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An online conference, titled “Adjustments and Support by Tertiary Institutions Amid Coronavirus” was co-organised by the Education University of Hong Kong, the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, and the Minin Nizhny Novgorod State Pedagogical University on July 6. After Prof. Stephen Cheung (President of The Education University of Hong Kong), Prof. Dr. Aleksandr Fedorov (Rector of Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University), and Prof. Dr. Elena Ilaltdinova (Rector of Minin University) delivered welcome speeches to mark the beginning of the online conference, vigorous discussion around how to enhance online teaching effectiveness during the worldwide pandemic of coronavirus disease began.

 

Colleagues from the Russian universities shared their experience of introducing different online advanced training courses to school teachers. Prof Irina Filchenkova, Vice-Rector (Education) of Minin university, and Prof Anastasia Oladishkina, Director of the Teachers’ Professional Development Center, outlined the prospects for the development of teacher education in the post-COVID-19 period. While experts from the Immanuel Kant Baltic Federal University, Prof. Anna Budarina, Director of Institute of Education, and Dr. Kseniya Degtyarenko, Director of Educational Programs (Institute of Education), provided some solid recommendations to tackle the difficulties of shifting to online learning.

 

Senior management staff from the Education University of Hong Kong also provided lots of insights. Prof. Lui Tai Lok, Vice President (Research & Development) shared that the pandemic outbreak alert educators to be more responsive to emergent challenges, he emphasized the importance of making higher education more portable. His colleague, Prof Kong Siu Cheung, Director of Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology, introduced the EdUHK Open Classes Platform and demonstrated how to engage students by using different e-learning tools; while Prof John Lee, Vice President (Academic) & Provost, shared lots of good practices to showcase how online learning was adopted in the university. Their sharings covered both synchronous and asynchronous online teaching methods to facilitate effective e-learning and e-teaching.

In sum, this event provided a timely platform for intellectual exchange among experts. Abundant new ideas were discussed in hopes of providing better support for teachers and learners under the global pandemic.

Congratulations to the first-batch of  doctoral graduates from EdUHK