Criteria 1: Blended learning approaches used at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University that inspire & motivate students to learn

My approach to blended learning has been to try to understand our students – their culture, learning experience, work and lifestyle, concerns, learning preferences and the barriers and challenges they face in developing their ideas and their academic skills. I have tried to get to know individual students through day-to-day contact, supervising work placements, through my tutorial classes, and have learned much through organizing our SHTM student orientation over the past 4 years. It is easy to stereotype Hong Kong students, but my experience is that our (SHTM) students are motivated, hard-working, creative, and recognize the benefits of blended learning.

In designing blended learning for our students I want to add value to their learning and provide some variety and fun to complement their standard lectures/tutorials.  We need to tap into their ability to work collaboratively, support each other, as well as foster their creativity and extend their thinking. In addition, I believe we should seek to identify with students’ spatial and kinaesthetic aptitudes by providing learning experiences that provide media-rich and visually-rich resources, tapping into students’ naturally ability and experience of technology.

Examples include the PolyU Virtual Campus, The PolyU Virtual Hotel, The Hotel & Tourism Workplace Simulator and the Student Orientation Programme in Second Life.

Student Orientation in Second Life PolyU Virtual Campus 

Blended First Year Experience Subject 

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