CETL Seminar: Experiential Learning in Comparative Literature: Internship in Comparative Literature and Cultural Sectors


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

Thank you for your interest. The seminar is postponed. New date will be notified later.

Speakers: Dr Esther CHEUNG and Dr Jason HO,
Department of Comparative Literature, HKU
Date : 7 May 2014 (Wednesday)
Time : 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue : Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building


This lunchtime seminar will present the department’s unique internship program supported by the Teaching Development Grant (TDG). The internship programme places students to workplaces related to various cultural sectors like publishing houses, newspapers and magazines, filmmaking companies, and non-government organizations. Ever since its first launch in 2011, the internship programme has placed more than 60 students in different cultural sectors, among them some have received full-time offers from the host organizations upon graduation. Colleagues and students across different faculties are welcome to join this lunchtime seminar and share their experiences with the speakers.

About the Speakers:

Dr Esther CHEUNG is currently Chairperson of the Department of Comparative Literature and was the PI of the TDG. She has been dedicated to experiential learning practices at HKU since 2005. She pioneered the filmmaker-in-residence scheme which was first set up in the Department of Comparative Literature and later adopted by the university as the University Artist Scheme (UAS) administered by the Faculty of Arts. She is now leading the department to enhance the pedagogical approaches to internships and experiential learning, which can be expanded to other programmes in the university. She was the recipient of the 2011 Outstanding Teaching Award (OTA) at the University of Hong Kong.

Dr Jason HO is lecturer in the Department of Comparative Literature, was the Co-PI of the TDG. He co-teaches with the PI on the internship course since its trial run in the summer of 2011. He has built up a strong network with different people and key figures in the cultural field of Hong Kong. He has worked closely with Broadway Cinematheque, Edko, CNEX, Ming Pao, Elle Magazine, and Viva Blue House etc, fostering connections with students and alumni from different walks of life.

For information on registration, please contact:
Ms Ivy Lai , CETL
Phone: 3917 8996; Email: laichun2@hku.hk.

1st Endowed Professorships Lecture: Understanding Inequality and Inter-generational Mobility in HK


Message from Faculty of Business and Economics

Richard Y C Wong 王于漸
Philip Wong Kennedy Wong Professor in Political Economy

Endowed Professorships Public Lecture
Date: April 11, 2014
Time: 6:30 pm (cocktails at 6:00 pm)
Venue: Rayson Huang Theatre, The University of Hong Kong

“Understanding Inequality and Intergenerational Mobility in Hong Kong”

Measured inequality has risen considerably in Hong Kong in the past twenty years. What explains it? Should we be worried about it? Why? Has intergenerational mobility been adversely impacted? New empirical research focusing on the role of schooling, labor force participation, public housing, divorce, and remarriage provide an intriguing interplay of micro factors to give a fascinating account of changing inequality and intergenerational mobility in Hong Kong. Placing these micro factors in the larger context of macroeconomic changes illuminates the real role played by globalization and China’s opening in this process.

All are welcome. Registration: http://www.hku.hk/ephku/publiclectures (first-come-first-served)

The Endowed Professorships Public Lecture Series supports the University’s mission of sharing knowledge with the community. The Endowed Professorships Scheme was first established in 2005. To date, a total of 80 Endowed Professorships have been established. Each of them represents a new venture in academic development.

CETL Seminar: Stories and the Teaching of Ethics in Healthcare – Conceptual and Experiential Approach


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

Speakers: Professor LC Chan and Dr Ada Lee,
Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit, The LKS Faculty of Medicine
Date : 24th April (Thursday)
Time : 12:45pm – 1:45pm
Venue : Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building


In this seminar, the participants will be introduced to the concept of ‘narrative ethics’ in which ethical dilemmas are recognized and deliberated not just by considering ethical principles from various philosophical or religious traditions but analyzed through the narratives of patients and those involved in their care. There will also be an opportunity for participants to understand this at the experiential level through reading and analysis of a short piece of narrative. Participants will be invited to discuss whether narrative ethics offer a more authentic approach to enhance students’ understanding and analysis of ethical issues and whether we can cultivate greater awareness of ethical issues by writing our own stories. Funding support from the HKU Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme to Professor Chan for the development of this work is acknowledged.

About the Speakers:

Professor LC Chan is the MB Lee Professor in the Humanities and Medicine and Chair Professor, Department of Pathology. He has a special interest in curriculum development, problem based learning in medicine and general education, and mindful practice. He is a Co-director of the Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit, LKS Faculty of Medicine and the Chairman of the Medical Humanities Planning Group responsible for developing and implementing a longitudinal and core medical humanities curriculum which was launched in 2012. He received a HKU Outstanding Teaching Award (OTA) in 2008; and an OTA Team Award in 2013.

Dr Ada Lee is Teaching Consultant of the Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit. She joined LKS Faculty of Medicine when the faculty newly introduced medical humanities (in addition to the pre-existing medical ethics) as part of the core curriculum for medical students. With an interdisciplinary background in philosophy, psychology and education, Dr Lee is involved in the teaching of medical ethics, curriculum development and facilitation of workshops in medical humanities.

For information on registration, please contact:
Ms Ivy Lai , CETL
Phone: 3917 8996; Email: laichun2@hku.hk.

e-learning News – April 2014

Message from Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Massive Open Online Courses

feature-elearningWe are very pleased to let colleagues know that the MOOC course pages for three of HKU’s MOOCs will soon be launched. The course pages give potential students information about the course content, pre-requisites, expected workload etc. If you’ve not yet had a look at a MOOC course page try visiting one of the most well-known MOOCs, “Justice” by Harvard’s Professor Sandel.

On another note, the EPSU is planning a lunchtime seminar to update colleagues on what is happening with HKU’s MOOCs. Colleagues will have the chance to find out about the course content, the development processes and the challenges and opportunities presented by MOOCs. Details of the seminar will be released shortly.

New EPSU Staff

The EPSU team will grow next when we are joined by a new instructional designer, Jingli Cheng. Jingli has come from Stanford University and has extensive instructional design experience. He will be working with us on the MOOCs whilst also integrating in to existing EPSU projects.

Moodle User Guides for Teachers

Four new Moodle user guides of the recently installed plugins (Scheduler, Attendance, OU wiki & OU blog) have been prepared by ITS for teachers to familiar with these new features. They are available at here.

Panopto and Moodle Hands-On Training Courses

The ITS Panopto and Moodle hands-on training courses in April are now open for registration. Details can be found here.