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Message from Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Dear colleagues,

We, at the Centre for the Enhancement in Teaching and Learning (CETL), strive to support you in your teaching and learning journey. Starting this month, we will be sharing with you relevant “Reflections, Tips, and Quotes” from the teaching and learning community (yourself included). We hope you will find them useful and interesting.

This week’s reflection is drawn from research conducted by Canning and colleagues (2019).

JOIN US in promoting teaching and learning at HKU!

Teaching and learning are best nurtured when we are part of a community of teachers and learners. We would like to collect relevant teaching and/or learning reflections, quotes, and tips that you’ve come across. Send me a quick email at Cecilia.Chan@cetl.hku.hk. We would love to hear from you and we hope to collect inspirational tips from the community.

Keep safe and smile always,

Regards

Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Check out more pedagogical support from CETL here: https://www.cetl.hku.hk/
Check out our Motivating and Engaging our Students Series here: https://www.cetl.hku.hk/motivate2021/   
Check out our Virtual Summer Sandbox Series: Ready, Steady, Learn! here: https://www.cetl.hku.hk/sandbox2021ss/            
Check out insights from international experts from our Education 4.0 series here: https://www.cetl.hku.hk/edu4/
Check out written and video resources on Technology Enhanced Learning here: https://www.cetl.hku.hk/tel/
Check out the Assessment Resources Website here: https://ar.cetl.hku.hk/index.php 

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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

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Abstract

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 ytluk89@hku.hk

See you online!

Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

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Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to join our online TDG Workshop 1: Walkthrough the Simulation Ward Activity presented by the Quality and Safety Education Subcommittee, School of Nursing, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine.

This workshop will be held on 21 April 2021 (Wednesday) at 1:00pm – 2:00pm (HKT) via Zoom.

Registration: https://www2.cetl.hku.hk/cetlevents/regist/462/registEventAll.php?eventId=462  

Abstract

It is more common to use simulation-based education in undergraduate nursing programme as many studies documented simulation activity is a teaching strategy in increasing students’ clinical competence, critical thinking, satisfactory and self-confidence. However, the mode of simulation-based teaching in many simulation studies is the use of one simulator to a group of nursing students. In fact, in reality, one nurse has to take care of more than 10 patients within a duty, a single simulator to a group of nursing students is not sufficient to enhance their competence. Therefore, an innovative project named “The Use of ‘Simulation Ward’ Teaching Model to Promote Undergraduate Nursing Students’ Clinical Performance Competence” (Simward Project) is designed in where students are required to provide nursing care with the knowledge that they learnt to mixed human simulators.

It was a longitudinal study with convenience sampling. Thirty-five Year IV undergraduate students were recruited in this project. They were required to participate in the ‘Simward’ activity for three to six sessions, depending on their availability. The result shown students had significant improvement in clinical competence in the domains of knowledge, skills and attitude (KSA) elements. Additionally, their self-confidence and satisfaction also increased by self-evaluation.

About the Speaker

The Quality and Safety Education Subcommittee has been established in 2017 with the focus of developing teaching innovations using technology in the School of Nursing. Our team has been growing from small team to a team of 11 members. Four of them have successfully received the qualification of accredited simulation educator while some of them have specialized simulation education training in Australia and Germany. Recently, we were recognized by the University and received Teaching Innovation Team Award 2021. What we begin a simple idea to help nursing students be more competent has evolved into new projects. Our team has been successfully obtained several UGC Teaching Development Grants to build teaching innovations. Currently, we are having three sub-groups in working on high fidelity simulation, virtual reality and educational robot. Apart from providing quality education to our School, we also welcome interprofessional education. Over the past years, we conducted Interprofessional Clinical Skill Competition, interprofessional blended team-based learning and interprofessional simulation education with medical and pharmacy students. To facilitate knowledge exchange with local and international educators, we conduct International Simulation Workshop annually to educators from universities in South-East Asia and local education institutes.

More information about the workshop: https://www.cetl.hku.hk/tdgfest21/event/workshop-1/

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 

Dear Colleagues,

Join our online poster showcase session and be amazed by our teachers’ innovation and creativity in their teaching development grants (TDGs). Being online does not mean we cannot have exciting chats and interactions with peers. In fact, this is far more exciting than a usual poster session in a traditional conference. Let’s celebrate the wonderful achievements of our colleagues.

