Open Knowledge Association (Charitable Organisations)

Founded in 2012, Open Knowledge Association has a vision of “We Create, We Share, We Love”. Through development of e-book platforms, learning tools and interactive electronic teaching materials with teachers, we aim to provide assistance to students in need.

Open Knowledge Association is one of the non-profitable organisations that participates in the first phase and second phase of Electronic Market Development Scheme (EMADS). With a specialty in editing and producing Chinese language and Putonghua e-textbooks, Open Knowledge Association has been developing, designing and editing school-based electronic teaching materials for various schools. In addition to maintaining close partnership with different educational institutions, we are keen to understand NCS students’ learning difficulties.

In 2016, the Association has jointly participated in HSBC 150th Anniversary Charity Programme to produce over 570 e-books which are open for public use. The project has covered an extensive range of subjects, such as Chinese language, Mathematics, General Studies, Music, Visual Arts, Information and Technology, Design and Technology and Practical Communications (Putonghua and English). In the meantime, the editable content is made suitable for all students subject to their learning abilities and needs. In the same year, sponsored by “The Swire Group Charitable Trust”, the Association has designed another set of electronic learning materials, also known as “Learning Chinese is Fun”, to help NCS students develop their holistic Chinese abilities in reading, writing, listening and speaking. The application was made available to all Hong Kong students in February 2017. Moreover, the Association was also supported by the Language Fund and had jointly developed “Interactive Learning Chinese with News for NCS students” project with Ming Pao. With news articles and a diversity of learning activities, students are expected to learn useful words and enhance their reading abilities so that they can relate themselves more to the society. The application was open to all schools and the public in mid 2017.

Dr. KO Mo Lin, Regina (Consultant)

Dr. KO Mo Lin, Regina, Doctor of Education (Ed.D.) from the Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK), is currently a Part-time Lecturer at the Hong Kong Institute of Educational Research of CUHK. She graduated from the Graduate School of the CUHK and is presently the Course Director at the US-China Institute of the University of Southern California. In the past, she also held a post as Associate Research Fellow, the Department of Chinese and Bilingual Studies, Hong Kong Polytechnic University (PolyU); Proposed Principal Programme Instructor, the Hong Kong Institute of Education, the CUHK; Professional Advisor, the Department of Curriculum and Instruction, Faculty of Education, the CUHK; School Development Officer I, Centre for University-School Partnerships, Faculty of Education, the CUHK; Project Manager, Centre for Religious and Spiritual Education, The Hong Kong Institute of Education; Senior Programme Consultant, Small Class Teaching In-service Training Programme, Hong Kong Baptist University; and Professional Advisory and Programme Director, Programme Development Office, University of Durham (UK) etc.

For more than a decade in the past, Dr. Ko has been involved in teacher training, curriculum development, and research in the teaching of Chinese as a first and second language. She has worked as a coordinator, assistant coordinator or consultant for numerous education projects in China, including “Helping Chinese Language Teachers in Primary Schools to Build Up Professional Learning Communities” (a project commissioned by the Education Bureau, 2006-2010); “Chinese Culture – Chinese Heart” project (a project of the Quality Education Fund, 2009); and “Living Chinese”, a grant project of the Open Knowledge Association Limited in 2016, etc.

Specializing in leading teachers and curriculum leadership, Dr. Ko has both curriculum theory and practical experience. She had served as a member of the Hong Kong Certificate of Education Examination (HKCEE) Chinese Language Grade Descriptors Study Group, a coordinator of the Textbook Study Group of Education Bureau and a leader for External School Review. Additionally, he had served as the Chairperson of the Hong Kong Association for the Professional Development of Chinese Language Teaching, providing professional training courses for Chinese Language teachers. He has also published several books. In recent years, he has developed multimedia teaching materials through various E-learning platforms, hoping to integrate life experiences with contextual learning, in order to enhance interest in studying and strengthen the effectiveness in learning languages.