JMSC to launch online news literacy course for a global audience


A new online course to be launched by the JMSC this spring will aim to teach the public how to critically evaluate news and news sources, to better understand and respond to issues and events that affect their everyday lives.

The Massive Open Online Course, or MOOC, titled Making Sense of News, will be available to students worldwide on edX, the non-profit online education portal founded by the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and Harvard University.  The six-week course will begin on 19 May, and the JMSC is now accepting student registrations.

The content has been developed by two JMSC faculty members, Assistant Professor Masato Kajimoto and Assistant Lecturer Anne Kruger, who will also present the online lectures.

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Kajimoto said the course will aim to show students how to examine the validity of information in news reports and social communications, with special emphasis on information disseminated online, where unsubstantiated rumours and inaccurate information often circulate.  The course among other things will examine recent cases where the sharing of unconfirmed rumours has had serious consequences.
Kajimoto said it is vitally important for people everywhere to develop such skills, and to consider the potential consequences of responding quickly to news reports before they are verified.

He said although all members of the public should be able to benefit from the course, it should prove particularly valuable for undergraduate university and middle school students.

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“These students have grown up with social media as an integral part of their lives, and many rely on platforms like Twitter and Facebook for their news,” Kajimoto said.  “The recent Occupy Central protests in Hong Kong “demonstrated how quickly false rumours can be spread (via social media) and how these rumours get taken as fact.  Social media now have dramatic impact on people’s actions.”

Classes will consist of video clips and interactive exercises. Participants will be required to spend two to three hours per week watching the lectures, reading material recommended by the lecturers, completing assignments, and discussing the subject with other class members on the online portal.

“I expect our students to be the future decision-makers, and oftentimes people make decisions based on what they hear in news reports,” Kajimoto said.  “If they can learn how to pause and think about the power of disseminating information on social media through this course, that’s a good thing.”

To register for the course, visit the Making Sense of News registration page on edX.

“Pathway to HKU” Information sessions & Campus Tours


Take your first step to HKU through the admissions talks, faculty talks, consultation sessions, and faculty information booths at 2015 Pathway to HKU (24 February).


Admissions Talks and Faculty Talks 入學講座和學院講座

Please click here to register. 請點擊此按鈕註冊參加入學講座和學院講座。

Consultation Sessions 入學諮詢

Time 時間:12:00-15:00
Venue 會場:CPD LG.59, Centennial Campus 香港大學百周年校園
*No registration required. 無需註冊。

Faculty Information Booths 學院資訊站

Time 時間:12:00-15:00
Venue 會場:Foyer of Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, Centennial Campus 百周年校園李兆基會議中心大堂
*No registration required. 無需註冊。

For further information, please visit:

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Information Sessions and Campus Tours 2015 Pathway to HKU by email at

The “When ‘Major’ Meets ‘Minor’ Fair”


Choosing a major and / or a minor will be one of the most important academic decisions you make. How can you make the choice that is best for you? To help you explore the wide spectrum of major and minor options available, the Academic Advising Office (AAO) will organize the “When ‘Major’ Meets ‘Minor’ Fair”:

DATE: January 28, 2015 (Wednesday)
TIME: 11:00 am to 4:00 pm
VENUE: Ground Floor, Chi Wah Learning Commons, Centennial Campus

During the Fair, you can attend information briefings conducted by teachers from different Faculties on the major / minor options their Faculties offered and a talk by CEDARS (Careers & Placement). Please click HERE for timetable and registration details. There will also be Faculty administrators and careers advisers to attend to your enquiries. Student representatives from different Faculties will be around to share with you their first-hand experience too.

Who is it for?

All undergraduates, particularly Year 1 and Year 2 students

What is it for?

For exploring different major and minor options available at the University

What can I get?

  • Advice from Faculty Administrators and AAO Academic Advisers
  • Administrators from AAO and different Faculties will be there to provide face-to-face consultation on major / minor selection matters.

  • Information from Faculty Teachers
  • Teachers from different Faculties will give information briefings on various major / minor options.
    Please click HERE for further details

  • Careers Advice
  • Careers advisers from CEDARS (Careers & Placement) will give talk on the relationship between career planning and major/ minor selection. They will also station at the Fair to attend to your enquiries.

  • Peer Advice
  • Senior students from different Faculties will be there. They will be happy to share with you their experience in selecting their major / minor programmes.

  • Free Factsheets
  • There will be factsheets on different major/ minor options for picking up free.


Tel: 2219 4686

Get a Gift?
Wish to have some ideas about how to select your major/minor before our Fair? Why not spare 3 minutes to complete our online orientation and get a gift?
Please click HERE for the online orientation

For details of the Fair, please go to

See you at the Fair!

Academic Advising Office (AAO)