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)


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


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。