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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.

Date: 11th January 2021 (Mon)
Time: 4pm – 5pm
Venue: Virtual Venue – via Zoom
Participants: HKU staff and students only


Colleagues from Mentimeter

With Mentimeter you can build interactive presentations with an easy-to-use online editor, directly from your browser. Add questions, polls, quizzes, slides, images, GIFs and more to your presentation to make them more engaging and fun. When you present, your students use their smartphones or laptops to connect to the presentation where they can answer questions, give feedback and much more. Now a campus license for academic staff and students to use Mentimeter for facilitating work and study is available. With login via an HKU account, you can unlock all pro features on Mentimeter.

During this session we will:

  • Go through what Mentimeter is and how it can further enhance the teaching and learning experiences at HKU;
  • Cover how to create a safe, positive and engaging learning atmosphere;
  • Show you how to use Mentimeter for formative assessment, building better understanding and how to collect feedback, preferences and needs from your students;
  • Demo the platform and showcase important settings to remember, as well as valuable tips and tricks on how to become a confident presenter.

Colleagues and students are very welcome to sign up for this webinar. You will be able to ask questions throughout the full hour. We look forward to seeing you there!

Now a campus license for academic staff and students to use Mentimeter for facilitating work and study is available. With login via an HKU account, you can unlock all pro features on Mentimeter. This guide will introduce you to Mentimeter and how to use this effective tool to support online/hybrid(dual-mode) teaching and learning.

What is Mentimeter?

Mentimeter is a useful tool that supports you to interact and engage your students in an online/hybrid learning environment. With Mentimeter, you can easily create a presentation on mentimeter.com from your browser and ask students to join the presentation via menti.com using their laptops/tablets/smartphones without login.

How to Sign-up/Login with SSO

No matter if you have or do not have a Mentimeter account before, just

  1. Go to the Login with SSO page;
  2. Type in the company name with “HKU” or “The University of Hong Kong”;
  3. Login via HKU Portal;
  4. Ready to use.

Click this link to watch a tutorial video if needed.

Create Your First Presentation

After successfully login, you can click “+New presentation” on your dashboard to start creating your presentation. Besides creating new slides by clicking “+Add slide”, you can also import slides from your computer via the “Import” button. Click this link to watch a tutorial video to learn about some basic features, including embedding GIFs and images on your presentation and sharing links with the audience.

Popular Question Types

Mentimeter provides different question types that allow you to interact with your audience. Here is a list of all question types:

Popular question types Multiple Choice, Word Cloud, Open-ended, Scales, Ranking, Q&A
Quiz Competition Select Answer, Type Answer
Content Slides Heading, Paragraph, Bullets, Image, Video, BIG words, Quote, Number
Advanced questions 100 points, 2 x 2 Grid, Quick Form, Who will win?

Pre-made Templates

Mentimeter provides pre-made templates for different purposes. You can add and adapt the templates based on your specific teaching needs.

How to add pre-made templates to your dashboard
Go to your dashboard, click “Inspiration” on the left sidebar, then you can explore pre-made templates by different categories. Click this link to watch a tutorial video if needed.

Recommended pre-made templates
Here are some inspirational examples that fit various teaching needs in an online/hybrid teaching and learning environment:

You can explore more on https://www.mentimeter.com/templates/education.

Pro Features

With the plan subscribed by the HKU ITS, your presentation can be shared with an unlimited audience group and create contents with unlimited slides. You can find more information here:

Besides, there is an innovative feature called Mentimote that allows you to control your presentation on your smartphone. More information is on https://youtu.be/-jAQ5hJPhUM.


Here is a list of frequently asked questions (FAQs) you may find useful:

  • Is voting with Mentimeter anonymous?
    Voting with Mentimeter is anonymous, as we don’t set any Voting IDs on the voters or require them to log in. Anonymous voting leads to more honest responses, and people are more willing to provide their input on different matters.
  • How to set up upvoting questions?
    If you have enabled the option which allows the audience to view what questions other audience members have asked, they will also be able to upvote questions they like or want to see answered.
  • How to turn off audience access?
    1. In the edit view, click ‘share’ in the top right corner;
    2. Select the tab ‘Participation’;
    3. Set Audience access to ‘closed’;

    If you want to open the voting again, simply change back to ‘Available to join through the code, QR or direct link’.

  • Can I add audio to my presentation?
    At the moment, you cannot add your music or audio to a Mentimeter presentation. However, you can add one of our default audio sounds to your Quiz Competition slides on all of our Mentimeter plans. This enables you to choose some background music whilst presenting the Quiz Competition.
  • For how long is my voting code valid?
    When creating a presentation, a temporary numeric code that is used for participants to join your presentation is generated. The code is only temporary and expires if you leave the presentation for 48 hours. Click this link for more information.

Additional Information

Some contents are adapted by materials provided by Mentimeter. You are welcome to visit following links for more information:

You can also browse the YouTube Playlist for more information: How to Use Mentimeter

Feel free to contact Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative (TELI) if you have any queries or need any help.

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Zoom has a built-in digital whiteboard for an instructor to draw on and share with students in real-time. However, some teachers may find it difficult to draw on the whiteboard using a mouse. For those who desire for more intricate drawing/handwriting while being able to simultaneously speak and see the students in a Zoom session, there are two methods for you to turn your iPad/iPhone as a second monitor and use it as a whiteboard in Zoom.

The following items are needed:

  • Your computer (PC or Mac) AND an iPad/iPhone.

Method 1: Connect your iPad/iPhone via a Cable

  1. Connect your iPad/iPhone to your computer with a Cable. The cable would be the iPad/iPhone charging cable.
  2. Start your Zoom meeting.
  3. Click ‘Share screen’ and select ‘iPad/iPhone via Cable’. You will then see the screen of your iPad/iPhone in your Zoom meeting.
  4. Use the built-in app ‘Notes’ to draw/write.

Method 2: Access Zoom on both of your computer and iPad (not applicable to iPhone, applicable to an Android phone or tablet)

  1. Have Zoom installed on your computer and iPad.
  2. Login to Zoom on your computer and your iPad with the SSO option and login with your HKU portal ID.
  3. Start your online meeting in Zoom on your computer.
  4. Access Zoom on your iPad and key in your meeting details.
  5. Start the same meeting on your iPad.
  6. Switch off the audio on your iPad.
  7. Click the ‘Screen Share’ button and select ‘Whiteboard’ on your iPad. You can start drawing/writing on your whiteboard.
  8. (Optional) Click the ‘More’ button, then click ‘Save to Photos’ to save your whiteboard drawings. Note: Give permission to Zoom to access photos on your iPad.

We have prepared a video demonstrating how an iPad/iPhone can be used as a whiteboard in Zoom for drawing/writing.

Quick Tip:

  • If you have an Apple Pencil, you can connect it to your iPad via Bluetooth, or you can just use your finger to draw on the touch screen. If you find it hard to draw with your finger, a stylus pen is also a possible option.

Written by Ms. Sharon Keung; Reviewed by Dr. Leon Lei.

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