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The Education University of Hong Kong

Centre for Language in Education (http://www.eduhk.hk/cle)

The Centre for Language in Education (CLE) is a unit of the Faculty of Humanities. Since the launch of the new language policy (NLP) in 2012/13, the University has been nurturing our students who could live up to society's expectation of being biliterate and trilingual upon graduation.  To this end, CLE offers students a range of language enhancement programmes (LEP) including Chinese, English and Putonghua.

Under the NLP, with the support from LEP, language exit requirements for English and Putonghua are set for full-time undergraduate students. With this in mind, the three LEP teams have been perfecting and refining the curriculum as well as materials, in order to further enhance the quality of learning and teaching of LEP for students.

Besides, given our emphasis on assessment for learning, CLE has been conducting language tests for our students including English Language Proficiency Assessment and Tertiary Putonghua Test since 2012/13, as well as developing the University Chinese Test since 2014/15.

Apart from the said ongoing refinement of curriculum and assessment, CLE is also providing students sufficient opportunities to enhance their language proficiency through co-curricular activities. Since 2014/15, our new blood, International Tutors and English Teaching Assistants, has further strengthened our English enhancement programme (EEP) team and our provision of extra-curricular language enhancement activities. The English conversation corner (a component of independent learning activities of EEP) and language and cultural workshops offered by them are popular and well-received by students.

To complement classroom-based language enhancement instruction, CLE provides a range of language-related self-access resources, independent learning materials and multi-media facilities in the Arthur Samy Language Learning Centre. A range of language support activities are provided in Chinese, English and Putonghua, which may be booked online.


Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology
(http://www.eduhk.hk/lttc)

The Centre for Learning, Teaching and Technology (LTTC) is a key learning and teaching support unit at The Education University of Hong Kong. The Centre aims to enhance student learning outcomes by applying information technology to support the development of learning and teaching, and the improvement and innovation of assessment at the University.

The Centre provides a range of services for students, including:

a.   Coding Education

Coding Education Unit is the unit under LTTC. This unit provides courses, seminars and workshops to stimulate the development of coding and computational thinking skills of students. Laboratories and devices (e.g. 3D printers and robots) are set up to deliver a safe and caring place for students to learn. The Unit also encourages learning through community involvement, in which students who have acquired coding skills pass on their knowledge to local primary and secondary schools students. Students are welcome to enroll in the courses, seminars and workshops by visiting LTTC website.

b.   E-Learning Workshops

LTTC offers various e-Learning workshops on Moodle, Turnitin and ePortfolio. The Centre also co-organizes workshops with faculties and departments on the use of other e-Learning tools and related pedagogical strategies in support of the University’s implementation of e-Learning Policy. Students are welcome to enroll in the workshops by visiting LTTC website.

c.   Self-Learning Materials in Moodle

LTTC has developed various web-based self-learning materials on Moodle, Turnitin and ePortfolio to facilitate students’ self-learning. Students can learn the operation of Moodle and Turnitin via the Moodle platform, while the creation of ePortfolios can be guided on the Mahara platform. All these materials are reviewed and updated by the Centre from time to time. Students are welcome to get the self-learning materials on Moodle.

d.   ‘ePortfolio User Guide’ in Mahara

LTTC provides ‘ePortfolio User Guide’ for students to create their own ePortfolio with the Mahara ePortfolio system. The Centre also provides workshops to help students develop their own portfolio. Students are welcome to access the user guide in Mahara.

e.   Self-Assessment of Generic Intended Learning Outcomes (GILOs)

LTTC administrates a self-assessed questionnaire for measuring students’ self-perceived achievement on GILOs. Students who have done the self-assessment will receive an individual report and will be encouraged to write a reflection based on the report as well as a learning plan for improving their GILOs through ePortfolios. Students are welcome to access the guidelines on creating learning ePortfolio with reflection in Mahara.

f.   Information Technology Competency Checking

The framework of information technology competency covers the knowledge and skills related to information technology and socio-cultural awareness. Catering to students’ needs of improving their information technology competencies, LTTC works closely with the Department of Mathematics and Information Technology (MIT) to guide students to showcase their IT competencies through the creation of ePortfolio.


Computing and Multimedia Facilities (http://www.eduhk.hk/ocio)

The Office of the Chief Information Officer (OCIO) supports the University’s teaching and research by maintaining a robust computing environment. The University has implemented a fibre-optic 10-Gbps network that covers all academic and administrative buildings and extends to the staff quarters and student halls. In addition, wireless network covers most of the Tai Po campus and the Tseung Kwan O Study Centre. On these two campuses there are around 1,050 well-equipped computers (including 900 desktop computers and 150 notebooks) for student use. Through our Office, students can access a great variety of multimedia equipment and software packages for teaching and learning purposes.


Library Services
(http://www.lib.eduhk.hk)

The EdUHK Library comprises the Mong Man Wai Library on Tai Po Campus and the Tseung Kwan O Study Centre Learning Commons in Tseung Kwan O, and offers a full range of print and online information resources and services.

