CETL Seminar: Assuring and Enhancing Student Achievement: Getting the balance right

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


Speaker: Professor Brenda Smith, a Higher Education Consultant in the UK and an Academic Associate of the Higher Education Academy
Date : 28th May, 2014 (Wednesday)
Time : 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building


This seminar will explore how we can obtain direct evidence of student learning. However, we need to ensure that as well as “Assessment of Learning” we are using “Assessment for Learning”. Examples will be drawn from The University of Hong Kong In-house paper as well as examples from overseas. Practical ways of enhancing the student assessment experience will be discussed.

About the Speakers:

Brenda is a freelance Higher Education Consultant in the UK and an Academic Associate of the Higher Education Academy. Prior to this she was Assistant Director at the Higher Education Academy and former Head of the Generic Centre of the Learning and Teaching Support Network (LTSN).

Across the UK and at national level, Brenda has been actively involved in assessment and feedback, the Scottish Quality Enhancement agenda, the Centres for Excellence in Teaching and Learning initiative (CETLs), change management, student engagement and the analysis of the Welsh institutional Learning and Teaching Strategies. She was also one of the first National Accreditors for the Institute for Learning and Teaching in Higher Education (ILT) and was the originator of the Change Academy programme for the Higher Education Academy.

Brenda has been actively involved with over 70 Universities across the UK. She has run conferences, given keynote presentations and organized 24-hour events for universities that have included both staff and students.

She has been an external examiner for six UK University Post Graduate Certificate Programmes for new academic staff and has been a member of many Validation Degree Panels.

She is an editorial member for the journal “Assessment and Evaluation in Higher Education” and a past Executive member of the Professional and Organizational Development Association (POD) in America.

Brenda has acted as a consultant in many different countries including Sweden, Switzerland, South Africa, Singapore, the Philippines, Hong Kong, Poland, Taiwan, Azerbaijan, America, Lithuania, Colombia, the West Indies, Ethiopia and Malaysia.

Brenda has written widely on learning, teaching and assessment.

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

The art of medicine: the humanistic care of a person with stroke

Message from Medical Ethics and Humanities Unit

The art of medicine: the humanistic care of a person with stroke

Guest Seminar given by

Dr Joseph Kwan

Clinical Associate Professor in Geriatric Medicine (Honorary Consultant)
MRCP and PACES examiner (UK)


What is it like to have a stroke? To suddenly lose the function of the body, mind, communication and freedom, the person undergoes catastrophic physical and psychological trauma. The good news is that many do get better, but the prognosis can be variable. However, when they lose hope and feel that this state could be permanent, some people regard this as worse than dying, and react in unexpected ways. As clinicians, when we try to imagine and understand what it is like to have a stroke, then we can begin to understand what the patient and family are going through, and how we can better care for the person in front of us. In my talk, I aim to help us think about how we can treat people with empathy, compassion and hope, and ensuring that they receive the dignity and respect that they deserve – the art of medicine.

Seminar Details:

Date: May 7, 2014 (Wednesday)
Time: 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Venue: Mrs Chen Yang Foo Oi Telemedicine Centre
2/F, Room A2-08, William M.W. Mong Block, Faculty of Medicine Building
21 Sassoon Road, Pokfulam

Sandwiches will be provided. Please register at
All are welcome!!!

For any enquiry, please contact Mr Abel Lau at medhum@hku.hk

Dept of Comparative Literature: First Annual Postgraduate Conference/Workshop

Message from Department of Comparative Literature


On Tue, Apr 29, 2014 at 3:42 PM, Piocos, Monteza Carlos III wrote:

The Research Postgraduates of Comparative Literature invites you to the:

First Annual Postgraduate Conference/Workshop

May 5, 2014
11 am – 4 pm
CRT 434

Return to Hong Kong (11-1 PM)

This panel discusses films and literature by Hong Kong artists, examining the idea of nostalgia in Hong Kong film and/or offering critical reinterpretations of well-known works. The four presentations will focus, respectively, on: 1) nostalgia in Peter Chan’s American Dreams in China in light of the Hong Kong – Mainland China relation, 2) the return of the ghost genre in recent film’s Rigor Mortis and Stolen Goods in view of Derrida’s concept of spectrality, 3) a critical appraisal of the Triad myth in film scholarship and Johnnie To’s gangster film Election, and 4) a rereading of Wong Bik-wan’s short story “Losing the City” in terms of political action and Hannah Arendt’s analysis of totalitarianism. This panel thus examines both the idea of ‘returning’ as it takes shape in Hong Kong cinema, and returns to specific local texts to dissect received notions about Hong Kong art, culture and politics.

The Place of Women in Modern China (1 – 2:30 PM)

Discourses of the late 20th century often promoted gender equality by ascribing “acceptable” roles for women in the changing political and social climates. This panel investigates that contradiction by examining the representation of women in three thematically and generically different sets of Chinese literature and film: the revolutionary novel and ballet The Red Detachment of Women (1961, 1970), the occupation-era spy-noir novella and film Lust, Caution (1979, 2007), and Ann Hui’s feminist comedies The Postmodern Life of My Aunt (2006) andAll About Love (2010). By juxtaposing these portrayals with contemporaneous social, academic, and political discussions of femininity, these papers identify fractures between media articulation of female roles and their actual lived experience during these three different periods of modern Chinese history.

Critical Methodologies (2:30 – 4 PM)

This panel looks at filmic productions from various methodologies of interactivity, deconstruction and ecocriticism. The three presentations demonstrate a range of hybrid and eclectic frameworks to investigate: 1.) notions of interactivity in avant-garde and pre-digital age of cultural production in Marcel Duchamp’s ouvre, 2.) ghostly presences of migrants-as-guests in world cinema through Derrida’s ideas on hospitality and spectrality; and 3.) Daoist philosophy in the ecocritical analysis of Chinese’ documentaries on urbanization. This panel attempts to offer various ways to approach questions on artistic production, violence of misrepresentation and current ecological concerns.