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Programme Information

Certificate in Professional Development Programme on e-Learning in Secondary Mathematics

(Full-time Block Release)
Programme Code: BWP111


Programme Code: BWP111
Mode of Study: Full-time Block Release
Duration: 5 Weeks
Venue: Tai Po Campus
Programme Co-ordinator: Dr Cheung Ka Luen
Programme Enquiries: 2948 8061 (Miss Man Lam) or 2948 6294 (Miss Conny Liu)

Programme Aims

This programme aims to equip secondary school teachers with sound knowledge and hands-on practices of e-learning pedagogies specific for mathematics teaching, and strengthen teachers’ both competence and confidence in delivering and sustaining e-learning in secondary mathematics curriculum.

On successful completion of the programme, participants will be able to:

  1. demonstrate an understanding of theoretical underpinnings for realising learner-centered learning in the paradigm of learning and teaching for school education;
  2. advance knowledge about principles and strategies of pedagogical integration of e-learning elements for realising learner-centered learning;
  3. apply knowledge and skills of pedagogical principles and strategies for integrating e-learning elements into subject-specific pedagogical designs for mathematics curriculum in Hong Kong;
  4. strengthen both competence and confidence in delivering and sustaining e-learning in secondary mathematics curriculum; and
  5. develop appropriate ICT applications for the learning and teaching of secondary mathematics.

Programme Structure

The programme comprises the following three core courses of 3 credit points each:

  • Pedagogical Design and Practices in e-Learning Environment
    This course will start with an introduction to the general contexts and pedagogical goals of e-learning environments for achieving active, constructive and interactive learning and authentic learning under the learner-centered learning paradigm. There will be a discussion about the generic principles for the design and practice of pedagogies premised on theoretical models, frameworks and strategies such as the Technical Pedagogical Content Knowledge (TPACK) framework, Mobile Learning, Seamless Learning, and Flipped Classroom pedagogical models respectively in e-learning environments. Participants will be engaged in a reflection on how teachers’ knowledge of pedagogical designs, disciplinary contents and technological applications interact with each other and contribute to effective learning and teaching in e-learning environments.

  • e-Learning in Secondary Mathematics
    This course focuses on the design and practice of e-learning pedagogies specific for the Hong Kong secondary mathematics curriculum. It will first discuss the different concerns, principles and designs of pedagogies for teaching the secondary mathematics curriculum in three dimensions: (i) Number and Algebra, (ii) Measures, Shape and Space, and (iii) Data Handling. It will then provide hands-on practices of topic-specific e-learning pedagogies that apply different technological affordances such as visualisation, exploration and dynamic manipulation of mathematical objects. Digital resources and communication tools that facilitate student interactions such as cognitive tools, dynamic geometry and algebraic applications, statistical packages and social learning platforms for developing students’ mathematical concepts in different curriculum dimensions will also be discussed.

  • Sustainable Development of e-Learning in Schools

    This course will explore different resources and strategies to continue developing a sustainable e-Learning environment in school for a key learning area at both short term and long term, such as school-based planning, project funding, project management, teachers’ professional development activities, and learning resources deployment. The course provides students with conceptual and practical experience in developing a feasible e-Learning development plan and proposal for funding an e-Learning project to be implemented at school upon the completion of the course. Relevant planning and project management models will be introduced as the guiding framework to develop school-based e-Learning plan and project proposal. Students will be engaged in intellectual learning design and interactive discussions throughout the study. The aim is to stimulate sustainable ideas for future learning and teaching demands with digital environment at schools.


Medium of Instruction

The medium of instruction is Chinese.


Programme Duration

The programme is offered once a year tentatively from 1 June to 7 July 2020. #

#No class on 25 June and 1 July (Public Holidays)


Entrance Requirements

To be eligible for admission, applicants should be:

  1. in-service secondary school Mathematics teachers; and
  2. recommended by school principals.

Award

To be awarded a Certificate of Completion, participants must obtain a pass in all assessment tasks required and successfully fulfill the attendance requirements as stipulated by the programme.


Other Information

This Government-funded programme is supported by the Education Bureau (EDB). Schools which release teachers to take this programme are eligible for supply teachers, if deemed necessary. Government and aided schools shall contact the EDB for detailed arrangements. Private and DSS schools shall make their own arrangements for the employment of supply teachers.

Graduates who have satisfactorily completed the programme are eligible to apply for credit transfer of the course, “Technology for Mathematics Teaching: An Inquiry Approach” in the Master of Arts in Mathematics and Pedagogy programme offered by the University. Their applications will be considered on an individual basis.

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