The Mong Man Wai Library and the Tseung Kwan O Study Centre Learning Commons occupy a total floor area of 8,300 square meters and provide study places for some 1,300 readers. The Library is committed to supporting e-learning on both desktop and mobile platforms. In addition to regular IT hardware, state-of-the-art learning facilities such as 24-hour study and discussion areas with presentation equipment, 3D and large-format printers, HD and 4K video viewing and production equipment are provided at the Library. The Library also houses one of the most comprehensive collections on education and complementary disciplines in the Asia-Pacific region. It also has a strong coverage on humanities and social sciences. Other than print materials, we have acquired and developed a substantial collection of electronic resources, and most of them are available online. In addition to borrowing books and media items from the Library, undergraduate and Postgraduate Diploma in Education (PGDE) students are entitled to request books or journal articles that are available elsewhere through the Library’s Inter-library Loan and Document Delivery services. Books can be requested and borrowed from the other seven UGC-funded university libraries via Hong Kong Academic Library Link (HKALL), and copies of journal articles can be requested via the JULAC RAPID document delivery service. PGDE and final-year undergraduate students can also request books or journal articles not found at the Library from other local non-UGC academic libraries or even from our overseas partner libraries. Undergraduate and PGDE students of all years enrolled in UGC-funded programmes can also apply online for a JULAC Library Card to gain access to other UGC-funded university libraries.


Sports and Recreational Facilities

We have a good provision of indoor and outdoor sports and recreational facilities which are managed by the Estates Office. In the Tai Po Campus, there is a sports hall that can be used alternatively as badminton courts, basketball courts, volleyball courts, or a handball court. Other indoor and outdoor sports facilities include an Olympic standard swimming pool, an indoor 25-meter heated swimming pool, a gymnasium, multi-purpose rooms, a table tennis room, a dance studio, a well-equipped physical fitness room, a sport-climbing wall, squash courts, an artificial soccer pitch, a basketball court, a multi-purpose roof court and tennis courts.

Along the Tolo Harbour Highway, about midway between MTR University Station and MTR Tai Po Market Station, the Pak Shek Kok Sports Centre houses an extensive range of outdoor and indoor sports and recreational facilities, including a grandstand with undercover seating for 1,200 spectators, a 400-meter all-weather track with facilities for field events, a natural grass soccer pitch, an artificial turf soccer/hockey pitch, five tennis courts, a jogging path with six fitness stations, a fitness room, a multi-purpose room and a challenge rope course consisting of low and high elements.


Student Accommodation
(https://www.eduhk.hk/sao/?p=238)

Hall Life Education

There are four UGC-funded student halls/quarters on Tai Po Campus, namely Northcote Hall, Grantham Hall, Robert Black Hall and the Jockey Club Student Quarters, providing about 2,000 residential places. The Northcote Hall, Grantham Hall and Robert Black Hall provide shared twin and triple study-bedrooms and communal facilities including activity rooms, laundry rooms, bathrooms/toilets, and pantries. Each study-bedroom is also equipped with computer ports and is covered by Wifi network.  A telephone is provided in the pantries on each floor of the three hostels.

The Jockey Club Student Quarters comprises 9-person or 12-person flats, each with single/double/triple bedrooms, its own sitting/dining areas, terrace, kitchen, laundry room and bathrooms.  Telephone lines and individual computer ports are also provided. Only students of the same gender may live in the same study-bedroom/flat.

Hall life gives students an opportunity to develop life skills through self-management, learning the art of negotiation and the value of independence. All full-time UGC-funded undergraduates admitted to year one in 2011/12 or thereafter are offered with guaranteed hall residency for 2 semesters, one of which to be taken up during the first year of study. Other UGC-funded students may apply student accommodation via the point-system according to the University’s Policy.

Each student accommodation is under the leadership of a hall warden who is an academic/senior teaching staff or administrative staff of the University. Other residential staff includes a senior tutor and a hall manager. For further details, please contact the Student Affairs Office (saoemail@eduhk.hk).

The lodging charge for the 2016/17 residential year is HK$11,640 for standard room and HK$8,150 for budget room, and all students have to pay a HK$220 hall life education fund. Students in Northcote Hall, Grantham Hall and Robert Black Hall also have to pay the air-conditioning charge for their own bedroom and laundry charges, whereas students in the Jockey Club Student Quarters have to share the electricity charges with their flatmates.  The lodging charge for the 2017/18 residential year will be reviewed.


International and Regional Study Opportunities
(http://www.eduhk.hk/io & http://www.eduhk.hk/gca)

The International Office (IO) and Greater China Affairs Office (GCA) advocate, facilitate and coordinate the University’s international and regional education endeavours, and serve as the principal stimulus and resource centre for the promotion and implementation of related activities for students. By promoting international and regional education activities, the University provides opportunities for students to broaden their global perspectives, to develop cross-cultural understanding and enhance their intercultural communication skills, personal confidence and independence.

An important goal for EdUHK is to allow every full-time undergraduate student to undertake at least one international or regional experience during the course of their studies. These include credit-bearing student exchange programmes, short-term study and cultural tours, study visits, etc. In addition, Language Immersion Programmes are provided for students majoring in Chinese and English to enhance their Putonghua and English language proficiency. These programmes provide opportunities for students to use and study Putonghua and English in a first language-speaking context.