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Free higher education for all? A deeper look at MOOC


The emergence of Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) in higher education has created an opportunity for working youths without much time and money to continue learning. However, the figures in the past few years showed that MOOCs were not very well received among local learners. What were the factors hindering MOOC’s development?

A review on Liberal Studies examination


As a core subject in high schools, one of the objectives of Liberal Studies is to help students be well-versed in arts and science. Has the goal been achieved so far? The HKDSE examination questions in the last five years may have dropped some hints.

Too much parenting, too little exercise


In Hong Kong, some parents are not supportive enough of their children in doing regular physical activity, while some push their kids too hard to make them star athletes. To positively engage children in sports, there are a few tips parents should know…  

How might upper secondary science education be reformed?


There is no doubt that science education is crucial to any nation’s development. In addition to its contribution to the knowledge-based economy, with scientific knowledge, people could make better decisions in their everyday lives. However, almost half of Hong Kong's upper secondary students do not study any science subjects. What are the ways to encourage greater uptake of science subjects, and how might the university admission system give the students a nudge?

How can museums measure their educational impact?


The educational benefits of visiting museums could go way beyond your imagination - knowledge aside, visitors’ attitudes and values may also be shaped. How can we fully capture and demonstrate museums’ multi-faceted educational impact?

Sign language: Breaking the sound of silence


Most deaf students who attend mainstream schools currently have little chance of learning sign language. Besides, there is a limited supply of qualified sign language interpreters in Hong Kong – only around 50. What will life be like for the deaf if sign language disappears one day?

Science education in Hong Kong: The 2015 PISA report and educational reforms


Hong Kong students did not perform as well on the science portion of the 2015 Programme for International Student Assessment (PISA) as compared to prior assessments. Also, enjoyment of science among students was found to have decreased. This week the Centre analyses some of the potential factors behind the decrease in PISA science scores and possible ways to improve the situation.

We are the champions: A winning formula for vocational education


Many electrical and mechanical maintenance industries are facing an aging workforce. Some industry insiders believe this is mainly down to outsiders lacking understanding of the industry and overlooking the technical expertise involved. One way to enhance the industry’s image and recognition is to make use of large-scale worldwide competitions such as WorldSkills. What lessons can be learned from Mainland China and South Korea?