S2 T&L arrangements

Dear colleagues and students

We’ve been monitoring the Covid-19 situation and thinking through the implications for S2 T&L arrangements. I’m writing to brief you on our plans.

As you know, S2 opens with a period of just over two weeks up to Chinese New Year. We teach from Monday January 17 to Monday January 31. We then break for one week. We come back on Tuesday February 8.

For the initial part of S2 (January 17-31), these arrangements will apply to all UG and TPG courses:

  • Large classes (enrolment 40 students and above) will switch to online mode.
  • Small classes (enrolment up to 39 students) will be offered f2f.
  • Special arrangements for preclinical, clinical, and laboratory courses requiring f2f teaching will be made and communicated separately by individual faculties.
  • Teachers will receive from ITS a bulk email showing how they can upload to HKU Moodle a brief message about course delivery mode for the initial part of S2.
  • Students will be able to check HKU Moodle from Monday morning for information about their courses.

We’re introducing these T&L arrangements to reduce the risk of Covid-19 infection on campus, on public transport, and in the community. We hope to reinstate full f2f teaching on Tuesday February 8. Closer to the time, I’ll write again.

As usual, please drop me a line with queries: ian.holliday@hku.hk.

Best wishes for S2 — Ian

Professor Ian Holliday
Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)
The University of Hong Kong

Guideline on Updating Course Delivery Mode for the Initial Part of S2 on Moodle

Message from Information Technology Services

Dear teachers

Following the message from Professor Ian Holliday sent out on “S2 T&L arrangements” today, please click here for the guideline on updating the course delivery mode for individual classes on Moodle for the initial part of S2 (17-31 January 2022).  It would be helpful if teachers could update their Moodle pages on Friday 14 or Saturday 15 January 2022.

In case you have questions on the above, please feel free to contact us by elearningteam@hku.hk or 3917 0123.


eLearning Team
Information Technology Services

From Principles to Strategies to Practice: A Series on Online Course Design for Better Learning Experience, 26 Jan – 24 Feb 2022

Message from Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning


Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, The University of Hong Kong

About the Series

Designing a course is an iterative and creative process that uses learning theories and frameworks, course planning, content expertise, and technology integration to create a seamless learning experience. For the past two years, teachers and course designers have faced the challenges of constant change and uncertainties posed by the COVID-19 pandemic. In particular, teachers need to be flexible in implementing their course design in different modes, from face-to-face, blended, hybrid, and fully online.

In this series, we have curated several cases focusing on various course design that centers on students’ learning experiences. We will look into different principles and strategies to help you design for both in-class and out-of-class activities. We will also identify several learning apps that will add value to your teaching.


Session 1: Wednesday, 26 January 2022, 12:30pm-1:45pm

Topic: Using Miro to Enhance In-class Collaboration

Speaker: Donn Gonda, CETL, HKU

Session 2: Thursday, 10 February 2022, 12:30pm-1:45pm

Topic: Using an Instructional Design Model to Enhance Moodle Learning Experience

Speaker: Donn Gonda, CETL, HKU

Session 3: Thursday, 17 February 2022, 12:30pm-1:45pm

Topic: Engaging Online Students Using Chatbots

Speaker: Dr. Timothy Hew, Associate Dean (Research Higher Degrees), Faculty of Education, HKU; Ms. Huang Weijiao (Ph.D. Candidate, 3rd Year), Faculty of Education, HKU

Session 4: Thursday, 24 February 2022, 12:30pm-1:45pm

Topic: Design Thinking as Methodology to Innovate Multidisciplinary Teaching and Learning

Speaker: Dr. Tris Kee, Senior Lecturer, CETL, HKU

Learn more

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact Ms. Lavina Luk at ytluk89@hku.hk.

See you online!

Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning