Teaching Development Grants
Completed TDG Projects

IT in the Curriculum & e-Learning

Interprofessional Online Learning for Dementia (IPOLD)


This project aims to develop an online learning platform on the Moodle LMS for students from the five health care disciplines (medical, nursing, pharmacy, speech therapy and social work) to strengthen their learning about dementia. Two videos were developed to arouse the participants’ interest in dementia. Four modules, namely recognition of dementia, assessment and diagnosis of dementia, treatment and care of dementia, social support and resources in the community, were developed for online learning. A total of 703 students (from five disciplines – medical, nursing, social work, pharmacy, speech therapist) participated in this project in 2013/14 as non-credit bearing course and another 190 nursing students participated in 2014/15 as part of a credit-bearing course. There were 3080 hits (1880 hits were materials viewing, 616 hits were discussion, and 584 hits were quiz attempts) in the online learning platform. The average score of the quizzes was 61.79, indicating students’ understanding of the course materials. Preliminary analysis showed that for those who participated in IPOLD had higher level of knowledge in dementia (mean = 18.29 vs 16.89, p<0.001) and significantly more positive attitude towards persons with dementia (mean = 62.62 vs 66.77, p<0.001) than those who did not participate in IPOLD.

Principal Investigator

Dr. A.Y.M. Leung, School of Nursing, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine Contact

Project level

Programme-level project

Project Completion

October 2014


The challenges and experiences learnt in this project was shared with faculty members/post-graduate students within Faculty of Medicine, School of Nursing, and educators interested in online learning. Six presentations were made:

  1. Leung, A. Y. M. (2015 Feb 7). Interprofessional online learning: The challenges and the lessons learnt. Medical Education Conference: Medical and healthcare education along the continuum, Hong Kong Academy of Medicine.
  2. Chang, M. C. (2014, Jul). Online dementia training for nursing students. Post-candidature presentation. Doctor of Nursing Programme, LKS Faculty of Medicine, HKU.
  3. Leung, A. Y. M. (2014, Jun). Dementia literacy among nursing students: its impact on positive caregiving. Paper presented at the International Alzheimer’s Disease Conference 2014: Early Detection, Treatment & Prevention of Dementia, Patients’ and Caregivers’ Perspectives. The HKU Alzheimer’s Disease Research Network. Faculty of Medicine Building, Hong Kong.
  4. Leung, A. Y. M. (2013, Dec 13). Would dementia literacy play a role in positive caregiving in dementia? The 16th Asia Pacific Regional Conference of Alzheimer’s Disease International 2013 – Capacity Building in Dementia Care. Hong Kong SAR, China.
  5. Leung, A. Y. M. (2013, Dec 7). An online learning platform for dementia health literacy among five disciplines: challenges in implementation. Frontiers in Medical and Health Sciences Education 2013, The University of Hong Kong. Hong Kong SAR, China.
  6. Leung, A. Y. M. (2013, Sept 2). Experience sharing in the set-up of online learning: Interprofessional online learning platform for dementia (IPOLD). Mini-retreat. School of Nursing. LKS Faculty of Medicine, HKU.