The rapid development of communications technology opens the doors to
numerous learning opportunities. The OUHK uses information technology to enhance
its learning support for students, and make its educational resources freely
available to the public.
Currently every OUHK course is provided with online support that facilitates
study and communication. The web-based platform
Online Learning Environment
allows students to plan their schedule, access course information, interact with
fellow students, submit assignments and get feedback from tutors. All students
and staff can also enjoy access to tens of thousands of full-text e-journals,
e-books and databases offered by the award-winning
Electronic Library via the
Internet anytime, anywhere.
Centre for Innovation (CFI) project, which aims at electronically integrating
all information and service systems to enhance information dissemination and
communication, received a Government grant of $62.8 million in 2007. Its
ultimate goal is a student-centred learning environment that blends the
strengths of distance learning, face-to-face teaching and online learning.
The CFI project also includes the establishment of a
Centre for eLearning and
the development of 60 new courses delivered in full e-learning mode. These
courses are conducted through real-time online lectures and tutorials, and make
use of interactive learning activities, online course materials, videotaped
seminars and other components.
The University has made good use of the mobile and wireless technologies to
expand the physical spaces for learning, for example with the use of PDAs for
nursing practicum assessment. In addition, the Clinical Nursing Education Centre
was established in 2008 to provide an environment for students to do hands-on
practice through realistic simulations.
In addition to printed text and audio-visual materials, the OUHK also purchases,
produces and broadcasts educational programmes to enhance learning. The
University began broadcasting educational TV programmes on a public channel in
1989. Currently the "Open for Learning" is aired every Sunday on
TVB Pearl from
9 am to 1 pm, featuring a wide spectrum of topics including arts, science,
social sciences, business administration, languages, education, child
development and psychology. Some of the programmes are now also available on
Since 2007, the OUHK has made use of the Internet to offer a range of
courseware units free of charge, including audiovisual and multimedia materials,
interactive activities, a discussion forum and a blog. These materials can help
those who wish to pursue higher education get prepared for learning.