UM’s first massive open online course (MOOC), titled ‘Creativity’, has been recognised by the Ministry of Education of China as a national first-class undergraduate course. Of the 3,560 courses across the country that made the list, 717 are online courses. UM’s ‘Creativity’ course is the only online course from Macao to receive the recognition.
Prof Michael Hui, vice rector of UM, believes that online teaching is gaining popularity, adding that UM adopts a hybrid approach to teaching, which is a mix of traditional and online teaching, in order to increase classroom interaction, stimulate students’ interest in learning, and improve the quality of teaching at UM.
Prof Katrine Wong, the person in charge of the course, who is also the director of UM’s Centre for Teaching and Learning Enhancement and an associate professor in the Faculty of Arts and Humanities, says that the Ministry of Education’s list of national first-class undergraduate courses includes courses from leading universities in China, and UM’s inclusion on the list shows recognition of the efforts of the teaching team. She adds that the team will continue to adopt a learner-centred approach, enhance teaching and learning on campus, and move beyond the traditional modes of teaching, in order to help students become more active and creative participants in the learning process.
The MOOC ‘Creativity’ team is comprised of Prof Katrine Wong, Assistant Professor Davood Gozli in the Faculty of Social Sciences, and Prof Michael Li, a former assistant professor in the Faculty of Education. The course aims to help learners explore creativity through a series of instructional videos, multiple-choice questions, and interactive learning activities. Since its launch on the XuetangX platform in September 2018, the course has run four times and has attracted more than 24,000 learners from around the world.
In addition, the instructional videos in the course have been incorporated into a general education course at UM, titled ‘Creativity for the 21st Century’. Teachers can upload videos to the UM Moodle platform before class for students to watch in advance. Using pre-recorded instructional videos can facilitate self-learning and improve classroom interaction.
此外，該課程的教學短片也被用作澳大通識課程“21世紀創意” (Creativity for the 21st Century)作教材之用，老師可以在課堂授課前上載短片到UMMoodle平台，讓學生預先觀看學習。這種預先在課前錄製好的教學短片能夠促進以學習者為中心的教學，加強師生課堂中的互動，並促進學生更自主學習。