Summer Sandbox Series: Signature Pedagogies

“Message from Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning”

Signature pedagogies refer to the “characteristic forms of teaching and learning that organize the fundamental ways in which future practitioners are educated for their new professions” (Shulman, 2005, p. 52). Different faculties in HKU are known for their signature pedagogies such as problem-based learning in clinical disciplines. Despite being rooted within a particular discipline, much can be learned from these signature pedagogies that could be potentially applied to our own teaching and learning. However, these signature pedagogies have mostly been designed and delivered in face-to-face mode. With the pandemic necessitating constant shifts among face-to-face, online, and hybrid modes of teaching and learning, signature pedagogies need to evolve in lockstep.

The Virtual Summer Sandbox consists of four sessions. All sessions will give the participants a space for creative thinking, expert feedback, and support. We shall adopt the following format:

  1. Presentation: This part will involve a presentation on key aspects of the signature pedagogy being featured.
  2. Group discussion: The second part will involve group discussions organized into theme-based breakout rooms allowing us the chance to join a community of learners.

Registration: link

More information about the Summer Sandbox Series can be found here

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Experiential Learning Seminar Series

Experiential Learning Seminar Series

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

Series Abstract

Practicing Experiential Learning is not the same after the pandemic. Are you inspired to see how other international leaders are engaging in online Experiential Learning? HKU CETL invites you to join us for an interactive Experiential Learning seminar series. We will have a dialogue with international speakers who will share with us how they engage students, embed theory into practice, overcome challenges, and identify opportunities for experiential learning. Please join us in this exciting series. All are welcome.

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HKU Teaching and Learning Festival 2022

Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

The HKU Teaching and Learning Festival 2022 Spring Series aims at celebrating the achievements of teaching innovation and development by HKU teachers through various endeavours, including, but not limited to, teaching development grants (TDGs). Starting from late March to May 2022, multiple events – keynote speeches, workshops, and poster showcases, will be taking place. Among these events, the workshops and poster showcases are the two highlights that will offer exciting opportunities for witnessing and experiencing how excellent teaching creates a positive impact on student learning. Check out which events interest you and join us online! All are welcome.

Event website: https://www.cetl.hku.hk/tdgfest22/

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Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Strategic Leadership in Innovation, Inter-disciplinary Collaboration and Teaching Excellence: a Case Study in the University of Oxford


Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Date : 6 April 2022 (Wednesday)
Time : 12:30 pm – 1:30 pm
Venue : Conducted via Zoom
Speakers : Dr. Vincent Wong, MEd(EAM), Specialism Coordinator, Faculty of Education, HKU
Facilitator : Dr. Luke Fryer, Associate Professor, CETL, HKU

Registration

Abstract

This seminar aims to share the rewarding journey and observation of outstanding practice of innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration and teaching excellence in the University of Oxford in sustaining the culture of entrepreneurship. In late 2021, Vincent visited Oxford and conducted meetings with academia, professional staff and students from faculties and departments, in addition to his observations in one MSc programme. More specifically, the seminar would serve as a collegial platform for the discussion of relevant insights for the following three questions:

  1. Innovation:
    How ‘innovative ideas’ were transformed into ‘program development’ in the University of Oxford from the perspective of institutional culture?
  2. Interdisciplinary Collaboration:
    How ‘interdisciplinarity collaboration’ synergizes the University of Oxford with ‘icon of innovative and inter-disciplinary curriculum leadership’ and what might be the possible implications to HKU?
  3. Teaching Excellence:
    How the culture of teaching excellence be further promoted in the University of Oxford from the perspective of strategic leadership?

In this connection, the seminar is delivered to share the insights reflected and to provide a professional platform for further collegial discussion among colleagues. The target audiences of the seminar include fellow colleagues with strategic positions who might be interested in promoting innovation, inter-disciplinary collaboration and teaching excellence in their professional capacities. This seminar is also an extension of the Seminar ‘Internationalization and Curriculum Leadership via Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme: a Case Study in the University of Oxford’  to be delivered on 15 March 2022, during which how colleagues might apply for TEFS, promote internationalization or curriculum leadership would be discussed.

