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IT in the Curriculum and E-learning

Professional Development for DIY Online Teaching in HKU via a Self-Paced Small Private Online Course (SPOC)


Young digital natives come with a new way of thinking and learning. Because of the revolution, HKU e-learning Strategy has been recently revised in 2015. This revised strategy encourages introducing e-learning experiences to the traditional curriculum as well as empowering teachers to develop their own e-learning resources. To facilitate the development of HKU blended/online learning in a scalable and sustainable manner, professional development on DIY online teaching should be provided for university teachers. This project has two overarching goals: 1) to document how online/blended learning in HKU has been developed, and; 2) to develop a self-paced, fully online small private online course (SPOC) on blended/online learning for university teachers based on the documented cases. The SPOC can help teachers build a solid foundation for developing their own e-learning materials (e.g. instructional videos), design engaging classwork activities with effective pedagogies, as well as analyze and improve their course design using learning analysis tools. In preparing for the content of this SPOC, we will analyze innovative pedagogies implemented by HKU teachers in massive open online courses (MOOCs), SPOCs, flipped classrooms and other e-learning initiatives.

Principal Investigator

Dr. L.C.U. Lei, Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative Contact

Project level

Programme-level project

Project Completion

May 2018


  1. Academic research papers:
    • Lei, C.U., Hou, X., Gonda, D. & Hu, X. (2018, March). Evaluating the Adoption of a Badge System based on Seven Principles of Effective Teaching, In Learning Analytics and Knowledge, 2018 (pp.55-62). (Best Full Practitioner Paper Award Finalist)
    • Luo, C., Hew, T. K., Lei, C. U., & Oh, E. (2017, December). Principle-guided flipped classroom implementation framework for teaching technological contents. In Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE), 2017 IEEE 6th International Conference on (pp. 449-456). IEEE. (Best Paper Award)
    • Lei, C. U., Yau, C. W., Lui, K. S., Yum, P., Tam, V., Yuen, A. H. K., & Lam, E. Y. (2017, December). Teaching Internet of Things: Enhancing learning efficiency via full-semester flipped classroom. In Teaching, Assessment, and Learning for Engineering (TALE), 2017 IEEE 6th International Conference on (pp. 56-60). IEEE.
  2. Professional development online courses:
  3. Videos for dissimilating knowledge regarding teaching and e-learning development to HKU staff and the public:
  4. Blog articles on blended learning and flipped classroom