The Centre for Information Technology in Education (CITE) is granted by Quality Education Fund (QEF) to conduct a two-year project namely “Learning 2.0: an Online Platform and a Teacher Support Network for Curriculum and Assessment Innovation in Liberal Studies for the NSS Curriculum-phase I” (learning 2.0). It aims to design, implement and evaluate an interactive learning and assessment platform (iLAP) for supporting enquiry learning in Liberal Studies as well as to set up a teacher professional network for facilitating curriculum and assessment innovations.
The “Learning 2.0: an Online Platform and a Teacher Support Network for Curriculum and Assessment Innovation in Liberal Studies for the NSS Curriculum-phase II” project is a two-year project granted by Quality Education Fund (QEF). It is an extension of phase I. Phase II aims to integrate an e-portfolio component in the interactive learning and assessment platform (iLAP) so as to support school based assessment in Liberal studies. It also aims to scale up the teacher professional network to 10 schools and to disseminate innovative practices as well as facilitating the collaborative culture among schools.
This project is funded by the Education Bureau and it aimed at supporting schools on developing and scaling up knowledge building pedagogy, sustaining teacher professional growth, and improving student learning through a knowledge building teacher network (KBTN).
Since September 2008, this project becomes part of the University-School Support Project (USP) under the School-based support services (SBSS) titled "Professional Development Network for Knowledge Building in Schools". The project leaders are Prof. Nancy Law and Dr. Carol Chan, Associate Professor of Faculty of Education. The USP project has started in September 2008 and is expected to be completed in August 2011. A team of expert knowledge-building teachers are seconded to EDB to assist participating teachers in implementing the knowledge building approach together with the project team from CITE, HKU. Six half-time seconded teachers (STs) and more than 60 participating teachers from 25 schools (11 primary schools, 13 secondary schools, 1 special school) have been recruited for this academic year. Knowledge Forum®, which is hosted at CITE (http://kf.cite.hku.hk), is used by teachers and students in the project to facilitate their collaborative knowledge building activities.
Objectives of the project:
As an extension to the project on "Development of an interactive platform for the consolidation and dissemination of good practices through the Internet in schools", CITE has been commissioned by the Education Bureau to implement phase II of this project and the project has started in January 2006. The aims of the phase II project are as follows:
The project was successfully completed in August, 2007. The project comprises two major components. At the first phase, CITE held a series of training course for seconded teachers and research assistants in the 20 identified Centers of Excellence (CoEs) as well as other seconded teachers fully seconded to the EMB who will also be involved in supporting these CoEs. The aim of this course is to provide members of this team the opportunity to gain the requisite understanding and skills on (i) effective uses of ICT for curriculum and pedagogical innovation, (ii) leading and supporting pedagogical change in schools and (iii) action research. The course contents will include methods and techniques in data collection, analysis, case write up and reporting.
At the second phase, i.e. the second component of the project which is to provide guidance to the team of research assistants in the data collection and with their support to collate, analyze and report on the experiences gained by the 20 CoE schools.
The objective of this program is to support school in building their own vision of the potential impact of ICT and the different dimensions of school policy and strategies in supporting the curriculum and pedagogical innovations in the direction of the Curriculum Reform.
This project is a follow up project to the eleadership development program conducted by CITE.
The objectives are:
CITE has been commissioned by the Education and Manpower Bureau to run the project “The development of an interactive platform for the consolidation and dissemination of good practices through the Internet in schools”. The aims of this project are to create an innovation community database, a sharing system for teachers to explore and reflect on their own pedagogical uses of information and communication technology with other interested education professionals and to build professional collaboration on action-oriented school development initiatives. The project started in Jan 2005 and it was completed in Jan 2006.
In this project, an interactive platform for teachers’ professional development has been developed. Around 25 good practices from different schools were collected and uploaded to the platform as in December 2005. A dissemination workshop on “Using an Online Database of ICT-supported Good Pedagogical Practices to Scale up Innovations across Schools” was held on 10 December 2005 with an aim to share their experience in using the online database and also on the innovative pedagogical practices they have generated by using ICT that have proved to be effective in enhancing student learning.
This program is designed to support school principals in building knowledge, skills and understanding of on the potential impact of ICT in supporting learning and teaching and the key issues.
CITE, HKU has launched a series of research and development projects called 'Learning Community Projects' since 2001. The aim of these projects is to support and investigate the development of life-long learning abilities in group collaborative learning contexts using technology, focusing on finding the relationships between the development of enquiry and knowledge-building abilities and the changing group dynamics and interaction patterns of the learners. The project integrates a web discussion platform called 'Knowledge Forum' (KF) into secondary school curriculum, this project hopes to develop better thinking, analytical and problem-solving skills of students, and to enhance their knowledge-building ability. The various phases of this series of projects until 2008 can be found from the projects page from September 2008. The KB Online Course has summarized valuable knowledge from these earlier projects. From September 2008, the project has extended its scope to become the Professional Network for Knowledge Building in Schools.