About the Speakers

Dr. Vincent Wong
MEd(EAM), Specialism Coordinator, Faculty of Education, HKU
Dr. Vincent Wong received his distinction in Doctorate in Educational Administration, Leadership and Policy with outstanding graduate award from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, after which he furthered his professional and academic training in educational, administrative and policy leadership and management in the University of Cambridge and the Harvard Kennedy School, and served as a Visiting Scholar or equivalent in various universities including the University of Oxford, Melbourne, Queensland and Monash, and as a Visiting Professor in Meiji University in Japan. Vincent has also been appointed as a Special Government Researcher in the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the Chinese government and the Finnish Government (in designated Ministries) in the areas of education, national development of human resources management, strategic leadership and governance of talent mobility. Vincent has also been invited by Australian, Korean, Japanese and other Asian governments or international bodies to share his expertise in the Ministry of Education, Personnel Management, Human Resources etc. Currently, Vincent has been elected twice by the member countries as the Chairman (Resolution Committee), the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration from 2019 onwards. For public services, Vincent has been appointed by the Secretary of Education of HKSAR as the member of Steering Committee on Promotion of Vocational and Professional Education and Training and Qualification Frameworks, as well as by QS Reimagination Award as a judge for various education awards. In addition, Vincent is also the Vetting Committee for Sabbatical Leaves for Professional Development of Principals and Teachers of the Education Bureau, and holds other positions in the areas of public services.

For information, please contact:
Ms. Lavina Luk, CETL
Phone: 3917 5272; Email: ytluk89@hku.hk

TEFS Seminar – Internationalization and Curriculum Leadership via TEFS: a Case Study in the University of Oxford


Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Date : 15 March 2022 (Tuesday)
Time : 3:30 pm – 4:30 pm
Venue : Conducted via Zoom
Speakers : Dr. Vincent Wong, MEd(EAM), Specialism Coordinator, Faculty of Education, HKU
Facilitator : Dr. Luke Fryer, Associate Professor, CETL, HKU

Registration

Abstract
This seminar aims to share the rewarding journey and observation of outstanding practice of internationalization and curriculum leadership in the University of Oxford in sustaining the culture of teaching excellence. In late 2021, Vincent visited Oxford and conducted meetings with academia, professional staff and students from faculties and departments, in addition to his observations in one MSc programme. More specifically, the seminar would serve as a collegial platform for the discussion of relevant insights for the following three questions:

  1. Internationalization:
    How internationalization and curriculum leadership have been promoted in the University of Oxford: a focused case study in one MSc programme?
  2. Competitiveness:
    How can Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme (TEFS) synergize our professional development and global competitiveness in internationalization and curriculum leadership?
  3. Global Citizenship:
    How can TEFS benefit our students’ learning experience and sense of global citizenship from the perspective of internationalization and curriculum leadership?

In this connection, the seminar is delivered to share the insights reflected and to provide a professional platform for further collegial discussion among colleagues. The target audiences of the seminar include fellow colleagues who might be interested in applying TEFS, internationalization or curriculum leadership in their professional capacities. This seminar also paves the avenue for another seminar ‘Strategic Leadership in Innovation, Inter-disciplinary Collaboration and Teaching Excellence: a Case Study in the University of Oxford’ to be delivered on 6 April 2022, during which how fellow colleagues with strategic positions’ might promote innovation, interdisciplinary collaboration and teaching excellence in the seminar would be discussed.

