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      OUHK sets up new Institute for Research in Open and Innovative Education 07/07/2016
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    (From left) Prof. Danny Wong Shek-nam, Dr Melinda dP. Bandalaria, Prof. Wong Yuk-Shan, Mr Eddie Ng Hak-kim, Dr Gerald C S Siu, Mr Du Jun-jun, and Dr Li Kam-cheong officiate at the launch ceremony of IROPINE.

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    The members of the IROPINE join the officiating guests for a group photo at the launch ceremony.

    The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) launched a new research institute with funding support from the Research Grants Council for research and development in open, innovative and flexible education.

    The Institute for Research in Open and Innovative Education (IROPINE) is committed to conducting and promoting research that leads to effective, practical and impactful solutions to improve the quality of education and makes flexible and quality education accessible to all. The Institute will focus on six research areas:
    - Academic Analytics and Big Data Techniques;
    - Online, Mobile, and Blended Learning;
    - Learning Design and Innovative Pedagogy;
    - Open Education;
    - Open Educational Resources; and
    - Massive Open Online Courses.

    Secretary for Education The Honourable Eddie NG Hak-kim officiated at the launch of the Institute and other distinguished guests included:
    - The Philippines Open University Chancellor Dr Melinda dP. Bandalaria;
    - Yunnan Open University President Mr Du Jun-jun;
    - OUHK President Prof. Wong Yuk-Shan;
    - OUHK Court member Dr Gerald C S Siu;
    - OUHK Vice President (Academic) and Director of IROPINE Prof. Danny Wong Shek-nam; and
    - OUHK Director of University Research Centre and Deputy Director of IROPINE Dr Li Kam-cheong.

    In his opening remarks, Prof. Wong Yuk-Shan said that the OUHK has been researching on open and distance education since 1997, and the establishment of the Institute will facilitate the University to make better use of its resources to develop new teaching methods and application of education technology, and provide training and support for its academic staff. He also noted that the professional team of IROPINE will be working with world-class educators and experts towards new strategies and directions for advancing open and innovative education in both local and international contexts.

    In addition to the launch ceremony, the Institute is now holding the "2016 Open and Innovative Education Week" (5 – 8 July), featuring the Third International Conference on Open and Flexible Education with the theme "Innovative Pedagogy and Technology", and a series of seminars and workshops. Scholars and educators from all over the world are invited to share their insights and best practices in the four-day programme. Two of the programme highlights are the distinguished lecture given by The Open University (UK) Emeritus Professor Prof. Alan Tait, entitled "The Story of 'Open"', and the workshop on enhancing computer-based instruction in higher education with applied psychological research and theory given by Prof. Robert Tennyson of the University of Minnesota (USA).

    About the OUHK:
    Established by the Government in 1989, The Open University of Hong Kong (OUHK) provides high quality and flexible university education and professional training to secondary school graduates and working adults. The University currently offers about 220 programmes of different academic levels to more than 10,000 distance learning students and 9,000 full-time students.

    OUHK comprises four Schools, i.e. School of Arts and Social Sciences, Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, School of Education and Languages, and School of Science and Technology. The Li Ka Shing Institute of Professional and Continuing Education offers overseas degree programmes and short courses. The University originally has two buildings on the campus of Ho Man Tin, with another recently-opened Jubilee College, and two learning centres at various convenient locations, namely OUHK-CITA Learning Centre (OCLC) and OUHK Kwai Hing Learning Centre (KHLC). Website:

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