HKBU-led projects shine at Reimagine Education Awards
24 Dec 2020
A technology-facilitated learning and teaching project named CCGame, led by the Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning at HKBU, received the Silver Award in eLearning at this year’s Reimagine Education Awards organised by Quacquarelli Symonds (QS). The CCGame project was funded by the UGC from 2016 to 2020.
Regarded as the “Oscars” of education, this annual competition has rewarded innovative approaches that enhance students’ learning outcomes and employability since 2014. About 1,400 competitors from 72 countries and regions submitted projects this year. Two HKBU-led team were among the 19 finalists for the eLearning Award.
CCGame aims to increase students’ capacity to address global challenges by encouraging them to work in diverse teams in online settings. A signature activity is the International eTournament, one of the first online tournaments in the world with the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) as its theme. Teams of multicultural, multi-disciplinary students are required first to formulate strategies for winning the tournament and then to expand their territory and fight for ranking on an online gaming platform by answering questions related to the SDGs. As well as taking part in the eTournament, the project conducted other activities to enhance students’ teamwork skills with the support of technology. About 5,300 students from 46 countries or regions have been involved in the activities organised by the project since 2017.
The project’s team includes teachers at CityU, CUHK and PolyU. The award presentation ceremony was held online from 9 to 11 December 2020.
Two other HKBU-led projects were shortlisted for this year’s Reimagine Education Awards. They are:
- The “Global Students Virtual Hackathon: Nurture Creative Global Citizen with Social Responsibility” project led by Dr Kristen Li of the Department of Computer Science and Dr Paolo Mengoni and Dr Xinzhi Zhang of the Department of Journalism (shortlisted for eLearning Award)
- The “Green Urban Environments: A Virtual Platform for Collaboration for Secondary School Students (GRUEN)” project led by Dr Tushar Chaudhuri of the Department of Government and International Studies (shortlisted for Sustainability Award)