About the Speakers

Dr. Vincent Wong
MEd(EAM), Specialism Coordinator, Faculty of Education, HKU
Dr. Vincent Wong received his distinction in Doctorate in Educational Administration, Leadership and Policy with outstanding graduate award from the Chinese University of Hong Kong, after which he furthered his professional and academic training in educational, administrative and policy leadership and management in the University of Cambridge and the Harvard Kennedy School, and served as a Visiting Scholar or equivalent in various universities including the University of Oxford, Melbourne, Queensland and Monash, and as a Visiting Professor in Meiji University in Japan. Vincent has also been appointed as a Special Government Researcher in the Ministry of Human Resources and Social Security of the Chinese government and the Finnish Government (in designated Ministries) in the areas of education, national development of human resources management, strategic leadership and governance of talent mobility. Vincent has also been invited by Australian, Korean, Japanese and other Asian governments or international bodies to share his expertise in the Ministry of Education, Personnel Management, Human Resources etc. Currently, Vincent has been elected twice by the member countries as the Chairman (Resolution Committee), the Eastern Regional Organization for Public Administration from 2019 onwards. For public services, Vincent has been appointed by the Secretary of Education of HKSAR as the member of Steering Committee on Promotion of Vocational and Professional Education and Training and Qualification Frameworks, as well as by QS Reimagination Award as a judge for various education awards. In addition, Vincent is also the Vetting Committee for Sabbatical Leaves for Professional Development of Principals and Teachers of the Education Bureau, and holds other positions in the areas of public services.

For information, please contact:
Ms. Lavina Luk, CETL
Phone: 3917 5272; Email: ytluk89@hku.hk

Undergraduate Research Series


Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Series Abstract

How can we engage undergraduate students in research? Promoting undergraduate research is a key recommendation in HKU’s “Delivering for Our Students Undergraduate Teaching and Learning Strategy 2021-28”. This series aims to showcase successful examples, effective strategies, and practical models of how undergraduate students have been involved in research both within and outside HKU. This series consists of four sessions. We are excited to have you join us in this series!

Registration

[2 March 2022] Talk 1: BAScLab (Bachelor of Arts and Sciences): A model for interdisciplinary, undergraduate-led research development and delivery
[9 March 2022] Talk 2: HKU Registered Reports challenge: Promoting, supporting, and incentivizing open-science high-rigor publishable science with students
[23 Mar 2022] Talk 3: Nurturing Researchers of Tomorrow: The URECA experience at Nanyang Technological University, Singapore
[29 Mar 2022] Talk 4: Transdisciplinary crossings: Student research capacities and civic engagement

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For information, please contact:
Ms. Lavina Luk, CETL
Phone: 3917 5272; Email: ytluk89@hku.hk

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

Organiser

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.

Registration

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.

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Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Join-the-Conversation: If it can be written or thought, it can be filmed – Stanley Kubrick


Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Centre for Applied English Studies, and the Common Core

Date : 13 January 2022 (Thursday)
Time : 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Hybrid Venue : Zoom and Digital Interactive Lab, Main Library
Speakers : Ms. Ming Yee Cheung (Union Crown Studio), Mr. Nikolas Ettel (Architecture)
Facilitator : Mr. Donn Gonda (CETL), Dr. Michelle Raquel (CAES), and Mr. Simon Boynton (CAES)
For face-to-face participants: To ensure that the seminar is held according to the guidelines on infection control measures for HKU events, limited seating of up to 45 people will be implemented. Please note that registration will be on a first-come, first-served basis.

For further guidelines on infection control measures for HKU events, please refer to https://covid19.hku.hk/events-crowd-management/guidelines/

Registration

Abstract
Video creation is one of the most popular course assessments at HKU as it allows students to enhance written and oral text with visuals, sound, and digital effects. The art of creating a video that successfully communicates ideas and has an impact on the audience is undeniably challenging. This session features a professional film maker and a colleague from the Faculty of Architecture who will share their experience in film creation. It aims to give participants an insight into film making which they can use to help their students produce effective and engaging video assignments in their courses.

About the Speakers
Ms. Ming Yee Cheung has been working as an independent producer/director for the last 10 years. She co-directed two public television commissioned animation shorts, among which Winter Rest (2010) was selected by international film festivals and was awarded Team Award at the 2010 Ecofilms in Rhodes, Greece. Her ADC funded short narrative film This File Cannot Be Deleted (2011) won Special Mention at the Fresh Wave International Film Festival in Hong Kong.

Mr. Nikolas Ettel is a Lecturer in HKU’s Division of Landscape Architecture. He coordinates the Faculty Interdisciplinary Courses and teaches the Common Core Course 24 Frames: Communicating Ideas through Film. He is a Dr.techn. Candidate at the Academy of Fine Arts Vienna, where he explores films as an investigative research method. His research is shared in a TEDx talk (HKU, 2021), and has been exhibited and published internationally. Nik’s latest exhibition Alleys in Wonderland (PMQ, 2019 + City Gallery, 2021), a Design Trust Seed Grant awarded VR-project was displayed at the Hong Kong Pavilion for the 17th Venice Architecture Biennale 2021.

