Keynote Session #1
The Challenge of eLearning in China
Dr Xu Erming
Professor of Management and Deputy Dean,
School of Graduate Studies,
Renmin University of China.
eLearning, bred in an inner chamber with no fame in China!
Dr. Xu will talk about the direction of education and utilization of educational technology in China generally, and eLearning developments at Renmin University. What are Chinese student’s demands when educational technology has made such a rapid progress nowadays? It is a key topic with increased interest and debate.
Dr. Xu will also mention some links with other countries and institutions in eLearning field. It is a small world! And everything is possible, isn’t it?
Keynote Session #2
Developing a community and evidence base for eLearning to support institutional planning.
Professor Carmel McNaught
Director & Professor of Learning Enhancement
Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research,
The Chinese University of Hong Kong
Technology is essential to teaching and learning in the 21st century. While eLearning is a key item in University planning and budgeting, the literature remains littered with stories of expensive initiatives with sub-optimal outcomes. At The Chinese University of Hong Kong we are planning for eLearning on the basis of three key principles:
- Good communication and robust networks must exist within the University.
- A strong evidence base is essential to inform planning; this includes information about current preferences and information about likely future needs.
- Evaluation plans are required for all projects. In the keynote talk I will explain how we have implemented these three principles and will describe our monitoring mechanisms which look at technical requirements as well as educational uses and outcomes.