Blended Learning for University Enhancement II Project Seminar

Blended Learning for University Enhancement II Project Seminar – 25 May 2021
Date 25 May 2021 (Tuesday)
Time 12:30 – 1:30 pm
Format Online (Zoom)
Abstracts and Speakers Presentation 1

Blended Learning: Innovative Practices and Pedagogies
The Covid 19 lockdowns in schools and universities have necessitated the rapid adoption of online learning as well as blended learning to ensure that learning continues uninterrupted. In this talk, I will discuss some of the reported practices of online and blended learning adopted in the universities around the world, in particular, those practices and pedagogies which have empirical support as evidence-based approaches. A framework on the effectiveness of different types of online learning, based on the book “Learning Online: What Research Tells Us about Whether, When and How” (2014), identifies nine dimensions to examine online and blended learning: modality, pacing, student-instructor ratio, pedagogy, instructor role online, student role online, online communication synchrony, role of online assessments, and source of feedback. We will use this framework as a lens to discuss the approaches to blended learning that have emerged as a response to the Covid-19 disruptions.

Speaker: Prof Looi Chee-Kit, National Institute of Education, Nanyang Technological University
Prof Looi Chee-Kit is Professor of Education at the National Institute of Education (NIE), Nanyang Technological University (NTU), Singapore. He is Co-Director of the Centre for Research and Development in Learning at NTU. He was the founding Head of the Learning Sciences Lab, the first research centre devoted to the study of the sciences of learning in the Asia-Pacific region. His research interests are in the areas of seamless mobile learning, computer-supported collaborative learning, and computational thinking education. He is an Associate Editor of the International Journal on AI and Education, and the Journal of Computer Science Education.

Presentation 2

Developing Teacher’s TPACK Through the DECODE Model
This talk presents a teacher training course model entitled “DECODE” (DEmo-CO-DEsign/teach) to improve teacher’s content knowledge, pedagogical content knowledge, and TPACK (Technological Pedagogical Content Knowledge, TPACK). There are four stages in the DECODE model, including teacher’s demonstrations, students’ co-training the usage of CCR (CloudClassRoom, with other students in the same group, students’ co-designing a CCR-integrated course within the same group, and finally students’ co-teaching the course and receiving feedback. Each stage aims to improve teachers’ technological content knowledge (TCK), pedagogical content knowledge (PCK), technological pedagogical knowledge (TPK), and technological pedagogical content knowledge (TPACK). In a pilot study, a self-evaluation questionnaire and open feedback sheet were used to assess participants’ learning outcomes. The findings suggested that teachers can easily use CCR and design a CCR-integrated course through group discussion during DECODE. Furthermore, after the DECODE course, participants’ TCK, TPK, and TPACK improved significantly. Thus, DECODE is considered to be a useful model in teacher professional development.

Speaker: Prof Chang Chun-Yen, National Taiwan Normal University
Prof Chang Chun-Yen is a science education scholar in Taiwan. Currently, he serves as National Taiwan Normal University (NTNU) Chair Professor, Director of Science Education Center (NTNU), Professor of the Graduate Institute of Science Education and the Department of Earth Sciences (NTNU). Dr. Chang now is the Editor-in-Chief of the Eurasia Journal of Mathematics, Science and Technology Education. He is also on the Editorial Board of three journals: Studies in Science Education, Learning, Media & Technology, and Journal of Science Education and Technology. In 2019, CouldClassRoom (CCR) mobile system, which was developed by him and his research team, has been selected as an exemplar institution in the 2019 EDUCAUSE Horizon Report.

Moderator Professor Kong Siu Cheung
Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology
The Education University of Hong Kong
Language English
Online Registration
(Remark: A Confirmation email with Zoom link will be sent on 24 May 2021)
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