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Organized by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), E-learning Pedagogical Support Unit (EPSU) and Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative (TELI)

Speakers: Dr. Lily Zeng, Assistant Professor, CETL
Professor Ricky Kwok, Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)
Date : 8 March, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time : 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU

About the Joint Workshop

Many teachers who are planning to flip their classes might agree that moving traditional lectures online is an effective way to deliver instructional materials. More importantly, it can also make room for quality interactions between teachers and students. However, after the flip, what kind of learning opportunities can we create to engage, inspire, provoke, or even shock our students in the face-to-face sessions, the “face time”? How should face time and screen time be meaningfully blended? In this workshop, you will hear cases of flipped classes in different disciplines, analyze the key elements of the pedagogical strategies used in face time, identify the activities that you might be able to use, and come away with initial plans for a flipped class. Be sure to bring your wireless device and a lesson that you are considering flipping to work on!

This workshop is open to the first 42 registered participants to ensure that there is enough time to accommodate questions, provide comments, and give feedback for each participant.


For enquiries, please contact Miss Bonnie Yu by email yka0201@hku.hk.


Organizer: SPOC team, Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative (TELI)
Date : January 26, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time : 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue :CPD 2.73, CPD 2.75 and CPD 2.77, 2/F, Chi Wah Learning Commons, Centennial Campus

About the interactive session:

Wondering what are the basics of an online course? Do you want to be innovative? But you don’t know where to start? If you have any of these questions, then maybe Small Private Online Course, commonly referred to as SPOC, might work for you. Come and join us in our series of TELI seminars on SPOC and learn its basic foundation and the different practices being applied in developing it.

In this interactive session, we will look closely into several SPOCs that are currently being developed in HKU. You will have hands-on experience with the different stages that spans from knowing the basic requirements to restructuring your course into an online mode, and from making a concise script to representing it visually through a storyboard. Plus, you can experience a mock-up studio filming and say a few lines in front of the camera. We will also explore different possibilities and options for collaboration to make your class more interactive, fun, and accessible through the use of different technologies and expertise available at TELI. This seminar is open to the first 30 registered participants to ensure that there is enough time to accommodate questions, provide comments, and give feedback for each participant. Late registrants will be placed in the waiting list and contacted when spots are available.

About the Team:

IMG_4027bOur team, formed with the support of a UGC grant, is part of TELI that takes charge of the development of SPOCs within HKU. It is composed of four researchers and one programmer handling ten different courses across five different faculties for its initial stage. Wincy Chan is an instructional designer and researcher for SPOC with interest in students’ social-cognitive and behavioural outcomes across learning designs. Her current projects cover student learning in the traditional and blended classrooms. Elizabeth Oh is the project manager who oversees all project- and research-related activities for the SPOC team. As an avid online learner, Elizabeth is passionate about assisting teachers and students to use technology to advance learning in engaging ways. Donn Gonda is a tech-savvy research assistant currently responsible for the engineering courses. He is experienced in creating online contents for teaching and research. Andrea Qi is a project associate and research assistant responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of a series of SPOCs. She is an experienced teacher in both F2F and online mode, and an active online course learner. Alex Yi is a technical officer responsible for the development of “Learning Design Studio” which is a handy tool to design teaching plan. He is proficient in various programming language and well adept in delivering courseware materials to the online platform.

This interactive session is open to the first 30 registered participants to ensure that there is enough time to accommodate questions, provide comments, and give feedback for each participant.


For enquiries, please contact Miss Bonnie Yu by email yka0201@hku.hk.

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Speaker: Dr. Masato Kajimoto, Journalism and Media Studies Centre
Professor Ricky Kwok, Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)
Date : 14 January, 2016 (Thursday)
Time : 12:45 pm -2:00pm
Venue :Room 102, 1/F, K.K. Leung Building, HKU

About the seminar

Further to his seminar delivered on integrating a MOOC into on-campus teaching in October, Dr. Masato Kajimoto​ is offering to show us more data from the student evaluation of his online lecture experiment in the Fall semester of 2015-16. Some of his students are also joining the seminar to recount their experience of this flipped classroom arrangement. Professor Ricky Kwok will share with participants how he puts Masato’s initiative into context with the new paradigm of scaling out teaching and scaling up learning through the use of technology. We are planning to budget good enough time for you to raise questions, provide comments, and also to find out how the University might support your plans to introduce more innovative ideas in teaching and learning.

About the speakers

Dr. Masato Kajimoto is an Assistant Professor at the Journalism and Media Studies Centre at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Masato specializes in news literacy education, multimedia storytelling, and social media in journalism. He taught the third iteration of HKU’s online course on edX titled HKU04x Making Sense of News from May to June 2015. The course will be re-run from February 16, 2016 (register here).

