Create a Second Brain: Effectively Managing Individual Knowledge with Notion

Date: 10 Jan 2022 (Mon)
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Venue: Virtual Venue – via Zoom
Participants: HKU staff and students only
Speakers: 
Leon Lei, Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative
Cindy Liang, Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative
Patrick Desloge, Centre for Applied English Studies
Cesar Jung-Harada, Faculty of Architecture

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The use of digital tools has been a growing trend in teaching and learning activities. For example, teachers manage course schedules and content with Moodle, teach synchronously/ asynchronously with Zoom. At the same time, students create assignments via Google and Microsoft applications, submit assignments via Moodle or Turnitin, and communicate with peers and instructors through different social platforms. Have you ever thought about an all-in-one platform that helps to compile most of the work and keep the instructor and students working together in a shared space? Have you thought about a space that enables students to manage their projects, visualise learning progress and collaborate with student peers?

In this webinar, we invite guest speakers from different sections in HKU to share their experiences with Notion, an all-in-one workspace that supports note-taking, collaborative work and project management.

You are invited to join the sharing and discussion with our guest speakers on how they have compiled teaching and learning activities, facilitate students to work collaboratively and manage teamwork with Notion.

Click to view the User Guide to Notion for Education:
https://tl.hku.hk/2021/11/user-guide-to-notion-for-education/

If you would like to co-develop a Notion space for teaching and learning purposes, please contact Dr Leon Lei (culei@hku.hk) to book a consultation. Click here to know more about the IDEA scheme offered by TELI: 
https://tl.hku.hk/2021/07/instructional-design-extension-assistant-idea-scheme/

HKU’s Cardiac Imaging MOOCs – GOLD Award Winner of 2021 Reimagine Education and 2021 edX Prize Finalist

HKU Cardiac Imaging Massive Open Online Courses won the prestigious 2021 Wharton-QS Reimagine Education GOLD Award in Life Sciences and is also edX Prize 2021 Top 12 Finalist!

Course Homepages:

Advanced Cardiac Imaging: Cardiac Computed Tomography (CT): https://www.edx.org/course/advanced-cardiac-imaging-cardiac-computed-tomograp

Advanced Cardiac Imaging: Cardiac Magnetic Resonance (CMR): https://www.edx.org/course/advanced-cardiac-imaging-cardiac-magnetic-resonance-cmr

Read more: https://press.edx.org/celebrating-the-2021-edx-prize-finalists

CUHK KEEP Project VISUAL Seminar: Gamification with KEEP Open edX

Date: November 26, 2021 (Friday)

Time: 11:30 am – 12:00 nn

Speakers: CUHK Knowledge & Education Exchange Platform (KEEP) Project Team

Format: Zoom Meeting

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Gamification has become increasingly popular in education as a powerful tool to boost learners’ motivation and engagement by incorporating game elements into a learning environment.

As educators nowadays seek innovation from digital technologies to help make online courses more than just streaming and recording, gamified eLearning experience has received great responses and is highlighted by scholars as part of a new paradigm shift for future education.

To promote gamification in eLearning and equip teachers and students with the most cutting-edge technologies, KEEP is organising “VISUAL Seminar: Gamification with KEEP Open edX” to showcase the new gamification features adopted by our team.

In this half-hour event, you will be invited to explore the latest functions of the KEEP Open edX and discuss the key issues concerning the application of gamification in the Learning Management System (LMS). Assistance regarding our system will also be provided in the “Questions and Answers” session.

Content:

  • Introduction of the new functions on KEEP Open edX
  • Discussion on the key issues of gamification in the LMS
  • Q&A session

Registrations are on a first-come, first-served basis. Should you have any questions, feel free to contact KEEP at marketing@keep.edu.hk. We look forward to meeting you soon!

User Guide to Notion for Education

Now Notion provides free Personal Pro Plan to educators and students. Through this guide, you will learn about what Notion is and how this productivity application can support your personal life, work and study. 

What is Notion?

Notion is a productivity application where you can create notes, databases, wikis, calendars and reminders, etc. All these features can be used individually or in collaboration with others. It supports multiple platforms (Windows / MacOS, IOS / Android) and desktop applications. The databases in Notion will be automatically saved and synced among different platforms and devices. You can download a desktop application via https://www.notion.so/desktop.

Create an account

Before you start exploring Notion, you need to create a Notion account with several steps:

  1. Click ‘Try Notion free’ on notion.so
  2. Enter your HKU email address and click ‘Continue with email’ 
  3. Receive a temporary Notion signup code via email
  4. Enter your name and set a password
  5. Select the plan for personal use 
  6. Click the provided link or copy and paste the code to verify your login 
  7. Click ‘Get free Personal Pro Plan’ on the bottom left corner

Then your Notion workspace is ready to use! Please click this link to watch a tutorial video if needed. You can set a permanent password in Settings & Members -> My account.

