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Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs): What’s Happening at HKU? April 9, 2014 Posted in: e-learning, edX, EPSU, MOOC

Organized by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)


Presentation Speaker
Opening Dr. Iain Doherty, e-learning Pedagogical Support Unit
Development of a Massive Open Online Course: The Search for Vernacular Architecture in Asia Professor David Lung, Faculty of Architecture
Designing a MOOC to Innovate Teaching & Learning Mr. Darcy Christ, Journalism and Media Studies Centre
HKU01x: Epidemics Mr. Steve Roberts, e-learning Pedagogical Support Unit
HKU03x: Humanity and Nature in Chinese Thought Mr. Darren Harbutt, e-learning Pedagogical Support Unit
MOOC Course Structure Mr. Nicky Ng, e-learning Pedagogical Support Unit
Date: 16th May, 2014 (Friday)
Time: 12:45 pm -2 pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building, HKU


The University of Hong Kong will be delivering four Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through edX ( Work on these MOOCs has been progressing steadily and this seminar will update colleagues on what has been happening with the development work. Participants will learn about the content and pedagogical underpinnings of four courses from Architecture, Medicine, Philosophy and Journalism & Media Studies. Participants will also be shown examples of course pages from the MOOCs that are being developed. There will be a question and answer session so come along and find out everything you always wanted to know about MOOCs.

For information on registration, please contact:
Ms Ivy Lai , CETL
Phone: 3917 8996; Email:

Wen Wei Po article on HKU’s MOOCs March 4, 2014 Posted in: edX, MOOC

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Wen Wei Po interviewed Professor Amy B.M. Tsui, Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning), on HKU’s approach to massive open online courses (MOOCs) and our contribution to the edX platform. Read the article to find out more about how MOOCs bring a shift to the teaching and learning landscape of higher education, and change the way we envision alternatives to pedagogies. In the article, Professor David P.Y. Lung, Professor of Architecture, also shared about the challenges and excitement of preparing his edX course on vernacular heritage in Asia.

HKU joins Harvard and MIT led global online education platform May 22, 2013 Posted in: e-learning, edX, Harvard, MIT, MOOC


Message from Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) Professor Amy B M Tsui

Dear colleagues, students, alumni and friends,

Many of you will know how important it is for HKU to be both internationally engaged and at the forefront of innovations in teaching and learning.

As part of our continuing endeavours in this area, I am pleased to announce that the University has joined edX, a non-profit online education platform founded by Harvard University and the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) which provides a platform for massive open online courses (MOOCs). HKU is among the few Asian universities which have become new members of the “X universities”.

MOOCs, through the use of a quality and effective learning platform – which includes web environments, interactive video, online discussion, social/cohort interaction etc. to support teaching and learning – access to knowledge would be enhanced and a large group of people could be benefited.

MOOCs are an educational innovation that will bring about a seismic change in the higher education landscape that has yet to be understood. The opportunity to witness and contribute to this change cannot be missed.

At this stage, HKU will provide a series of HKUx courses that are specially designed for edX, including “vernacular heritage in Asia”, “law, economy and society”, “Chinese and Western philosophy” and “infectious disease and public health”. These courses will be taught by professors of Architecture, Economics, Philosophy and Public Health.

The University will continue to call on professors with a track record of excellence in teaching to offer HKUx courses so that not only HKU students but also students from around the world can benefit from our online programmes.

HKU is delighted to be part of this consortium of world class universities and I look forward to seeing how the HKU community can work with the consortium to fully leverage technology to make quality higher education more accessible to all.

Professor Amy B M Tsui
Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)

Note: More details can be found at