Self-directed Learning

Self-directed Learning

HLC is committed to nurturing self-directed, independent, lifelong learners. Through provision of resources, guidance, developing of learning skills and strategies, we encourage students to explore topics that pique their interest outside the classroom, cultivate an active learning atmosphere and develop our students to be fervent learners.


Pedagogically, preview and learning guides are included to encourage students to explore the lesson content before they engage in discussions and learning tasks in class. This, we believe, promotes research skills, enhances critical thinking, encourages peer learning, develops a congenial learning atmosphere and ultimately raises the quality of learning and teaching.


To further develop self-directed learning, the College upgraded its classrooms to digital classrooms, equipped with electronic whiteboards. Thanks to all the teachers, contributing their ideas of incorporating electronic whiteboards in daily interactive teaching, the proposal was successfully approved by Quality Education Fund.


It was the 8th year that the College collaborated with Teaching and Learning Innovation Centre (TaLiC)  from the University of Hong Kong (HKU) to introduce the Massive Open Online Courses (MOOC) to students, who were encouraged to pursue courses from worldwide universities at their own pace. S.1 to S.6 students who were interested in MOOC were sponsored by HLC to complete the courses. In addition, all S.3 students were required to complete a MOOC as their special holiday assignment to replace traditional assignments. Moreover, to further cultivate passionate self-directed learners with global perspectives, a unique MOOC x Reading curriculum was launched in S.4 in which students engaged in project-based learning over the academic year by taking a MOOC that responds to one of the United Nations’ Sustainable Development Goals and carrying out research by using printed or online materials to cultivate self-directed learning skills. Students were guided to design and complete a project proposal. Afterwards, they shared what they found out with their peers by varied means as they wished including presentation and/or multimedia.


HLC has launched the Self-directed Learning (SDL) Award Scheme to cultivate passionate learners. We recognize that students are learning at a different pace. With the SDL Award Scheme, students are encouraged to set their own learning goals, form study groups, use resources available in the Library and Language Room and seek teachers’ guidance when necessary.


We, HLC teachers, are here to prepare our students to be passionate lifelong learners. Today, we open the door of knowledge for students; in the future, HLC students will be their own steward of learning.