Date: 14 April 2021 (Wednesday)

Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm (HKT)

Venue: Conducted via Zoom

Details of the poster showcase session: https://www.cetl.hku.hk/tdgfest21/poster-showcases/  

Register here: https://www2.cetl.hku.hk/cetlevents/regist/462/registEventAll.php?eventId=462

Following the poster showcase session, there will be an open classroom observation session offered by Dr. Peter Cobb from the Faculty of Education and Faculty of Arts on the same day. In this session, Dr. Cobb will explore the stuff of the past to understand our own and others’ lived experiences. This class will work together to explore the past and its relationship to the present – while simultaneously considering the things in our own daily lives. Below is the information for the first classroom observation:

Date: 14 April 2021 (Wednesday)

Time: 2:30 pm – 4:20 pm (HKT)

Course title: CCHU9080: Dead People’s Things: Excavating the Past with Archaeology

Venue: Conducted via Zoom

More information here: https://www.cetl.hku.hk/tdgfest21/event/cchu9080/  

Register here (Open classroom observations are exclusive to HKU teachers): https://www2.cetl.hku.hk/cetlevents/regist/463/registEvent.php?eventId=463

About the festival

The HKU Teaching and Learning Festival 2021 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 early April to late May 2021, multiple events – keynote speeches, workshops, open classroom observations, and poster showcases will be taking place. Among these events, the open classroom observations 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 in a virtual environment. Check out which events interest you and join us online! All are welcome.

Event website: https://www.cetl.hku.hk/tdgfest21/

Kind regards,

Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Keynote Presentation
Date: 9 April 2021 (Friday)
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:15 pm (HK time) / 8:00 am – 9:15 am (UK time)
Venue: Conducted via Zoom
Speaker: Prof. Neil Morris, Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Digital Transformation, University of Leeds

Meeting with Associate Deans (by invitation only)
Date: 15 April 2021 (Thursday)
Time: 3:00 pm – 4:00 pm (HK time) / 8:00 am – 9:00 am (UK time)
Venue: Conducted via Zoom

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HKU Teaching and Learning Festival 2021

Abstract
Use of digital technologies to support blended and online education offers students opportunities for enhanced flexibility, access and inclusivity, and has grown significantly as a result of the global pandemic. As educators, we strive to support all of our students to reach their potential, and that means meeting them where they are, and providing learning resources accessibly and in multiple formats to support every student as effectively as possible. Universities are facing growing internal and external pressures to educate a widening continuum of learners, and make effective use of digital technologies. One response has been growth of online education, catalysed by Massive Open Online Courses, availability of digital devices and technologies, and notions of borderless global education. In growing online education, learning and teaching provision has become increasingly disaggregated, or unbundled, and universities are partnering with a range of private companies to reach new learners, and commercialise educational provision. In this presentation, I will consider the benefits and risks of unbundled higher education provision and the benefits of flexible, accessible, inclusive student-centred education, using digital and online education.

About the Speaker
Neil Morris, Interim Deputy Vice-Chancellor: Digital Transformation, University of Leeds
Neil leads on the University’s digital transformation strategy, supporting the University to achieve its strategy to be a globally leading digital university. His brief is cross-cutting, and spans student education, research and the operations of the University. He leads initiatives to enhance the blended, hybrid and online education and experience of our students, and provide lifelong and professional learning opportunities for learners globally, through oversight of the Digital Education Service. He leads research, innovation, scholarship and operational activities to harness the potential of digital technologies to enhance learning, educational experiences and improve ways of working at the University. Neil also holds a Chair of Educational Technology, Innovation and Change.Neil is a National Teaching Fellow, and has won a number of national awards for teaching excellence. He has a research background in neuroscience and has active research in educational technology, online learning and blended learning. He is the Director of the University of Leeds Centre for Research in Digital Education and has published widely on the impact of blended learning, online learning and mobile technologies on student learning and engagement, and on the changing nature of university education through digital transformation.

Neil has extensive experience of developing and delivering strategy and policy in the area of digital education at Leeds, and he has led the implementation of a large number of institutional digital education systems. He has also led the growth of the University’s award winning Digital Education Service.

