On May 12-13, 2016, representatives from nine institutions gathered at the second Asian e-Table to explore collaboration opportunities and challenges in developing online learning in Asia.

Participants included:

  • Dr. Huang Hoon CHNG, Associate Provost (Undergraduate Education), National University of Singapore
  • Professor Toru IIYOSHI, Deputy Vice President for Education, Kyoto University
  • Professor Joon HEO, Director of Open & Smart Education Center, Yonsei University
  • Ms. Helie KIM, Yonsei University
  • Professor Xiaoming LI, Assistant President, Peking University
  • Professor Benson Yeh Ping-Cheng, Director of MOOC Program at National Taiwan University
  • Professor Chetwyn CHAN, Associate Vice-President (Learning and Teaching), PolyU
  • Professor Roger CHENG, Associate Provost for Teaching and Learning, HKUST
  • Professor Nick Noakes, Director of Center for Enhanced Learning and Teaching, HKUST
  • Professor T.C. PONG, Senior Advisor to Executive Vice-President and Provost, HKUST
  • Professor Isabella POON, Pro-Vice-Chancellor / Vice-President, CUHK
  • Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President & Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning)

At the event, we also skyped in Anant Agarwal, the CEO of edX, during our roundtable discussions.


This year we welcomed a new member from Yonsei University, Professor Joon HEO, Director of Open & Smart Education Center.

Together, participants discussed the possibilities and issues in:

  1. developing an Asian consortium with gatherings of colleagues at different working levels;
  2. developing a central repository for content sharing, including full courses, micro-modules, and pedagogical showcases;
  3. enhancing professional development and teacher training;
  4. launching a regional (E-)Teaching Excellence Award so as to encourage teaching staff to invest more efforts in e-learning and establish a common standard of teaching;
  5. co-creating MOOCs (possible topics include computational thinking and MOOC production);
  6. and

  7. creating better E-portfolios.

The HKU team also had the pleasure to share our recent experience in developing an online course from a grassroot level in the BOLT project.

Looking forward
Asian e-Table is an annual conference on e-learning initiated by HKU in 2015. We endeavour to gather experts in the region “to build a platform, a foundation, to something that can be sustainable and vibrant in the years ahead,” as pointed out by Professor Ian Holliday. The ultimate goal is to facilitate knowledge exchange and build a community of practice. Click here for a more detailed report on the event.

Technology has no borders, so is education. Contact us if you are interested in developing online education in Asia with us.

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