Upgrade to Personal Pro Plan

For first-time users

Different from the free Personal Plan designed for individual use, the Personal Pro Plan allows you to collaborate with more people. With the Personal Pro plan, you will have unlimited pages and blocks, guests and files uploaded. If you create the Notion account with your university email via HKU Portal, your account will be automatically upgraded to the Personal Pro Plan for free. To check if you are enjoying the Personal Pro Plan, go to the sidebar, then click on ‘Settings & Members’ and ‘Plans’. Besides, you can also manage your account information, notifications, connected apps, language & region, appearance, billing and integrations inside ‘Settings & Members’.

For those who already have a Notion account

If you already have a Notion account with your personal email, you can upgrade to the Personal Pro Plan for free by changing your login email account to the university email. To achieve this, please go to ‘Settings & Members’, ‘My account’, ‘Email’ then click on ‘Change email’.    Click this link to watch a tutorial video if needed.

Create Your First Page

After successfully logging in, you can create a new Page by clicking on the plus sign (‘+’) button on the sidebar. Click on this link to watch a tutorial video to learn some basic features, including how to add icon and cover to a Page, create Blocks, and adjust the layout.

Customise your Page with Blocks and Databases

If you already have an account and have started to use Notion, and would like to explore more on the design and customisation, feel free to check out the below content!   The Block and Database are characteristic features in Notion which allows you to create a multi-level hierarchy inside the Notion page for different purposes. You can design your page with Blocks and Databases like having LEGO bricks to build a LEGO castle. Please check out the following tutorials supported by Notion for more information: For blocks:

For databases:

Recommended In-app Templates

For first-time users, it is great to start your Notion journey with different templates provided by Notion. Notion provides more than 50 in-app templates that you can adjust and customise as your own. You can easily find the ‘Templates’ on the bottom of the sidebar, or click on this link for more information.

For Teachers

Notion is not just designed for individual use, it also shows the potential to enable team collaboration. There are some templates that can help with classroom management, or facilitate collaboration in your classroom:

Click this link for more information.  

For teachers, if you are interested in using Notion in the classroom but still need some help, you are welcome to book a consultation with Technology-enriched Learning Initiative (TELI) for more ideas. Contact via email: enquiry@teli.hku.hk

For Students:

You can use Notion to manage your study, personal life or other fantastic uses. There is a list of templates for your reference:

Click this link for more information.  

For HKU students who are interested in using Notion and would like to explore more, you can book a consultation with Digital Literacy Lab (DLL) via https://www.diglit.hku.hk/book.

To check out this blog post in Notion page: Link

Camtasia Video Production Workshop (Basic and Advanced)

[This round of workshops is a re-run of the Camtasia Video Production Workshop organized in March and May 2020, with new features of Camtasia 2021 added. You can also subscribe TELI YouTube playlist for recordings of previous workshops: https://hku.to/UseCamtasia]
Date:
1 December 2021 (Basic) Registration

3 December 2021 (Advanced) Registration

24 January 2022 (Basic) Registration

25 January 2022 (Advanced)Registration

26 January 2022 (Basic) Registration

28 January 2022 (Advanced)Registration
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Venue: Virtual Venue – via Zoom
Speaker: Dr Leon Lei, Ms Cindy Liang, Ms Lynn H. Lin, Ms Marie Tao
Number of seats: 30 per workshop
Remarks:The content of the three Basic workshops is identical, and the same for the three Advanced workshops. Interested participants can sign up for either one or both of the workshops based on your proficiency in using Camtasia.

Educational videos have become an important part of higher education. Educators can integrate multimedia content such as instructional videos for delivering content in many online/hybrid classes. The challenge for educators is understanding and exploring how best we might produce teaching videos and use videos as an educational tool effectively.

Upon completion of the workshops, participants will be able to identify the opportunities, challenges, and tactics of producing high-quality instructional videos for teaching and learning.

