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Leading e-Learning Integration in Higher Education: Challenges and Strategies


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4 March 2010 (Thursday) | 09:00 - 12:30 | HKU | | Prof. Alex FUNG, Director, Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology, The Hong Kong Institute of Education | Dr. Elson S.Y. SZETO, Assistant Education Technology Officer, Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology, The Hong Kong Institute of Education

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Leading e-Learning Integration in Higher Education: Challenges and Strategies

  1. 1. CITERS 2010 Forum Leading e-Learning integration in Higher Education:Challenges & Strategies<br />4 March 2010<br />
  2. 2. e-Learning in teacher education: challenges and strategies at the Hong Kong Institute of Education<br />Professor Alex Fung <br />Dr. Elson Szeto<br />Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology<br />The Hong Kong Institute of Education<br />
  3. 3. Developmental Phases of LMS<br />Diverse endeavours(1998 – 2002): Pioneering Phase<br /><ul><li>Scattered individual and departmental efforts
  4. 4. Various e-learning projects initiated during the period</li></ul>Transitional pilot (2000 – 2002): Converging Phase<br /><ul><li>“Next-Edu” as a ‘localised shell’ of Blackboard version 4
  5. 5. The first ‘chosen’ platform derived from a project and housed in an academic department</li></ul>Standardised platform (from 2003 onwards):Centralised Phase<br /><ul><li>First installation of Blackboard LMS version 5 as an institute-wide platform
  6. 6. Major upgrade to Blackboard Learn Plus recently in late 2009</li></li></ul><li>Organisational Issues in LMS Development<br />1. Issues on Decision-making<br /><ul><li>A top-down approach via an institute-wide committee
  7. 7. An associate vice president chaired the committee until 2007
  8. 8. An IT service unit is responsible for the decision-making</li></ul>2. Issues on Policy and practice<br /><ul><li>No explicit e-learning policy
  9. 9. Voluntary use of LMS
  10. 10. Individual academics
  11. 11. Departmental coordination</li></li></ul><li>Organisational Issues cont’d.<br />3. Issues on Resources & Support<br /><ul><li>University senior management level
  12. 12. Triennial budgeting
  13. 13. Seed money for teaching development (2004/05 and 2006/07)
  14. 14. ICT infrastructure level
  15. 15. Information technology services
  16. 16. Teaching and learning support level
  17. 17. Blackboard training workshops/self-learning materials/consultation
  18. 18. On-demand Blackboard course creation and student enrollment (from 2003 to 2009)</li></li></ul><li>Blackboard LMS at the HKIEd<br />Evolving LMS Development<br />Bb 9<br />Bb 5 & 7<br />Communities<br />Creating<br />Sharing<br />Evaluating<br />Updating<br />Reusing<br />Content Collection<br />Course<br />Content<br />Activities<br />Assessment<br />New Assessment Types: Self/peer evaluation, e-portfolio, Turnitin etc.<br />
  19. 19. Structure & Strategy<br />A Partnership Strategy<br />Academic & Teaching Staff<br />(e-learning in practice)<br />HKIEd community<br />HKIEd community<br />Students’ Learning<br />ITS & ISO (infrastructure support)<br />LTTC (Blackboard training, user support)<br />HKIEd community<br />Blackboard Inc.<br />
  20. 20. After all … so what?<br />Can we foster quality teaching and learning with e-learning in practice?<br /><ul><li>Teacher-controlled Learner-controlled environment
  21. 21. Re-engaging students in learning
  22. 22. Facilitating students to take charge of their learning
  23. 23. The trend of Personal Learning Environments (PLEs)?</li></li></ul><li>Lessons to share<br />Partnership<br />Understanding of faculty’s pedagogical preferences<br />Understanding of students’ learning needs<br />Ongoing staff development to keep up with fast-changing technologies<br />Being entrepreneurial in fostering e-learning<br />
  24. 24. Thank you!<br />