HKU hosted an edX training day for HKU MOOC teachers as well as members from other edX Asian partner institutions on November 15, 2013 at the Learning Commons of our Centennial Campus. Read more
edX in the News
Don’t miss the latest stories about edX. Transformation in teaching and learning on this online platform is happening fast.
Research into the first edX course
Dr. Lori Breslow, Director of Teaching and Learning Laboratory at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology, made a keynote presentation on their research into edX’s first MOOC at a recent conference organized by the Quality Assurance Agency Scotland. Check out the presentation here and watch the video from this site.
HKU joins Harvard and MIT led global online education platform
HKU has joined edX, a non-profit online education platform founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT). HKU will provide a series of HKUx courses, including “vernacular heritage in Asia”, “law, economy and society”, “Chinese and Western philosophy” and “infectious disease and public health”. Learn more.
News on Massive Open Online Courses
The Chronicle of Higher Education has created a regularly-updated webpage on MOOCs — short for “massive open online courses” — with a brief summary on the latest debates, information on the major players, and an interactive timeline of relevant news articles. Check back often for updates.
Other e-learning News
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e-learning @ HKU
At HKU, e-learning is not narrowly confined to the use of technology in distance learning, but is defined as the use of all types of technologies to enhance teaching and learning in conjunction with face-to-face learning.
An e-learning strategy proposal, having regard to its implications for the new curriculum, was endorsed by Senate in June 2011. The aim of an e-learning strategy is to enhance students’ learning experiences through the creative, appropriate and effective use of technologies. It emphasizes the centrality of learning and the use of technologies as a tool to enrich the quality of learning and open up new opportunities for learning.
Highlights of progress made in 2012
The e-learning Pedagogical Support Unit has been set up in January 2012 to provide and co-ordinate e-learning pedagogical support to Faculties, evaluate e-learning initiatives, disseminate good practices and innovations in e-learning, and conduct research into educational technologies.
Phase II of migration from WebCT to Moodle completed in February 2012
Strengthened helped-desk service and training in the use of LMS
An E-Learning Committee has been constituted in early 2012