GHELC E-newsletter first issue: What is Experiential Learning?


Dear Friends and Colleagues,

I am pleased to announce the launch of GHELC E-newsletter. The E-newsletter will offer regular update to all faculties on latest funding and project opportunities, centre development, seminars and workshops, as well as important reminders, such as deadline and award results.

In each issue, we will share outstanding project stories and good practices in the University and from around the world to enrich the HKU experiential learning community. I hope you will enjoy the E-newsletter.

With regards,

Dr. Albert Ko
Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre

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GHELC Seminar: Experiencing the Practice of Human Rights Law

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Hong Kong is internationally known for its rule of law, independent judiciary and legal protection of human rights. It is essential for Hong Kong law schools to produce future human rights lawyers who can continue to contribute to Hong Kong’s reputation in this regard. Since 2009, the HKU Faculty of Law has been developing experiential learning opportunities to cultivate and train a new generation of human rights lawyers.

The speakers will discuss the value and intricacies of academic-community partnerships in creating experiential learning opportunities for law students. The speakers will specifically focus on how the Clinical Legal Education Programme – Refugee Stream’s partnership with the Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre (“HKRAC”) plays out in the context of student supervision and enhancing the student learning experience.

The speakers launched the Clinical Legal Education Programme – Refugee Stream in January 2010. The Programme is offered to upper-year undergraduate and all post-graduate students in the Faculty of Law. The Programme allows students the opportunity to learn both the theory and practice of domestic and international refugee law under the direct supervision of the HKRAC Staff Attorney – Clinical Programmes. The initiative provides unique opportunities for law students to gain practical legal skills by experiencing the law in action outside the classroom. With the GHELC funding award, the Programme added multiple 3-day experiential learning opportunities aimed at introducing 1st and 2nd year LLB students to the practice of human rights law in Hong Kong. Plans are in motion to develop the Programme even further.

Date: 12 Nov 2013 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Run Run Shaw Building Room 321, The University of Hong Kong
Speaker: Professor Simon N. M. Young, Ms. Sharron Fast and Ms. Lindsay Ernst (Faculty of Law, HKU), and Ms. Sonya Donnelly (Hong Kong Refugee Advice Centre)

About the Speakers
Professor Simon N. M. Young is Deputy Director/Director of Research in the Department of Law, and a practising Hong Kong barrister. He teaches criminal law and evidence in the Faculty’s J.D. programme and a LL.M. course on human rights in the criminal process.

Ms. Sharron Fast is a Research Officer with the Centre for Comparative and Public Law.

Ms. Lindsay Ernst served as the Head of Clinical Programmes at HKRAC from January 2010 – February 2011. She is currently serving as the GHELC-funded Research Assistant at HKU.

Ms. Sonya Donnelly is the current HKRAC Staff Attorney – Clinical Programmes.

Light refreshments will be served.

All are welcome.

GHELC Seminar: Experiential Learning in Service Leadership: Nurturing Leaders for the 21st Century

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In June 2012, the Faculty of Social Sciences launched the pilot project of Service Leadership Internship (SLI) under the funding of the HKI-SLAM, Victor and William Fung Foundation, which is supporting service leadership training in all eight of Hong Kong’s tertiary institution. The SLI took place in the summer where student interns worked as a team (groups of 3 – 5) to initiate, develop and implement (a) service task(s). By making use of interns’ multi-disciplinary knowledge, the student interns contribute as shared leaders and help community partners generate innovative solutions to authentic problems under different projects. The project contains real-life significance for interns to perform social responsibilities as a member of our society.

The Faculty also initiated a series of support to prepare the interns for the SLI projects. For example, an academic tutor will be assigned to take care of each SLI project. Also, a series of workshops using the social cognitive approach were organized so as to enhance interns’ social and personal competence as shared leaders and at the same time understand the construct of leaderships and social responsibilities through experiential learning and discussions. By completing the pre-workshop readings and actively participating in the workshops, interns internalize the core values like enhancing self-awareness, becoming more competent as shared leaders and developing social responsibilities as an active member of the society. Booster sessions were also provided as a platform for small group sharing and problem-solving.

In this presentation, the overall structure of the SLI and some of the experiential learning process and learning outcome of the interns will be shared.

Date: 29 Oct 2013 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Run Run Shaw Building Room 321, The University of Hong Kong
Speaker: Dr. Eric Chui and Ms. Jessie Chow (Faculty of Social Sciences, HKU)

About the Speakers
Eric Chui is Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education) of the Faculty of Social Sciences and Associate Professor in the Department of Social Work and Social Administration at The University of Hong Kong. Previously, he taught at the University of Exeter (UK), University of Queensland (Australia), City University of Hong Kong, and Chinese University of Hong Kong. Eric was educated at the University of Hong Kong (BSW) and the University of Cambridge (MPhil, PhD). His current research interests focus on the effectiveness of probation supervision for young offenders, and young defendants’ views of the legal personnel in Hong Kong. Eric was the managing editor and book review editor of the journal Asian Journal of Criminology, and serves on the editorial board of a number of academic journals including the International Journal of Offender Therapy and Comparative Criminology, Social and Public Policy Review, The Open Social Science Journal, and Journal of Practice Teaching in Health and Social Work.

