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Down on the farm in Sri Lanka-1

Living conditions on a Sri Lankan tea plantation were the focus of an experiential learning project for 11 Social Sciences and Comparative Literature students, whose output supported the work of the Save the Children organisation.

Read more on Bulletin March 2017 (Vol. 18 No.2)

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Dear colleagues,

The Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre is inviting applications for the Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Fund 2017/18 (First Round). The funding supports Faculties to introduce, expand or enhance experiential learning in their undergraduate curricula. The projects may or may not be credit-bearing and may or may not constitute part of the formal undergraduate curriculum. They should enable students to engage in a quality learning experience outside HK for at least two weeks within a course of activity lasting at least three weeks.

The application period is from April 3 to May 5, 2017. More details can be obtainable from http://ghelc.hku.hk/experiential-learning-fund.

Regards,

Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre


Dear Students,

The Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre is inviting applications for the Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Fund 2017/18 (First Round) for student-initiated projects. The funding supports students to introduce experiential learning activities for fellow undergraduate curricula. The projects should engage students in a quality learning experience outside HK for at least two weeks within a course of activity lasting no less than three weeks.

The application period is from April 3 to May 5, 2017. More details can be obtainable from http://ghelc.hku.hk/experiential-learning-fund.

Regards,

Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre

NEW HORIZONS IN LEARNING

 
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The 2015–16 academic year saw both affirmation and enrichment of our education goals. The Quality Assurance Council (QAC) made its six-yearly inspection of the University and reported very favourably on the quality of our teaching and learning. This valuable feedback came as we expanded our vision and aspirations for students to include providing every student with a quality international and Mainland China learning experience by 2022, offering more joint and dual degree programmes with overseas partners, and encouraging innovation in our programmes and our student achievement.

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Dear Colleagues,

The Experiential Learning Fund (Second Round, 2016/17) is now open to all faculty members for implementing experiential learning projects and activities into undergraduate courses and curriculum.

1. Experiential Learning Fund (ELF)

The ELF supports faculties to introduce, expand or enhance experiential learning in their undergraduate curricula.

2. Individual Consultation for Experiential Learning Project Opportunities

Please feel free to contact our lecturers, Amia Cheung at 2219 4877 or amia@hku.hk

Please visit http://ghelc.hku.hk/potential-experiential-learning-opportunities/ for the experiential learning project opportunities.

3. GHELC Student Preparation and Training Workshops 2016-17

GHELC offers a comprehensive set of tailor-made workshops that provides both generic and specific knowledge to prepare students for their experiential learning projects. Faculties are also welcome to propose new workshop topics.

Please visit http://ghelc.hku.hk/student-workshops/ for the list of workshops.

For further enquiries, please feel free to reach us at 2241 5868 or ghelc@hku.hk

Yours Sincerely,
Professor Ian Holliday
Director
Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre
http://ghelc.hku.hk/

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

Details of the workshop:

Panellists : Dr Julie Chen, Dr. Wilton Fok, Ms. Francesca Sin
Discussants : Prof. Grahame Bilbow, Prof. David Carless, Dr. Tracy Zou
Date : June 8 (Wednesday), 2016
Time : 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Hot dishes will be provided.

Abstract

In the University of Hong Kong, experiential learning is a distinctive component in the undergraduate curriculum. The University is also committed to providing a wide range of international and Mainland learning experiences for students under the HKU Horizons framework.

Designing assessment and providing feedback in experiential learning is never an easy task, and the great variety of student experiences involved in experiential learning, including community engagement, has often been associated with challenges in assessment. However, if we can accommodate for and make use of the diversity and authenticity embedded in experiential learning, there is the opportunity to turn these challenges into great learning opportunities.

In this Join-the-Conversation event, we will briefly share our findings from an earlier small-scale study involving interviews with nine teachers and two students at HKU. A panel-led discussion will then follow. Our panellists will outline assessment and feedback practices in their experiential learning programmes and address questions from the audience. The event will be closed by Prof. David Carless, a world renowned expert in assessment and feedback, who will round off by providing comments on the discussion and highlighting some key take-away messages.

About the Panellists

Dr. Julie Chen is an Assistant Professor jointly appointed by the Department of Family Medicine and Primary Care and the Bau Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education. She has been leading the Professionalism in Practice (PIP) programme, which links a student with the same primary care preceptor over three years to experience what professionalism looks like in real life. Julie is a family physician engaged in the development, implementation and evaluation of new initiatives in the medical curriculum to encourage early learning of professionalism and humanism in medicine. For this work, she has been recognized with a Faculty Teaching Medal and Teaching Excellence Award (Team).

