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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Faculty of Education

Details of the workshop:

Date : 29 June 2017 (Thursday)
Time : 10:00 am – 3:30 pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Facilitators : Dr. Luke Fryer, Associate Professor, CETL, HKU
Mr. Peter Lau, Lecturer, CETL, HKU
Dr. Ada Lee, Lecturer, CETL, HKU
Hot lunch will be provided.

This forum aims to provide a platform to discuss how to provide effective training and development of teaching skills for Graduate Teaching Assistants (GTAs). Forum speakers, including teachers, administration staff and postgraduate students, from various local universities will share their experience, good practices and the challenges they have encountered. Discussion will include, but not be limited to the following sub-themes:

  1. Roles and responsibilities of GTAs in academic department
  2. Reflective teaching
  3. Challenges encountered in teaching
  4. Challenges to balance teaching and research duties
  5. Expectations for the training programme
  6. How to engage GTAs in training programme
  7. Feedback on teaching performance
  8. Collaboration with teaching departments
  9. Evidence of how GTAs benefit from training programme

We believe that postgraduates have great potential to achieve both teaching and research. All research supervisors, faculty members, administration staff and students are welcome to join us in co-constructing a way forward through the challenges our students face in seeking to maximise their teaching impact.

Registration

For information, please contact:
Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​

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By the courtesy of the Teaching Innovation Unit at the Centre for Teaching and Learning Development of the National Taiwan University (NTU), TELI participated in a professional development programme entitled “eProfessor” that was held on April 29-30, 2017 – the Labour Day long weekend. We have heard about the magic of this bootcamp from Professor Benson Yeh (former Director of the MOOC Project in NTU) for a couple of years – but seeing is believing.

Success factors of NTU’s e-learning professional development programmes

  • Blended with a Facebook closed group for pre-event communication and community building
  • Intensive face-to-face sessions focusing on participatory learning
  • Genuine sharing of successful and failing experiences by both invited speakers and participants
  • Real-time support from organizing team: from video production to instructional design – prompt follow-up on the spot

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Some 30 teachers showed up at the training. Before the face-to-face programme began, they were asked to prepare a Facebook post with a short smartphone-quality clip telling their fellow bootcamp members two things about themselves: one that is true, one that is false. The purpose is twofold: to get some experience about video-taking, and to break the ice in the group. As Rick Levin said, watching yourself on a screen could be horrifying for first-timers – so this pre-event assignment seemed to be a good warm-up exercise for everybody.
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The highly participatory bootcamp features hands-on exercises, group work with peer-feedback, workshops and experience sharing. The topics included:

  • Flipped classroom and peer-to-peer learning
  • Practical lessons from pioneers of flipped classroom teaching and learning
  • Instructional design for problem-based learning
  • Pedagogical skills in an e-learning environment
  • Tools to facilitate the visualization of teaching and learning materials (e.g., DIY video making software)

The intensive face-to-face sessions might look demanding, but they equipped members with the necessary skills and supporting network to jumpstart a forward change in technology-enriched pedagogical practices. In his sharing of flipping a civil engineering course, Professor Huang Yin-nan said it is important to have partners in an e-learning journey. Collaboration and interaction facilitate reflective practice, and provides an emotional safety net when teachers are in doubts and encounter frustrations. “We share both successful and failing experiences. In fact, very often we learn more from the latter,” he told the participants.

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Throughout the “eProfessor” initiative, challenges are matched by support. The 10-people strong Teaching Innovation Unit at the Centre for Teaching and Learning Development provided comprehensive support on-the-spot: from setting up closed groups on Facebook for your course, to getting filming equipment ready for lecture recording. They have also produced excellent tutorials for teachers’ self-learning. Here is a sample on proper lighting for video-taking:
https://youtu.be/V3pevaUNle0

Thank you NTU, we have so much to learn from you!

