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    ORIGINAL - August 2016 REVISION Sept 2017, doc version 8

    Innovative Technology Enhanced Learning in the Performing Arts

    Discussion Paper on

    Establishing an INNOVATION (previously (e)Learning) Strategy and Roadmap for HKAPA

    The Head of Innovation at CBA, Tiziana Bianco, discussed the word "INNOVATE", which originated in the mid 16th century from Latin "innovat" meaning renewed, altered. She defined INNOVATION as "adding new value". Innovation doesn't have to be complex or expensive. Even a small change is Innovative if it adds new value to the organization.

    OVERVIEW The following document outlines some initial thoughts re key areas of development in establishing an Innovation Strategy and Roadmap at HKAPA. Previously this was referred to as an (e)Learning strategy, then Blended Learning strategy. Both of these terms were abandoned due to their historical baggage as well as feedback received that we needed to consider (e)Learning within a broader remit of innovation and change that encompassed the whole ecology of the Academy. The following diagram illustrates how the broader ecology of Innovation can be considered across the three areas of curriculum, pedagogy and space. (With the outlying circle representing the essential connection needed within such areas as such as infrastructure and planning). The overarching goal being teaching and learning enhancement (as influenced by technology as fir for purpose).

    This Innovation Strategy draws on the previously circulated 5P Framework and captures in more detail how the Hong Kong Academy of Performing Arts Strategic Plan; A Performing Arts Academy for 21st Century Asia, HKAPA Strategic Plan 2013 2023, (http://www.hkapa.edu/ebook/Strategic-Plan/HTML), alongside the mission, responsibilities and objectives of The iHub (Appendix B) and associated goals of institutional (e)Learning culture change can be achieved. Within the word (e)Learning the (e) or electronic reference is deliberately bracketed in order to highlight that any change related to (e)Learning must also be inclusive of a change and re-thinking of learning per se. Our approach is Learning Led and Technology Enabled.

    The WHY? In the 21st century, understanding and using technology is becoming an integral part of virtually every aspect of daily life and the Academy is committed to preparing students for this digitally literate future. The statement


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    Cultivating 21st century performing artists: an Asian heart, a global view implies within the notion of a 21st Century education that technology or (e)Learning is an embedded consideration. As such our plan to replace the reference to technology and (e)Learning with Innovation. Our move towards the provision of a 21st Century performing arts education acknowledges the nuances and contexts of each of the respective disciplines at the HKAPA and aligns with board strategic directions that promote innovative pedagogy and a 21st century student learning experience as supported by technology. In this regard, the following are identified as our strategic priorities for development.

    Strategic Priority 1: Delivering an engaging, personalised and digitally enriched curriculum.

    Strategic Priority 2: Supporting our students to become digitally fluent performing arts professionals.

    Strategic Priority 3: Aligning our learning spaces, virtual, physical and informal and expanding our flexible learning arrangements.

    Strategic Priority 4: Developing HKAPA staff as leaders in the provision of innovative pedagogically supported digital learning experiences.

    Strategic Priority 5: Enhancing our innovative educational provision via benchmarking, research and evaluation.

    Further clarification and an expanded rationale that situates the impetus regarding the necessity of (e)Learning, an Innovation Strategy and Roadmap is included in Appendix A and provides for the reader a global, local and contextually relevant influences regarding Performing Arts and Performing Arts Education.

    The WHAT? At a grass-roots level the goals of (e)Learning cultural change as aligned to an Innovation Strategy and Roadmap lie across three areas;

    CHANGE in CONCEPTION; or a move for staff and students from a Naive understanding of how technology (and associated innovative pedagogy) can support and enhance learning and teaching to a more advanced one. CHANGE in SKILL: being a progression from novice skills in the use of technology and innovative pedagogy to a more advanced skillset. CHANGE in REPUTATION; to expand on the Academys already excellent reputation in the area of performing arts education to include innovation in performing arts education.

    These are captured visually below;


    Novice conception of how technology can be used to enhance pedagogy as fit for purpose

    Sophisticated conception of how technology can be used to enhance pedagogy as fit for purpose

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    Novice Skills in using Technology to enhance Pedagogy and Performance

    Advanced Skills in using Technology to enhance Pedagogy and Performance


    Excellent Reputation in Performing Arts Education

    Excellent Reputation in Innovation in Performing Arts Education

    The (e)LEARNING ECOSYSTEM @ HKAPA The creation of an Innovation Strategy and Roadmap for the Academy must acknowledge the learning ecosystem across the technological domain and pedagogy / curricular influences and broader alignments with policy, practice and people. The diagram below represents a holistic representation of the various technical areas that impact on, or are part of the (e)Learning ecology at HKAPA.

    The diagram over-page situates the learning ecosystem across pedagogy / curricular influences. These also form essential components of the Strategy and Roadmap as all are inter-related, with changes to any one of these areas influencing change across the ecosystem.

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    Clarify Crystallise Categorise








    Staff: Part-time / Full-

    Time Support




    - A



    CR Graduate Attributes



    (e)Learning Culture Learning Analytics






    al S






    Knowledge Base


    Knowledge Base


    es /



    / P



    CORE Curriculum

    Electives Knowledge Base (Problem Based)


    Technology Industry / Internship CR / PAR International-isation Inter-disciplinary

    Career and Graduate Placement

    Academic Advising

    CR Experts aligned with

    iPAT experts LHub

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    Context is King Key Contextual factors that have emerged from discussion during the first year of the iHUBs formation and represent some initial perceptions and views that should be considered in parallel to the Learning ecosystem and as related to a possible Strategy and Roadmap;

    - Strong grounding and excellent reputation in performing arts - IT infrastructure is a work in progress - Very limited space (?? Use of space) / Learning Spaces need to support pedagogy - Time / Timetabling / Curricular time / work allocation time .. as integral in a move

    towards innovation - Staff and Senior management generally supportive of (e)Learning - Blended Learning as a possible better approach / term than (e)Learning - Pedagogy involves a greater mix of 1-1 than small group / lecture - Conceptions and Mis-conceptions of (e)Learning need to be unpacked - Bi and Tri-lingualism as a key factor in communication - A move towards practitioner scholar the thinking performing artist - Acknowledgement and respect for the traditions of the respective disciplines - The Academy has recently undergone significant restructure and some bedding

    down of the processes and identities of new areas is still occurring - New senior management profile and a need to ensure consultation and education

    around (e)Learning - Staff profile representative of a diverse skill set, some early adopters

    ~370 sessional staff profile / ~100 full-time.. Need to consider the role of support staff in the use of technology

    - Many staff comment on the need to look at admin systems and use of technology to assist

    - Student profile as bi-lingual, time savvy but time poor, strong diverse academic experience, strong mainland presence, technology savvy but not necessarily for academic purposes

    - New and evolving KPAs - New ADDs and Departments


    Five overarching objectives of an Innovation Strategy have been identified as a starting point for wider consultation at the Academy;

    1. Significant change in the innovation culture, conceptions and practices among stakeholders at all levels in HKAPA

    2. Benchmarking and leveraging partnerships across respective disciplines at the HKAPA

    3. Development and deployment of institutional learning technologies/tools supported by professional development and change management AND small scale pilots with a CoP approach

    4. Vigorous and objective pursuit of evaluation and research into innovation 5. Alignment of teaching and learning support and structures with institutional

    goals and strategic planning

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    The 5P FRAMEWORK as related to the STRATEGY and ROADMAP

    The 5P Framework proposed is essenti


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