3rd. XJTLU Student Competition for Research-led Learning

    Registration period :2020.02.10 ~ 2020.03.31
    Activity period:2020.02.17 ~ 2020.05.13
    Host:Institute of Leadership and Education Advanced Development

Regional Selection


Knowledge is updated at an unprecedented rate in the era of knowledge economy which requires students to own a strong learning capability and keep curiosity. Also, the current situation challenges traditional advanced education whose purpose is disseminating knowledge. For example, students need to not only learn knowledge, but also master how to learn. In order to stimulate students' interest in learning and enhance their ability of critical thinking, active learning and problem solving, Xi’an Jiaotong-Liverpool University (XJTLU) proposes the concept of  "Research-led Learning". Thus, the original intention of this competition is to explore and promote typical cases of research-led learning among students in XJTLU.



  • To collect typical cases of research-led learning among students in XJTLU.

  • To promote research-led learning among students to improve the efficiency and effectiveness of their study.

  • To affect the learning effectiveness for a wider range of students through  presenting XJTLU’s practice on research-led learning both in higher  education and the society.



The topic of this competition is research-led learning which requires students to state one of their past research-led learning experiences in class with relevant supporting materials.

Research-led Learning refers  to an active learning process that starts with a specific problem or  phenomenon, students take their initiative to search, consolidate and  analyze relative knowledge and data information, eventually, to propose  the possible explanation or solution to that problem or phenomenon.

For tutors,  there are four key links in research-led learning: Firstly, describe  the meaning and value of the module to students; Secondly, summarize the  framework, methodology, basic philosophy and key skills vividly started  by a problem or phenomenon; Thirdly, organize relevant learning  activities to stimulate students’ interest in exploring the problem or  phenomenon; Fourthly, provide proper guidance  and help for students during the process, to promote their capabilities  of learning and researching such as knowledge acquisition and  application as well as other comprehensive ability.

For students,  there are five key steps in research-led learning: Firstly, determinate  the meaning and value of learning the module; Secondly, explore  solutions of problems or interpretation of a phenomenon from actual  problems and phenomena; Secondly, search and integrate relevant  resources widely; Fourthly, develop solutions or theoretical explanation  through deep research or group cooperation; Fifthly, review the  learning process to summarize gains on knowledge, capability and  quality.



XJTLU undergraduate students and applicants are strongly encouraged to invite his or her teacher to participate in this competition as well.



 All XJTLU undergraduate students are sincerely invited to join the competition on their personal behalf or as a group. http://ilead.xjtlu.edu.cn/ResearchContest/Detail?ID=110  (Please log in with your XJTLU student account.)Material submit: Applicants should submit any course work that can reflect your research-led learning experience (displayable format is preferred for the exhibition), such as

  • Course work from your previous modules

  • Final assignment from online course “Developing Global Citizenship”



Evaluation and Panel

The audition of this competition is course work exhibition. After submitting the course work, the organizer will print out the materials and display from April 15th 2020 to May 6th 2020. The audition’s score includes panel judges and online voting. The top 10 will enter the final competition. The judges, who are teachers from various departments and related institutions, will grade the application materials from five dimensions: the value of the module, the degree of applying knowledge in a practical way, research skills and techniques such as data and information consolidation and analysis, teamwork and collaboration, and problem solving skills. In final competition, applicant is required to do a presentation which demonstration their submitted material, and the result will be determined by the on-site judges. The final result will be determined by the combination of the panel judge score and the presentation performance from high to low. 


First prize

1 group

An iPad or 100% off IETE Program tuition fee

Second prize

3 groups

A Kindle Paperwhite or 50% off IETE Program tuition fee 

Third prize 

6 groups

A Fitbit Inspire 

Potential winner award

10 groups

A Starbucks gift card 


Additional to above award, the applicants with great performance are also eligible for following opportunities:

1.     Member of the ILEAD student lecturer group, have chance to share your research-led learning experience with teachers come from other universities.

2.     Candidate for the “student story” on XJTLU official website, a way of telling your own story to the world.

Contest Judges

Contest Process

Works Exhibition 更多

Epidemic-Resilient Community Planning&Design

Presently impacted by the Novel Coronavirus Pneumonia with certain infectivity, majority of the neighborhoods nationwide are under closed-off management and many services are temporarily closed which results in numerous inconveniences for residents such as difficulty of material purchasing and restricted activities. Also, there had been cases of non-contact infection due to the unventilated building design and neighborhood planning in SARS period. It seems that some of the current neighborhoods and communities lack of ability to prevent, adapt and respond flexibly to the emergent epidemic. Therefore, with the goal of sustainable development, the concept of resilient community is introduced. We would like to build a resilient community which could at some level efficiently prevent the epidemic infection and respond quickly and flexibly to the emergency after breaking out. We will collect information in groups from three aspects: architectural design, community planning and community operation. In addition, we will conduct a questionnaire survey to investigate the current community situation under the epidemic situation, how much citizens know about the resilient community and what are their urgent needs.

