Dr Kenneth Ong received his B.A. in Education (Honours) with a specialization in English Language and Literature and M.A. in Applied Linguistics from the National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University. He then went on to receive a Ph.D. in Education from The University of Auckland, New Zealand. He joined the Language and Communication Centre in the School of Humanities and Social Sciences in February 2008.
Dr Ong’s research interests are in codeswitching and computer-mediated communication. In the latter, he has explored how the interwovenness of speech and writing in quasi-synchronous chats engenders pragmatically rich marks or dots. He has also investigated floor management and argumentation in online chats and their implications for e-learning and assessment. He had led an NTU EdeX grant funded project as principal investigator which explores the use of a video and text-based chat smartphone app designed for collaborative language learning. Currently, I am awarded a CRADLE research grant for a research project which I lead as principal investigator on developing a peer-to-peer smartphone app for knowledge management and sharing. I am also a co-principal investigator of a NTU-EdeX grant funded research project which tests Singaporean undergraduates’ threshold tolerance for a variety of non-target variations in English syntax by measuring moving-window self-paced reading times and other tests at the LEAP lab.
Research Interest in the Neuroscience of Learning and Education
I am interested in the interplay between constructivist-based instructional design and e-learning. Instructional design underlies and optimizes technical affordances to be synthesized and concatenated for knowledge management and sharing.