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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Faculty of Education

Details of the workshop:

Date : 19 May, 2017 (Friday)
Time : 12:45pm – 2:30pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Dr. Abelardo Pardo, Associate Professor, The University of Sydney, Australia
Facilitators : Prof. David Carless, Associate Dean, Faculty of Education, HKU
Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, CETL, HKU

Abstract

The increasing presence of technology mediation offers an unprecedented opportunity to use detailed data sets about the interactions that occur while a learning experience is being enacted. Areas such as Learning Analytics or Educational Data Mining have explored numerous algorithms and techniques to process these data sets. Additionally, technology now offers the opportunity to increase the immediacy of interventions. However, not much emphasis has been placed on how to extract truly actionable knowledge and how to bring it effectively as part of a learning experience. In this talk, we will use the concept of feedback as the focus to establish a specific connection between the knowledge derived from data-analysis procedures and the actions that can be immediately deployed in a learning environment. We will discuss how there is a trade-off between low-level automatic feedback and high-level complex feedback and how technology can provide efficient solutions for the case of large or highly diverse cohorts.

Speakers

abelardoAbelardo Pardo is Associate Professor in the School of Electrical and Information Engineering at The University of Sydney, Australia. He is the director of the Learning and Affect Technologies Engineering Research Laboratory and deputy director of the Centre for Research in Learning and Innovation. His research interests include the design and deployment of technology to increase the understanding and improve digital learning experiences. More specifically, his work examines the areas of learning analytics, personalized active learning, and technology for student support.

Registration

For information, please contact:
Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​

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Jointly organised by CETL and Common Core

Details of the workshop:

Date : 15 May, 2017 (Monday)
Time : 12:45pm – 2:00pm (Light refreshments will be provided.)
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Dr. Tracy Zou (CETL) and Prof. Gray Kochhar-Lindgren (Common Core)

Abstract

Rated as both the ‘best and the worst learning experiences’ by both students and lecturers, groupwork is a complex matter. What, then, about intercultural groupwork? Doesn’t this complicate the matter even further? Students could, of course, potentially develop their cultural competence and gain multiple perspectives about each other and the subject matter, but the issue is how can we actually make it work its best for everyone?

During this workshop, we will explore together how we might make intercultural groupwork creative, energetic, and effective. A number of good practices identified from 15 Common Core courses, as well as those from the scholarly literature, will be shared.

Speakers

Dr. Tracy Zou is an assistant professor in the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) at HKU. She has been engaging in the development and promotion of effective university teaching and learning on a number of topics, for example, groupwork, assessment, and internationalisation of teaching and learning. She has also been involved in groupwork research at both course and curriculum levels.

Prof. Gray Kochhar-Lindgren: Director, Common Core

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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:

Date : 6 April, 2017 (Thursday)
Time : 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Facilitator : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, CETL, HKU

Abstract

After the highly successful cross-institutional conference held on March 8 where innovations in higher education teaching and learning were shared and celebrated, CETL is planning a series of gatherings. As we go forward with the conversation on driving excellence in the Teaching and Learning agenda, the new “Chit-Chat, Mix and Match for T and L” series will provide an easygoing and stimulating platform for teachers to continue discussing, disseminating and discovering good pedagogies, assessment and issues.

These gatherings require your participation to be successful, come and join us, I guarantee you fun, challenging and rewarding conversation.

Registration will be on a first come, first served basis.

Registration

For information, please contact:
Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​

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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:

Date : 9 March, 2017 (Thursday)
Time : 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Chair Prof. Haydn Chen, Vice Rector (Student Affairs), University of Macau
Facilitator : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, CETL, HKU

Abstract

Evaluation of the overall student performance in the Residential College (RC) System of the University of Macau (UM) is reported under the “4-in-1”* education model which commenced in August 2014. The evaluation methodology included the grade points average (GPA), the counselling cases, sports competition, employment data, plus specially-designed surveys to measure the learning outcomes of the competencies** that the RC education focused on. Particularly noteworthy is this study included undergraduate students with and without the RC experience so a comparison of the two groups of students can be made.

The major findings show a positive and encouraging trend in the impact of RC education on students is significant and noticeable, despite the fact that the RC system was launched only two years ago. Some highlights of the study are: 1) the five areas of competencies that RC nurtures have clearly shown the learning outcome; 2) a significant correlation of academic achievement in terms of cumulative GPA with RC experience is found, also for the low-performance students (GPA<2) RC experience clearly helps students to improve more effectively; 3) the pastoral care and the peer support that students received in the RCs have resulted in a significant decrease of counselling cases; 4) team spirit cultivated for student athletes show its impact on the awards; 5) employment profile in recent years show steady improvement. The values of the RC experience on the students’ overall achievements are reflected in this evaluation report. Conclusions are drawn to reflect the impact of the “Community and Peer Education” on the growth of students, which, in turn, supports the vision of the University of Macau who has pioneered the unique 4-in-1 education model together with the university-wide RC System.

