How does one measure the quality of a curriculum? Hong Kong University is committed to evaluating, understanding, and improving the quality of education, with the goals of modeling best practices in course design, teaching, and learning. The model they are applying provides teachers with real-time feedback and the opportunity to revise their curriculum to quickly adapt to emerging needs.
With the support from HP Catalyst Program, we have successfully set up a brand new HP teaching lab with 44 HP laptops. The lab sessions of two courses have been conducted. We have successfully collected quite some data about teaching and learning. We are trying to get some fund from leadership program to hire research students to use the data to find the learning and teaching process models.
Findings & Achievements:
Based on the current data we collected, we found following interesting issues related to the modeling teaching and learning process.
1. The slides are quite important to attract students’ attention. Even the same set slides with different order may have different impacts on the effectiveness of learning.
2. The learning effectiveness is affected by the degree of knowing the HP technology during the lab sessions.
3. The HP technology indeed offers quite some neat features that make the teaching more vivid.
4. There are many factors that may affect the teaching and learning effectiveness.
Collaboration within Catalyst:
We have some close collaboration with HP China lab on data mining issues in modeling the teaching and learning processes.
It is essential to support research students to work on the project. Therefore, in addition to the fund used to set up the teaching lab, we still need some fund which can be used to hire Ph.D. or Master students working in this area. We also plan to start our collaborations with other Catalyst program leaders or members on the modeling process.