More than 100 students attend City University's e-learning science courses


The online learning platform was launched for students to use during the class suspension due to the coronavirus

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Some universities in Hong Kong are putting out online classes for secondary students during the class suspension.

More than a hundred secondary students from 50 local schools attended City University’s online science courses in late February amidst the school suspension. 

Taught by CityU professors, the two interactive and real-time CityU-Learning Taster Courses - which allow students to chat and take part in polls - included an hour-long Artificial Intelligence workshop on building a Python program to classify Pokemon, and a 45-minute lesson covering basic concepts of the binary number system. 

Student participants came from schools including La Salle College, St. Joseph’s College, Diocesan Girls’ School, Wah Yan College Hong Kong and St. Paul’s Convent School (Secondary Section). 

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In a press release published by the University on Wednesday, form four Tseung Kwan O Government Secondary School student Chen Wan-lam said the AI e-class was highly intelligible and that it has enabled him to develop a “greater interest” in the subject. 

This kind of taster course provides a platform for secondary school students to continue learning at home and acquire new knowledge outside school lessons,” added Dr Leung Wing-ho, Associate Professor in the Department of Computer Science, who was in charge of the binary number course. 

CityU launched the online learning platform CityU-Learning system on February 20 to support homebound secondary students in response to the coronavirus outbreak. 

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Earlier, on February 7, the University also offered consecutive real-time e-teaching sessions following regular school timetables. More than 2,000 students attended class at the same time. 

More taster courses will be open for registration in March, with topics ranging from physics, law, and business, to liberal arts and social sciences. More details can be found here