Date : March 9, 2021 (Tuesday)
Time : 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue : Conducted via Zoom
Speaker : Mr. Mathew Pryor, Associate Professor (Teaching) in Faculty of Architecture and Ms. Lynn Lin, E-learning instructor, HKU
Facilitator : Dr. Tracy Zou, CETL, HKU

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Abstract
For many years students have reported high levels of personal stress in their design studio courses, citing a wide range of causes and effects. In this workshop session, Mathew will introduce a year-long study involving extensive student interviews and questionnaires that looked to define the (pre-pandemic) nature and factors associated with student stress, its effects on student performance and well-being, and how all that changed when the world went online. Although focused on design courses, insights from this study may be relevant to many teaching practices and pedagogical approaches in higher education.

About the Speaker
Mathew PRYOR
Mathew is an Associate Professor (Teaching) in Faculty of Architecture, and a Senior Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (UK). He combines more than 20 years of experience as a practicing landscape architect with teaching and research in the Division of Landscape Architecture at HKU. Through his courses in design, sustainable development, and construction technologies, he has developed a pedagogical approach based around the socialization of online learning and transdisciplinary teaching. He was a recipient of a HKU Teaching Innovation (Team) Award (2020), Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (USA) Excellence in Teaching Award (2019), UGC Teaching (Team) Award (2019), and HKU Teaching Excellence (Team) Award (2018). He has recently completed TDG Studies on ‘Understanding the Role of Positive Emotion in Student Engagement’ and ‘Addressing student stress in design studio’ which are the basis of this workshop.

Lynn H. LIN
Lynn is an E-learning instructor working at HKU. She achieved a Master degree in Information Technology in Education and an Honours Bachelor degree in Psychology. She has designed a 3D socialized learning environment – Digital Exhibition Space, and has published and presented her study on student online socialization at several conferences. Her research engages with issues of student socialization, emotion, engagement, motivation and learning outcomes within technology-supported collaborative learning environments.

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

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Date : 3 March 2021 (Wednesday)
Time : 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm (HKT)
Venue : Conducted via Zoom
Speaker : Dr. Linda Yeung, Director of Counselling and Person Enrichment, CEDARS, HKU
Facilitator : Dr. Cecilia KY Chan, CETL, HKU

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Abstract
Have you ever come across students who are stressed?
What do you do?
How do you identify students who are stressed particularly during this period?
When should we contact the professionals?

In this seminar, Dr. Linda Yeung, the Director of Counselling and Person Enrichment (CoPE) at CEDARS, will discuss with us some of the above questions. So, come and learn, and see how we can support our students. At the same time, find ways to destress ourselves and learn more about how we can refer students with needs to appropriate services on campus.

About the Speaker
Dr. Linda Yeung has over 20 years of professional experiences in the clinical psychology field. As the Director of Counselling and Person Enrichment (CoPE) at CEDARS, she is currently leading a team of counselling and student advising experts to provide professional services for students with diverse personal needs at HKU. The scope of work under CEDARS-CoPE focuses on student mental health, psychological well-being, SEN support, personal enrichment and peer support. Dr. Yeung and her team offer training to both staff and students, so as to enhance mental health literacy and to promote the spirit of shared-care. She is a Master Instructor of the popular Mental Health First Aid Training. Apart from supervision and training, she actively engages in the development of counselling and psychological services for students at universities. She was elected twice the Chair of The Hong Kong Tertiary Institutions Psychological Counselling Working Group of Hong Kong Student Services Association.

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

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Date : 28 January 2021 (Thu)
Time : 4:00 p.m. – 5:00 p.m. (HK time) / 8:00 – 9:00 am (GMT)
Venue : Zoom
Speaker : Dr Alison Gilmour, Lecturer in HE Learning and Teaching, University of Greenwich

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Abstract
University student wellbeing has been of growing concern to the higher education sector; heightened in the last year in the context of a global pandemic and widespread adoption of blended and online models of teaching by campus-based universities. Over the last six years or so, international and UK-based literature has increasingly directed attention to ‘whole-university’ approaches to student wellbeing, and the need for us to consider the relationship between wellbeing and learning, teaching and assessment. This approach is supported in the UK-based University Mental Health Charter (Hughes and Spanner, 2019).

But what does this mean for those of us teaching university students in blended and online environments? How can our teaching practice positively shape student wellbeing? This Winter Sandbox will: explore ways of thinking about embedding wellbeing in the curriculum; the relationship between wellbeing and academic practice; and provide the space to explore practical ways in which we can embed wellbeing in our curriculum, having taken a wellbeing lens on our academic practice.

