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Recent Events in the University Research Centre (URC)

Seminar on ‘Learning analytics: From readiness to implementation’
Seminar on ‘Research on effective practices of mobile learning’
Seminar on ‘RGC proposal preparation 2017’
Seminar on ‘Perception and experience of adopting auricular acupressure in promoting sleep quality in Chinese community-dwelling older people: A qualitative study’
Workshop on ‘Systemic implementation of learning analytics in higher education: Challenges and directions’
Seminar on ‘Experience sharing: Applications for funding projects’

Seminar on ‘Learning analytics: From readiness to implementation’

The field of learning analytics in higher education has grown rapidly since its emergence a little more than a decade ago. Learning analytics has shown a great potential for helping students to be more successful in learning. However, it has to be applied intentionally and purposefully by institutions to realize its potential. On 20 October 2016, Dr Matthew Pistilli, Director of Assessment and Research for the Division of Student Affairs in Iowa State University, conducted a seminar on the application of learning analytics. He explored the concept of learning analytics readiness — a reflective process for institutions to ascertain the extent to which they are able to implement analytics successfully. He also discussed various issues regarding the implementation of analytics, with a focus on the ethical issues of the use of analytics by institutions, instructors and students.

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Seminar on ‘Research on effective practices of mobile learning’

On 10 November 2016, Prof. Hiroaki Ogata, Professor in the Faculty of Arts and Science and the Graduate School of Information Science and Electrical Engineering in Kyushu University, gave a seminar on effective practices of mobile learning. It covered the use of an ubiquitous learning log (ULL) — a digital record of what a learner has learned in daily life using mobile computing technologies — to improve learners’ learning performance. Prof. Ogata first introduced a mobile learning system — SCROLL — which stores learners’ ULLs, and described how relationships among learning logs accumulated in the system can be visualized. He also discussed a research project in Kyushu University which accumulated and analysed learning logs by using Moodle, Mahara and an e-book system. The initial findings showed that the system may predict the final scores of students in the early stage of a course.

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Seminar on ‘RGC proposal preparation 2017’

On 28 November 2016, Dr Kam-cheong Li and Dr Billy Wong of the University Research Centre held a seminar on the preparation of proposals for the 2017/18 round of RGC funding application. They encouraged colleagues to submit proposals for RGC’s FDS and IIDS funding schemes, and discussed points to note in preparing proposals. The importance of adhering to the RGC’s guidelines was stressed and other good practices for success were covered in the seminar.



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Seminar on ‘Perception and experience of adopting auricular acupressure in promoting sleep quality in Chinese community-dwelling older people: A qualitative study’

On 30 November 2016, Dr Mei-kuen Li, Associate Professor in the Division of Nursing and Health studies, gave a seminar on her research study on the use of auricular acupressure for improving the quality of sleep in older people. The study was supported by a grant from the President’s Advisory Committee on Research and Development.

While there are relevant studies suggesting that auricular acupressure is effective in promoting sleep in older people, little has been done to investigate older people’s perceptions and experience of the use of auricular acupressure. To address this gap, Dr Li explored the perceptions and experience of the application of auricular acupressure in Chinese community-dwelling older people. The research results suggested what can be done to further promote the use of auricular acupressure among older people.

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Workshop on ‘Systemic implementation of learning analytics in higher education: Challenges and directions’

On 8 December 2016, Prof. Dragan Gašević, Professor and Chair in Learning Analytics and Informatics in the Moray House School of Education and the School of Informatics in the University of Edinburgh, led a workshop on challenges in and strategy for implementing learning analytics in higher education. In the workshop, Prof. Gašević described the challenges identified in the adoption of learning analytics in higher education institutions. He then introduced a model for systemic implementation of learning analytics, and discussed institutional policy and strategy for learning analytics. Prof. Gašević stressed that, rather than merely bringing in analytics tools, it is more important for education leaders to develop an analytics culture and capacity in their institutions.

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Seminar on ‘Experience sharing: Applications for funding projects’

On 22 December 2016, Prof. Reggie Kwan, Vice President (Academic) of the University, gave a seminar on preparing applications for funding projects. Prof. Kwan first introduced the various funding opportunities available to colleagues. Drawing on his rich experience in funding applications, Prof. Kwan offered useful tips and points to be noted in preparing project proposals for various kinds of funding.

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