Developing Online Courses/Blended Learning Initiatives with FutureLearn

 

Introduction

With internationalisation as one of the priorities in the Institutional Strategic Plan 2018-2028, our University has been continuously promoting blended learning and establishing ties with overseas universities.

With Small Private Online Courses (SPOCs) and other blended learning initiatives, our students can learn alongside their peers in other universities with different cultural backgrounds. Teachers can also co-teach with overseas partners, opening up opportunities for joint programmes. In this light, the Teaching and Learning Policy Committee (TLPC) supports the University to adopt FutureLearn as our initial SPOC platform.

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Why FutureLearn?

FutureLearn is identified to be more suitable for HKBU based on our needs and strategic foci. It has already established a number of courses with other universities. With such a well-established connection, it provides us with a good starting point to collaborate with the potential overseas partners. To explore the learning environment under this platform, please enrol in any free online courses through: https://www.futurelearn.com/.

Examples include:

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Showcase of HKBU Online Courses

Since AY2017/18, we have successfully developed and launched 10 online courses at HKBU. For details of these online courses, please visit: http://chtl.hkbu.edu.hk/main/onlinecourse/.

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Seed Funding for Initial Establishment

Colleagues are invited to submit proposals and apply their innovative blended learning ideas in their teaching. Up to HKD100,000 can be allocated per proposal to support the initial SPOC establishment. Proposals will be processed on a first come, first serve basis, until the fund is exhausted.

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Application Procedure

While there is no strict restriction on its format, the proposal should cover the following areas
(with page limit of 2 pages):

  • Intended outcomes of the proposed SPOC(s)/blended learning initiatives;
  • Implementation details and timeline (e.g. course(s) involved, subject area(s), class size, local and overseas partners);
  • Proposed budget; and
  • Mechanism for evaluating effectiveness.

Proposals (in softcopy) should be sent to Dr Eva Wong (evawong@hkbu.edu.hk). Submission will be reviewed by the Vice-President (Teaching and Learning) and two other colleagues who have extensive blended learning experience.

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Enquiries

For any enquiries, please feel free to contact Dr Eva Wong, Director of the CHTL (ext.7242, email: evawong@hkbu.edu.hk)

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FAQ

Funding Application
  • Is there a deadline for applying this seed funding?
  • Do I need to partner with another non-local university to be eligible for this funding?
  • How long should a SPOC last?
  • Can this seed funding support partner universities for purchasing any SPOCs equipment?
Copyright Issues
  • Can the university provide central support to handle copyright issues?
  • Can I upload students’ works such as videos onto FutureLearn?
  • Can I share my self-produced teaching materials in other platforms as well as the SPOC in FutureLearn?
Others
  • Will there be any centralised facilities in HKBU for my SPOC production?
  • What features and functions in FutureLearn can I adopt in my SPOC?
  • Can my students submit their assignments onto other developed eLearning platforms via posting hyperlinks into FutureLearn?

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