from 2021 to 2022, and Computers & Education: X Reality, and is an editorial board member of Education Technology & Society and the International Journal of Mobile Learning and Organisation.

Research Interests

  • Educational technology

  • English language education

  • Computer-assisted language learning

  • Game-based language learning

  • Artificial Intelligence in language education

Editorship

Awards

  • 2023 - World’s Top 2% Most-cited Scientist in Education, Stanford University

  • 2023 - Best Student Paper Award, International Conference on Open and Innovative Education

  • 2023 - Faculty Teaching Award, Faculty of Humanities, The Education University of Hong Kong

  • 2022 - World’s Top 2% Most-cited Scientist in Education, Stanford University

  • 2022 - Gold Medal, Jury’s Choice Award, & Special Award, Facilitating emotion classification based on non-intrusive learner data via deep neural networks, International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada

  • 2022 - Gold Medal & Special Award, Personalized vocabulary learning system based on artificial intelligence techniques, International Invention Innovation Competition in Canada

  • 2022 - Best Paper Presentation Award, AI-driven automated language assessment of picture writing tasks, The 1st International Conference on Future Language Learning

  • 2022 - Most-cited Articles published within the last 3 years as calculated by Computer Assisted Language Learning, Taylor & Francis

  • 2022 - Top-200 of CALL reviewers, Computer Assisted Language Learning, Taylor and Francis

  • 2021 - Top-100 of CALL reviewers, Computer Assisted Language Learning, Taylor and Francis

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Journal Articles

  • [J118] Zhang, R., Zou Di*, & Cheng, G. (2024), Self-regulated digital game-based vocabulary learning: Motivation, application of self-regulated learning strategies, EFL vocabulary knowledge development, and their interplay, Computer Assisted Language Learning. [SSCI, IF=7.000, 5 year IF=7.400, Corresponding Author, Status: Accepted].

  • [J117] Su, F. & Zou Di* (2024), A systematic review of game-based assessment in education in the past decade, Knowledge Management & E-Learning: An International Journal (KM&EL). [SSCI, IF=2.400, Status: Accepted].

  • [J116] Luo, S. & Zou Di* (2024), English teachers' professional identity incorporated with psycho-emotional factor in the context of flipped teaching: Scale development and model extension, International Journal of Applied Linguistics. [SSCI, IF=1.600. Corresponding Author, Status: Accepted].

  • [J115] Su, F. & Zou Di* (2024), Group concept mapping strategies for collaborative continuation tasks, International Journal of Applied Linguistics. [SSCI, IF=1.600, Corresponding Author].

  • [J114] Kohnke, L., Zou Di, & Moorhouse, B. (2024), Technostress and English language teaching in the age of generative AI, Journal of Educational Technology & Society. [SSCI, IF=4.020, 5 year IF=4.865].

  • [J113] Ding, L. & Zou Di* (2024), Automated writing evaluation systems: a systematic review of Grammarly, Pigai, and Criterion with a perspective on future directions in the age of generative artificial intelligence, Education and Information Technologies. DOI: 10.1007/s10639-023-12402-3, [SSCI, IF=5.500, 5 year IF=5.300, Corresponding Author].

  • [J112] Zou Di*, Jong, M., Huang, X., Cheng, G., Hwang, G. J. & Jiang, Y. M. (2023), A systematic review of SVVR in language education in terms of the ADDIE model, Interactive Learning Environments. [SSCI, IF=4.965, 5 year IF=4.491, Corresponding Author].

  • [J111] Cheng, G., Zou Di, Xie, H., & Wang, F. L. (2023), Exploring differences in self-regulated learning strategy use between high-and low-performing students in introductory programming: An analysis of eye-tracking and retrospective think-aloud data from program comprehension, Computers & Education. 104948, [SSCI, IF=12.000].

  • [J110] Zhang, R., Zou Di* & Cheng, G. (2023), Learner engagement in digital game-based vocabulary learning and its effects on EFL vocabulary development, System. [SSCI, IF=6.000, The Corresponding Author].

  • [J109] Su, F., Zou Di*, & Wang, L. (2021), Learning by doing in a professional learning community: TPACK development of Hong Kong university teaching staff, Asia Pacific Education Review. [SSCI, IF=2.300, 5 year IF=2.400, Corresponding Author].

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Edited Books

  • [B3] Lee, Ju., Zou Di, & Gu, M. (Eds) (2023), Technology and English Language Teaching in a Changing World, Springer. .

