The role of multimedia technology in a Hong Kong higher education music program

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New developments in e-learning and increasingly sophisticated learning technologies have made a major impact on Hong Kong universities, which welcomed the implementation of Information Communication Technology (ICT) as being core to their educational missions, and to this end encouraged all graduates to be computer or ICT literate. At the same time, academics are increasingly concerned with the processes of curriculum change with respect to ICT in higher education, as well as with their delivery of multimedia lectures. This paper aims to look at students’ comfort with multimedia technology as a means of receiving and presenting knowledge in their music programs. Findings were based on a simple questionnaire survey and semi-structured interviews with 31 music students attending undergraduate and postgraduate courses at Hong Kong Baptist University. The present findings suggest that it is necessary to be aware of the potential disadvantages of multimedia technology for music learning, and to recognize that the quality of music instructors is at least as important. Questions are raised concerning how best to incorporate better teachers and effective multimedia technology into the learning environment of higher music education learning.
Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)1-37
Number of pages37
JournalVisions of Research in Music Education
Publication statusPublished - Jan 2009


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