|1. On the whole, did you find this retreat useful?
|2. To what extent has the retreat achieved the following objectives?
|To gain a better understanding of the conceptual framework of the new curriculum and the enabling curriculum structure
|To gain a better understanding of the educational aims and distinctive features of the new curriculum as illustrated by some curriculum innovation initiatives in the University
|To deliberate on the way forward for the Steering Committee and its subcommittees
|To provide ample opportunities for exchange of views
|Which of the presentations would you like to know more about? Please put a tick against the presentations.
|Professor Amy H.L. Lau, Critical Thinking and Business Judgment
|Dr C.W. Lam, Social Exposure Programme
|Dr Yoshiko Nakano, Project in Japanese Business
|Mr Benny Y.T. Tai, Love, Marriage, Sex and Family
|Dr Tara L. Whitehill, Problem-based Learning & Assessment
|Dr Philip S.L. Beh & Ms Miranda G. Legg, English for PBL in Medicine
|Dr Billy C.H. Hau, HK’s Natural Environment & Web-based Learning Support
|Professor Nivritti G. Patil, Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education
|Dr W.S. Wong, Interdisciplinary Design Project
|4: Which aspect(s) of the retreat did you like best?
|Discussion / exchange of views
|Exchange of views on important topics
|The chance to share views, the difficulties and challenges, they are all good sharing
|Multidisciplinary input and discourse
|Interaction, understanding the magnitude of the problems that we face
|The opportunity to discuss it with colleagues from other Faculties
|Exchange of ideas with colleagues from different Faculties
|Cross fertilization discussion
|The exchange of views among colleagues
|The exchange of views among members from different Faculties
|I enjoyed talking to colleagues from different Faulties about teaching
|Exchange of idea
|Small group discussion
|The (rare) possibility to work with other Faculties/ exchange ideas/ views
|Sharing experiences / presentation of good practices
|Sharing experiences with colleagues from other Faculties
|Learn more about work of colleagues in other Faculties
|Opportunities to learn what others are doing
|Being made aware of best practices in some areas of HKU – PBL in particular
|Sharing of good teaching practices and views on curriculum reform
|Presentations and summaries
|Good examples of the various innovative work going on
|Getting to know good practices
|The sharing of good experiences
|Good mix of Faculties taking part
|Having senior management involved and listening
|While we all have some fun sharing views, we have yet to figure out how Senior Management can work together witht eh committed professional teachers. Are we serious? Is this a lip-service reform?
|The comments of Professor Derek Hodson
|Getting to know people
|Good setting away from the University
|The retreat has been very well organized
|5: Which aspect(s) of the retreat could have been improved?
|More time for discussion
|Greater opportunity for ideas and creativity
|To have more discussion
|Too short is discussion time, too many and too long is coffee break
|More time for discussion
|Maybe more time for interaction
|Some free time for breathing and exchange informally
|Less presentations, more discussions
|More discussion on specific topics / sessions
|More discussion on the conceptual framework, its implication on four-year curriculum design and the common learning experiences
|Specific discussion of the new curriculum
|More time for people to air their views in open session rather than limiting them to reporting back on group discussion
|More time for Q&A after presentation
|More Q&A to share views with others beyond the small group
|SMT needs to be more transparent in what they think/plan and provide some guiding principles for deliberation
|More action plans
|More time is needed for scaffolding of helpful views into workable plans
|Case presentation and discussion afterwards
|The last part – cross-group exchange is not very meaningful. Too tight for exchange. The sub-committee chairmen’s reports are more informative.
|Capturing of discussions in working groups
|More creativity – let’s take some risks!
|No need to come to Gold Coast
|Earlier notice of the event
|I wish I had known the schedule earlier
|First names provided on the list (& maybe their titles)
|Better design of the whole program
|6: Any other comments.
|Recognition of teaching and learning
|Until there is more acknowledgement & reward for excellence in teaching, I have some concerns about engaging colleagues in the process necessary.
|Wish the University really takes action to reward and recognize good teaching which is significant for staff engagement.
|We have to find ways forward to address (1) inertia of university’s practice and (2) the reward structure that seem to recognise ‘excellence’ at the cost of teamwork.
|I am sceptical about how much what we have discussed will actually be listened to and taken on board by the senior management.
|The colleagues need to have a clear vision of what the SMT has and what is the way to go.
|Put “Language/Communication’ into the conceptual framework.
|The follow-up actions are crucial.
|A clear indication of the next step!
|Involve some student representatives in future! They can clarify some of our views on students.
|Logistics / programme
|There is no need to do it off the campus, nor to stay in a hotel. We can use the money elsewhere.
|Good facilities and amenities – although please consider holding it in town next time.
|Only able to attend 2nd day.
|Should have started earlier with lunch and/or finished later with dinner.
|Could have an organized, informal event for the evening in Day 1.
|I appreciate the effort and time that the organisers had put into providing such a platform for colleagues to discuss and exchange ideas on curriculum reforms.
|A thoroughly well-organised and useful retreat.
|A very constructive platform for cross faculty and management discussion.
|Interesting experience – look forward to sharing with other Faculties.
|Let’s be really innovative – that will sell the HKU brand!
|It’s important to focus on education, not ‘reform jargons’.