Professor Ricky Kwok is Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) at HKU, assisting the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) in various endeavors related to e-learning (e.g., MOOCs, blended learning and gamification). He leads the Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative (TELI) team which consists of e-learning technologists, instructional designers, researchers in learning analytics, specialists in systems development, multimedia talents and collaboration associates. ​


For enquiries, please contact Miss Bonnie Yu by email yka0201@hku.hk.

Video: Flipped Learning at HKU (LLAW 1005)
Video: Sharing by Rick Glofcheski on Flipped Learning

Professor Rick Glofcheski from the Faculty of Law is undoubtedly one of the pioneers in HKU when it comes to flipped classroom learning. Having “flipped” a compulsory tort law class with over 260 students in this semester, Professor Glofcheski shared many exciting insights with over 120 participants on November, 26th 2015.

At this joint seminar by the TELI, EPSU and CETL, Professor Glofcheski presented his experience of “shrinking the classroom to create a more personal, meaningful, inquiry-based, active learning environment” for students. He saw flipped learning as something relatively new in higher education – offering a shift in learning for students from passive to active, content-centred to inquiry-based, instructional to learning paradigm and “teacher-dependent” to independent, through using and taking advantage of technology.

How learning happens, its purpose and how class time can be spent productively were questions Professor Glofcheski thought about. He believed online lectures in replacement of the traditional ones might be a solution as students can pace through at their ease. However, potential resistance of such flipped learning from students, colleagues and the institute needs to be considered, and difficulties in implementation such as finding a suitable venue were encountered. Due to these limits, this semester’s class was still a partial flipped learning. Professor Glofcheski found it suitable to resolve possible problems step by step to prepare for future full implementation.

Professor Glofcheski further elaborated that the key emphasis of this flipped experience was having students understand that the lesson is their learning opportunity. They should “take it seriously, come to class prepared to apply [their] learning and solv[e] the problems.” Students were asked to do assigned readings and watch video lectures before class. The short length of lectures (3-4 minutes) was well accepted by students, and Professor Glofcheski plans to incorporate problem-solving questions in future video lectures. It is crucial to align learning content with the assessments so students’ interest to participate can be aroused.

Various clips of the actual “flipping” in action this semester were shown in the seminar. (Read more about the flipping in action here.) The post-class survey results shows that while certain students may prefer the traditional teaching method, 94% found the experience useful/very useful. Students found “flipping” enhanced their ability in applying and consolidating understandings of tort law concepts through learning from peers.

Professor Glofcheski ended the seminar offering possible next steps for flipped learning in his course, such as embedding problem-solving scenarios in videos. This kind of new experience will be expanded and continued in the following semester.


On November 24, 2015, Professor Benson Yeh, Director of MOOC Program at National Taiwan University rolled up his sleeves and recounted his entrepreneurial story to an audience largely comprised of University students and teachers. The setting up of BoniO, an educational gaming software firm, is not only a testimonial of Professor Yeh’s achievement in gamification; it is also a prime example showing that everyone/anyone is capable of creating something great. It is hoped that his example will be an inspiration to the younger generation and give them the courage in taking the first step towards their own startup.


Professor Yeh believes that a feasible startup idea has to spring from a problem and for his case, the problem was the need for authentic learning materials. In Taiwan, the standard question banks for student assignment are so overused that the answer guides have become very easily accessible to students. Tolerating such problem was not an option for Professor Yeh, so he came up with the idea of asking students to design their own questions for the class. As designing questions requires thorough and comprehensive knowledge of the subject matter, it motivates students to learn the issues better. What’s more? Professor Yeh and his team created “a very considerate and yet very evil design,” as he put it, to provide real time update on who has completed the assignment. In this way, students feel the pressure to do better and faster than their fellows. “That’s why they become very addicted to solving the problems.” Professor Yeh explained that this sense of competition lays the ground for gamifying learning materials.


Based on this “considerate and evil design”, Professor Yeh developed his social gaming platform PaGamO for his Coursera MOOC, followed by the software house BoniO to provide teachers all over the world with an infrastructure to gamify their teaching materials. Beyond this successful story, Professor Yeh has a greater and deeper agenda: “The reason why I decided to do that was mission.” He explained that in his 10 years of teaching in university, he has seen many super talents and geniuses choosing to work in big companies instead of creating a startup, simply because they do not want to take the risk of failure. The phenomenon is not limited to students, but applies to Professors as well. Professor Yeh would like to grow a successful story from campus as an inspiration for his University students and counterparts.


