Mr. Ooi Li Hsien (Sean)

Name of Staff: Ooi Li Hsien (Sean)
Designation: Senior Lecturer
Qualifications: M.Ed. English Language Teaching (Merit), University of Glasgow, UK; B. Ed. (Hons) TESL, 1st Class Honours, University of Malaya, Malaysia; Cambridge International Diploma in Teaching and Training (CIDTT) (Merit)

Research Interest:

Code-switching, Continuous Teacher Education, Teacher Professional Development, Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning (APEL)



Universiti Sains Malaysia (USM) Matching Grant 2021, Embracing Blended Learning in Malaysian Higher Education: Students’ Skills, Engagement and Outcomes. RM20,000. July 2021-June 2022. Co-recipient. Ongoing.

WOU Innovative Research Initiative Grant (IRI Grant) 2019, A Study of the effect of self-efficacy and learning strategies on ODL students’ academic performance and persistency rate: A comparison between APEL and regular entry students. RM27,000. July 2019 – June 2020. Co-recipient. Completed in 2020.

WOU Innovative Research Initiative Grant (IRI Grant) 2017, A Study of factors that are hindering the students’ success in ODL programmes of WOU and designing strategies to enhance students’ successes rate. RM30,000. January 2017 – February 2018. Co-recipient. Completed in 2018.

SEAMEO QITEP in Language Research Grants (SEAQIL REGRANTS) 2016, Exploring Language Trainees’ Literacy Beliefs and Perceptions Using a Values Based Approach in Online Teaching and Learning, USD$2,400. May 2016 – December 2016. Co-recipient. Completed in 2016.


Selected Publications:

Book Chapters

Phalachandra, B., Ooi, L. H., & Chew, B. L. (2021). ODL in Malaysia: Current Perspectives and Challenges. In R. Bordoloi & P. Das (Eds), Open Higher Education in the 21st Century, 171-200. NOVA Science Publishers.

Ooi, L.H., Goh, L.H., Arathai Din Eak, & Ong, C.T. (2018). Tutors’ perspectives on online facilitation of ESL courses in distance education. In R.C. Sharma (Ed), Innovative Applications of Online Pedagogy and Course Design. 154-176. IGI Global.

Journal Articles

Ooi, L.H. (2020). The dynamics of code switching as a scaffolding tool in the Malaysian English classroom. Research in Language Education [Special Issue], 7-22.

Ooi, L. H., & Arathai Din Eak. (2019). Implementation and Challenges of Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning: Admissions (APEL-A): The Assessors’ Perspective. Asian Association of Open Universities Journal, 14(1), Emerald.

Albury, N. J., & Ooi, L. H. (2017). The widening gap between Malaysia’s international tourism brand and domestic multicultural policy. Journal of Policy Research in Tourism, Leisure and Events, 9(3), 318-330.DOI: 10.1080/19407963.2017.1344245 

Ooi, L.H., Arathai Din Eak, Vighnarajah, Goh, L.H. & Ong, C.T. (2016). Qualitative findings on the dynamics of online facilitation in distance education. International Journal of Online Pedagogy and Course Design. 6(4), 1-18. DOI:10.4018/IJOPCD.2016100101


Awards and Recognitions:

  • Gold Medal – Best Paper Award – 34th Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU2021), Co-author.
  • Gold Medal – Best Practice Award – 32nd Annual Conference of the Asian Association of Open Universities (AAOU2018), Main author.
  • Plenary Speaker – 1st International English Teachers Conference 2017 (INETCon2017), Baguio City, Philippines.
  • Commendation Prize – Millennial Ideation Project Essay Competition 2016, The HEAD Foundation Singapore.
  • Best Paper Presenter – 1st GEN TEFL International Conference 2016


Professional Body Memberships:

TESOL International Association

Malaysian English Language Teaching Association (MELTA)

Penang English Language Learning and Teaching Association (PELLTA)


Official Correspondence Address:

School of Education, Humanities and Social Sciences
Wawasan Open University
54, Jalan Sultan Ahmad Shah, 10050 Penang

Email Address:

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