Project Details

Project Introduction

Funded by The Hong Kong Jockey Club Charities Trust, “Jockey Club VR Project for Enhancing Chinese Language Literacy” is organised by the Centre for Learning Sciences and Technologies of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), in collaboration with Hong Kong Literature Research Centre, Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research, and SKH St. Mary’s Church Mok Hing Yiu College, and with the support of The Chinese University of Hong Kong Library. Spanning across three and a half years, the project aims at harnessing virtual reality (VR) technologies to enhance the effectiveness of learning and teaching Chinese language. Immersed in the virtual literary scenes, students can learn how to thoroughly observe places, communities and people. It will strengthen their Chinese reading and writing proficiency, literary literacy and humanistic care. The Project is expected to reach up to 7000 students in headcount. An online library of VR-integrated Chinese literary teaching resources will be in open access.

The Meaning of the Project Name

VR technologies can create anything out of nothing. Students in the classroom can be instantly “teleported” to the places that the literary works portray. As commonly said in Chinese, a scene triggers one’s feeling. Now, a VR scene can also do the same.

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Project Rationale

Requirements of Chinese Language Curriculum in Secondary Education
While writing, students should:

demonstrate descriptive writing skills to depict people, objects and scenes;
connect their daily life experience and acquired knowledge to compose the content; and
read and listen, and use association and imagination skills more often to enrich the content.

— The Suggested Learning Areas in Secondary Chinese Language Education (Curriculum Development Council)

VSDiscrepancy

Students’ performance
 

Their writings lack details and resonation.
They can only narrate the process of an event but cannot concretely describe people and scenes.
Their writings fail to convey sincere and delicate feelings.

— Report on the HKDSE Results in Chinese Language Paper 2 (2016)(Hong Kong Examinations and Assessment Authority)

Analysis of the Discrepancy

VR-based Language Teaching -> A Multidirectional Solution


Highlights of the Syllabus

Highlights of the Syllabus

Effects of VR-based Teaching

1.
Broaden language learning

Insufficient sense and experience of observation

Overcome the limitations of time and space that emerge in traditional classroom teaching
2.
Align with the development of Information Technology in Education

Unidirectional teaching

Integrate e-Learning into Chinese language education
3.
Construct situations and arouse emotions




Inadequate understanding and caring of people, things and communities

Harness an educational VR platform for practicing observation
Build a strong sense of observation
Foster situated learning
4.
Promote moral and affective education: care and solicitude
Select individualized viewpoints
Engage in affective experience and in-depth reflection

The use of EduVenture®VR in Chinese Writing Lessons


Traditional Teaching of Writing

VR-based Teaching of Writing

Construct situations

Observe

Accumulate learning

Arouse emotions

Imagination

Observation

Use the previously acquired knowledge

Use the knowledge newly gained from the VR learning environment

Create from imaging

Create from sensing and experiencing

Teachers choose and portray the subjects for writing

Students choose their own subjects for writing

Literary walks

Literary walks in the classroom


Visualizing the realistic scenes helps students observe the community:

Enhance their sense of the city and discover the uniqueness of the community
Share their own viewpoints and show their humanistic care


Framework

Project Implementation

1.Teaching

Workflow of the VR-based Teaching of Writing :

VR-based Teaching Schedule :

2.Teacher Professional Development

Landscape expedition
Open classroom and seminar
Technical training


3.Educational Research

The Project will conduct educational research based on the data collected from the participating students and teachers, aiming to investigate the relationship between VR-based teaching and Chinese language education. The research results will be in open access.

Below are the examples of the research topics:

How VR-based teaching improves students’ Chinese writing proficiency
The enhancement of VR-based teaching skills: from the perspective of students’ learning performance
How e-Learning enhances language education
The situation, challenge and improvement of using VR teaching materials: from the perspective of Chinese language teachers
Professional development of VR-based teaching for secondary teachers
How VR-based teaching changes the educational ecosystem in secondary schools
The challenges and solutions in Chinese language learning: students’ language proficiency, personal thinking and interest in language learning
The enhancement of students’ interest in learning Chinese language through VR-based teaching 


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Service Targets and Participating Schools

The project is targeted at the junior form students from 12 secondary schools. They will participate in the project in two separate phases:

First phase (Invited participation): 6 schools
Second phase (Open recruitment): 6 schools

Every participating school will be given:
Support

Guidance of material design, teaching practice and assessment
Training and technical support of EduVenture®VR
An account of EduVenture®VR with access to the teaching materials of other schools
Guidance of filming 360-degree photos and videos

Equipment

A 360-degree HD camera
45 mobile phones
45 VR goggles
A tablet charging cart