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Use of blended learning & the journey to adopt MOOC at HKPolyU

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Eric Tsui's presentation at the Global Mindset Conference - Future of Higher Education & Skills Training in the Australasian Region – ‘Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and Digitisation event on 10th April 2013 held in Sydney, Australia. Details of the event is available at http://www.slideshare.net/eric_yh_tsui/the-future-of-higher-education-skills-training

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Use of blended learning & the journey to adopt MOOC at HKPolyU

  1. 1. Use of Blended Learning & theJourney to adopt MOOC at TheHong Kong Polytechnic University Professor Eric Tsui Chair, Advisory Committee on Elearning & Facilitator, CoP on the use of Learn@PolyU for good Teaching & Learning
  2. 2. The Hong Kong Polytechnic University
  3. 3. Background• Largest university in Hong Kong with 27,000 EFT students (local, mainland China & overseas)• A considerable proportion of students routinely travels to mainland China for business• Transitioning from a 3 years to a 4 years UG system (double cohort)• Gained prior experience on delivering E-Learning via HKCyberU (for about a decade)• “Blended Learning” has been set a target in 2 consecutive 5 years Strategic Plans
  4. 4. Use of E-Learning in teaching(Source: Educational Development Centre)
  5. 5. Co-Creation of learning contentwith students
  6. 6. PolyU’s use of Virtual World toenhance teaching
  7. 7. The M.Sc. in KM programme
  8. 8. Delivery via a blended set of F2F, internet lectures & self-paced online study Face-to face lectures & workshopsOn-line Tutorial System On-line Learning platform
  9. 9. Games & Simulation exercises
  10. 10. Scenario-Based Learning withanimated & talking characters
  11. 11. Student Graduate Student Guest Student Student Student Student Graduate Graduate Student Teacher Student Teacher GuestGraduate Guest Student Student Student Graduate Student Student Student Graduate Teachers Students Graduates Guests
  12. 12. A student’s Learning Online classes Environment Online learning content In-person activities Blackboard/WebCT/ PLE&N Text book(s) Books from library Papers & Notes
  13. 13. Catalysts and stimulants• Blended Learning Advisory Committee (BLAC) & appointment of E-Learning Advocates (2010-2012)• Advisory Committee on Elearning (2013-)• Community of Practice on leveraging Learn@PolyU for good Teaching & Learning (2013-)• Individual, Cross department/faculty & Institutional-wide Teaching & Learning development grants established (2013-)
  14. 14. PolyU’s Journey into MOOC• To MOOC or not to MOOC? (Not a binary answer) – Embed links to incorporate one or more MOOC lectures in existing PolyU subjects – Use entire MOOC subject with/without own assessments, & with/without own support – License & adopt the entire MOOC subject – Maintain the right degree of mix in a program portfolio• Leverage on the MOOC journey & experience to advance blended learning & enhance quality of on-campus subjects• Experimenting with the “Flipped Classroom”• Appears to be a “WIN (Teachers)-WIN (Students)-WIN (University)“ proposition that warrants further exploration• Planning to host a MOOC forum on 3-4th July 2013 in Hong Kong
  15. 15. The “Flipped Classroom”
  16. 16. Current landscape for MOOCs
  17. 17. Many challenging issues remain …• What subjects are more suitable hence should go first?• Would students (staff) embrace this new paradigm of learning (teaching)?• How to assess the Quality of a MOOC subject/course?• Assessment? Online? In-person? How to conduct?• Credit transfer between universities in a MOOC Consortium?• How to maintain PolyU’s own branding, reputation, & our niche?• How to “reverse engineer” (exit plan) from a MOOC?• …
  18. 18. Use of Blended Learning & theJourney to adopt MOOC at TheHong Kong Polytechnic University Professor Eric Tsui Chair, Advisory Committee on Elearning & Facilitator, CoP on the use of Learn@PolyU for good Teaching & Learning

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