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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


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.

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Since the early stage of the pandemic in early 2020, teachers have had to adopt online, hybrid flexible (HyFlex) or other new modes of teaching. Different support schemes had been quickly developed across the university. These schemes responsively helped teachers to build the capacity for their emergency remote teaching.

After a year of remote instruction, remote learning pedagogies have been widely adopted by teachers as the pandemic evolved. Furthermore, more teachers are excited to design learner-centred and sustainable online/virtual/blended learning experiences with cutting-edge learning technologies. However, teachers often need adequate technical/pedagogical support for the development beyond emergency virtual instruction.

“Instructional Design Extension Assistant (IDEA)” is a new scheme implemented by TELI from 2021 to 2023. In brief, instructional design assistants co-develop virtual instructional materials with teachers for blended learning and flipped classroom. The scheme supports teachers transforming their blended instruction in the next stage, based on the scholarly research from the learning science field. In the 2021-2022 academic year, the IDEA program aims to support ten (10) HKU courses on advancing teachers’ online/blended instruction.

Examples of possible developments include, but not limited to:

  • Collaborative learning activities through Google Suites, Microsoft 365, Miro, or other tools
  • AI-facilitated teaching and learning, including Chatbot
  • OER-enabled pedagogies and renewable assignments
  • Inclusive and accessible learning resources
  • Digital assessments

If you are interested to co-develop virtual instructions together, please contact Dr Leon Lei (culei@hku.hk) for more information.

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After experimenting with a year of virtual learning, teachers may be more familiar with creating a screen-capture video with Camtasia. For those who would like to create a more polished video product, the resources in this blogpost will be helpful in supporting you in upgrading your talking-head style lecture video or demonstration video.

What is Camtasia?
Camtasia is an easy-to-use, all-in-one screen recorder and video editor. It enables teachers to create teaching videos with screen recording functions, and allows for easy editing of recorded videos for sharing with your students.

How to Download and Install Camtasia?
Check out this installation guide for HKU staff and students – http://moodle-support.hku.hk/download-and-installation-camtasia

What Resources are Available?
The following resources include a list of how-to videos on Camtasia and the recording of two levels of hands-on workshops with handouts and exercise files tailor-made for HKU staff and students. The Basic workshop content is foundational for first-time Camtasia users and the Advanced workshop content is leveled up for teachers who would like to learn more advanced functions in Camtasia.

Links to resources:

  1. How-to videos and hands-on workshop recordings (Basic/Advanced) – https://hku.to/UseCamtasia
  2. Hands-on Workshop (Basic/Advanced) Handout:
  3. Hands-on Workshop (Basic/Advanced) Exercise Files:
  4. Multimedia/Filming Support

Where Can I Find Support?
For HKU staff, please feel free to contact Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative (TELI) if you have any questions or need any help on using Camtasia.

For HKU students, you can book a consultation session with the Digital Literacy Lab (https://www.diglit.hku.hk/camtasia) for further support.

Additional information
You are also welcome to visit the Camtasia comprehensive support website for more information: https://support.techsmith.com/hc/en-us

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About this course

This course is for radiologists, cardiologists, radiographers/ technologists and other health professionals who want to learn more about cardiovascular magnetic resonance imaging (CMR). Previous experience in CMR is not required.

Learning outcomes:

  • Introduction of advanced techniques such as T1 and T2 mapping, feature tracking and exercise CMR.
  • The different sequences used in cardiac MRI imaging and the physics behind these sequences.
  • How to acquire the cardiac imaging planes.
  • How to assess the ventricular function, late gadolinium enhancement and T2* for iron overload.
  • PUnderstanding the normal appearances of the pericardium, heart muscle, valves and vasculature.
  • Understand how different cardiac pathologies result in different forms of cardiac remodelling.
  • An overview of the main cardiac diseases, such as coronary artery disease, cardiomyopathies (eg. hypertrophic cardiomyopathy, dilated cardiomyopathy), valvular heart disease, cardiac tumours and congenital heart disease.

WEEK 1: Sequences, Acquisition, Contrast Agents and Basic Physics
This MOOC will begin with a course on the common cardiac MR sequences, the physics and application behind those sequences. We will also learn how to acquire cardiac MR imaging planes.

WEEK 2: Cardiomyopathies, LGE and T2
In this section, we will teach you how to assess and analyse ventricular function, LGE and T2*. We will also give you an overview of the main common cardiac diseases, such as coronary artery disease and cardiomyopathy.

WEEK 3: Coronary Artery Disease, Aorta, Pericardium and Valves
CMR techniques such as stress perfusion imaging, CMR sequences and methods for assessing aortopathy, pericarditis with or without constriction and valvular disease will be covered in this section.

WEEK 4: Congenital Heart Disease and Paediatric Scanning
This section will cover the role of CMR in congenital heart disease. You will also learn scanning techniques and common indications for babies and children.

WEEK 5: Advanced and Future Developments
In the last section, we will cover exciting advances in cardiac MRI, such as exercise CMR, T1/T2 mapping, artificial intelligence and feature tracking.

Clinical Cases:
You will also have hands-on experience to review clinical cases (eg. stress CMR with x-ray catheter angiography correlation) with tutorial videos every week.

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Date: 25 May 2021 (Tue)
Time: 12:30pm – 1:25pm
Venue: Virtual Venue – via Zoom
Instructors: Dr Leon Lei, Ms Cindy Liang


After experimenting with a year of virtual learning, teachers may be exploring how you can teach in the future: Should we return to the practices of pre-pandemic education? Should we rethink our practice and integrate our recent teaching experience for hybrid, blended, and virtual education into the next stage? Is there any support from support units to moving forward?