The scarcity of fitting platforms and the users’ lack of digital skills, especially for middle school digital education, under the emergency of epidemic like COVID-19.

Leader: Liuyuan Jiang; Team members: Min Wu, Pinzhou Xie, Hao Ao, Zhenhe Gao; Advisor: Kevin Ottley. Our research aimed to explore the problems that students faced when studying online. We found that students were not prepared for online education. Most respondents felt uncomfortable because of the lack of the sense of interaction and looking at the screen for long time, and were distracted easily in class due to no supervision. Besides, unsatisfactory platforms also caused several problems, such as no video playback and broken systems. In addition, two interesting points were found. One was that this epidemic did not enable students who had not studied online to accept online education. Another one was that there were no significant differences between online education and offline education for most participants as to the learning effectiveness. We suggest that platforms suppliers should polish their software and teachers and students should overcome the problems above by trying to adopt our solutions.

Prefactors and Improvement Practices of Uncertain Information Processing by Chinese Population--With the Epidemic Situation in Wuhan in 2020

During the Wuhan epidemic, there are several uncertain information spreading, for example, Experts announced the shuanghuanglian oral liquid could suppress the virus of NCP on 31 January. However, people misunderstood the information as prevent the virus, which led people to rush for the shuanghuanglian oral liquid. It may cause discredit in experts, epidemic diffusion and rising prices. Those information have an impact on people's mental health, epidemic control and country's development. Our group decides to research citizen's attitudes and behaviour towards uncertain information and find out a plan to solve this social issue. Our vision of change is to increase people's discriminability of uncertain information by adjusting people's motivation, psychological and behavioral factors for spreading uncertain information, so as to reduce the spread of false news and thereby reduce the negative social impact caused by false news. This report will set out to discuss the vision of change by questionnaires.

The innovative reform of catering system in China

Recently, a kind of novel coronavirus called 2019-nCov broke out, causing great panic all over the world. After investigating its way of transmission and prevention, researchers found novel coronavirus is mainly spread by droplets. As 2019-nCov features high infectivity, many people have begun to realize the importance of food hygiene. Therefore, we started with catering culture and hoped to help people reduce the possibility of infection through the promotion and implementation of separate meal system. In the research process, we found that the historical origin inherited from ancient times as well as the long-standing eating habits of big table rice have become the resistance to promote the separate meal system. Therefore, we analyzed the reasons for the failure of the separate meal system before, and made clear the significance of promoting the separate meal system and its role in the current situation. From the perspective of enterprises, restaurants, students, star publicity, technology and traditional promotion, combined with the status quo, put forward the solution of separate meals.

In What Ways Can Corporations and Individuals Solve the Problem of Integration and Distribution of Social Resources in Wuhan Epidemic?

This academic report investigates and researches corporations and Individuals how to solve the problem of integration and distribution of social sesources in Wuhan epidemic. It support Chinese and even worldwide corporations and individuals improve their capabilities of emergency responses and better play their social roles in crisis.

The request for digital literacy

With the breakout of COVID-19 comes a sea of information and calls the public to differentiate these overwhelming information and keep objective and unbiased. This event sets us thinking about the request for digital literacy, name the ability to obtain, understand and utilize the online information properly. So we carried out the research to: firstly, to explore to which extent digitalization has changed the situation by comparing SARS in 2003 and COVID-19 in 2019. Secondly, to examine the significance of digital literacy in this information era. Thirdly, to examine the public’s digital literacy level. Finally, to seek for solutions which help improve digital literacy.

How will people change their diet lifestyle after COVID-19

2019-nCoV is a huge strike in China, one of the the main causes is unreasonable diet life style. For consideration of our nation and sustainable development, we decided to study on whether people would change their diet lifestyle about wildlife or not and how will they change. Based on the data collected through questionnaire, this research study aims to help develop sustainable diet lifestyle which satisfies the UN sustainable development goals, and it provides related suggestions to achieve the purpose of living in harmony with nature.

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