Advice from Professor Benson Yeh to potential future entrepreneurs:
(1) Find good problem – “A good problem is one that troubles many people… You offer good solutions and many people are willing to spend money for your product… Start to train yourself to observe other people.”
(2) Build your HR database – “Making a good team is very important, but forming a good team requires time… Now is the time for you to start building your good team.”
(3) Have good presentation and marketing skills – “If you don’t have some visibility; if you don’t have some reputation, even if you have good startup, it’s very difficult for you to get funding… Go out there and let other people know.”

In a nutshell? Challenge yourself further, think outside the box and have fun.



Joint Seminar by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
E-Learning Pedagogical Support Unit & Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative

Speaker: Professor Rick Glofcheski, Faculty of Law
Date : 25 November, 2015 (Wednesday)
Time : 12:30pm – 1:45pm
Venue : Social Sciences Chamber, 11/F, The Jockey Club Tower


What happens when you “flip” a large (260 student) compulsory law course? What happens when lectures are cancelled and replaced by a series of short, punchy videos for online viewing before attending class? What happens when students attend class not to take lecture notes, but to work in small groups to solve ill-defined real-world problems, and then present their work for discussion and evaluation by the entire class? What happens? You might be surprised. Graphic evidence will be presented. Come to the seminar, have a sandwich, and find out what happens.

Professor Rick Glofcheski teaches tort law and labour law at HKU. He has also taught criminal law, contract law, legal system, and medical law. After teaching large classes (250+ students) for many years, Rick began to explore new pedagogies and practices that would produce more sustainable learning, learning that was more likely to be retained and available to students post-final examination. These practices are oriented toward a more student-centered, independent and authentic learning model. In recognition of some of this work, Rick received a number of teaching awards including, in 2011, the first ever University Grants Committee Teaching Award.


Seminar by Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative

Speaker: Professor Benson Yeh Ping-Cheng, Director of MOOC Program, National Taiwan University
Date : 24 November, 2015 (Tuesday)
Time : 5:30pm – 6:30pm
Venue : Rm 201, 2/F, K.K. Leung Building, HKU

About the Speaker

Professor Benson Yeh Ping-Cheng, Director of MOOC Program at National Taiwan University, is a pioneer in designing and experimenting new pedagogical initiatives. His award-winning educational social game, PaGamO, is a breakthrough in gamification. Based on this initiative, Professor Yeh started BoniO, a software production house with investment from the Foxconn Technology Group. Professor Yeh believes that education in the future lies in gaming and that every generation should have their own story of entrepreneurship.

About the Seminar
In this seminar, Professor Yeh will share his experience in writing his own story of entrepreneurship in order to encourage teenagers to go for their dreams. The setting up of BoniO was out of two major intentions. By recruiting mostly young graduates in the team, Professor Yeh aims to allow teenagers to have hands-on experience with entrepreneurship. He aspires to ignite the passion and courage in the next generation to put their business plans into action. Another purpose of BoniO is to make an impact on education; more specifically in the mode of learning. He believes that education of the next generation has to be closely tied to gaming; and in order to provide sustainable and easily applicable tools for teachers in gamifying educational contents, it is essential to start up a business.

For enquiries, please contact Miss Bonnie Yu by email yka0201@hku.hk.

Message from Information Technology Services

Dear colleagues,

We are pleased to invite you to the Teaching and Learning (T&L) Services Seminar and Exhibition organized by the Information Technology Services:

  • Seminar talks — 14 October (Wed) 2:30pm – 4:30pm (please register to attend)
  • Exhibition — 13-14 October (Tue-Wed) 10:00am – 5:00pm

(A) Seminar of four talks

The talks will cover new T&L services in both virtual and physical learning spaces supported by ITS; Mr Patrick Desloge of the Centre of Applied English Studies will share his precious experiences in using SCORM packages to expand the capabilities of Moodle to enhance students’ learning experiences; and the Technical Director of Panopto APAC Ltd. will introduce new useful features of the Lecture Capture System Panopto for enriching lecture capture audio/video recordings.

Date: 14 October 2015 (Wed)
Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Venue: Room CPD-2.16, Central Podium (CPD), Centennial Campus
Title of talks in the seminar session Speakers
New technologies in the classroom Mr. Wilson Kwok, Senior IT Manager (Learning Environment Services Team), ITS
Creating Learning Packages in SCORM to Expand Moodle’s Capabilities Mr. Patrick Desloge, Centre for Applied English Studies
eLearning Services provided by ITS Mr. CP Lau, Senior IT Manager (eLearning Team), ITS
New features in Panopto Lecture Capture Services Mr Bertrand Lee, Technical Director, Panopto APAC Ltd.