About the Speaker
Dr Alison Gilmour is a Lecturer in HE Learning and Teaching at the University of Greenwich with specific expertise in enhancing teaching practice in online and blended contexts and supporting student engagement at a distance and in dispersed learning communities. Based in Greenwich Learning and Teaching, Alison works with staff across the university to enhance teaching practice, teaches on a PGCert in HE Learning and Teaching, and leads a cross-institutional project: Embedding Wellbeing in the Curriculum including research on introducing compassion focused pedagogy. During 2020, Alison co-ordinated the university’s Adjusting to Blended Learning Environment self-paced online CPD. She previously worked at Queen Mary University of London and as a Learning Enhancement Manager at The Open University in Scotland, including leading cross-sector enhancement projects commissioned as part of Quality Assurance Agency Scotland Enhancement Theme work: Staff: enhancing teachingStudent perceptions of ‘good’ feedback and The use of data and evidence in retention and progression.

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Date : 12 January 2021 (Tue)
Time : 12:30pm – 2:30pm
Venue : Zoom
Speaker : Dr. Janet Chan, Lecturer, Faculty of Science, The University of Hong Kong

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Abstract
Virtual teaching and learning has become a mainstream instructional delivery system during the pandemic nowadays. Without physical face-to-face presence, students may feel isolated or disconnected from their peers and teachers. This may discourage students from learning. When designing online/hybrid/hyflex courses, how can the teachers help students to engage? In this session, I will share my teaching experience of building learners’ sense of community and providing learning support through various components embedded in the course design, including assessment and in-class or out-of-class activities.

About the Speaker
Dr. Janet Chan is a Lecturer of School of Biological Sciences and the Programme Coordinator of Master of Science in Environmental Management at HKU. She is the recipient of the 2020 University’s Teaching Award and the Award for Teaching Excellence 2019-20 of Faculty of Science. Her teaching approach seeks to enhance student learning by using a holistic approach for science education and ensuring teaching and learning are truly international. Being a professional in higher education and environmental industry, she is a Fellow of HEA (Advance HE) and a Professional Member of the Hong Kong Institute of Qualified Environmental Professionals. Her teaching and course design, therefore, embed the attributes of an environmental professional. She has been teaching in HKU for over 10 years, coordinating and teaching over seven Master’s courses and one UG biostatistics course consisting of more than 300 students. Apart from teaching, she supervises more than 10 students’ research or action projects a year and mentors RPGs. She also coaches colleagues in teaching and learning.

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Message from Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite Course Coordinators at HKU to join our Winter Sandbox Series: Creative Online and Hybrid Course Designing, which aims at supporting Course Coordinators in their course designs in various aspects, including integrating effective online and blended learning components into their courses. 

The third session will be held on 7 January 2021 (Thursday). There will be a 20-minute presentation, followed by breakout room discussions facilitated by CETL academics. In the breakout rooms, TELi instructional designers and disciplinary experts will also provide support and feedback. 

Session 3: Humanising Technology in Online and Hybrid Learning  (12:30 p.m. – 2:30 p.m. 7 January 2021)

In the past 12 months, we swiftly move from face-to-face to entirely online, and some of us had a taste of what it feels like to teach in dual-mode/ hybrid mode. Even though our teaching modality changed, the need for connection and engagement becomes more evident. Technology provides bits and pieces of solutions; however, it is up to the teachers to connect these dots to give their students meaningful experiences. This session will explore easy-to-use apps and some of its basic features to improve collaboration and communication among teachers and students. We will look into practical tips to provide active learning experiences for your students and retain as much human connection as possible.

About the Series:

The Winter Sandbox consists of six sessions. Four hands-on sessions will allow space for creative thinking and expert feedback and time to workshop your iterative re-designs. The other two sessions will provide expert input on learning design and blended learning respectively.

We encourage participants to join all the sessions in this Series. Course Coordinators are recommended to bring their course templates and ideas for the Spring Semester (January-May) in 2021.

Registration: https://www2.cetl.hku.hk/cetlevents/regist/456/registEvent.php?eventId=456

More information about the Winter Sandbox Series can be found here: https://www.cetl.hku.hk/winter-sandbox-2020/

See you online!

Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

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