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Join-the-Conversation3: Enriching international learning experiences in your course: What can digital and virtual learning do for you?

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

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The Join-the-Conversation (3), jointly organised by CETL, EPSU and TELI, was held on April 20, 2016. More than 40 staff members from different faculties and units attended the event. The conversation was centred around new possibilities empowered by digital and virtual learning tools in enriching students’ international learning experiences.

The speaker Prof. Ricky Kwok, Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning), firstly led us to review the definition of internationalisation by referring to de Wit and Hunter (2015)* and highlighted some key elements, including intentional (i.e., a planned and well-designed international experience) and interactive (i.e., interactive peer-to-peer learning environment).

Ricky then showed us a number of related projects TELI is working on. Examples are Google Cultural Institute; blending MOOCs with on campus courses; E-portfolio; and TecHKU and Girls4Tech. At the end of the speech, Ricky also highlighted what digital and virtual learning cannot do and pointed out some future directions for exploration, for example, framework and benchmarking for e-learning tools in higher education.

After the discussion, several questions emerged from the audience. One was about successful cases that HKU has already implemented. Another was related to the pedagogical considerations of using digital and virtual tools, for example, how the tasks and questions should be designed and how those useful designs could be retained and shared among teachers. The last question was about the virtual campus tool and the related support on technology available at HKU. In response to these questions, Ricky shared some plans of promoting digital and virtual learning at HKU, most of which were initiated by TELI. He also mentioned the Learning Design Studio in which effective e-learning practices and resources are documented, maintained and shared.

In addition, we collected participants’ opinions regarding the use of digital and virtual learning tools to achieve internationalisation of teaching and learning at the beginning of the conversation through a digital tool, Mentimeter. Here are the results.

*’The intentional process of integrating an international, intercultural or global dimension into the purpose, functions and delivery into post-secondary education, in order to enhance the quality of education and research for all students and staff, and to make a meaningful contribution to society.’

“The Future of Internationalization of Higher Education in Europe”, de Wit and Hunter, 2015

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Details of the workshop:
Speaker : Professor Ricky Kwok, Associate Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)
Moderator : Dr. Tracy Zou, Assistant Professor, CETL
Date : April 20 (Wednesday), 2016
Time : 12:45 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Hot lunch will be provided.

About the Joint Event
Like many other leading universities, HKU is seeking to enhance the internationalisation of its curricula and its teaching. But what can be done in a course or a programme to bring the international learning experiences to students without the need to travel? A recent policy paper (2015) by European Parliament advocates that digital and virtual learning offers a promising way to realise international collaborative experiences and achieve ‘internationalisation at home’.

During the first join-the-conversation in January, we identified digital and virtual learning as one of the eight learning challenges and opportunities associated with the internationalisation of teaching and learning in HKU. In this joint event, we will further look at the ways that recent advances in information and communication technologies open up new possibilities to enrich international experiences in courses and programmes. Participants will be able to review a range of approaches and techniques whereby digital learning may facilitate international learning experiences for students, evaluate the value and feasibility of these approaches in HKU’s context, and discuss the possible applications of some of the approaches in their courses or programmes.

For information, please contact:
Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​