In the basic workshop, we will introduce:

  • download and installation of Camtasia with HKU Campus License
  • interface of Camtasia 2021
  • basic features of Camtasia
  • recording, editing and sharing your first screencast
  • video editing basics
  • audio editing basics
  • adjusting clip speed
  • using the PowerPoint add-in
  • exporting and sharing your first video

In the advanced workshop, we will introduce:

  • selecting area that you want to record
  • resizing your window using Sizer
  • adding annotations and transitions
  • creating advanced animations
  • making it snap with magnetic tracks
  • adding sound effects
  • leveling volume
  • including music
  • sharing projects with others
  • removing noise

eteaching4u: Copyright, Creative Commons and Open Educational Resources in Virtual Instruction

Date: 29 September 2021 (Wednesday)
Time: 12:30 – 13:30 (HKT, UTC+8)
Speakers: Ms Alice Lee, Dr Leon Lei

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Copyright is meant to encourage creativity by conferring exclusive rights on authors and enabling copyright owners to make profits by distributing or licensing copyright works. Nevertheless, in reality, the copyright regime is too complex and technical for a layman to comprehend. In virtual learning, teachers are creators as well as users of copyright materials.
There are burning questions regarding copyright issues in teaching and learning. For example, would it be copyright infringement when teachers and students include copyright works like images or music into their presentations, teaching/learning materials or social media? Who owns the copyright for contents created during learning activities? How can we creatively and ethically use copyright works?
We would like to discuss the potential and affordances of Creative Commons (CC), Open Educational Resources (OER) and CC/OER-enabled pedagogies with some examples in training.

  • Copyright, OER and CC in teaching and learning
  • OER/CC adoption (e.g. how to search and adopt CC-licensed works)
  • OER/CC creation (e.g. deciding which CC licenses should be adopted)
  • OER/CC in general education, introductory courses and other courses

Through the training, participants can reflect on better practices and design considerations in CC/OER-enabled pedagogies. Upon completion, the participants will be able to:

  • Identify copyright owners and avoid infringement;
  • Identify the opportunities and challenges of adopting CC and OER in the curriculum; and
  • Use CC and OER to facilitate classroom learning and assessment.

Speaker

Ms Alice Suet Ching LEE is an Associate Professor of Law at the University of Hong Kong, SFHEA (Senior Fellow of AdvanceHE), and convenor of the T&L Interest Group at the Faculty of Law. Associate Dean (Academic Affairs) from 2011 to 2020, she has received the University Distinguished Teaching Award and two Outstanding Teaching Awards from HKU, and a student-led Teaching Feedback Award. She chaired the HKU Teaching Exchange Fellowship Sub-group from 2017 to 2021, and led or joined a number of TDG projects including “Promoting Creative and Ethical Curriculum and Pedagogical Innovations through Copyright Education” (PI) and “Knowledge and Experience Generalisation through Daily Sharing by Legal Professionals to Break the ICE: Internationalisation, Common sense and Ethics education” (PI).

Dr Leon Lei is currently an e-learning technologist in the University of Hong Kong (HKU). He received his Ph.D. degree in electrical and electronics engineering from HKU. He has been working on remote/blended/MOOC learning initiatives in higher education and K12 education. His research interests include learning analytics, open licensing and education, and chatbot tutors. He was awarded with the Best/Outstanding Paper Award in IEEE International Conference on Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE) 2013, 2017 and 2020. He is an IEEE Senior Member and an Advance HE Senior Fellow.

Acknowledgement

This webinar is supported by:
– UGC Special Grant for Strategic Development of Virtual Teaching and Learning – Inter-institutional Collaborative Activities Projects
– IEEE Region 10 Education Activities Committee (2021 Region-10 Call for Capacity Building Workshop under Educational Activity; IEEE R-10 EAC’s Call for Proposal for “Reaching Local Initiatives”)
– IEEE Hong Kong Section and IEEE Hong Kong Section Education Chapter.

“Introduction to FinTech” course has reached a major milestone: 100,000 enrolled learners!

Hello all,

We are very happy to announce that the HKU / edX “Introduction to FinTech” course has reached a major milestone: we have officially reached 100,000 enrolled learners!

The course continues to be the most popular FinTech course on edX reaching learners in 209 countries / territories across the world – almost every country in the world. Now if we can only get the course to North Korea … The top regions where learners have joined the course are the US, Hong Kong / China and India.

We heartily extend our appreciation to all the course’s contributors and guest speakers who together have made this such an amazing course with incredible impact and reach.

Going forward, we will continue to enhance the content of the course as well as the HKU-edX Professional Certificate in FinTech with a diverse set of new speakers and contributors to push forward our commitment in keeping our learners updated on all relevant academic and industry insights.

To expand on our global engagement, we will be launching new Russian and Arabic subtitles in the coming months to “Introduction to FinTech” in addition to the existing English and Chinese subtitles.

Thank you all again and very best wishes from all of the course team!

Click to watch this “thank you” video from the HKUx Team

Douglas Arner
Kerry Holdings Professor in Law
University of Hong Kong

Why Gender is so important?

