There are quite a few of online quiz platforms that allow students to use their own devices to answer multiple choice questions and get the result in real-time. Our team compared some of the most popular in-class quiz platforms currently being used across K-12 and university settings.
The teaching practicum (TP) is a major component of the Faculty’s teacher education programmes. During the TP, our students do not only learn from the University, more importantly, they learn from teachers at work, their teacher-mentors. A good mentor-teacher can give practical advice, provide emotional support, share teaching experience and resources to help student-teachers to develop their craft of teaching. On the other hand, mentor-teachers often find student-teachers could bring in new pedagogical ideas, up-to-date technology and additional energy to the classroom. That is why TP is a good professional development opportunity for both in-service and pre-service teachers.
Reading a long academic article is time-consuming and can easily overwhelm us. However, our students may have to read 5-10 articles each week as they are studying 4–6 courses each semester, that means thousands of words every week. There is a saying that “a picture is worth a thousand words,” but in reality, there is a fundamental difference between looking at a picture and reading. Pictures cannot replace words in terms of their ability to convey precise and concise information, that is why the fact that text still dominates the academic world.
Chinese Philosophy is not an easy topic to understand so students usually take more time to reflect on the core concepts to develop a better understanding. However, time is the most precious resource inside the classroom. How can we make the most out of the face-to-face time without sacrificing the opportunity for deeper reflection on the core concepts?
Should education only be limited to classrooms, books, or video demonstrations? We believe not. The Faculty of Education has established a raft of Experiential Learning (EL) projects with local and international non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and other community partners. Students from all disciplines participate in the PGDE EL block to apply their knowledge and skills in real-world environments. Some examples include conducting English language teaching and cultural activities in India, designing teaching materials and delivering talks and information sessions for UNICEF (HK), as well as collaborating with the Hong Kong Science and Technology Parks Corporation to develop STEM workshops for local students.
Drawing on Faculty research in the field of Learning Analytics, Dr. Xiao HU has developed student learning analysis Moodle plugin tools. Teachers can map the expected learning outcomes to the Moodle activities in a course as well as view progress at the levels of class average and individual student with an additional student component report function.
The Faculty has been actively conducting research on language policy and practice through the work done by colleagues with internationally well-known expertise in a diversity of areas including education policy in postcolonial contexts, sociolinguistics, multilingualism, education for minority students, English and Chinese as second/foreign languages, language across the curriculum and classroom discourse. Key members of the proposed Consortium have also been engaged in various types of international collaboration.
The team helped to setup a flipped classroom strategy for a Speech and Hearing Sciences class. Before the class, students have to complete a learning activity, a quiz. After the students completed the quiz, they can access the learning materials, videos. The teacher shared the results of the quiz to students in the class and initiated discussions.
Experiential Learning is an initiative which aims to take our students outside the classroom and into the community, enabling personal and professional growth and development in combination with social engagement. The Experiential Learning may take various forms, including overseas immersions, exchange studies, service learning trips and internship opportunities. All activities aim at enhancing students’ understanding of real-world environments, expand their capacity to integrate theory and practice, and broaden their global outlook. The Experiential Learning team wished to have a website which could outlines the Faculty’s Experiential Learning programmes and the exciting opportunities it presents.
A curriculum map presents all aspects of the curriculum. An eCurriculum Map system was launched in the Faculty of Medicine years ago. Our Faculty of Education is allowed to deploy the same application serving our educational curriculum and therefore an eCurriculum Map system is deployed at http://ecmap.edu.hku.hk/.
The Diastemas portal is a social media driven learning platform developed as a joint-collaboration between the University of British Columbia (UBC) and HKU. The first platform was developed and initiated in Dentistry. A redesign was undertaken by HKU’s Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) and further refined by our e-Learning Team. We enhanced the application by consolidating the backend database connection, improving the graphical user interface (GUI), and enabling a MP4 video upload function.