Advanced Teaching and Learning @ HKU – Nov 29, 30, Dec 1

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

Date: 29, 30 Nov, 1 Dec 2011(Tue, Wed, Thu)
Venue: Rm 321, Run Run Shaw Building (29, 30 Nov)
Function Rooms A & B, Senior Common Room, 15/F, KK Leung Building (1 Dec)
Time: 9:30am – 4:00pm

This three-day ‘Advanced Teaching and Learning @ HKU’ programme is one of the foundation programmes in teaching and learning at the University of Hong Kong. The programme is designed for teaching staff who are new to teaching at HKU as well as for existing staff who are interested in curriculum renewal. The overall aim of this programme is to provide staff with an opportunity for in-depth application of the principles and concepts of scholarly, evidence-based approaches to teaching and learning. This programme builds on the one-day ‘Introduction to Teaching and Learning @ HKU’.

During this programme, participants will engage in interactive activities which provide them with knowledge and strategies in curriculum design that align with the educational aims of HKU and the 4-year undergraduate curriculum reform. Each of the HKU educational aims is associated with specific institutional learning outcomes. This programme will help you to consider your course learning outcomes, your faculty/programme learning outcomes and their relationship to the HKU educational aims.

The ‘Advanced Teaching and Learning @ HKU’ is a mandatory programme for all new academic and academic-related staff with full-time teaching responsibilities commencing on or after September 1, 2011, and should be taken within the first two years of service.

Early registration is encouraged as enrolment is limited. For course details and registrations, please refer to the following link:

Future sessions are scheduled as follows:

Introduction to Teaching and Learning @ HKU-Jan 10, 2012
Advanced Teaching and Learning @ HKU-Jun 5, 6, 7, 2012
Should you have any inquiries, please contact Ms. Eva Poon, CETL at 2859 8996 or email

Seminar: What does a degree result mean?

What does a degree result mean?
Charting UCL’s current journey from Honours Degree Classification to GPA

Professor Michael J. Worton, Vice-Provost, University College London (UCL)

Date: November 22, 2011 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:30 – 2:00 p.m.
Venue: LG-06, Hui Oi Chow Science Building
Language: English
Organized by: Teaching and Learning Quality Committee


This presentation will describe why UCL has decided that the honours degree system is no longer fit for purpose, outlining the main arguments against this system, whilst also articulating reasons why this degree classification system has continued to be used for so long. The talk will describe the context of UK debates around measuring and recording of achievement over the past several years and explain why UCL has decided that now is the moment to re-visit this issue and move towards a new system, ranging from changes in education globally, economic drivers, expectations of both students and employers, etc.

The presentation will also set out options on the way forward and a series of issues that will need to be considered before making a final decision.

The presentation will be followed by a discussion with

Professor Michael T. Prosser
Visiting Professor
Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Professor Amy H.L. Lau
Director of School of Business
Chair Professor of Accounting
Faculty of Business and Economics

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About the speaker

Professor Michael Worton is Vice-Provost of UCL.

He is Higher Education Advisor to the British Council. He has spoken widely throughout the world on the internationalisation of Higher Education (HE) and the purpose and responsibilities of universities in the 21st century. He was a founding member of the Arts and Humanities Research Board, later the Arts and Humanities Research Council, on which he served from 1998-2006, chairing several of its major committees. He is also a member of the Comité International de Consultation en Sciences Humaines et Sociales de l’ANR and of the Advisory Board for the Programme of Artistic Research of the Austrian Research Council (FWF). He has been a member of the European Reference Index for the Humanities (ERIH) Steering Committee since work began on the European Science Foundation’s ERIH project in 2002. In 2009, he undertook a personal review of language provision in HE for Higher Education Funding Council for England (HEFCE) and the UK Government.

He is an Officier of the Ordre des Palmes Académiques, Chevalier of the Legion d’Honneur and in 2009 was awarded the Medal of Honoured Worker in HE by the Republic of Kazakhstan. He has published 11 books and nearly 80 articles and chapters in books.