Acing your SPOC: Analyze, Assemble, and Assimilate


Organizer: SPOC team, Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative (TELI)
Date : January 26, 2016 (Tuesday)
Time : 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue :CPD 2.73, CPD 2.75 and CPD 2.77, 2/F, Chi Wah Learning Commons, Centennial Campus

About the interactive session:

Wondering what are the basics of an online course? Do you want to be innovative? But you don’t know where to start? If you have any of these questions, then maybe Small Private Online Course, commonly referred to as SPOC, might work for you. Come and join us in our series of TELI seminars on SPOC and learn its basic foundation and the different practices being applied in developing it.

In this interactive session, we will look closely into several SPOCs that are currently being developed in HKU. You will have hands-on experience with the different stages that spans from knowing the basic requirements to restructuring your course into an online mode, and from making a concise script to representing it visually through a storyboard. Plus, you can experience a mock-up studio filming and say a few lines in front of the camera. We will also explore different possibilities and options for collaboration to make your class more interactive, fun, and accessible through the use of different technologies and expertise available at TELI. This seminar is open to the first 30 registered participants to ensure that there is enough time to accommodate questions, provide comments, and give feedback for each participant. Late registrants will be placed in the waiting list and contacted when spots are available.

About the Team:

IMG_4027bOur team, formed with the support of a UGC grant, is part of TELI that takes charge of the development of SPOCs within HKU. It is composed of four researchers and one programmer handling ten different courses across five different faculties for its initial stage. Wincy Chan is an instructional designer and researcher for SPOC with interest in students’ social-cognitive and behavioural outcomes across learning designs. Her current projects cover student learning in the traditional and blended classrooms. Elizabeth Oh is the project manager who oversees all project- and research-related activities for the SPOC team. As an avid online learner, Elizabeth is passionate about assisting teachers and students to use technology to advance learning in engaging ways. Donn Gonda is a tech-savvy research assistant currently responsible for the engineering courses. He is experienced in creating online contents for teaching and research. Andrea Qi is a project associate and research assistant responsible for the development, implementation and evaluation of a series of SPOCs. She is an experienced teacher in both F2F and online mode, and an active online course learner. Alex Yi is a technical officer responsible for the development of “Learning Design Studio” which is a handy tool to design teaching plan. He is proficient in various programming language and well adept in delivering courseware materials to the online platform.

This interactive session is open to the first 30 registered participants to ensure that there is enough time to accommodate questions, provide comments, and give feedback for each participant.


For enquiries, please contact Miss Bonnie Yu by email

Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme Seminar


Date : 27 January, 2016 (Wednesday)
Time : 12:45pm – 1:45pm
Venue : Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building
(sandwiches, coffee and tea will be available from 12:30 pm)
Coordinator: Professor Grahame Bilbow, Director, CETL, The University of Hong Kong


Grants for overseas reciprocal visits through ‘Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme’

To promote HKU staff to bring in new ideas and teaching methods to improve teaching through interaction with overseas university teachers, HKU will award up to $50,000 for reciprocal staff visits. This funding is provided through the “Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme”. The seminar provides an overview of this funding scheme and information on the application process. Staff will be guided on how to go about planning exchange visits to enhance the scholarship of teaching at HKU, which is the aim of the scheme. It will explain, and also showcase examples, on how this funding opportunity can be used by HKU teaching staff to share experience and to collaborate on teaching and curriculum development initiatives with overseas reputable universities through reciprocal visits.

The seminar is open to all teaching staff interested in finding out more about this Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme. Staff will be provided an overview of the scheme, how to lodge an application, the key objectives, amounts they can apply for, eligibility and advice in preparing an application. Staff who are thinking about applying are strongly encouraged to attend. Staff who attended the last seminar but found they had insufficient time to make overseas contacts, or who are thinking of planning ahead, in time for the second round (having a March 18th, 2016 closing date), would also find the seminar useful. If you are not sure whether this scheme would be relevant to teaching innovations you have in mind, or would simply like to know more about the scheme, you are welcome. The Circular on this scheme can be found at

Online Registration

For information on registration, please contact:
Ms. Janice Leung , CETL
Phone: 3917 8996; Email:

More information:
Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme

Active Learning Pedagogical Series Workshop 2: “Why are my students not listening to me?”


Organized by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Active Learning Pedagogical Series Workshop 2
“Why are my students not listening to me?” –
Motivating your students by incorporating SIMPLE active learning activities and assessment in your classroom

Speaker: Dr Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, CETL
Date: 14 January, 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building

It is most discouraging to see your students disengage in your lecture or tutorial – falling asleep or playing with mobile phones and laptops. But what can be done? Some teachers enforce mandatory attendance as part of the assessment thus to fill the seats in the lecture room, but how can attendance be a learning outcome? Mandatory attendance surely does not inspire learning, in fact, often quite the opposite.

This is the second workshop in a series of active learning. In this workshop, we will demonstrate effective pedagogies and assessment methods so that there are more interaction between students and teachers, and students and students, join us to find a way that suits your type of students.

Gibbs, G., & Simpson, C. (2004). Does your assessment support your students’ learning. Journal of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education, 1(1), 1-30.

About the speaker:
ceciliachanDr. Cecilia Chan is the Head of Professional Development and an Associate Professor in the Centre of the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Cecilia has a dual cultural background; she was originally born in Hong Kong but grew up in Ireland. In addition to her dual cultural background, she also has a dual discipline expertise in engineering and education; she has been playing an important role in enhancing engineering and science education. Her combined expertise in these fields and multi-cultural experience enabled her to lead and conduct research on topics such as assessment, technology enhanced learning and the development and assessment of 21st century skills spanning in engineering education from east to west.

Cecilia holds a PhD in Engineering from Trinity College, a postgraduate diploma and a MA in Higher Education. She also held a Fellowship from King’s College London. She has received many teaching awards and has over 15 years of effective practical experience in engaging students.

For enquiries, please contact Ms Janice Leung by email