The OUHK has always recognised the valuable contributions Information Technology can make to open education. We have continued to stay abreast of the latest advances in this field, and we adopt those that will benefit our students, as well as our administrative processes.

Library service enhancement

Active learning

An active learning space has been set up on Level 1 of the Library to provide an environment conducive to collaborative learning. Designed to accommodate up to six groups of up to eight students at a time, its high-tech features include both wired and wireless Internet connectivity, a 47-inch LED monitor for each group, and a ceiling-mounted projector and screen, as well as a lectern with PC and visualiser for instructors when the space is used for teaching.

New library mobile interface

The E-Library’s new mobile interface allows users to search for materials more easily and conveniently with their mobile devices. It covers printed materials, e-books, e-journals, databases and course reserves. Users can also check their loan records and renew loan items with it.

Improved accessibility to scholarly information

Articles in databases and journals that the OUHK subscribes to as well as Internet websites can now be searched for under the ‘Articles’ tab on our E-Library homepage. Also, Google Scholar users have been able to link their search results to the full text of resources we subscribe to since the launch of the Find it@OUHK service in November 2012.

Advanced administrative systems

Oracle Finance

The Information Technology Unit and Finance Unit have jointly upgraded the existing Oracle Finance System to enhance its operational efficiency, system automation and control. In particular, the iProcurement module’s sophisticated computer approval system is taking us one step further towards a paperless office.

Customer Relationship Management

We can now maintain stronger and more sustainable relationships with our various categories of stakeholders, following the launch of the new Customer Relationship Management System by the Information Technology Unit and Public Affairs Unit. The system enables us to consolidate alumni and donor records, which were previously kept in different formats and departmental systems. It also allows the Public Affairs Unit to provide support for fundraising, alumni affairs, and corporate communication more easily.

Moving ahead in educational technology

More new e-learning programmes

The OUHK is continuing to launch new e-learning programmes to diversify its teaching modes and offer students greater convenience and choice. E-learning combines the flexibility of distance learning with the interactivity of face-to-face teaching.

The Master of Laws in Chinese Business Law (Business Applications), our first e-learning programme, was successfully introduced in Chinese in 2007 and in English the following year. More recently, we have broadened our e-learning offerings with a number of single programmes that cover Business Administration, Chinese Business Law, Environmental Studies, the Chinese and English Languages, Professional Accounting and Social Sciences.

We also aim to provide quality e-learning education and training globally in partnership with other educational institutions in mainland China, Taiwan, Singapore, Malaysia, Australia and the United Kingdom.

Video App for Nursing students

The Nursing Video App was launched in 2012 to give greater support for Nursing students. It contains a series of video clips of operating procedures, such as handling wounds and measuring body temperature. In fact, we began using the iPod Touch mobile device to support the practicum of Nursing students and the administrative work of teachers in 2010. Since then, we have adapted it to facilitate teaching and learning with a series of enhanced features covering such items as an electronic database of nursing information, assessment and performance records, video clips and simplified versions of online learning platforms that focus on news announcements and discussion forums.

iChecker gains popularity

A total of 54,238 documents were checked at the OUHK via iChecker. This plagiarism detection tool enables teaching staff to identify students who copy their assignments from each other or from websites more easily. Developed by the Centre for Innovation, iChecker was not initially intended for mandatory adoption. However, its use has grown exponentially, and it is now used mandatorily by all the full-time and distance learning courses offered by the Lee Shau Kee School of Business and Administration, as well as the full-time nursing courses.