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Coverage in eLearning newsletters, CUHK

Xu, Dongyan, Answering questions in class using mobile phones, eLearning Newsletter Issue 12, July 2011.

Dongyan XU, Assistant Professor in Department of Mechanical And Automation Engineering

Many new classroom response systems are now mobile ready! Like traditional 'clickers', these systems make possible polling and quizzes in classrooms. But unlike the traditional 'clickers', students now view the questions and input their answers on their mobile devices.

Dongyan XU, Assistant Professor in Department of Mechanical And Automation Engineering, has recently tested one of these new classroom response systems (called ResponseWare) in her class (MAEG2030 Thermodynamics). She used the tool for the following purposes: 1) quick revision of lesson (questions at the end of a lecture as a quick summary), 2) knowledge consolidation (questions right after teaching of difficult concepts to check students' understanding), and 3) attention grabbing (interesting questions were asked regularly throughout the lesson to make students attentive to class).

There were technical issues that both teachers and students needed to overcome when using mobile devices for teaching and learning in the campus. Nevertheless, the teacher felt that the communication technology was particularly useful in engaging students who had not been willing to participate in the class before. Students in general also appreciated the learning opportunities offered by the new technology.
The use of ResponseWare was supported by the Mobile Learning @ CUHK Project (


Prof. Lin, Zhixiu, Chinese Medicine eBooks, eLearning Newsletter Issue 10, May 2010.

Prof. Zhixiu Lin

An eBook is an electronic version of a printed book which can be read on a mobile device (such as a mobile phone or a notebook/ netbook computer). EBooks allow users to get easy access to an enormous amount of information in an extremely flexible manner with respect to location and time.

Professor Zhixiu Lin in the School of Chinese Medicine has recently developed a few eBooks for his students. The eBooks cover a number of the essential topics in the fields of the fields of 'Internal Medicine', 'Chinese Materia Medica and Herbal Formulary' and 'Acupuncture'. Students can use the eBooks as a learning and/or reference tool outside classroom at times of their self-study or at times when they are conducting medical consultations. Three workshops have been conducted internally to introduce this mobile learning tool to students. Feedback will be collected in mid-June.

Content page of one of the eBooks  Content page of one of the eBooks

Mr. Gor, George, QR Code on trees, eLearning Newsletter Issue 10, May 2010.

Mr. George Jor
QR codes, or Quick Response Codes, are two-dimensional bar codes that can be read or decoded on devices such as a mobile device (with a built-in camera). Once the code is accessed, it allows users to read text, link to a web page, dial a phone number, and text a message, etc.

QR codes are not new in the business world. The technology actually can also be used for teaching and learning. Mr. George Jor, the supervisor of the CU Tree Project ( has considered adding QR Codes on interpretation plates for selected trees on campus. In addition to the Latin names of the trees on the plates, users can get quick access to relevant tree information on the spot if they use their mobile devices to visit the specific URLs embedded in the corresponding QR codes. In other words, users learn a great deal more than merely the names of trees, such as tree databases, tree photos and descriptions, alternative names, fruits and flowers in different seasons, links to Chinese Mandarin and English bilingual podcasts, eBooks, interviews, and video clips. Users are invited and empowered to become tree detectives and active learners.

A sample tree plate with QR Code

A sample tree plate with QR Code – on a mobile device, the code leads the user to



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