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On 22 April, a delegation “Stifterverband” composed of 18 Vice Presidents, CIOs and Heads of Online Learning from German universities has paid a visit to The Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU) to exchange and share experience on blended-learning and foster collaboration. Stifterverband is a business community initiative advocating long-term improvement of the German education and research landscape. The delegation aimed to evaluate the forefront efforts by selective Asian universities, including PolyU, on the application of digital technologies in higher education. In the area of digital learning, PolyU was a Gold Winner in the Asia category in the Wharton QS Reimagine Education Awards 2015 and a Platinum Winner of the LearnX Impact Awards on Best E-Learning Design in 2016.

PolyU senior management and academics, including Prof. Angelina Yuen, Vice President (Student and Global Affairs), Prof. Chetwyn Chan, Associate Vice President (Learning and Teaching), Prof. Eric Tsui and Prof. WB Lee at the Knowledge Management and Innovation Research Centre of the Department of Industrial and Systems Engineering, introduced to the delegates the University’s plan, strategy and implementation of blended-learning, and shared the various ways of conducting online lectures, pedagogical design, personal learning environment and networks (PLE&N), Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) and the research proposal on cloud-based open innovation and collaborative learning. Both parties also discussed the challenges and issues on the adoption of blended-learning and the role models to lead change in an institution.

This initial exchange was fruitful. The delegation has been planning more sharing and exchanges in 2017. 

德國數碼教育代表團理大

四月二十二日,多間德國大學的副校長、資訊科技總監及網上學習部門主任共十八名成員組成Stifterverband代表團拜訪香港理工大學(理大),就混成學習(blended-learning)進行交流與經驗分享,促進互相合作。Stifterverband為商業群體的新計劃,提倡德國教育與科研前景的長期改善。是次拜訪的目的是評價包括理大在內的亞洲區大學,採用數碼科技於高等教育的顯著成果。在數碼教育領域上,理大是2015年華頓-QS教學創新獎亞洲區金獎得主,亦獲2016年LearnX Impact Awards 最佳電子學習設計的白金獎。

理大管理層及教研人員包括副校長(學生及環球事務)阮曾媛琪教授、協理副校長(學與教)陳智軒教授、工業及系統工程學系知識管理及創新研究中心徐汝康教授及李榮彬教授向代表團介紹大學混成學習的計劃、策略及實行;並分享實施網上授課的多種途徑、教學內容設計、個人學習環境和網絡(PLE&N)、大型開放式網絡課程(MOOCs),以及雲端開放創新與協同學習的研究計劃。雙方亦就採用混成學習及帶領院校變革的模範兩方面的挑戰及議題進行討論。

這項初次交流成果纍纍,代表團將於2017年推行更多分享與交流計劃。

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A delegation of Vice Presidents, CIOs and Heads of Online Learning from German universities pays a visit to PolyU to exchange and share experience on blended-learning.

多間德國大學的副校長、資訊科技總監及網上學習部門主任組成的代表團拜訪理大,就混成學習進行交流與經驗分享。

 

The German delegates and PolyU senior management exchange views and experiences on digital technologies applications in higher education.

德國代表團與理大管理層就高等教育的數碼科技應用作經驗交流。

 

The German delegates share their experience in blended-learning.

德國代表團分享混成學習的經驗。

Source: PolyU website