See How Our Projects Help Education Thrive
Jockey Club VR Project for Chinese Language Education
(Phase 1: 2018-2022; Phase 2: 2022-2025)
It is often criticised that Hong Kong secondary students’ writing lacks details and resonance. They can only narrate the process of an event but not concretely depict people and scenes, failing to convey sincere and delicate feelings through words. Due to insufficient sense and experience of observation, unidirectional teaching methods and inadequate understanding and sense of community, students can hardly improve their Chinese writing proficiency.
Observe and experience the Surroundings to Develop Care for the Community
EduVenture-VR® has transformed the ways of learning Chinese writing by immersing students in virtual literary walks to strengthen their observation ability and thus enhance their Chinese writing literacy. It successfully deepened students’ proficiency in Chinese writing because it could fully immerse students in the scenes that the authors depicted in their writings, which sharpened their observation skills, aroused their emotions and strengthened their connection with the community. The phase 1 of the project benefited more than 4,800 students, over 80% of whom improved their Chinese writing skills after using EduVenture-VR®.
Hong Kong as an Outdoor Museum:
EduVenture® supports Non-Chinese Speaking Students in Learning Chinese Culture
Non-Chinese Speaking (NCS) students in Hong Kong are facing multifaceted challenges in integrating into society primarily due to the language barrier and insufficient exposure to Chinese culture. While field trips can effectively enhance students’ understanding of the local culture and history, their jam-packed school curriculum hardly allows teachers to take them to visit historical sites.
Engage with Chinese Culture, Bond with the Community
EduVenture-VR® enables NCS students to engage anytime in virtual field trips where they can teleport to any historical places in a blink of an eye. The interactive inquiry tasks in EduVenture-VR®, such as MC questions and voice answers, help the students not only practise Chinese reading and speaking skills, but also reinforce their understanding of Hong Kong’s culture and history. Over 70% of the NCS students endorsed the effectiveness of EduVenture-VR® in Chinese cultural learning.
Project Impact Enhancement Fund (PIEF):
Reinforcing the educational impact of EduVenture® and EduVenture-VR® through local, regional and international collaborations
Further to the success of EduVenture-VR® in Hong Kong, more than 80 K-12 schools and universities in Taiwan and Australia have harnessed the system across a variety of subject disciplines to foster learning motivation and understanding of concepts effectively.
Taiwan: Enhance Learning Effectiveness and Motivation
We collaborated with the Faculty of Education of National Taipei University of Education to initiate “EduVenture-VR® for Education Programme” to disseminate the application of the VR system. A series of professional development programmes were conducted for teachers in order to facilitate the implementation of EduVenture-VR® in Taiwan’s schools. A wide range of VR resources were tailor-made according to their learning needs, such as culture, language, geography and science. The 17 primary and secondary participating schools applauded for the learning effectiveness that EduVenture-VR® brought to their lessons, such as enhanced motivation and self-directed learning ability.
Australia: Foster Work Integrated Learning
Our partnership with the School of Property, Construction and Project Management of Royal Melbourne Institute of Technology (RMIT) University in Australia aims to capitalise on EduVenture-VR® to overcome pedagogical challenges in construction management education. Construction management students are required to physically visit construction sites to observe authentic work operations. However, physical site visits have become much more difficult to arrange due to some practical problems, such as the COVID-19 pandemic, students’ on-site safety, geographical differences and increasing student numbers. Therefore, we strategized on ways to solve this challenge by introducing EduVenture-VR®.
Since 2018, RMIT University has been harnessing EduVenture-VR® to design virtual construction site visits for their students. Compared with the conventional teaching methods that heavily rely on reading two-dimensional drawings, EduVenture-VR® helps them observe structures and construction work more clearly through an immersive environment, which has significantly improved the effectiveness of their work integrated learning. So far, over 1,500 RMIT students have benefited from this initiative.
Harnessing EduVenture-VR® to Enhance the Effectiveness of Vocational Rehabilitation Services
in New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association
New Life Psychiatric Rehabilitation Association (NLPRA) operates vocational rehabilitation service centres to help people in recovery of mental illnesses (PIR) reintegrate into the society by offering multi-dimensional vocational training workshops to develop work skills. However, physical on-job training at workplaces requires much time and manpower, which in turn hinders the effectiveness of the training.
Maximise Efficiency of Vocational Training
NLPRA reached out to us to adopt EduVenture-VR® to design interactive virtual working environments, such as coffee shops and recycling stores, where PIR can anytime, anywhere be visually situated in the authentic workplaces to thoroughly observe and experience the workflow and acquire essential work skills. EduVenture-VR® allows NLPRA to save more time and manpower, and to lessen the staff’s workload. The project is expected to benefit more than over 100 PIR and 30 social workers.