“Instructional Design Extension Assistant (IDEA)” is a new scheme proposed by Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative (TELI) to support teachers who may be interested in rethinking and transforming your practice for blended instruction in the next stage. This program serves as a one-stop station where you will get support from TELI on co-developing your course and receive feedback. In the 2021-2022 academic year, the IDEA program aims to support 10 courses on advancing teachers’ online/blended instruction.

This webinar will provide you with some ideas to rethink your teaching practices during the pandemic and advance your instruction via suitable learning technologies. Hopefully this webinar can inspire you to move forward.

The rundown of the webinar is as followed:

  • Sharing some findings based on our literature review of virtual instruction practice in engineering/technology education during the pandemic;
  • Introducing the “Community of Inquiry” framework, which is commonly used to facilitate online/blended learning;
  • Providing more details on the IDEA scheme.

We are delighted to announce that the #dinosaurecosystems will start on March 23rd 2021!

Please encourage your friends and family to join us for an online adventure in the world of #dinosaurs 🦖 🦕

Featuring field sites and museums around the world, this edition includes new videos about recent discoveries.

We are are pleased to announce a new course instructor! #DiegoPol joining us from the Museo Paleontológico Egidio Feruglio in Argentina. Dr. Pol has added loads of cool videos featuring Argentinian dinosaurs and field sites. He has also helped us to add Spanish subtitles to accompany our existing traditional and simplified Chinese subtitle options.

See you all on the 23rd!
Dr Pittman, Prof Xu and Dr Pol

Learn more

We have received an overwhelming response for the interactive Camtasia video production workshop. Some of the new registrants will be put on the waiting list, and we have decided to organise four more interactive workshops. Check out the new dates below!

Thank you to those who have registered. An acknowledgement email will be sent out soon to those who have successfully registered.

More dates available now:

29 March 2021 (Basic) *Students only: Registration

1 Apr 2021 (Advanced) *Students only: Registration

11 May 2021 (Basic): Registration

14 May 2021 (Advanced): Registration

23 March 2021 (Basic) – FULL
25 March 2021 (Advanced) – FULL
4 May 2021 (Basic) – FULL
7 May 2021 (Advanced) – FULL

Time: 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Venue: Virtual Venue – via Zoom
Speaker: Dr Leon Lei, Ms Sharon Keung, Ms Cindy Liang
Number of seats: 30 per workshop
Remarks: The content of two Basic workshops is identical, and the same for the two 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
  • 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
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Date : 12 March 2021 (Friday)
Time : 2:00pm – 3:30pm
Venue : Virtual Venue – via Zoom
Speaker : Dr Leon Lei, Ms Sharon Keung, Ms Cindy Liang
Number of seats: 15

Registration: Contact Ms. Cindy Liang (cindylxy@hku.hk)

In flipped classroom and other blended learning approaches, providing meaningful and prompt feedback requires teachers’ time and attention to their students. Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the fastest growing advanced technology category in various fields. In particular, chatbot can provide 24/7 support to teachers and multiple learners at the same time, with personalised support and guide them in an engaging way throughout the virtual learning environment.

Creating a chatbot from scratch requires complex computer programming skills but there are more and more chatbots for learning and teaching. In this workshop, participants would have a hands-on experience on the free chatbot tools in this workshop, participants can reflect on better practices and design considerations in AI-facilitated learning and teaching.

Upon completion of this seminar, the participants will be able to:

  • build a basic chatbot with Google Dialogflow; and
  • discuss the usage of AI and chatbot in learning and teaching


Date : 17 February 2021 (Wednesday)
Time : 2:00pm – 3:00pm
Venue : Virtual Venue – via Zoom
Speaker : Dr Leon Lei, Ms Sharon Keung


[This webinar is a re-run of the seminar organized on 22 January 2020, with new examples added.]

Artificial Intelligence (AI) is the fastest-growing technology in various fields. The adoption of AI spans the global learning landscape and has been used in experiential learning, tutoring, language learning, and knowledge testing. In higher education, some educators have identified the affordances of AI and utilized this technology in making teaching and learning more effective. In particular, there is a high demand for teachers to provide meaningful and prompt feedback to students within and beyond the classroom. However, designing such an experience can be challenging as this requires a lot of teachers’ time and attention to their students. Systems powered by AI can provide 24/7 support to teachers and multiple learners at the same time, with personalized support and guide them in an engaging way in the virtual environment. Some may worry that creating an AI tool from scratch requires complex computer programming skills but there are more and more AI-facilitated tools for teaching and learning.

In this webinar, we would like to discuss the potential and affordances of AI in education with some examples of AI tools for classroom engagement and assessment. Through the webinar, participants can reflect on better practices and design considerations in AI-facilitated teaching and learning.

Upon completion of this seminar, the participants will be able to:

  • Identify the opportunities and challenges of adopting AI tools in the classroom; and
  • Use the concept of AI learning technologies and learning analytics to facilitate classroom learning and assessment.

Message from Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative

The University of Hong Kong and Mentimeter are pleased to announce that staff and students from HKU can get full Mentimeter access!
Furthermore, Mentimeter has a new version update in mid-December 2020, with more helpful functions.
A webinar will be held on 11th January 2021 to introduce new features updated.

A campus license (with add-on Pro features) for academic staff and students to use Mentimeter for facilitating work and study is now available. You can unlock more features on Mentimeter once you login in with your HKU account. No matter if you have or do not have an account before, just go to Login with SSO page with typing in the company name as “HKU” or “The University of Hong Kong”.

You are also invited to join a webinar on using Mentimeter for interactive online/dual-mode teaching and learning!

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