Is online learning the future, or a fad?

Physically handicapped and visually impaired students demonstrating their E-learning applications. Photo: Jonathan Wong

Massive open online courses have generated much excitement, scepticism and consternation in tertiary education.

Thursday, 6 June, 2013, 2:10am

Letters to the Editor, June 2, 2013

Recycling industry needs to expand. Photo: Felix Wong

First of all, I would like to express my appreciation to the government for its courage and vision in finally coming up with plans to tackle waste. An aggressive target has been set - a 40 per cent reduction in the amount of waste sent to landfills by 2022.

2 Jun 2013 - 3:59am 3 comments

A good teacher in Hong Kong is now a click away

Technology can help make education more equitable. Photo: Felix Wong

Imagine a global classroom where any Hong Kong student can access and enjoy learning resources created by teachers from every other school in Hong Kong, anywhere and anytime. With the launch of the Hong Kong Digital Academy, that reality is here.

23 Apr 2013 - 3:51am

Hong Kong classrooms move online to YouTube

Hong Kong Digital Academy was launched on Tuesday at Salesian School in Tsuen Wan. Photo: SCMP Pictures

Hong Kong classrooms are upping the ante on web-based education – by teaching via YouTube.

13 Mar 2013 - 4:08pm

A revolution in digital learning

Quality education open to all is only a few clicks away

The global economy will need to create some 600 million jobs over the next decade to preserve social cohesion and ensure sustainable growth, the World Economic Forum has estimated. In the midst of ongoing economic fragility across much of the world, this poses a monumental challenge, and will thus be one of the topics discussed at the forum's annual meeting in Davos later this month.

10 Jan 2013 - 5:05am

Letters to the Editor, January 5, 2013

Donald Tsang can be proud of Disneyland. Photo: Edward Wong

Hong Kong's travel warning on India is unfair

I refer to the report ("Women's group warns India over rape", January 1). I also read with anger that the Security Bureau issued an amber alert for travellers visiting India.

5 Jan 2013 - 2:38am 2 comments

Fanling school shows that e-learning involves a lot more than just e-books

The moment you enter the Buddhist Po Kwong School in Fanling, things look different.

Laminated A4-sized flash cards are posted on chairs, bins and doors, and dot playground and hallways.

Each card has a QR (Quick Response) code, square barcodes that hold all sorts of data.

23 Dec 2012 - 4:55am

Macau's St Paul's School biggest in region to fully embrace e-learning

Pupils of St Paul's School in Macau use tablet computers in what will be the region's largest paperless school. Photo: Edward Wong

A school in Macau with more than 3,000 pupils is set to become the largest paperless school in the region, outpacing e-learning efforts in Hong Kong.

St Paul's School principal Alejandro Salcedo said planning for the ambitious project started almost a decade ago and would be fully implemented next year.

23 Dec 2012 - 4:55am 1 comment

Online learning platform Coursera to offer Chinese-taught courses

The Hong Kong University of Science and Technology will launch what could be the world's first free Chinese-taught courses next year.

The Coursera online learning platform will offer science and technology in China and modern Chinese history, taught by the university professors in English, but with a Putonghua voiceover.

5 Nov 2012 - 5:45am

Class Action: the joy of field trips

Class Action: the joy of field trips

My son loves going on school field trips but I feel like many of them are a waste of time. School fees are so expensive, surely they would be better off spending less money on "fun days" and more time working on lessons?

28 Oct 2012 - 3:22pm

Tablets put schools on learning curve

How long before we swap textbooks for tablets? Within three years, students in South Korea will read digital textbooks instead of paper versions, says its Ministry of Education, Science and Technology, which is sinking more than 3.5 trillion won (HK$24 billion) into the programme.

13 Jul 2012 - 12:00am

OUHK in search of IT specialists

The rapid adoption of interactive technologies in education has created a demand for professionals to develop and maintain information technology (IT) systems.

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

Centennial milestone for HKU

The launch of the four-year undergraduate courses next year will not only herald a new era in education at the city's oldest university, it will also coincide with the completion of a major expansion project to mark its 100-year history.

23 Sep 2011 - 12:00am