In the 21st century, understanding and using technology is becoming an integral part of virtually every aspect of daily life and the Academy is committed to preparing students for this digitally literate future. The statement “Cultivating 21st century performing artists: an Asian heart, a global view” implies within the notion of a21st Century education that technology or (e)Learning is an embedded consideration. As such our plan to replace the reference to technology and (e)Learning with “Innovation”.
The word "INNOVATE", originated in the mid 16th century from Latin "innovat" meaning ‘renewed, altered’ is
We define INNOVATION as "adding new value". Innovation doesn't have to be complex or expensive, even a
Our move towards the provision of a 21st Century performing arts education acknowledges the nuances and contexts of each of the respective disciplines at the HKAPA and aligns with board strategic directions that promote innovative pedagogy and a 21st century student learning experience as supported by technology. In this regard, the following are identified as our strategic priorities for development.
|Strategic Priority 1:||Delivering an engaging, personalised and digitally enriched curriculum.|
|Strategic Priority 2:||Supporting for our students to become digitally fluent performing arts professionals.|
|Strategic Priority 3:||Aligning our learning spaces, virtual, physical and informal and expanding our flexible learning arrangements.|
|Strategic Priority 4:||Developing HKAPA staff as leaders in the provision of innovative pedagogically supported digital learning experiences.|
|Strategic Priority 5:||Enhancing our innovative educational provision via benchmarking, research and evaluation.|
The MISSION of the iHub is:
- to enhance the quality of performing arts education programmes delivery through adopting innovative, student centered, educational methodologies and integration of emerging technologies
- to support staff and students to make use of information and communications technology effectively in education and to develop innovative teaching and learning strategies
- to establish HKAPA as a leader in the development, support and implementation of innovative performing arts education technology practices in the Asia Pacific Region
Five overarching objectives have been identified as ongoing goals for the iHub:
- Significant change in the eLearning culture and practices among stakeholders at all levels in HKAPA
- Benchmarking and leveraging partnerships across respective disciplines at the HKAPA
- Development and deployment of institutional learning technologies/tools supported by professional development and change management AND small scale pilots with a Communities of Practice approach
- Vigorous and objective pursuit of evaluation and research into eLearning
- Alignment of eLearning support and structures with institutional goals and strategic planning
The Hub is a specialist learning and teaching support and development unit, its functions and responsibilities are as follows:
- Leading the development of the Academy-wide strategic policy direction in eLearning in line with the Academy’s mission and educational aims.
- To assist in the development and implementation of strategic plans for eLearning Innovation.
- To render assistance, advice, and support to Schools and Departments in designing innovative, creative and interactive digital course content to be embedded in the curriculum.
- To provide assistance and technical support to teachers in the delivery and engagement with technology-enabled educational programmes or other innovative methodologies.
- To provide support to students for the use of technology related learning resources and activities so as to provide a rich learning environment through innovative and effective use of technologies.
- To establish and manage an eLearning Systems to facilitate course management, staff/student communication, student assessment and course evaluation.
- To foster and build an eLearning community for sharing of good practices and collaboration in pedagogical innovations and the establishment of an online repository of sharable eLearning resources.