For information, please contact:
Ms. Lavina Luk, CETL
Phone: 3917 5272; Email: ytluk89@hku.hk

Join-the-Conversation: The Write Stuff – Enhancing Student Writing Skills in Undergraduate Courses

Message from Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Date: 2 December 2021, (Thursday)
Time: 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Venue: ZOOM
Speakers: Ms. Rebecca Poon, Mr. Gavin Coates, Dr. Michael Rivera
Facilitators: Mr. Donn Gonda (CETL), Dr. Michelle Raquel (CAES), and Mr. Simon Boynton (CAES)

Registration

Abstract

Many undergraduate courses have a writing component and students need to gradually develop and improve their writing skills over the course of their undergraduate career. One way to achieve this goal is to have engaging, relevant writing assessments in courses and provide students with writing support and teaching and learning activities that align with these assessments. In this join-the-conversation event, the speakers will share their experiences of teaching writing skills in one of their undergraduate CI-badged courses.

Applications for Communication-intensive Courses badging are welcome all year around. If your course has embedded any two of the following communication literacies: written, oral, visual, and digital, please contact us at cics@hku.hk or visit https://cics.hku.hk/ 

About the Speakers

Ms. Rebecca Poon is a Lecturer at the School of Nursing at the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine. She is a registered nurse, a Fellow of the Hong Kong Academy of Nursing (Gerontology) and Center on Ageing, and a Board of Director of Pi Iota At-Large Chapter. She is also the Executive Director of Hong Kong Allergy Association. Her research interests are in the field of gerontology, health care ethics, health promotion and higher education.

Mr. Gavin Coates is a senior lecturer in the Division of Landscape Architecture at HKU, focusing primarily on planting design, landscape technology and biophysical systems. In 2016 he designed and co-taught a Common Core Course entitled ‘Nature in the City, Beyond the Concrete Jungle’ focusing on the relationship between humanity and nature – this course was rerun as a summer course in 2018, 2019 and 2020 as a hybrid face-to-face and online course. In 2021, Gavin was awarded an HKU Teaching Innovation Award for his submission ‘Continuing and Enhancing Field Trip Learning Experiences in the Online and Dual-Mode Teaching Environment’. He is also well known as a children’s book author and illustrator.

Dr. Michael B. C. Rivera is a bioarchaeologist and biological anthropologist specializing in the study of human history, evolution and skeletal biology. He is the lead archaeologist managing the excavation of the remains of a US Navy plane that crashed in Hong Kong in 1945. Dr. Rivera has also worked extensively in making archaeological research and scientific work accessible through various forms of teaching, social media and public engagement.

Event website: https://www.cetl.hku.hk/cic211202/

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

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Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

[1Dec-9Dec] Winter Sandbox Series: Agile Learning Design using Purpose-built Learning Design Studio

Message from Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Dear Colleagues,

We are excited to have you join us in our Winter Sandbox Series! Let’s create more engaging learning experiences for our students with agility using Learning Design Studio!

This series will be delivered in a hybrid format, and participants can choose to join the session via Zoom or face-to-face. Each session will adopt a workshop format, and our recommendation is to join the face-to-face session for a better learning experience.

Kindly check the details of each session here: https://www.cetl.hku.hk/sandbox2021w/

About the Series

Built on the experiences of previous Sandboxes, this series introduces a purpose-built learning design tool, the Learning Design Studio (LDS, developed in CITE, HKU), to be used within the context of four themes in agile learning design: (1) Mission-focused inquiry approach for student success in different disciplines, (2) Case-based learning and designing for aligned assessment, (3) Student-staff partnerships and engagement, and (4) Learning spaces and learning environments. The workshops will highlight how LDS can facilitate the sharing and adaptation of design patterns for agile (re-)design, using the design patterns embedded in the four Sandboxes. Participants will have hands-on opportunities to explore how to make use of design patterns within the context of their own course (re-)designs.

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