IROPINE Seminar: Open Education and Higher Education in Hong Kong


Time & date:
2:30 pm – 3:30 pm, 16 March 2017 (Thursday)
Venue:     
C0816, 8/F, Block C, Main Campus,
The Open University of Hong Kong

Speakers:
Mr Alex Wong
Former Head of Public Affairs Unit
The Open University of Hong Kong        

Dr KC Li
Director of University Research Centre
The Open University of Hong Kong

For colleagues’ information, Mr Alex Wong was the former head (re-titled as Director in 2013) of Public Affairs Unit between 1989 and 2009. As a senior administrator of the initial Open Learning Institute of Hong Kong (then the OUHK), he had been actively involved in and witnessed the institutional development from founding, maturing to transforming stages. Throughout the years he became very enthused about, and pursued further studies to understand, the significance of open education, both social and pedagogical, in Hong Kong.

Mr Wong has a B.A. from the CUHK, an M.A. in Open and Distance Education from the UKOU and an M.Phil. in Education Research from Bristol University. His previous experiences are in OUHK’s market research, as well as an in-depth study into student dropouts.

Abstract:   Open and distance learning (ODL) was successfully introduced to Hong Kong and made significant contribution to local higher education some 28 years ago. However, enrolment in OUHK’s distance learning courses, once favoured by part-time learners, has seen a continued decline in recent years. In this seminar, the presenters will highlight the key success factors of ODL in Hong Kong, and examine what happened and why such mode of studies is becoming less competitive. Against the changing economic, social and technological backgrounds and evolving government policies, this presentation will take note of the developments of some major ODL providers elsewhere vis-à-vis OUHK’s strategic responses towards market shifts. Finally, we will discuss the prospect of ODL in Hong Kong, and what opportunities are in store if we agree there is a role for it to play in the higher education system of Hong Kong.

Dr Manfred Wu
Tel: 2768 6786
Email: mmfwu@ouhk.edu.hk

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