Youth I.D.E.A.S. 50
Enhancing Support for e-Learning in Schools
30 July, 2020
Hong Kong has been promoting e-Learning for 20 years. With the advancement in technology, focus of e-Learning gradually developed from hardware devices to usage in learning and teaching. By making learning more flexible and interesting, the ultimate aim of e-Learning is to develop students’ self-directed learning abilities , integrating technology into learning and achieve life-long learning.
E-learning is an open and flexible learning mode. Learning goals can be achieved by using different electronic tools to develop student-centric learning strategies. The HKSAR Government has been actively promoting e-learning in Hong Kong through different measures. For example, “E-Textbook Market Development Scheme” was launched in 2012 and 2013 to encourage development of e-textbooks and to strengthen wireless networks (Wi-Fi) in schools to support the implementation of e-learning .
As a result of COVID-19 pandemic , all primary and secondary schools in Hong Kong were closed since February 2020. E-learning became an important way for students’ continuous learning during this period. In the past, traditional face-to-face teaching model has an irreplaceable place in Hong Kong education. Even though e-learning has been encouraged for many years, the latter still acts as a supporting role . The sudden suspension of classes resulted in a large-scale experiment for testing teachers and students’ abilities for implementation of e-learning , perhaps there are some insights for transition of teaching model.
E-Learning is imperative under the new normal. It is meaningful to review e-Learning experience and difficulties to foster future development . In view of this, this study aims to understand the current implementation model of e-learning in schools , teachers and students thoughts on e-Learning and explore whether Hong Kong society was equipped with the conditions for implementing e-Learning. At last, we hope to provide suggestions for the future improvement of e-Learning.
The study collected information through three aspects, including literature review, Student questionnaire with 1,039 respondents aged 12-19, School questionnaire with 122 principals or teachers respondents in March-May and also interviews with 5 experts in education sectors in June-July.
 Education Bureau (2009). Report of Task Force on the Development of Textbook and E-Learning Resources.
 Education Bureau (2015).The Fourth Strategy on IT in Education