Distance Education

Universities turn to hi-tech learning systems for feedback

Students in Sha Tin using a cloud-based learning system.Photo: K.Y. Cheng

Universities are turning to hi-tech learning systems to get feedback quickly from students, writes Elaine Yau.

Sunday, 7 October, 2012, 2:03pm

Digital learning may benefit students, but it is expensive to implement

Digital learning may benefit students, but it is expensive to implement

As they get ready for the new school term starting this week, children attending Fung Kai Innovative School will be the envy of many. While others lug heavy packs laden with textbooks, all that Fung Kai pupils will be carrying is a netbook. That's because the Sheung Shui school has become the first in the city to fully embrace digital textbooks.

1 Sep 2012 - 4:50pm

Facts at our fingertips


Non-profit organisations will need to spend millions of dollars before they qualify for a new Hong Kong government subsidy, an expert on electronic learning says. The HK$50million grant has been proposed to develop high-quality digital textbooks for schools.

24 May 2012 - 12:00am

E-learning future seen at seminar

La Salle College celebrated its 80th anniversary with an education symposium focused on mobile and e-learning.

Keynote speakers Jim Lengel from the City University of New York and Kenneth Chen Wei-on, the undersecretary for education, were among those invited to share their views on how mobile learning and devices like cellphones and iPads have been adopted by schools.

10 May 2012 - 12:00am

Renaissance for digital technicians

As education institutions increasingly make use of technology enrichment tools for learning, focus also remains on helping students to develop the key competences they require to ensure they grow into being well-balanced individuals.

3 Mar 2012 - 12:00am

Government must ensure widespread use of e-learning in our schools

The provision of one-off grants to schools for purchasing e-learning resources is well-intentioned. Schools are free to buy these resources and set up an e-platform for their transaction.

30 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

E-learning trend must be embraced

Whether or not new technology makes it easier for students to learn remains a matter of academic debate. But the growing dependence on computers - in all their different forms - for information and entertainment has meant that members of our young generation are more likely to be seen glued to a computer screen or game console than reading books these days.

16 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

Learning in a brave new e-world

Ask any child whether he or she likes learning through iPads, laptops or iPods and the answer will probably be a resounding 'yes'.

But is that enough reason to pour most education resources into e-learning?

While e-learning is obviously an unstoppable force, not everyone agrees that it is the answer to all educational needs.

12 Jan 2012 - 12:00am

A brave new world

The possibility that advances in technology will result in teachers becoming redundant has been discussed for many years. But as the current advances in technology gallop along, it is worth pondering whether we are any closer to this scenario. These days, the use of online-learning platforms is constantly evolving.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

HKIS goes online for hybrid teaching

When the Hong Kong International School (HKIS) was faced with the challenge of operating as a 'virtual' school, it did so with relative ease as teachers and students were already used to working collaboratively online.

28 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Online degrees become reality

Will it one day be possible to take a university course on your smartphone? The answer is yes, according to HKU Space, which is already developing a mobile platform for its continuing education courses.

'It's very exciting,' says Zhang Weiyuan, head of the Centre for Cyber Learning at the University of Hong Kong's School of Professional and Continuing Education.

14 Nov 2011 - 12:00am

Plugging into HK classrooms

In Hong Kong, e-learning is an idea whose time has come. Few people are more aware of this than the Hong Kong Education City (HKEdCity), a government initiative to promote information technology (IT) in education launched in 1999, when internet mainstays such as Yahoo and Facebook were mere ideas and few teachers and students had a personal e-mail address.

2 Sep 2011 - 12:00am

Employees take wheel to drive careers

The speakers might have come from companies as varied as their products and services - Viagra and insurance, hotel rooms and broadband services - but amid the innovative ideas and techniques discussed, some common themes emerged from last week's HR Magazine staff training and development conference.

23 Oct 2010 - 12:00am

Innovative solutions keep us competitive

One of the greatest human traits is our ability to innovate, adapt, reform and change for the better. It has allowed us to overcome countless obstacles which were thought at first to be insurmountable in order to create the modern society in which we live.

30 Sep 2010 - 12:00am

Can summer courses help develop students' interest in learning?

Vincy Sun, 18, Hang Seng School of Commerce

Apart from reminding us that we are students, a lot of the summer courses are a big burden on us. I believe the incentive to learn comes from our curiosity, not from the tasks we are forced to complete during a summer programme.

30 Jun 2010 - 12:00am