Jessie Chow is a Teaching Consultant (Internships) of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Hong Kong. Before joining HKU, she worked as an educational psychologist at mainstream schools, schools for maladaptive children, NGO and private edutainment centre. Ms Chow has also conducted numerous workshops and trainings for both pre-service and in-service teachers, gifted adolescents and parents with gifted children at different organizations and tertiary institutions. Her specialization focuses on giftedness and twice exceptionality.

CETL Seminar: Principles for Designing a Curriculum to Develop and Assure Student Learning Outcomes

Speaker: Associate Prof Romy Lawson (PhD), OLT National Teaching Fellow,
Director, Learning, Teaching & Curriculum, University of Wollongong, Australia
Date: 30 October, 2013 (Wednesday)
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building


banner-WSHP131030b-e1381297626690Quality in teaching and learning is a key issue in Higher Education in Australia. Therefore it is important for institutions to be able to make the expectations they have for their students explicit and then assure that these expectations have been achieved. The question is how do we ensure that these attributes get developed during degree programs and how can evidence that can lead to continuous improvement be captured. The initial focus to achieve this has to be reviewing the curriculum and assessment design to make sure a holistic, integrated, collaborative and maintainable approach is being adopted to foster these expectations throughout the program. This approach is a cultural change for some academics and so in conjunction with curriculum design, leadership strategies to support change must also be adopted. This work is funded as part of an Australian Government Office for Learning and Teaching, National Teaching Fellowship.

About the speaker

Romy Lawson is the Director of Learning, Teaching & Curriculum at the University of Wollongong, having previously been the Associate Dean for Teaching & Learning at James Cook University and Teaching & Learning Coordinator at UTS Business School. Associate Professor Lawson has been actively involved in teaching and learning development in higher education for over 18 years in both the UK and Australia. Recently she led a National OLT Strategic Priority Project – Hunters & Gatherers: Strategies for Curriculum Mapping and Data Collection for Assurance of Learning. She has also been a team member for two other ALTC funded projects: Embedding Professionally Relevant Learning in Business Education; and Facilitating staff and student engagement with graduate attribute development, assessment and standards in Business Faculties. Her research has focused on constructive alignment in curriculum design; the effect of different assessment on student learning; curriculum mapping; leadership strategies for curriculum renewal; embedding professional learning in the curriculum; engaging staff and students with graduate attributes; and the impact of professional development on teaching.


For information on registration, please contact:
Ms Ivy Lai , CETL
Phone: 3917 8996; Email:

CITE seminar: Tsunami of Educational Technology – Riding the wave

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CITE Seminar Series 2013/2014

CITE seminar – Tsunami of Educational Technology: Riding the wave

Date: 10 October 2013 (Thursday)
Time: 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue: Room 101, 1/F., Runme Shaw Building, The University of Hong Kong
Speaker: Sangil Yoon (Sang), Stanford Graduate School of Business

About the Seminar

President John Hennessy of Stanford has warned that a tsunami of educational technology could change the landscape and role of American universities. With Stanford launching new MOOC platforms (i.e., Coursera, Udacity, NovoEd, OpenEdX) and offering dozens of free open online courses, the Stanford Graduate School of Businesses (GSB) decided not to stay on the sidelines of what many are calling a learning revolution.  Two years ago, the GSB’s Academic Technology Services (ATS) group began its transformation of capabilities and capacities under the Technology in Pedagogy initiative.  In this seminar, Sangil Yoon (Sang), who leads ATS, will discuss the group’s journey in developing the team, technologies, and facilities that have enabled the School to offer a variety of new programs (i.e., MOOCs, flipped classes, online custom and open certificate programs, executive education through HD video conferencing).

About the Speaker
Sangil Yoon (Sang) is the Associate Director of the Academic Technology Services group at the Stanford Graduate School of Business (GSB). Reporting to the GSB’s CIO and Associate Dean, Sang is responsible for leading the 20 person Instructional Design & Technology, Research Analytics, and Media Services & Classroom Technology Services teams.

Sang has extensive experience with e-learning and systems management in higher education. He holds three degrees from Indiana University – Bloomington: a B.S. in Business Operations Management and International Business, and a M.S. and Ph.D. in Instructional Systems Technology. Sang’s research and recent teaching centers on emerging e-learning delivery models, including MOOCs, blended courses, and distance education via HD video conferencing. Previously, Sang served as the Office of Online Education’s Instructional Design Coordinator at UNLV. In this position, he managed a portfolio of 300 plus online courses and a professional development program for faculty and staff.

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