Message from Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Date: 16 September 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Venue: Zoom
Speaker: Dr. Ronnel B. King, CETL, HKU
Session Facilitator: Dr. Cecilia Chan, CETL, HKU



As we start the new semester, teachers might be asking themselves the question: How can I better motivate and engage my students? In this talk, I will draw on the educational psychology literature to illustrate how key facets of the teaching and learning environment can facilitate or inhibit students’ motivation and engagement. Particular attention will be paid to the role of environmental and personal factors and how teachers can leverage these in their own practice. I will draw on different theoretical perspectives and also my own research to present evidence-based insights which might be useful for teachers as they start the new semester.

About the Speaker

Dr. Ronnel King is an Associate Professor at the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong. He also holds honorary appointments at The University of Macau and The Education University of Hong Kong. He is recognized as among the top 2% of the most highly-cited education scholars in the world. His research focuses on understanding the factors that underpin student motivation and well-being and designing interventions to promote these optimal states. He has published more than 100 scientific papers on these core topics. He is currently guest editing special issues on teaching and learning during the COVID-19 pandemic in Educational Psychology and Educational and Developmental Psychologist.

About the Motivating and Engaging our Students Series

This series, organized by the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), aims to offer evidence-based principles and strategies to use in motivating students to learn. During this series, we will have the chance to listen to educational experts on motivation and engagement as they share with us their research and what implications these might have for teaching and learning in higher education. We have speakers from Hong Kong, Singapore, and Korea to share with us their work and how this might be relevant for teachers at HKU.

Click here for more details regarding the series.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Lavina Luk at

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