Hong Kong-EU School pilot e-Learning Project kicks off with 21 schools from over 9 cities in cooperation with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office (HKETO) Brussels and HKETO Berlin
The European Union Academic Programme Hong Kong (EUAP) and the European Studies Programme of the Hong Kong Baptist University are jointly organising the first collaborative HK-EU schools e-learning project on the topic of “Green living and sustainability in the Community” with the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Brussels and the Hong Kong Economic and Trade Office Berlin. This project is also supported by The Institute of English Studies, Leuphana University, Lüneburg, Germany.
This innovative pilot e-project will run for 8 weeks from 9 March 2015, involving 21 schools (8 in HK and 13 in EU) with over 200 total participants aged 14-18. The students come from 9 cities across 5 EU countries: Belgium, France, Germany, Netherlands, Spain.
Teachers’ workshop at the HK Baptist University
This project will run on an online learning platform “Blackboard”, and will have three phases: 1) Gathering Knowledge, 2) Research Tasks, and 3) Group Community Project. During the project, students will develop self-regulated and self-directed learning skills. It will also allow them to boost their all-rounded understanding, higher order thinking, language and communication skills through a co-construction of knowledge, as well as heightened awareness for sustainability across communities in HK and Europe. Through this project, we aim to raise the youth’s awareness towards green living and sustainability by stimulating them through interaction and intercultural exchanges.
Workshop at Hong Kong Taoist Association The Yuen Yuen Institute No.2 Secondary School
Towards the end of the project, a Group Community Project will be held, consisting of a Blog and Multimedia Presentation Competition. The most successful project team from one school in the EU (maximum 2 students + 1 teacher) will win a prize which includes flying to Hong Kong for a one-week stay in summer 2015. This prize will cover airline tickets and accommodation costs, and the team will have an opportunity to visit green facilities in Hong Kong and their partner school during this time. Prizes for the HK winning team will be announced on a later stage.
Students learning to use the online learning platform “Blackboard”
The European Union Academic Programme (EUAP) recognises the need to broaden today’s young generation in terms of their international cultural scope, with Outreach being one of the core areas it focusses on. This project will be an excellent opportunity for these young people to gain knowledge and evaluate the significance of green issues by familiarising themselves with Hong Kong and European initiatives. In the future, the EUAP will explore further cooperation opportunities between HK and European schools for other innovative projects.