*4-in1 Education Model: It includes “discipline”, “general”, “research & internship” and “community & peer” education. Undergraduate students must receive passing grades in all four area before they can graduate.
** Competencies: The five competencies in the experiential learning of the RC education are: “healthy living”, “interpersonal relationship & teamwork”, “leadership & service”, “culture engagement”, and “citizenship with global perspective”.

About the Speaker:

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Prof. Haydn H. D. Chen’s education background has taken him through prestigious schools via the Tsing Hua University (Taiwan) for his BS degree, then the MS and PhD in the Department of Materials Science, Northwestern University in US. Dr. Chen’s professional career commenced with a Research Associate appointment at the Argonne National Laboratory before joining the Department of Materials Science and Engineering at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign (UIUC) (1978 to 2000). Since 2000, Dr. Chen has spent over 16 years in teaching, research and academic administration in Hong Kong, Taiwan and Macau, in the capacity as Chair Professor, Head of the Department, Vice President for Student Affairs or President of Tunghai University. These experience put him in a very unique group of educators who have held key positions as an academic faculty and concurrently an academic administrator in four universities across the Pacific ocean.

Having supervised over 50 MS and PhD students and worked closed with more than 20 research associates and visiting scholars in four universities, Prof. Chen has authored or co-authored over 300 journal articles and delivered more than 200 technical presentations. At UIUC, Dr. Chen’s research focused primarily on metals and alloys in which he pioneered x-ray diffraction studies of kinetic processes of ordering or coarsening in technologically important Ni-based super-alloys, Fe-based shape memory alloys and Al-based light metal alloys. Dr. Chen and his team had invented a grazing incidence x-ray diffraction method for the nondestructive measurements of residual stresses in thin films; this technical paper was downloaded/viewed over 8000 times, and cited over 130 times. Further, in a period of 10 years, Dr. Chen had led, as the Director of a Collaborative Access Team, with partnership between UIUC and national laboratories, industrial firms for a major project to have designed and constructed two sectors of beamlines, along with six experimental stations, at the Advanced Photon Source (APS), Argonne National Laboratory. These instruments are rated most outstanding apparatus at APS today.

At the City University of Hong Kong, Dr. Chen has expanded his research into thin films and coatings with particular emphasis on electric ceramics such as ferroelectrics, nitrides, etc. Over a span of four years more than 60 articles were published which represent the most highly cited collection of papers. As the Head of the Applied Physics and Materials Department at CityU, Dr. Chen has led the Department to become the flag ship of the materials program in Hong Kong and propelled the advancement of world ranking of the university. Dr. Chen continued to maintain scholarly work during the 8 year period as the President of Tunghai University in Taiwan. At the University of Macau, Dr. Chen was responsible for the establishment of the Graduate Institute of Applied Physics and Materials Engineering and supervised the first cohort of doctoral degree students. This was in addition to his official duties as the Vice Rector for Student Affairs with primary responsibilities for the creation of a Residential College system for experiential collegiate learning of soft skills.

Prof. Chen’s trajectory of research on materials science has won himself the Humboldt Research Award in Germany (2000) and Award for Outstanding Scholar in Taiwan (2005-2010). He is a Fellow of ASM-International since 1989, a Fellow of Japan Society for Promotion of Science and a Fellow of Hong Kong Institution of Engineers. He was chief editor and key reviewers of many journals and participated actively in several professional societies.

