A showcase of web teaching practices
City University's third annual WebCourse Fair 2003 kicked off on 14 January with a virtual exhibition showcasing the use of the Internet for teaching and learning. Around 30 teaching staff members shared online how they
The fair also incorporated physical seminars, which were opened by the University's Chief Information Officer, Dr Jerry Yu, on 23 January. Eight staff members from a wide spectrum of academic and administrative departments shared their experiences of web teaching and learning.
"We had physical booths for the past two fairs," said Dr Crusher Wong, Teaching Development Coordinator in CityU's Enterprise Solutions Unit (ESU), which organized the fair. "This year we wanted to create a virtual setting to promote the culture of using the web to communicate." The virtual setting simulates a physical exhibition, with each virtual booth "staffed" by a course instructor. Features such as a Q&A session with the instructor, an on-line survey and real-time demonstrations of the web project also help to put across the message of web-based teaching.
In his welcoming speech at the seminars, Dr Yu announced the launch of the second version of the Student e-Portal, a major communication channel between the University and its students. The portal provides student-focused, timely and pertinent information, ranging from class timetables to campus news to educational resources such as "a word a day".
The virtual exhibition of CityU's web teaching practices can currently be viewed at http://www.cityu.edu.hk/WebCourseFair. You are welcome to visit the virtual booths, explore the web projects on show and learn from the hands-on experience of CityU administrative and teaching staff.