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Jia Li

Associate Professor

Faculty of Education

Contact information

Charles Hall - Room 343
Downtown Oshawa
61 Charles Street
Oshawa, ON L1H 4X8


Dr. Jia Li is an Associate Professor at the Mitch and Leslie Frazer Faculty of Education, and currently also a John A. Sproul Research Fellow at UC Berkeley. She was a Canada-U.S. Fulbright Scholar at the Harvard Graduate School of Education. She received her doctoral degree from the Ontario Institute for Studies in Education, University of Toronto, and conducted her postdoctoral research at Queen’s University. Dr. Li is the director and primary investigator of the Technology Advances for Language, Literacy, and Learning (TALLL) Lab, where her research focuses on data-driven innovative instruction using new technologies for language and literacy development. This includes interventions that enhance K-12 and undergraduate students’ reading and writing skills and vocabulary knowledge in an academic context. 

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Courses taught

Master of Education

  • EDUC 5002G - Research Methods
  • EDUC 5102G - Educational Technology & Communication
  • EDUC 5105G - Technology Diffusion in Education

Research and expertise

  • Culturally responsive pedagogy and literacy instruction for Indigenous youth
  • Language and cultural awareness among diverse youth across Canada and the US
  • Language and literacy development and assessment for linguistically diverse learners
  • Mobile technologies, social networking media and instructional design
  • Quantitative studies and mixed methods
  • Technology-assisted language and literacy acquisition
  • Teaching English as a second language across curriculum and bilingual education

Li, J. & Brar, A. (2022). The use and impact of digital technologies for and on the mental health and wellbeing of Indigenous people: A systematic review of empirical studies. Computers in Human Behavior, 126(2022), 106988.
Impact factor: 9.9 | CiteScore: 17.8 (Year 2022)

Li, J., Mak, L., Hunter, B., & Cunningham, T. (2022). Structured instructional design for integrated language skill development: College students’ perspectives on collaborative reading-to-write activities using a cloud-based tool. Language Teaching Research. 
Impact factor: 4.2 (Year 2022) | 5-year impact factor: 4.8

Li, J., Brar, A., & Roihan, N. (2021). Enhancing Indigenous people’s language and literacy skills with digital technology: A systematic literature review. Computers & Education Open, 2(2021), 100035. https://10.1016/j.caeo.2021.100035
Impact factor: 3.6 (Year 2022) 

Li, J., & Mak, L. (2022). The effect of using an online collaboration tool on post-secondary students’ learning of expository writing skills. System, 105(2022), 102712.
Impact factor: 6.0 | CiteScore: 7.6 (Year 2022)

Li, J., Ji, L. Y., & Deng, Q. Z. (2021). The heterogeneous and transfer effects of a texting-based intervention on enhancing university English learners’ vocabulary knowledge. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 36(1-2), 52-80.
Impact factor: 7.0 (Year 2022) | 5-year Impact factor: 7.4 | CiteScore: 12.6

Li, J., & Cummins, J. (2019). The effect of using text messages for English language learners’ vocabulary instruction. Language Learning & Technology, 23(2), 43–64.
Impact factor: 4.695 (Year 2021) | 5-year Impact factor: 5.239

Li, J., & Deng, Q. Z. (2018). What matters to the effect of texting-based instruction on vocabulary acquisition? Learners’ behavior and perception. Computers & Education, 125, 284–307.
Impact factor: 12.0 | CiteScore: 23.8 (Year 2022)

Li, J., Cummins, J., & Deng, Q. Z. (2017). The effectiveness of texting to enhance academic vocabulary learning: English language learners' perspective. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 30(8), 816-843.
Impact factor: 7.0 (Year 2022) | 5-year Impact factor: 7.4 | CiteScore: 12.6

Kay, R. H., Benzimra, D., & Li, J. (2017). Exploring factors that influence technology-based distractions in BYOD classrooms. Journal of Educational Computing Research, 55(2), 1-22.
Impact factor: 4.8 (Year 2022) | 5-year Impact factor: 4.7

Zhang, Z, Li, J., Liu, F. F., & Zhuang, M. (2016). Hong Kong and Canadian students experiencing a new participatory culture: A teacher professional training project undergirded by the new media literacies. Teaching and Teacher Education, 59(2016) 146-158.
Impact factor: 3.9 (Year 2022) | CiteScore: 6.5

Li, J., Snow, C., Jiang, J. J., & Edwards, N. (2015). Technology use and self-perceptions of English language skills among urban adolescents. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 28(5), 1-29.
Impact factor: 7 (Year 2022) | 5-year Impact factor: 7.4 | CiteScore: 12.6

Li, J., Snow, C., & White, C. (2015b). Urban students and technology: Access, use and interest in learning literacy. Innovation in Language Learning and Teaching, 9(2), 143–162.
Impact Factor: 3.0 (Year 2022) | CiteScore: 5.8

Li, J., Gromik, N., & Edwards, N. (Eds.) (2013). ESL and digital video integration: Case studies. Alexandria, VA: TESOL Publications.

Li, J. (2010). Learning vocabulary via computer-assisted scaffolding for text processing. Computer Assisted Language Learning, 23(3), 253-275. 
Impact factor: 7.0 (Year 2022) | 5-year Impact factor: 7.4 | CiteScore: 12.6