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Why are we creating an online course about gender? More specifically, why does gender matter?
As you will be aware of from recent media coverage, gender is everywhere in society. Our daily lives are embedded in gender. From our social roles, to our attitudes and behaviours, to our interactions with others, and in our work, gender is ever present. Now with the call for gender equality gaining public prominence, we hope to give you the tools and lens for understanding what exactly is gender – moreover, to be aware of certain gender stereotypes and unconscious biases that are ever present.

Taught by over 20 HKU and industry instructors.

Let’s take this 6-week journey to unveil myths, taboos, and knowledge about gender together, navigating cross-culturally, historically, philosophically and sociologically. Some of the questions we’ll explore include: How do we define gender? What assumptions and biases emerge in our relationships within the family, work and politics? How does the media construct gender? How should we interpret the recent #metoo campaign? Sexual harassment, discrimination, sexual violence are gender relevant social issues that we will take you through.

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What to expect after taking this course?
After six weeks, we guarantee that you will become an expert on gender issues, and be able to have your own critical perspectives about them to evaluate current events. Even more, to start having these conversations with your friends and family and make an impact!

A bit more about us…
‘Doing Gender and Why it Matters?’ is MOOC course offered by the University of Hong Kong. Led by Prof. Karen Joe Laidler from Department of Sociology, in collaboration with the Women Study’s Research Centre (WSRC), this course is a joint effort of scholars from different discipline such as law, history, culture, sexuality, who feel strongly about gender issues in Hong Kong, and wider globe.

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How to use Weava to improve student research

Guest blogger
Vivian Seo, Research Assistant in the Faculty of Business and Economics

What is Weava?

Weava is a free productivity tool available as a browser extension and an iOS mobile application that supports students in their research and writing endeavours. Weava allows users to highlight information directly on websites and PDFs, annotate said highlights, organize research in folders, and collaborate with others. Weava was developed by HKU students, and is now used by more than 500,000 people around the world.

What Can Students Do with Weava?

  • Highlight and annotate online articles, online PDFs, and locally stored PDFs
  • Organize highlights and notes in folders and categorize contents by highlight colors
  • Manage and revisit highlights quickly
  • Export highlights and annotations to other formats, such as docx, xlsx, csv and txt files
  • Generate and export citations
  • Clip images
  • Collaborate with others in real time

How Can Weava Be Used to Support Teachers?

In addition to suggesting students use Weava to improve their research and writing, Weava can also be a valuable tool for teachers. For example, with Weava teachers can:

  • Highlight and save articles and reports for future use in teaching and class discussions
  • Pre-highlight websites, news articles, or PDF documents for use in class reading lists
  • Include annotations and questions in PDF or online reading materials for student consideration
  • Clip photos and charts for future use
  • And of course, Weava is a great tool to help teachers with their own research and personal efficiency

How to Download and Install Weava?

You can download and install Weava from the Chrome Web Store.
You can also use Weava with Microsoft Edge:

  1. Navigate to edge://extensions
  2. Click “Allow” to the notification “You can also get extensions from the Chrome Web Store”
  3. Search Weava on Chrome Web Store, and “Add extension”

For mobile access, you can download the iOS mobile application from the App Store.

Premium Features

The free plan of Weava already provides a host of functions that are useful for teaching and learning, but Weava Premium offers additional features, such as:

  • Unlimited highlight colors
  • Unlimited sub-folders
  • Unlimited storage
  • Collaboration with others
  • Prioritized support
  • Image clipping

Additional Information

For more resources and tips on how to use Weava, visit the following links:

You can also watch video tutorials at Weava’s YouTube Channel:

Feel free to visit Weava’s website for more information or contact Weava at info@weavatools.com if you need any help.

Blending Digital Collaborative Learning Activities in F2F Classroom – Taking Miro as an Example

Date: 27 August 2021
Time: 12:30 PM – 1:30 PM
Venue: Virtual Venue – via Zoom
Instructors: Ms Cindy Liang, Ms Lynn H. Lin, Dr Leon Lei

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Abstract
Over the past two years, all teachers have been exploring the potential of different e-learning tools to facilitate student collaboration and interaction online and adapt to the new teaching environments. Now we are preparing to go back to the face-to-face (F2F) classroom, and we are likely asking ourselves – are the e-learning tools we used for online mode still applicable in the F2F mode? Will we have to abandon the e-learning tools or can we deploy them in the F2F class to help students shift back to a more familiar classroom learning environment? Will students keep active participation and interaction with the help of online tools in the F2F manner?

This seminar aims to help teachers get ready for the F2F class in the upcoming academic year by re-visiting their course designs and brainstorming innovative uses of EdTech tools. We will focus on an online collaborative tool called Miro, recapping its basic features, and introducing how it has been used in both F2F and online contexts, to support effective teaching and learning activities and achieve different teaching needs and learning goals.