Seminar: My research studies on open and distance education


Time & date:
3:00 pm – 4:00 pm, 17 August 2016 (Wednesday)
Venue:     
Room C0810, 8/F, Block C, Homantin Campus
Speaker: Dr K S Yuen
Honorary Research Fellow
Former Director of Educational Technology and Publishing Unit
The Open University of Hong Kong

Dr. Yuen has recently retired from his position as Director of Educational Technology and Publishing Unit (formerly Principal Educational Technologist and then Head, Educational Technology Centre) of the university, a post he has held since the inception of Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong in 1989. At the OUHK, he was concurrently appointed as Director of the Centre for Research in Adult and Distance Learning of the university from 2005 to 2010. Before he came to the OUHK, Dr. Yuen had been a secondary school teacher, a teaching consultant at the School of Education of the University of Hong Kong, and an instructional designer at the Educational Technology Unit of the Hong Kong Polytechnic.

Dr. Yuen has written a number of book chapters and journal articles on open and distance education. He has presented papers at local and international conferences basing on his practice of open and distance education in Hong Kong. Dr. Yuen has also participated actively in the field of open and distance education at the international level. He has been invited to give talks in various forums and seminars in countries such as Bangladesh, India, Jamaica, Japan, Mexico, and Thailand. Locally, Dr. Yuen has mounted a number of workshops and sessions on topics such as the operation of distance education systems, course and programme development, online learning environment, and so on for distance education planners and practitioners from Sri Lanka, Malaysia, Thailand, Korea, Nigeria, Zimbabwe and mainland China. He has also taught masters’ level courses on instructional design and open learning at the Hong Kong Polytechnic University and the Chinese University of Hong Kong.

Dr. Yuen's expertise lies in the design, development and delivery of distance and open learning courses, and in the establishment of a quality assurance system to produce distance learning materials. He was the major developer of the online learning environment for the OUHK. Dr. Yuen was the Principal Investigator of a study on student attrition and identification of measures to reduce student dropout, which was completed in 2010. In conjunction with a number of OUHK colleagues and funding support from the Hong Kong Jockey Club Charity Trust, he initiated a HK$17 million Open Textbook project in 2012, which aims to establish a sustainable system providing quality open textbooks for adoption and adaptation at minimal cost for education for all Hong Kong students and teachers at primary, secondary and tertiary levels.

Synopsis:   As a practitioner and then an administrator in open and distance education Dr Yuen has actually not been a devoted researcher, though he has immense interest in research work. In this seminar he would like to share with participants his studies on student attrition, a major subject of research in open and distance learning which he has spent considerable time during his work at the OUHK. The research work started at the time when he was an instructional designer at the Hong Kong Polytechnic, and it went all the way to a major dropout study at the OUHK which finished in 2012. He will describe the rationale behind the studies, the different approaches used, and the major findings. We will also discuss the recommendations and implications.

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