A strong proponent of STEM education goes the extra mile in bringing sound pedagogical practice to collaborative learning.
HONOREE PROFILE | by Victor Rivero
“STEM education is crucial to humanity’s ability to solve challenging problems in the world today,” says Fridolin Ting, a Teaching Fellow in the Department of Applied Mathematics at The Hong Kong Polytechnic University.
“According to extensive evidenced based research, active learning strategies significantly improve STEM education students’ achievement, understanding and application of concepts. There is also evidence that mobile applications for education enable teachers to improve their teaching practices and engage and highly motivate students by providing them with new opportunities to participate and construct their own learning, individually or collaboratively,” he says.
“We understand that just having one STEM teaching kit, mobile device, or platform is not the solution to improving STEM education.”
“Therefore, the main objectives of my Pedagogic and Active Learning Mobile Solutions (PALMS) Project are to explore and develop new pedagogies to increase active learning in STEM education and to cultivate innovative mobile applications to enhance the efficacy of said active learning pedagogies.”
His PALMS project is unique and trendsetting “because it’s the only project of its kind, aiming to improve STEM related subject teaching in tertiary education in the world. We understand that just having one STEM teaching kit, mobile device, or platform is not the solution to improving STEM education,” Fridolin explains.
“Our PALMS project is more effective than other STEM education solutions since our approach is multifaceted and collaborative. We have developed 13 different active teaching strategies, mobile applications and web platforms among 4 Hong Kong Universities and 30 professors and instructors of STEM related subjects such as Mathematics, Chemistry, and Medical Education.”
In fact, their 13 active teaching strategies/apps/platforms have been used by over 35,000 students and teachers per month, locally and internationally. For his work in STEM education and with education technology, Fridolin was named Winner of The EdTech Trendsetter Award as part of The EdTech Awards 2020 program from EdTech Digest. Learn more.