Special Report 3
Revolutionary Teaching and Reinvigorated Learning: Taipei CooC-Cloud
A New Epoch of Cloud-Based Learning that Integrates Digital Education Resources
Sign-on(SSO), learners and teachers can easily connect with an amazing array of digital services. The site offers a cross-platform, integrated inquiry system that facilitates searches and offers many cloud-centric teaching and learning resources. It is the first digital learning infrastructure in Taiwan to be pioneered by a municipal-level education department.
The Department of Education of Taipei City Government has for many years committed tremendous resources to digitizing education resources for elementary and middle schools as it looks to build a digital campus. In recent years, the DOE has refined the concept of integrating learning and teaching with information technology , it has drawn up a range of visionary teaching and study projects, it has financed schools with their digital education spending, and it has improved teachers' literacy in computer science and technologies, mobile learning methods, and aptitude adaptation practices.
A Digital Learning and Education Center in Taipei City: Taipei CooCCloud
To enrich Taipei City's digital learning and education support for students, teachers and parents, the Department of Education Taipei City Government Taipei City e-Learning Education Center. The core missions were: integrate digital resources, set up a digital learning platform, research/develop/and launch high-performing digital learning tools, generate teaching/learning/ administrative services, create and promote digital learning and education initiatives, provide application trainings to teachers, empower them with communications and media technology knowhow, and ensure effective administrative systems maintenance for schools of all levels. Meanwhile, the platform combines the input of a stellar lineup of top-notch experts, scholars, frontline educators, teachers and private firms as it consolidates its content. Following three years of planning and over a hundred workshops and discussions, Taipei CooC-Cloud was at last inaugurated to provide "CooC-Class," "CooC-Learning," "CooC-Reading," "CooC-App," "CooC-School" and lots more. It is a robust cloud-based interface which ensures seamless pre-class, in-class, and after-school learning that gives schoolchildren the 5C-competences: Communication, Collaboration, Complex Problem Solving, Critical Thinking, and Creativity.
Promoting Digital Learning That Puts Students First
A "learner-centric" approach is the driver of Taipei CooC-Cloud. The curricula for every student can be custom-made to fit individual demand. All the digital learning activity generated by each user would be documented and saved onto the database. Analytics of every learner's study progress would lead to a comprehensive, robust learning timeline. Cloud-based learning tools encourage teachers to revitalize their curricula and methods, and motivate students to take up self-directed learning via the knowledge map. This reinvigorated teaching practice heightens student interest and participation, and motivates students to think independently and critically to improve learning effectiveness.
Online Instructional Video Production
To develop a robust, professional online database of teaching resources for middle and elementary school students, the Taipei City Government kick-started an online instruction video production project that combines film clips made by hundreds of educators, who make video clips of vital knowhow on 24 subjects, spanning elementary, middle and high school curricula. The clips are uploaded to Taipei CooC-Cloud. The team of educators on all 24 subjects take advantage of their class prep time and available time slots to go over the knowledge map, materials for lesson plans and video scripts to troubleshoot, and follow-up with content production and test question designs. In addition to successfully breaking from the monotonous, one-way teaching method conducted in a traditional classroom setting, the practice allows teachers to incorporate digital technology software and augmented reality (AR), and to utilize anime or 3D techniques that direct students to a more relatable level of understanding. The practice is constructive for pre-class perusal, self-directed learning, makeup teaching, and provides materials for teachers to reinvigorate their lesson plans. Learners can now visit Taipei CooC-Cloud to learn anytime,anywhere on their home computer or mobile devices, making learning an "ubiquitous" process. By December 2016, over 5,300 online educational videos had been made. The site has also received over 4.87 million visits. The platform is available for free to teachers and educators around Taiwan, and those overseas. The Department of Education hopes to maximize and share the positive effects and experience of this avenue to benefit more educators and learners.
Digital Resource Sharing
「"CooC-Class" is characterized by a classroom teaching module. It provides smart groupings, group discussions, electronic whiteboard s , g roup feedback, inter-group feedback, activity management, assessment management, test question management, instantaneous response services, and Rubrics. Educators can open digital resources according to the needs of their teaching process to enrich their approach. Teachers in Taipei City can also upload their homemade instructional videos to CooC-Cloud. Other than saving the files onto the database, CooC-Cloud also offer a YouTubing method to expedite the sharing of e-learning resources. There are now over 70,000 titles in Taipei Public Library's e-collection. When someone signs in to the Cloud, he or she could look up the book in "CooC Reading." If the Library has purchased an e-edition of the book, the user could sign in with his or her library card number and read it for free.
The launch of Taipei CooC-Cloud signifies that the age of cloud-based learning has truly arrived, and it will revolutionize and reinvigorate conventional education practices.