The subject areas selected for this project bear something in common, namely the extensive use of (chemical/mathematical) formulae, graphs, photos and/or diagrams which require quite intensive efforts of treatment before we could establish the corresponding WWW homepage. Furthermore, audio, video, animation and interactive simulation, which require both advanced audio-video equipment and computer support, are well-known to be essential for effective self-learning of those subjects. Therefore, special technological knowledge and support are commonly required and could better be shared amongst co-supervisors of different disciplines, leading to the development of many staff expertise. Besides, the creation of Chinese self-learning materials in the Internet will be very unique all over the world and could certainly help to solve the problem of lacking Chinese references for post-secondary students in Hong Kong.
The output of this project will include a website containing many WWW homepage of self-learning materials in various subjects (in English and/or Chinese) for on-line browsing and one or more corresponding CD-ROM titles for off-line distribution. The subsequent questionnaire survey and/or quality interview for assessing the students' attitude towards this mode of self-learning in various disciplines and courses could lead to a number of educational research projects and conference presentations.
Finally, the teaching and learning quality in HKIEd will be enhanced/improved through the following processes/mechanisms:
- Our teaching staff will be motivated with enthusiasm to refresh, upgrade and/or update their existing teaching materials on authoring the self-learning materials in hypermedia format.
- Students will be intensively exposed to the multimedia learning environment in which the learning materials are specifically constructed for them. It is estimated that over a thousand HKIEd students, ranging from early childhood, primary, secondary to technical education (in Chinese or English full-time/part-time courses) who have chosen (as electives) or are required (in General Education etc.) to study some modules in Computer, Mathematics, Science and related disciplines would benefit.
- Through the Internet or off-line distribution of CD-ROM, we could attract or invite many overseas educators to provide peer comments/feedback on our teaching materials in the hypermedia format and so our colleagues could have many chances to receive various kinds of objective view on their teaching materials/methodology for reflection. Some valuable comments/appraisal have already been received for our Introductory Digital Electronics homepage.
- A few workshops and seminars will be organized to brief other HKIEd staff and students about the concepts and significance of this project and to share with them our experience on constructing interactive hypermedia materials for self-learning in the Internet, giving them inspiration for participation.
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