Dr. Wilton Fok is a Principal Lecturer and Assistant Dean in the Faculty of Engineering. He has been leading experiential learning programmes for students from engineering and other disciplines since 2009. He started with a service learning trip after the Sichuan earthquake and has now extended learning experiences to other locations, such as Tianjin, Shanghai and Guangxi. Wilton will also share how his students made use of smartphones to collect artifacts for e-portfolio production in a recent mission to Sichuan.

Ms. Francesca Sin is Assistant Director (Experiential Learning) in the Faculty of Social Sciences. She leads the Social Innovation Global Citizenship Programme in the Faculty. Francesca read Economics at the University of Sydney for her undergraduate degree. She also received a Master of Business Administration, Postgraduate Diploma in Education and Master of Education from The University of Hong Kong and a Certificate of Entrepreneurial Management for Social Enterprises from Education-for-Good / St James’ Settlement. Apart from teaching, Francesca is also heavily involved in many education-related programmes with NGOs and social enterprises throughout Hong Kong, China and developing countries on a voluntary basis. She is currently a candidate of Doctorate of Education in Organisational Leadership from the Meridian University in the States, focusing on Transformative Education.

About the Discussants

  • Prof. Grahame Bilbow, Director, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, HKU
  • Prof. David Carless, Associate Dean (Learning & Teaching), Faculty of Education, HKU
  • Dr. Tracy Zou, Assistant Professor, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, HKU

Registration

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

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Speech by President Mathieson: Girls4Tech is exactly what HeForShe envisages

On February 27, 2016, more than 120 bright young ladies from 17 local secondary schools gathered at HKU for the student-led event “Girls4Tech” to learn about careers in the tech industry and attempt hands-on coding exercises. Both our undergraduate organizers and the junior participants were greatly inspired by the experience.

At the one-day workshop, participants were engaged in a series of activities involving computing concepts such as coding, encryption, and sorting. In his opening speech, our President Professor Peter Mathieson encouraged young girls to challenge stereotypes and embrace new opportunities that our society has to offer in traditionally male-dominated sectors, including research, technology and computer science. “Technology is fundamentally about problem solving, and there’s no gender-specific environment to that,” he said. A number of distinguished women tech leaders also shared their career development journeys. Starting from March, participants will also be visiting tech giants such as Lenovo, Microsoft (Hong Kong), IBM, and Google to gain a deeper understanding of the tech industry.

“Girls4Tech 2016” was organized by TecHKU, short for The HKU Journal of Technology, formed by a group of students from the Faculties of Engineering and Social Sciences. This annual event aims to nurture computational thinking in secondary school girls and to inspire them on possibilities of developing a career in the tech sector. “We noticed that most companies in the region were trying to bridge the gender equity gap in technology by organizing similar events for university students, but we believed that such interests would be best triggered at a younger age,” said Vikay Narayen, student founder and consultant of TecHKU. According to a feedback survey conducted by TecHKU, 86.9% of the 85 respondents said they became more interested in tech after the event; 11% more reflected they are now interested to study ICT for the HKDSEs after joining the event.

(Source: TecHKU)

TELI was in full support of this event because we recognise the need to provide a broad range of knowledge exchange opportunities for our next generation, and we see the great potential of having our students empower their younger fellows. We deeply appreciate TecHKU’s initiative, which might have created life-long impact in the girls’ lives.

More photos of the event can be found on our Facebook and Instagram.
Stay tuned for more reports on the event.

Workshop video

Developing small private online courses (SPOC) is an increasingly popular teaching strategy in higher education. On January 26th, TELI’s SPOC team organized an interactive workshop offering participants a rare opportunity to gain hands-on experience in creating a video that can serve as an online lecture.

One clear advantage of restructuring a lecture into a series of short online videos is portability across time and space – it allows students to learn anytime, anywhere. Students are free to pause and review sections of the videos, which is not possible in traditional lectures. Condensing a two-hour lecture into short videos of about 6 minutes each also tend to be more engaging.

While creating an online course may seem a daunting task, it can actually be done by following a simple three-step approach: revisiting the course structure, storyboarding and scripting, then studio filming. At the workshop, a mock-up filming studio was set up to give our participants a taste of video production. They were invited to draft a short script in groups and speak in front of the camera and a green or blue screen that can be chroma-keyed into any background that you like. The responses were positive overall. Participants commented that this experience made them “feel much more comfortable when someone tells [them] ‘let’s shoot a video’” and “it’s doable.”

