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e-learning News from EPSU – June 2013


Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs)

Many of you will have seen the University announcement concerning The University of Hong Kong joining edX. The e-learning Pedagogical Support Unit will play a central role in this initiative through working with subject matter experts to develop pedagogically sound online learning experiences. The EPSU Director presented on MOOCs in May. If you would like to know more about MOOCs you can download the presentation.

e-learning Pedagogical Support Unit Presentations

In May the EPSU presented at the CITE Symposium and hosted a panel discussion at the CITE Symposium. The panel comprised of University teachers with whom the EPSU has worked on projects. The EPSU also presented at the University’s Mobile Learning Festival.  Finally, the EPSU Director delivered a Keynote speech at the iMOOT, a 3 day online Moodle conference. On June 14th (Friday), 2013, the EPSU will be presenting a seminar entitled ‘Engaging Our Students: A Matter of Motivation and Active Learning‘. Visit the EPSU website for details of EPSU events.

Technology Enhanced Assessment and Feedback

The EPSU is working with a Common Core Working Party looking at the use of technologies to enhance the assessment and feedback process. As part of this process the EPSU will be producing a series of short videos (2-3 minutes each) on using various technologies in the assessment and feedback process. These full set of videos will be available on the EPSU YouTube Channel. Visit our channel if you would like to view current EPSU videos on customizing Moodle, Moodle Groups and quick feedback tips.

Have Your Say With Moodle

The University e-learning Enhancement Task Force (EETF) has continued to manage the process around requests to enhance Moodle so that the system meets the specific needs of Faculties. If you want to see changes to Moodle you can make a request by self-enrolling in the EETF Moodle Site. To self-enroll follow the following procedure:

  1. Go to
  2. Click on “Courses” in the navigation menu on the left hand side of the page.
  3. Scroll to the bottom of the page and type “elearning” in the search box.
  4. The search results will include “EETF e-learning Enhancement Task Force [2012]“
  5. Click on the course title.
  6. You will be asked to log in to the HKU Portal.
  7. You can then self-enroll in the course.

The Moodle Users Group

The Moodle Users Group meets most Thursdays at lunchtime for workshops on teaching practice using the Moodle LMS, including blended learning activity development. Come by and bring your laptop to discuss issues you are facing and share solutions you have found to work in your teaching. Click here for the latest workshop schedule.

e-learning seminars by the Faculty of Education and CITE

The Faculty of Education in conjunction with CITE hosts seminars by speakers on a range of e-learning topics, with a focus on innovative use of technology to support teaching and learning. Click here for the latest seminar schedule.

Student Learning Experience Questionnaire (SLEQ)

Hyper-links for accessing the HKU Student Learning Experience Questionnaire for the UG students and Taught Postgraduate Experience Questionnaire for the TPG students have been put under the relevant students’ “My e-learning” page of their HKU Portal system. Eligible students can now easily access the online SLEQ system via these links.

Panopto and Moodle Hands-on Training Courses for Staff

The newly introduced Panopto and Moodle hands-on training courses conducted by IT Services in April are now open for registration. Registration and details can be found at