Registration link: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?&UEID=39694

(B) Exhibition highlights

Date: 13 October (Tue) and 14 October (Wed)
Time: 10:00am – 5:00pm
Venues: (1) G/F, Chi Wah Learning Commons, Centennial Campus
(2) Sun Yat-sen Place

Our staff will be at the exhibition booths to demonstrate the following and answer questions.

  • New function in each Moodle course for teachers:
    • Student performance by percentile
    • Default course forum
    • Short-cut menu for 4 common Moodle functions
    • New course themes
  • New features on Panopto:
    • Upload video and edit with Pancast
  • Demonstration of 3D printer at Chi Wah Learning Commons
  • T&L support services of E-learning Pedagogical Support Unit (EPSU) and the Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative (TELI) team

If you have any enquiries, please contact us at email: elearningteam@hku.hk.

Best Regards,

Mr. C.P. Lau
eLearning team
Information Technology Services


Organized by Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative

Speaker: Dr. Masato Kajimoto, Journalism and Media Studies Centre
Date : 8 October, 2015 (Thursday)
Time : 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building


Assistant Professor Dr. Masato Kajimoto from Journalism and Media Studies Centre taught the third iteration of HKU’s online course on edX titled HKU04x Making Sense of News from May to June 2015. The six-week course has attracted more than 7,500 registrations from 147 different countries. It has largely been seen as a successful implementation of journalism-focused media literacy course for the general public and he has been invited to give talks and workshops by different universities that focus on news literacy education.

In this talk, Dr. Kajimoto shares the findings of his investigation into the behavioral data mined through the MOOC in order to illustrate what educators could learn from the learning analytics in terms of curriculum development, instructional design strategies and other pedagogical planning. He then discusses how he has integrated the MOOC into his on-campus teaching.

In order to explore the effective ways to “blend” the two modes of learning experience for the students (namely, face-to-face interactions and self-paced online tuition), he has “flipped” a half of his lectures in the elective course, JMSC1001 Principles of Journalism and the News Media, this semester, which enrolled 127 students from different faculties. He demonstrates how the content has been migrated from edX platform to Moodle while showcasing some of the benefits and challenges he has observed thus far in his experiment.

Please send enquiries to Miss Bonnie Yu at yka0201@hku.hk.

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Organized by Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative


  • Professor Irwin King, Principal Investigator of KEEP,
    Associate Dean (Education), Faculty of Engineering, CUHK
  • Professor Ricky Kwok, Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), HKU

Date : 21st September, 2015 (Monday)
Time : 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 223, 2/F, Knowles Building


Logo_KEEP_horizontal_color_700x215_rgbKEEP, the Knowledge and Education Exchange Platform, is an initiative developed by The Chinese University of Hong Kong in collaboration with all UGC-funded institutions in Hong Kong. KEEP serves as an e-learning aggregator, providing a single gateway to online learning and diverse education content around the globe. In this seminar, Professor Irwin King, Principal Investigator of KEEP, is going to walk participants through the platform, introduce its major features, and share on how KEEP showcases innovative technologies in education.

The second part of the seminar will focus on the latest development in one aspect of pedagogical innovation at HKU – gamification. From the blending of animation into our Chinese Philosophy MOOC to the development of serious games in our upcoming e-learning modules, the Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative (TELI) team at HKU has been trying to bring a new dimension of immersive learning experiences for our students. At his presentation, Professor Ricky Kwok, together with our tech and multimedia teams will discuss best practices in gamification, and present their work in this area to-date. They will share the challenges encountered in balancing entertainment and education, driving competition in game-based learning to inspire achievement of learning outcomes, and creating a gaming space that might draw learners closer together.

About the Speakers:

Professor Irwin King is the Associate Dean (Education) of the Engineering Faculty and Professor in the Department of Computer Science and Engineering, CUHK. He is also the Director of Rich Media and Big Data Key Laboratory at the Shenzhen Research Institute. His research interests include machine learning, social computing, Big Data, data mining, and multimedia information processing. Recently, Professor King has been an evangelist in the use of education technologies in eLearning for the betterment of teaching and learning.

Professor Ricky Kwok is Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) at HKU, assisting the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) in various endeavors related to e-learning (e.g., MOOCs). He leads the Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative (TELI) team which consists of e-learning technologists, researchers in learning analytics, specialists in systems development, and multimedia talents.

Please send enquiries to Miss Cherry Lai
Email: cherry.lai@hku.hk.

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