Active Learning Opportunities Outside Classroom and Laboratory

Po Yee Chung, Kim Hung Lam, Chi Wah Leung, Chee Leung Mak, Kai Pan Mark, Jenny Lam

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This paper presented a case study for the foundation year subject Greenhouse Gases and Life (ABCT1D09) launched in PolyU in 2019/2020 semester one. We investigated the implementation of blended learning with outside classroom learning component and TAL pedagogies (technology-assisted laboratory classes, virtual lab and remote lab) in the traditional face-to-face (F2F) lectures with the use of institutional virtual learning environment (Blackboard LMS) to improve students’ learning experience by enhancing students’ engagement in this large GE class (90 students). Feedbacks from survey and students’ reflective journal (i.e. 91% of students satisfied with the designed class activities and 75% of students found the learning experience was enjoyable), as well as the students’ academic performance suggest this model brings positive impact to students’ learning. The results obtained in the present study may offer more new learning opportunities in tertiary all-round education and inform the design of “new-normal” learning after the COVID-19 pandemic.

Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationApplied Degree Education and the Shape of Things to Come
PublisherSpringer Science and Business Media Deutschland GmbH
Number of pages18
Publication statusPublished - May 2023

Publication series

NameLecture Notes in Educational Technology
ISSN (Print)2196-4963
ISSN (Electronic)2196-4971


  • Blackboard
  • General education
  • Science foundation subjects
  • STEM
  • Technology-assisted active learning

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Education
  • Computer Science Applications
  • Computer Networks and Communications


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