Online Course:

Virtual Hong Kong: New World, Old Traditions

Discover Hong Kong, its people, culture and customs with this free online course using 360° video and virtual reality on FutureLearn.com.

#Documentary

#Virtual Reality​

#Immersive Learning

#Hong Kong Cultures and Traditions

"The first MOOC that delivers immersive learning content for distant learners."

Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), a unique form of online education enabled by web-based learning technologies, allow learners from anywhere in the world with any level of educational background to enjoy online education experience provided by many top universities all around the world. However, the forms of learning activities in MOOC settings are usually limited to watch­ing lecture or tutorial videos, joining formative or summative assessments, discussing with peer students, etc. These modes of learning could greatly limit the learning experience of the learners particularly in appreciating and acquiring certain tacit knowledge that the course contents aim to deliver, for example in courses that deal with the vast expanse of the environment or the spiri­tual aspect of a culture, etc.

 

In the creation of our three weeks MOOC, "Virtual Hong Kong: New World, Old Traditions", we combined tradi­tional online education delivery methods such as articles and tutorial videos with the smart­phone-enabled Virtual Reality (VR) educational contents that can provide impactful immersive learning experiences to MOOC learners. To our knowledge, we are the first MOOC that delivers im­mersive learning contents for distant learners to appreciate and experience how the traditional culture and folklores of Hong Kong impact upon the lives of its inhabitants in the 21st Century. The course is structured by following the three important elements in the eastern culture, namely Heaven, Earth, and Mankind, and delivered to the learners in the following formats:

  1. Virtual Guided Tour

    • Uses interactive narratives to tour learners around sites. Learners can extract information by interacting with the displays and objects in the virtual scenarios, which are the recreations of the sites in real life.

  2. Spherical Panoramic Documentary

    • Documents ritual practices, carnivals, parades, etc., from the first person perspective. 

  3. Animated Interactive Story

    • Uses computer animation techniques to recreate folklore and historical events with narrations. 

  4. Traditional learning contents such as videos, photos, and articles 

Roles and Responsibilities:

As the Multimedia Content Producer in our team, I am responsible for dealing with all the content productions for this project, including but not limited to: documentary videos, interviews, VR videos, 360 photography, documentary photography, and all other multimedia contents. 

 

Also responsible for:

  • Developing and designing the course structure and contents

  • Managing and leading the filming crew.

  • Developing and scheduling a detailed filming plan.

  • Managing project deliverables in line with the whole project plan.

  • Monitoring project progress and performance.

  • Training new crew members

  • Control the budget and allocate resources

  • Supervise the progress of the project from production to post-production

  • Work closely with other team members such as the programmers to develop applications for the course

 

#Documentary

#Virtual Reality​

#Immersive Learning

#Hong Kong Cultures and Traditions

"The first MOOC that delivers immersive learning content for distant learners."

In the creation of our three weeks MOOC*, "Virtual Hong Kong: New World, Old Traditions", we combined tradi­tional online education delivery methods such as articles and tutorial videos with the smart­phone-enabled Virtual Reality (VR) educational contents that can provide impactful immersive learning experiences to MOOC learners. To our knowledge, we are the first MOOC that delivers im­mersive learning contents for distant learners to appreciate and experience how the traditional culture and folklores of Hong Kong impact upon the lives of its inhabitants in the 21st Century. The course is structured by following the three important elements in the eastern culture, namely Heaven, Earth, and Mankind, and delivered to the learners in the following formats:

  1. Virtual Guided Tour

    • Uses interactive narratives to tour learners around sites. Learners can extract information by interacting with the displays and objects in the virtual scenarios, which are the recreations of the sites in real life.

  2. Spherical Panoramic Documentary

    • Documents ritual practices, carnivals, parades, etc., from the first person perspective. 

  3. Animated Interactive Story

    • Uses computer animation techniques to recreate folklore and historical events with narrations. 

  4. Traditional learning contents such as videos, photos, and articles 

*Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs), a unique form of online education enabled by web-based learning technologies, allow learners from anywhere in the world with any level of educational background to enjoy online education experience provided by many top universities all around the world. 

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Awards and Achievements:​​​

 

  • A series of Virtual Reality Documentaries, published on YouTube

 

 

Roles and Responsibilities:

As the Multimedia Content Producer in our team, I am responsible for dealing with all the content productions for this project, including but not limited to: documentary videos, interviews, VR videos, 360 photography, documentary photography, and all other multimedia contents. 

 

Also responsible for:

  • Developing and designing the course structure and contents

  • Managing and leading the filming crew.

  • Developing and scheduling a detailed filming plan.

  • Managing project deliverables in line with the whole project plan.

  • Monitoring project progress and performance.

  • Training new crew members

  • Control the budget and allocate resources

  • Supervise the progress of the project from production to post-production

  • Work closely with other team members such as the programmers to develop applications for the course

 

 
Virtual Hong Kong - Desktop VR App

#made with Unity3D

Role: Producer, Photographer, Videographer and Content Designer

 

Using the HTC Vive and Oculus Rift headsets, the audiences go inside our three VR scenes (namely: Man Ma Temple, Cage Home, and Partitioned Flat) and experiences an immersive interactive virtual tour of Hong Kong.

Switch between Scene/Location

Features

Man Mo Temple

POV (point of view) of the audience

Cage Home

Point of Interest (Blue Button)

Cage Home

Click the Blue Button for information

Subtitles

POV (point of view) of the audience

Voice Over with English or Chinese Subtitles
Move within Scene/Location (Red Button)

Partitioned Flats

Click the Red Button to move around 

 
 
Virtual Hong Kong - Mobile VR App

#made with Unity3D

Role: Producer, Photographer, Videographer and Content Designer

 

An immersive learning app developed by our team using virtual reality technology to deliver an immersive experience of Hong Kong's distinguishing traditions. 

VR: ON
View with Google Cardboard

Click to view the animation 

VR: OFF
View without Google Cardboard

Click to view the animation