CUHK Welcomes Additional Funding for Promoting Virtual Teaching and Learning
The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) welcomes additional funding from the University Grants Committee (UGC) and the Quality Assurance Council (QAC) to promote the development of virtual teaching and learning.
The COVID-19 pandemic is sweeping the world. Many schools around the globe have stopped physical teaching and switched to online teaching, in order to ensure the health of teachers and students without compromising students’ learning. With various forms of online teaching being widely used worldwide, coupled with the integration of new technologies and the popularisation of the internet, the importance of online teaching has greatly increased. As early as the beginning of last year, CUHK adopted the “hybrid teaching mode” which comprises online teaching for most courses and a few face-to-face classes, and took the lead in jointly launching the “Virtual Student Exchange (VSE) programme within the Association of Pacific Rim Universities (APRU)” with top universities in the world. All these are rich experiences and successful examples in practising virtual teaching and learning.
Professor Isabella Poon Wai-yin, Pro-Vice-Chancellor/Vice-President of CUHK and Chairperson of the Hong Kong Teaching Excellence Alliance, said, “Using technology to optimise teaching and learning has become a major trend in modern education. Thanks to the additional funding from the UGC and QAC, there will be more resources to further develop innovative teaching and learning on our existing solid foundation, including upgrading hardware equipment, conducting teacher and personnel training, and enhancing the learning environment of students’ online learning. We will strive to make all students, including those with special learning needs, learn better.”