Knowledge Transfer(KT) is never confined to science and technology; it is rather encompassing and may involve the very basic of life skills such as how to take care of oneself to the high-sounding spiritual yearns of human beings such as positive behaviors and attitude and moral values and etc. The central theme of Knowledge Transfer in Lingnan University is to promote "Ageing: From a Life Course Perspective" in a social context, appropriating the strengths of the two main drivers behind it – Asia Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies (APIAS) and the Office of Service-Learning (OSL).
The design and implementation of KT Project focused on the transfer of tacit knowledge within the social sciences and humanities areas instead of technology knowledge as well as emphasized capacity enhancement, including the desirable attributes of thematic knowledge, attitude or mindset and behavioral change both at individual and or community level Theoretical framework and operative model of development perspectives are adopted as the foundation for deriving Lingnan model of KT. In turn, action-based KT programs and research are put forward to operate our unique model of knowledge transfer as well as to achieve the project objectives accordingly.
Program effectiveness is measured by the how much the program objectives were achieved including quantitative performance indicators and findings from KT programs' questionnaires assessment in which degree of knowledge learning, reflection, adoption and transfer would be measured and evaluated Four common evaluative indicators were developed for a total of 9 KT Programs. The final evaluative results are having 32 out of a total of 36 mean scores with no less than 7 to 8 marks that over 88% have an effective and significant level of knowledge transfer for specified thematic knowledge. In addition, ultimate deliverables, such as KT Manuals for the guidance of organizing and operating KT programs, deriving from the whole process of knowledge transfer activities could be regarded as the overall assessment as in terms of success and effectiveness of the project at large.
The Knowledge Transfer activities in its first year emphasize much on the knowledge transfer within the university, i.e. academia/professionals to students, senior students to junior students, non-local students to local students via two main ways – (1) Undergraduate courses embedded with service-learning plus knowledge transfer element; and (2) Campus-wide activities - so to construct a solid and sound foundation to the next level of transfer from University to the Community.
Taking one step further, we have been testing various strategies for the transfer from University to the Community taking advantage of the following platforms: (1) New Senior Secondary Curriculum; (2) Elder Academy; and (3) Action Researches. We will focus our trials on the aforementioned platforms, which serves to pave the way to the community education model of knowledge transfer at the end of the triennium.
Consultant Team Member(s)
Principal Investigator: Prof. Alfred CHAN Cheung-ming
Program Coordinator: Mr. Eddy CHUNG Yan-yi
Co-Investigators: Dr. Dickson YAU Tak-sang, Ms. Phoebe TANG Pui-yee, Mr. David HO Tai-wai
Research Associates: Ms. Helen LAU Wing-no, Ms. LI Wing-yin, Mr. David CHAN Wing-chung, Ms. Sandy TANG Chi-yan
Asia-Pacific Institute of Ageing Studies, Lingnan University (2010). Knowledge transfer project 2009/2010 1st year annual report. Retrieved from http://commons.ln.edu.hk/apias_research/13/