  • [B2] Cheng, K. S., Xie, H., & Zou Di (Eds) (2020), Proceedings of International Conference on Education and Artificial Intelligence 2020 (ICEAI 2020), Hong Kong: The Education University of Hong Kong. .

  • [B1] Gong, Z., Chiu, D., & Zou Di (Eds) (2016), Current Developments in Web-Based Learning, Springer. .

Book Chapters

  • [Ch18] Chen, X., Li, Z., Zou Di, Wang, F. L., Xie, H., & Cheung, S. K. (2024), Leveraging deep learning for classifying learner-generated course evaluation texts, In Blended Learning: Engaging Students in the New Normal Era. [Status: Accepted].

  • [Ch17] Zou Di, Lee, J., & Zhang, R. (2024), Digital RPG-Based Vocabulary Learning, In Lee, J., Zou, D., & Gu,M. (Eds) Technology and English Language Teaching in a Changing World. Springer.

  • [Ch16] Liang, Y., Xie, H., Zou Di, & Wang, F. L. (2023), Investigating Student Profiles Related to Academic Learning Achievement, In International Conference on Web-Based Learning (pp. 39-48). Singapore: Springer Nature Singapore.

  • [Ch15] Chen, X., Zou Di*, Xie, H., & Cheng, G. (2022), Socialization in language learning: Topic modeling and bibliometric analysis, In J. Colpaert, & G. Stockwell (Eds.), Smart CALL: Personalization, contextualization, & socialization, (pp. 151-183). London: Castledown Publishers.

  • [Ch14] Zou Di, Wang, F. L., Kwan, R., & Xie, H. R. (2018), Game-Based Vocabulary Learning in China and Hong Kong: Students's Evaluation of Different Word Learning APPs, In S.K.S. Cheung, J. Lam, K.C. Li, O. Au, W.W.K. Ma, & W.S. Ho (Eds.) Technology in Education, Innovative Solutions and Practices (pp. 3-15). Springer.

  • [Ch13] Zou Di, Wang, F. L., Xie, H. R., & Kohnke, L. (2018), Investigating the Effectiveness of Vocabulary Learning Tasks from the Perspective of the Technique Feature Analysis: The Effects of Pictorial Annotations, In S.K.S. Cheung, J. Lam, K.C. Li, O. Au, W.W.K. Ma, & W.S. Ho (Eds.) Technology in Education, Innovative Solutions and Practices (pp. 44-55). Springer.

  • [Ch12] Zou Di, Xie, H. R., & Wang, F. L. (2018), Personalized word learning for ESL students via integration of implicit and explicit profiles, In K.S. Cheung, L. Kwok, K. Kubota, L.K. Lee, & J, Tokito (Eds.) Blended Learning: Enhancing Learning Success (pp. 301-310). Springer.

  • [Ch11] Xie, H. R., Zou Di, Wang, F. L. & Wong, T. L. (2017), A review of recent development of the involvement load hypothesis, In S.K.S. Cheung, L. Kwok, W.W.K. Ma, L.K. Lee, & H. Yang, (Eds.) New Challenges and Innovative Practices (pp. 447-452). Springer.

  • [Ch10] Zou Di, Xie, H. R., Wong, T. L., Wang, F. L., Kwan, R., & Chan, W. H. (2017), An explicit learner profiling model for personalized word learning recommendation, User Modeling and Language Learning (pp. 495-499). Springer.

  • [Ch9] Zou Di, Wang, F. L., Xie, H. R., & Wong, T. L. (2016), English education for the elderly in Hong Kong, In T. Hao, W. Chen, H. Xie, W. Nadee, & R. Lau (Eds.) Emerging Technologies for Education (pp. 306-310). Springer.

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Conference Proceedings

  • [C45] Chen, X., Zou Di*, Xie, H., & Wang, F. L. (2024 July), A Systematic Review of Generative Artificial Intelligence in Language Education, In 2024 International Symposium on Educational Technology (ISET). Macao SAR.

  • [C44] Kuo, R., Iriarte, M. F., Zou Di, & Chang, M. (2023), Preliminary Performance Assessment on Ask4Summary’s Reading Methods for Summary Generation, In International Conference on Intelligent Tutoring Systems (pp. 630-637). Cham: Springer Nature Switzerland.

  • [C43] Su, F., & Zou Di* (2022), Applying Shimo-supported concept maps, mind maps, and argument maps to assist students’ argumentative writing, In 2022 9th International Conference on Behavioural and Social Computing (BESC) (pp. 1-5). IEEE.

