Keynote: Changing Technology Changing Practice: Empowering Staff and Building Capability in Higher Education

Bob Fox
Changing Technology Changing Practice: Empowering Staff and Building Capability in Higher Education
Prof. Bob Fox, Professor, The University of New South Wales
09:15-10:15, 10 June 2017 (Saturday)
Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong
Medium of instruction:
English 英語
Learning and assessment at scale (OER, MOOCs, E-learning, etc.)
Dr. Gary Wong, Assistant Professor, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong

Slides & Video


Demands for agile change in higher education is now the norm. Many institutions are looking to technology-led and more blended and open learning solutions to meet aspects of these changes. Assuring quality provision is essential, particularly in courses exposed to world scrutiny through open platforms, for example, MOOCs (Massive Open Online Courses). Increasingly, these open courses are being incorporated into accredited mainstream programs in multiple universities. The demands for designing, developing and teaching on these open courses requires universities and their academic and professional staff to acquire new capacities and capabilities. This presentation explores ways to empower and capability-build staff to design, develop, teach and evaluate effective open courses that can be integrated into accredited formal on-campus programs.

About the speaker

Professor Bob Fox, Office of the Pro Vice-Chancellor (Education), The University of New South Wales (UNSW), Australia. He holds concurrent appointment as Professor of Innovation in Higher Education (AD), School of Education, UNSW. Professor Fox was awarded The University of Hong Kong (HKU), University Teaching Fellowship for excellence in teaching.  Between 2000-2013 he was Associate Professor and Deputy Director, Centre for Information Technology in Education, Faculty of Education at HKU with one year at the Chinese University of Hong Kong as Professor and Associate Director, Centre for Learning Enhancement and Research before returning to HKU in 2009. He was also Assistant Dean (Learning Environments), Faculty of Education, HKU for the last two and a half years at HKU. Before working at HKU he was Associate Director and senior lecturer of the Centre for the Advancement of Education at Curtin University, Australia for 13 years; senior lecturer at the Hong Kong Vocational Training Council for four years; a TEFL teacher for five years in England, Hong Kong and Spain and further education lecturer for two years in England. Bob Fox has over 30 years-experience in teaching and research in Australia, South East Asia and Great Britain. His research focuses on learning and teaching innovation and change in higher education; technological practice and curriculum change; blended and open learning. He has published widely on these topics.