e-learning News from EPSU – March 2014

Mobile Learning Seminar

feature-elearning-mar14The EPSU ran a seminar on the 19th February on “Mobiles for Polling, Generating Resources and Reflecting”. The seminar was attended by 38 colleagues from different Faculties across the University. If you have an idea for a seminar or would like to see EPSU deliver a seminar on a specific topic please get in touch with Dr. Iain Doherty.

Massive Open Online Courses

As we move into March it is just six months until HKU launches four MOOCs on the edX platform (https://www.edx.org/). EPSU is working with Professors in Architecture, Medicine and Philosophy. At the same time the fourth MOOC will be delivered by the Journalism and Media Studies Centre and EPSU liaises with the centre on the MOOC development.

New Moodle Plugins Installed

The following new Moodle plugins have been installed on the central Moodle platform on February 5, 2014.

  1. Attendance block – A plugin that allows an attendance log to be kept.
  2. Scheduler – An appointment scheduler for planning face-to-face meetings between teachers and students. Teachers can set up time slots, and students can choose one of these on Moodle.
  3. OU wiki – An alternative wiki. Simple wiki designed for teaching and learning.
  4. OU blog – An alternative blog. The blog can be used as a course activity.

Teaching and Learning Showcase

To provide staff members and students with a better understanding of how teaching and learning can be supported by the use of technologies, the e-learning Pedagogical Support Unit (EPSU) and Information Technology Services (ITS) jointly organized a two-day Teaching and Learning Showcase on February 11 and 12, 2014. More than 150 colleagues and students visited the booths in both Centennial Campus and Main Campus. Click here for more details.


Nominate students who have won external awards to attend Prize Presentation Ceremony

Message from CEDARS

Dear colleagues,

Each year, the Vice-Chancellor hosts a Prize Presentation Ceremony for students winning external awards to honour and celebrate their extraordinary achievements, dedications and talents. The Ceremony will be held on 13 April (Sunday) evening in 2014.

We are inviting students who have received awards of significance in international, Pan-Asia Pacific region and local competitions during April 2013 to March 2014 to join the Ceremony. Awardees will be commended by the Vice-Chancellor and attend a High Table Dinner to celebrate their achievements with their teachers, family and friends.

If you have provided guidance to help student(s) win an external competition, please kindly invite them to register for the Prize Presentation Ceremony.

For detailed information on registration guidelines and eligibilities, please visit http://cedars.hku.hk/pc2014. Deadline for registration is 21 March 2014 (Friday).

Should you have any questions, please contact Ms Cindy Chan at cpychan@hku.hk.

Yours sincerely,

Cindy Chan (Ms)
Chief Student Advising Officer (Student Development)
Centre of Development and Resources for Students (CEDARS)