  • [C42] Chen, X., Zhang, R., Zou Di*, Cheng, G., Xie, H., & Wang, F. L. (2022), Online learning research in the era of COVID-19: Bibliometric analysis and topic modeling, In 2022 9th International Conference on Behavioural and Social Computing (BESC) (pp. 1-8). IEEE.

  • [C41] Zou Di*, Xie, H., & Wang, F. L. (2022), Effects of Scaffolded Peer Assessment on Students’ Holistic Critical Thinking in Academic Writing, In International Conference on Blended Learning (pp. 147-156). Springer, Cham.

  • [C40] Chen, X., Zou Di*, Cheng, G., & Xie, H. (2022), Understanding Classroom Interaction Using Epistemic and Social Network Analysis, In International Conference on Blended Learning (pp. 157-167). Springer, Cham.

  • [C39] Zhang, R., Cheng, G., & Zou Di* (2022), Digital game-based learning: Effects on primary school students’ perceptions of failures, In The 26th Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education (GCCCE 2022) Transitioning to the New Normal of e-Learning. (Virtual).

  • [C38] Su, F., & Zou Di (2021), The development of reading skills in concept mapped pre-reading activities via Xiaohuazhuo: Does the group size matter?, In Doctoral student forum proceedings of the 25th Global Chinese Conference on Computers in Education (GCCCE 2021) (pp. 1-6). Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology, The Education University of Hong Kong.

  • [C37] Chen, X., Zou Di, Xie, H., & Cheng, G. (2021), Systematic Evaluation of Research Progress on Technology-Enhanced Language Learning: Content Analysis and Knowledge Mapping, In International Symposium on Emerging Technologies for Education (pp. 334-343). Springer, Cham.

  • [C36] Wang, Z., & Zou Di (2021), Synchronous Computer Mediated Communication in English Language Classes During the Pandemic: A Case Study of Wuhan, In International Symposium on Emerging Technologies for Education (pp. 325-333). Springer, Cham.

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Paper Presentations at Conferences

  • [Pc8] Wang, H. & Zou Di (2017, June), Planning lexical instructions for diploma of secondary education examinations, Paper presented at Conference on Digital Humanities 2017: Digitization of the Humanities and New Ways of Teaching, Hong Kong. .

  • [Pc7] Zou Di (2016, June), Use of digital tools in an EAP course: What do students say?, Paper presented at 2016 HAAL Conference, Hong Kong. .

  • [Pc6] Zou Di & Troshina, K. (2016, April), L1 use in L2 writing: Perceptions of teachers and students, Paper presented at 2016 TESOL International Convention & English Language Expo. Baltimore, Maryland, USA.

  • [Pc5] Zou Di & Wang, H. (2015, December), Achieving syntactic complexity through punctuation: A corpus study of English writing by American authors and Chinese students, Paper presented at the International Conference on Corpus Linguistics and Technology Advancement, Hong Kong. .

  • [Pc4] Troshina, K. & Zou Di (2015, May), Do culture and learner identity matter? The effect of continuous student feedback practices on adult learner engagement in the ESL classroom in Hong Kong, Paper presented at the Independent Learning Centre Symposium – Independent learning: Current trends and future directions, Hong Kong. .

  • [Pc3] Zou Di (2015, May), To use or not to use: The influence of first language on the second language composing process, Paper presented at the Writing Roundtable – Eyes on writing: Discovering creativity across the curriculum, Hong Kong. .

  • [Pc2] Zou Di (2013, December), Re-investigating the evaluation component in the involvement load hypothesis through various methods, Paper presented at the East Lake International Forum for Outstanding Overseas Young Scholar, Huazhong University of Science and Technology, Wuhan, China. .

  • [Pc1] Zou Di (2011, November), Examining the involvement load hypothesis via realizing 「search」 through different approaches, Paper presented at the 3rd International Conference on Language, Education and Diversity, University of Auckland, New Zealand. .

Patents

  • [P2] Chao Wu, Di Zou, Haoran Xie, Man Leung Wong, A Personalized Word Learning System Based on Deep Neural Network, Hong Kong Short-term Patent No. 30079801. 2023.

  • [P1] Jacky Ngai, Di Zou, Haoran Xie, Kee-Lee Chou, Caixia Liu, Automatic Emotion Recognition Method, System, Computing Device, and Computer Readable Storage Medium, 22020017065.6, PCT/CN2020/118887, Hong Kong Patent (Filed) and PCT Patent based on China Patent. 2020.

Contacts

Prof. ZOU Di
Department of English Language Education
Lingnan University, Hong Kong
8 Castle Peak Road, Tuen Mun
N.T., Hong Kong SAR