Dr Eva Wong (left) and Dr Theresa Kwong, Assistant Director of the Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning, receive the Silver Award of the Regional Award Asia under the Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards 2015 at the Reimagine Education Conference held in Philadelphia, USA.


王周綺華博士 (左) 與全人教育教與學中心助理總監鄺福寧博士出席早前在美國費城舉辦的Reimagine Education會議,獲頒發2015年全球教學創新大賽亞洲區銀獎

Date: 22 Dec 2015 (Tuesday)

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HKBU’s innovative teaching initiative grabs silver at Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards 2015 Regional Award Asia

浸大創意教學項目奪全球教學創新大賽亞洲區銀獎

An innovative inter-institutional teaching and learning project coordinated by the Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning (CHTL) of Hong Kong Baptist University (HKBU) was named Silver Winner for the category of Regional Award Asia at the second Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards 2015 organised by the Wharton School of the University of Pennsylvania’s SEI Centre for Advanced Studies in Management and the leading global provider of specialist information on higher education Quacquarelli Symonds Limited.
 
This year, a total of 520 entries were submitted from 50 countries. A distinguished panel of 40 internationally renowned judges selected the 22 winning entries. HKBU’s winning project entitled “Reinforcing the Importance of Academic Integrity and Ethics in Students with Blended Learning – A Deployment of Augmented Reality Applications” aims to make use of the latest advances in augmented reality, coupled with mobile technology where appropriate, to bring scenarios of academic integrity and ethics to real-life situations for students. The project was received favourably by the panel across all judging criteria, and all judges recognised its outstanding potential to improve pedagogy and employability in a higher education environment.
 
On the learning trails mapped out on HKBU campus, there are several checkpoints with augmented reality technology that simulate different preset real-life scenarios. Using a mobile device, students can retrieve information and a list of questions that will prompt him/her to consider ethics and morality while choosing an answer. Through this initiative, it is hoped that students will be motivated to enhance their knowledge on academic integrity and ethics. In addition, their responses can be gathered and further discussed online within a learning management system or inside the classroom on ethics-related courses.
 
The inter-institutional project which began in 2014 is being led by HKBU in collaboration with The Chinese University of Hong Kong, The Hong Kong Institute of Education and The Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The project is now having a trial run and has received a funding of HK$8 million from the University Grants Committee (UGC) for a term of three years. It is expected that the application would be further expanded to other disciplines in future.
 
Dr Eva Wong, Director of CHTL, said: “The advent of information technology (IT) seems to have exacerbated the issue of adhering to academic integrity and ethics. This project is deemed opportune as it aims to make use of IT to combat an important issue brought on and worsened by IT itself. I am very grateful to the UGC and our University for the generous support they have rendered to the project. Of course, the most important people are the dedicated teachers who have joined the project and made use of the learning trails to enhance student learning on the important issues of academic integrity and ethics.”
 
Launched in 2014, the Wharton-QS Stars Reimagine Education Awards aims to identify the most innovative approaches in higher education to enhance learning and student employability. For details on the Awards and HKBU’s winning project, please visit: http://www.reimagine-education.com/the-winners-individual/2015/328/a713aae5fd713380b4d7925f3887faab/Hong+Kong+Baptist+University.

浸大全人教育教與學中心負責統籌的一個跨院校創意教學項目,名為「以混合學習方式提升學生對學術誠信與品德的重視──發展『增強現實』軟件的應用」,最近於賓夕法尼亞大學沃頓商學院與國際高等教育資訊機構Quacquarelli Symonds合辦的第二屆教學創新大賽上,獲頒發亞洲區銀獎。
 
比賽今年吸引50個國家提交合共520份參賽項目,經過由全球40位知名專家組成的評判團選出22個得獎項目。浸大的得獎項目是運用移動通訊設備,結合最新發展的「增強現實」軟件,將各種有關學術誠信的問題帶入學生的現實生活中,讓學生可以隨時隨地就相關問題作出思考和討論。該項目在各個評選範疇中均得到評判團的高度評價,讚揚項目能有效改善高等教育的教學法和學生的就業能力。
 
同學可於浸大校園內特設的虛擬學習徑,透過移動通訊設備裝置配以「增強現實」軟件進行模擬學習。學習徑會設置各種模擬實境操作的場景,同學可透過移動通訊設備探索和進入不同場景,以進行連串與學術誠信和品德操守相關的問答遊戲,藉此加強他們有關方面的知識和學習。此外,為使同學更易掌握和操作,「增強現實」軟件亦可透過網上「學習管理系統」收集和查看意見,以便用作有關道德學科的網上或課堂討論。
 
整個跨院校的協作計劃於去年展開,為期3年,由浸大牽頭,與香港中文大學、香港教育學院和香港理工大學合作進行,項目並得到大學教育資助委員會撥款約港幣800萬元資助。項目現處於試驗階段,未來計劃將應用層面擴展至其他學科範疇的學習之上。
 
浸大全人教育教與學中心總監王周綺華博士表示:「資訊科技的出現似乎令人難於恪守學術誠信和品德操守。這個教學項目能及時地運用資訊科技,來應對相關發展為教育界帶來的嚴重問題。我在此十分感謝大學教育資助委員會和大學對項目給予的支持,最重要是那些有份參與計劃的老師,他們均善用學習徑以提升學生對學術誠信和品德操守這兩個重要課題的學習。」
 
教學創新大賽於2014年設立,目的為表揚具創新意念的高等教育教學項目,以提升學生的學習與就業能力。有關浸大得獎項目詳情,可瀏覽網頁:http://www.reimagine-education.com/the-winners-individual/2015/328/a713aae5fd713380b4d7925f3887faab/Hong+Kong+Baptist+University