The recordings were edited by our team and sent to individual participants after the workshop.

It is TELI’s mission to provide technological support to teachers in creating online videos and e-learning materials. We are re-running this interactive workshop in March – please contact us​ to schedule your session.

Halls & Society Forum

Halls & Society Forum
Date: 23 January 2016 (Saturday)
Time : 09:30 – 17:00
Venue : Multi-purpose Zone, 3/F, Main Library and Sun Yat Sen Place (the “Happy Park”), The University of Hong Kong.

Aims:
To appreciate and discuss the challenges facing hall/residential education in The University of Hong Kong

Themes:
Staff and students will share their views on hall/residential education and related co-curricular activities under these themes:

  1.  From past to present
  2.  Intellectual training and experiential learning
  3.  Society and Community immersion
  4.  The Way Forward

Forum Activities:

  1.  Panel discussions / Deliberation sessions / Oral presentations / Open sharing
  2.  Poster presentations


Onsite registration possible, but no guarantee of indoor places

For enquiries, please contact:
Ms. Michelle Cheng, Tel: 3917-1276, email: mcwtung@hku.hk
Mr.  Edmond Yeung, Tel: 3917-8105, email: yeung.edmond@hku.hk

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Message from Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre

Dear Colleagues,

The Experiential Learning Fund (Second Round, 2015/16) is now open to all faculty members for implementing experiential learning projects and activities into undergraduate courses and curriculum.

1. Experiential Learning Fund (ELF)

The ELF supports faculties to introduce, expand or enhance experiential learning in their undergraduate curricula.

2. Individual Consultation for Experiential Learning Project Opportunities

Please feel free to contact our lecturers
Amia Cheung at 2219 4877 or amia@hku.hk
Dennis Cheung at 2219 4828 or denniskkcheung@hku.hk

Please visit http://ghelc.hku.hk/potential-experiential-learning-opportunities/ for the experiential learning project opportunities.

3. GHELC Student Preparation and Training Workshops 2015-16

GHELC offers a comprehensive set of tailor-made workshops that provides both generic and specific knowledge to prepare students for their experiential learning projects. Faculties are also welcome to propose new workshop topics.

Please visit http://ghelc.hku.hk/student-workshops/ for the list of workshops.

For further enquiries, please feel free to reach us at 2241 5868 or ghelc@hku.hk

Yours Sincerely,
Albert Ko
Director
Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre
http://ghelc.hku.hk/

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Organized by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Chairperson: Prof Grahame Bilbow, Director, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, HKU
Speaker: Prof Dai Hounsell, Professor Emeritus, University of Edinburgh
Date: 18 June 2015, Thursday
Programme: 12:00 – 12:45 Sharing of HKU students’ voices on feedback (video and discussion)
13:15 – 14:00 Flipping Feedback
(Hot lunch will be served.)
Venue: Multi-purpose Zone, 3/F Main Library

Abstract:
As one of the Join-the-Conversation events, and also part of the Wise Assessment Community of Practice project, this particular event focuses on one critical and indispensable aspect of assessment – enhancing the effectiveness of feedback to students on their progress and performance. The aim of this event is to promote discussion about the importance of feedback, its impact on student learning, and the ways of providing and enhancing feedback. Our speaker, Professor Dai Hounsell, will give a talk and invite discussions.
Led by Professor Hounsell, four Wise Assessment Briefings have been compiled on this topic, discussing a range of theories and practices in enhancing feedback, and will be available for participants during the event. In addition, we will also share students’ voices about feedback, which were collected from informal interviews with a sample of HKU students on campus.

About the speaker:
Professor Dai Hounsell is Professor Emeritus of Higher Education at the University of Edinburgh. He was the University’s Vice-Principal for Academic Enhancement from 2009 to 2012, Vice Principal for Assessment and Feedback from 2012 to 2014, and Professor of Higher Education from 2000 to 2014. He has published widely on assessment and feedback and many other aspects of university learning and teaching, served in various editorial and refereeing roles, and led several multi-institutional higher education research and development projects with external funding. He coordinates the work of the Wise Assessment Community of Practice Project, which is led by the Director of CETL, Professor Grahame Bilbow.
In the panel-led discussion, our panellists will outline assessment practices in their programmes or courses that involve experiential learning and invite questions and discussions. Copies of the relevant Wise Assessment Briefings will be provided for participants.


For information on registration, please contact Ms Ivy Lai by email laichun2@hku.hk.

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