Date : 16 February 2015 (Monday)
Time : 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Venue : Room 6-12B (Conference Room), Haking Wong Building, The University of Hong Kong

About the seminar

Experiential learning and project-based learning share their pedagogic foundation, while there is insucient research on exploring their integration for enhancing student learning in real-life projects. This gap in knowledge is coupled with a paucity of sustainability pedagogy in higher education. While project-based learning and experiential learning are sometimes found to be used interchangeably both in literature as well as in practice, there are dierences between the two, particularly in the areas of construction and sustainability.

This seminar reports on a HKU Teaching Development Grants (TDG) project in which Project-Based Learning (PjBL) and Experiential Learning (EL) are integrated to enhance learning in sustainability embedded higher education. PjBL may involve real-life projects, with examples like case studies, eld trips and site visits. EL may include in-class demonstrations, eld trips, site visits and other forms of hands-on student participation as part of the learning process but may not necessarily be based on real-life projects. The project team and supporters will share the research ndings as well as the latest thinking and practice of project-based experiential learning for sustainability education across the University.

Registration of seminar

Attending this seminar is FREE, but advanced online registration is required on the first come, first served basis via, where further information is also available. For enquiry on this seminar, please contact Dr Kelwin Wong (, or Dr. Wei Pan (, +852 2859 2671) of the Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong.

Deadline of registration: Thursday 12 February 2015.

Seminar rundown

12:15 – 12:30noon Registration
12:30 – 12:35 Welcome Remarks
Prof S C Wong, Head of Department of Civil Engineering, HKU
12:35 – 12:40 Introduction
Dr Wei Pan, Department of Civil Engineering, HKU
12:40 – 12:45 Overview of Project-Based Experiential Learning in The Common Core Courses at HKU
Prof Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Director of The Common Core Course Programme, HKU
12:45 – 12:50 Project-Based Experiential Learning for Sustainability Embedded Higher Education: The Perspective of CETL
Dr Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), HKU
12:50 – 1:10pm Project-Based Experiential Learning for Sustainability Embedded Higher Education
Dr Wei Pan and Dr Kelwin Wong, Department of Civil Engineering, HKU
1:10 – 1:25 Q & A
All participants
1:25 – 1:30pm Closing Remarks
Dr Wei Pan, Department of Civil Engineering, HKU

Project team members and supporters

The project underlying this seminar is carried out and supported by a
University-wide team including:

  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
  • University Common Core Course Programme
  • Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre
  • Estates Office