University of Calgary

Man-Wai Chu

  • Associate Professor

Currently Teaching

Not currently teaching any courses.


Man-Wai Chu taught high school science and mathematics with the Calgary Catholic School District for several years before continuing with her studies in graduate school. She attended the University of Alberta for all her post-secondary degrees. Her bachelor degrees are in science and education, while her graduate degrees focused on secondary science curriculum and educational assessment. Man-Wai joined the Werklund School of Education in 2015 and is currently an Associate Professor in the Learning Sciences program. She teaches both graduate and undergraduate classes in research methods and learning theories.

Research & Scholarly Activity

Man-Wai Chu’s research focuses on using innovative assessments, such as interactive digital environments, to measure students’ performance-based skills in the classroom and on standardized tests. An extension of her research with these assessments has led her to studying students’ development of mental models and their associations with socio-emotional variables that enhance assessment performance. Man-Wai approaches her research using a variety of quantitative methods such as such as repeated measures design, Hierarchical Linear Modeling, and Structural Equation Modeling.


Doctor of Philosophy (Measurement, Evaluation, and Cognition)
University of Alberta

Master of Education (Secondary Science Education and Teaching)
University of Alberta

Bachelor of Education (Secondary Education and Teaching; Science [major] and Mathematics [minor])
University of Alberta

Bachelor of Science (Mathematics [major] and Physical Sciences [minor])
University of Alberta

Professional & Community Affiliations

Man-Wai Chu is the President Elect for the Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association (CERA), which is a constituent of the Canadian Society for the Study of Education (CSSE). She is also a member of the American Educational Research Association (AERA), National Council on Measurement in Education (NCME), and CSSE. Man-Wai is also on the review boards of Alberta Journal of Educational Research and Research in Science Education.


Canadian Educational Researchers’ Association; President Elect;


Chu, M-W., & Fowler, T. A. (2020). Gamification of formative feedback in classrooms. International Journal of Game-Based Learning, 10(1). doi: 10.4018/IJGBL.2020010101

Chu, M-W., Craig, H., Yeworiew, L. B., & Xu, Y. (2020). Teachers’ unpreparedness to accommodate student needs. Canadian Journal of School Psychology, 35(5), 210-224.

Chu, M-W., Brown, B., & Friesen, S. (2020). Psychometric properties of the design-based professional learning for teachers survey. Professional Development in Education.

Chu, M-W., & Leighton, J. P. (2019). Enhancing digital simulated laboratory assessments: A test of pre-laboratory activities with the learning error and formative feedback model. Journal of Science Education and Technology, (28)3, 251-264. doi: 10.1007/s10956-018-9763-z

Chu, M-W., & Fung, K. (2018). Relationships between the ways students are assessed in science classrooms and science achievement across Canada. Research in Science Education, 50(2), 791-812.

Chu, M-W., Babenko, O., Cui, Y., & Leighton, J. P. (2014). Using HLM to explore the effects of perceptions of learning environments and assessments on students. International Journal of Testing, 14(2), 95-121. Doi: 10.1080/15305058.2013.841702

Chu, M-W., Guo, Q., Leighton, J. P. (2013). Students’ interpersonal trust and attitudes towards standardized tests: Exploring affective variables related to student assessment. Assessment in Education: Principles, Policy & Practice, 21(2), 167-192. Doi: 10.1080/0969594X.2013.844094


  • University of Calgary Teaching Award for Full-time Academic Staff – Assistant Professor (June 2020;
  • Werklund School of Education Teaching Excellence Award (June 2019)
  • Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) in Education Conference Best Paper Award for Use of Learning Errors and Formative Feedback (LEAFF) Model to Improve Scientific Inquiry Skills (October 2016, Beijing, China)

Current Projects

  1. Measuring Cross-Curricular Competencies using Digitally Simulated Science Laboratories (Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council) - $74,675
  2. Preservice Teachers’ Conceptualizations of Disability and Inclusion ( University of Calgary Taylor Institute Teaching and Learning Grants) - $31, 061
  3. Mutualistic Course Delivery Formats: Evaluation of Resources Designed for Online and Face-to-Face Courses (Werklund School of Education, Office of Teaching and Learning) - $6, 500
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