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CITE Seminar: How lecturers may leverage on social media to enhance students’ group project work and internship

About the Seminar
-social-network-background-with-media-iconsThrough the support of a TDG grant, the speakers experimented with social media tools to enhance students’ experiential and capstone learning. This seminar aims to present factors that support successful adoption of social media tools to optimize students’ learning (e.g., in final year projects, group projects, and internships). A wiki, Google sites, has been used to support group projects. Customized group workspaces have been set up after thorough consultation with lecturers and tailored to the assignment specification. Customized training materials have been developed for each deployment, and were made available to students and lecturers. Hands-on training workshops have been delivered to students before deployment. Students were asked to use the workspaces throughout the duration of the group project as a collaborative project management tool. For internships, students were given instruction on how to engage in the Facebook system during their internship. They were asked to write their self-reflections on their internship experience and post them to the online platform every one to two days. In addition, they were also asked to respond to their peers’ reflections at least one to two times weekly for mutual support and collaboration. Social media can facilitate collaboration, and enhance transparency in students’ learning progress and their individual contribution in group projects.

Date: 26 April 2013 (Friday)
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Venue: Room 101, 1/F., Runme Shaw Building, The University of Hong Kong
Dr Sam Chu, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong
Dr Katherine Chen, Assistant Professor, School of English, The University of Hong Kong

About the Speakers
Dr. Samuel Kai Wah Chu is an Associate Professor (Division of Information & Technology Studies) and the Deputy Director (Centre for Information Technology in Education) in the Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong. He is also the Program Director for MSc [Library & Information Management].

Dr. Katherine Chen is an assistant professor at the School of English, the University of Hong Kong. She is a sociolinguist and linguistic anthropologist specializing in language ideologies and identities, multilingualism, transnationalism, language and gender, ethnography and video sociolinguistics. For more details about the seminar and online registration, please visit

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