Registration

For information, please contact:
Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​

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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the Conference:

Date : 8th March, 2017 (Wednesday)
Time : 10:00am – 4:45pm
Venue : CPD 2.42, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus
Chair : Dr Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, CETL, HKU
Deputy Chair : Dr Tracy Zou, Assistant Professor, CETL, HKU

Abstract

The purpose of this one-day conference is to share and celebrate innovative pedagogies in higher education teaching and learning, from their discovery through to their dissemination. Specifically, the event will facilitate the sharing and discussion of innovative practices that have emerged from Teaching Development Grant-funded projects and projects conducted by Teaching Excellence Award Winners across the eight publicly funded universities in Hong Kong. Bringing together experienced teachers who have pursued innovations in pedagogy, assessment, curriculum design and flexible learning, the event will provide an opportunity for universities in Hong Kong to learn from each other, and to share their commitment to achieving teaching and learning excellence in an ever-changing educational context. Alongside input sessions, the event will also feature sessions that provide opportunities for future teaching and learning collaboration across universities, including ‘Speed Dating’ Poster Sessions and the Join-the-Conversation Roundtables.

http://www.cetl.hku.hk/conf201703/

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For information, please contact:
Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​

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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:

Date : 24 February, 2017 (Friday)
Time : 12:00nn – 1:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Dr Tanja Sobko, Assistant Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, HKU
Chairman : Ms Alice Lee, Associate Professor, Department of Law, HKU
Facilitator : Dr Luke Fryer, Associate Professor, CETL, HKU

Abstract

This Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme (TEFS) was focused on ‘ePortfolio as tool for reflective, autonomous learning and the assessment of it.” Dr Sobko has been working on a TDG project “ePortfolio – developing a discipline-based tool for reflective, autonomous learning” and the TEFS was a well-suited complimentary part of the project. The outgoing visit was to another reputable University (University of Auckland), whith a group, working on a similar topic. The purpose of visit was to compare practices and to evaluate the currently running ePortfolio platform (HKU) and to further improve it. The HKU ePortfolio platform, adopted during the pilot project, positions ePortfolios, as a personalised digital collection of artefacts, which are organised in a purposeful way to assess growth over time and scaffold through continuous formative feedback from the tutor. The TEFS experience contributed to the final improved version the ePortfolio, which provides a unique virtual learning environment, rich and diverse learning experience, complementary to face-to-face modes of learning. This in turn will is expected to enhance students’ experiential and lifelong learning process. The finalised ePortfolio platform is now available for the general use, not only at the Faculty level, but also to any tutor/student at HKU.

Grants for overseas reciprocal visits through ‘Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme’
To promote HKU staff to bring in new ideas and teaching methods to improve teaching through interaction with overseas university teachers, HKU will award up to $50,000 for reciprocal staff visits. This funding is provided through the “Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme”. The seminar provides an overview of this funding scheme and information on the application process. Staff will be guided on how to go about planning exchange visits to enhance the scholarship of teaching at HKU, which is the aim of the scheme. It will explain, and also showcase examples, on how this funding opportunity can be used by HKU teaching staff to share experience and to collaborate on teaching and curriculum development initiatives with overseas reputable universities through reciprocal visits.

The seminar is open to all teaching staff interested in finding out more about this Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme. Staff will be provided an overview of the scheme, how to lodge an application, the key objectives, amounts they can apply for, eligibility and advice in preparing an application. Staff who are thinking about applying are strongly encouraged to attend. Staff who attended the last seminar but found they had insufficient time to make overseas contacts, or who are thinking of planning ahead, in time for the second round (having a March 17th, 2016 closing date), would also find the seminar useful. If you are not sure whether this scheme would be relevant to teaching innovations you have in mind, or would simply like to know more about the scheme, you are welcome. The Circular on this scheme can be found at http://intraweb.hku.hk/reserved_2/cdqa/doc/TEFS/TEFS_2016-17.pdf

Registration

For information, please contact:
Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​

Message from Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Teaching and Learning Connections No.4 (e-newsletter) – Internationalisation of Teaching and Learning: Cultural Aspects

Highlights

The ‘Ideal School’ project in initial teacher education – Dr. Susan Bridges

Bringing together students from two cultures: Internationalisation and indigenisation – Dr. Edward Chan

Bringing global health home – Dr. Julie Chen

Creating global computing education through cross-institutional collaborative learning alliances – Dr. Chui Chun Kit

Experiential learning across cultures: Creating mutual benefits – Interview with Ms. Candace Mok

Internationalisation outside the classroom: Opportunities and challenges of cultural integration in residential halls – Dr. Kevin Yung

Teaching and Learning Connections: http://www.cetl.hku.hk/teaching-learning-cop/issue-04/

Subscription: http://www.cetl.hku.hk/teaching-learning-cop/teaching-and-learning-connections-subscription/

Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
The University of Hong Kong

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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:

Date : 2 December, 2016 (Friday)
Time : 1:00 – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Dr Richard Wu, Associate Professor, Faculty of Law, HKU;
Prof Andrew Godwin, Senior Lecturer, Director, Studies, Banking and Finance Law, The University of Melbourne;
Ms Julienne Jen, Principal Lecturer, Department of Professional Legal Education, HKU
Facilitator : Dr Luke Fryer, Associate Professor, CETL, HKU

Abstract

Dr Richard Wu and Ms Julienne Jen, both from the Department of Professional Legal Education, Faculty of Law, have successfully applied for Teaching Fellowship Exchange grants recently, looking into different aspects of experiential learning in the context of professional legal education.

In the recent years, experiential learning has become popular not only in law schools but also other professional disciplines in the University. Nowadays, apart from strengthening their knowledge base, gaining of practical skills is also one major aim of University education, in order to equip our students in an international competitive environment. Through sharing of their experience and ideas, the speakers wish to share and promote different forms of experiential learning at the University.

Dr Richard Wu visited the Melbourne Law School and exchanged experience with Professor Andrew Godwin, who developed a “Transactional Law” approach in legal education. At the sharing session, Dr Wu and Professor Godwin will introduce and share their experience and strategies in implementing this “Transactional Law” approach model in the different law subjects which they teach, and how to expand this concept across jurisdictions.

Ms Julienne Jen is involved in teaching the Clinical Legal Education course at the University, which advocates the “learning through discipleship” model in professional legal education. Ms Jen visited several “Legal Clinics” run by the Monash University Law Faculty and obtained an insight into how the Legal Clinics were run, with the aim of further enhancing the Clinical Legal Education programme at the University. At the sharing session, Ms Jen will introduce the “learning through discipleship” model of teaching and share her experience and insights with a view to promoting such practice to other law curricula and professional disciplines.

About the Speaker
Dr Richard Wai-sang Wu, Associate Professor, LLB (HKU) PCLL (HKU), BSc (Economics), LLM (London), MBA (Warwick), LLB, LLM (Peking), LLM (IT and Telecommunications Law) (Strathclyde) and PhD (London). Dr Wu teaches Property Transactions, China Practice and Professional Practice in the Faculty of Law, University of Hong Kong. He is active in interdisciplinary legal research, and his current research focuses on four major areas: Legal Profession, Legal Education and Legal Ethics in Hong Kong and China; Telecommunications Law and Policy in Hong Kong; Real Estate Law and Practice in Hong Kong and China; and Chinese Banking Law. Over the years, Dr Wu has published refereed articles in international journals and contributed chapters to academic books published in China and overseas. He has also presented papers at numerous international conferences. In recent years, Dr Wu has succeeded in numerous research grant applications from both local and international funding bodies.

Prof Andrew Godwin is a Senior Lecturer and Director in Transactional Law, Director of Studies in Banking and Finance Law and the Associate Director of the Asian Law Centre of the Melbourne Law School. Professor Godwin spent over 15 years in full-time practice, 10 of which were spent in Shanghai. Professor Godwin’s teaching and research interests include finance and insolvency law, securities disclosure, regulation of legal profession and Chinese law. Professor Godwin also trained lawyers and regulators in the area of drafting and negotiation. Professor Godwin is a regular contributor to academic and professional publication.

Ms Julienne Jen, LLB (London), PCLL (HKU), LLM (London) is a solicitor admitted in the High Court of Hong Kong and the Supreme Court of England and Wales. Prior to joining the University, Ms. Jen practised as a solicitor in the litigation department of an international law firm in Hong Kong. She currently teaches the PCLL and is a strong advocate of experiential learning. She coordinates the Civil Litigation course in the PCLL curriculum and adopts a case file and transactional approach in teaching. She is also involved in adopting the “learning through discipleship” approach in the Clinical Legal Education course and pioneered the use of “Standardised Clients” in the teaching of her courses. Ms. Jen was the recipient of the Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award in 2014.

Registration

For information, please contact:
Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​

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