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A Common Core Sharing Session was held on May 12, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in Room 115, 1/F Knowles Building.


3:00 – 3:05 pm Welcome – Professor Ian Holliday
3:05 – 3:10 pm Highlights of the Year – Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
3:10 – 3:50 pm External Examiners’ Reports and Responses – Professor George Tham, Mr Matthew Pryor, Professor Gina Marchetti, Dr Isaac Yue, Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
3:50 – 4:05 pm Sharing Session: “Like we are aliens from another planet”: The need for inclusive collaboration across cultures in group work
4:05 – 4:35 pm Small Group Discussion and Tea/Coffee Break
4:35 – 5:00 pm Report Back and Next Steps – Professors Ian Holliday, Gina Marchetti, and Gray Kochhar-Lindgren

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What Works? Intercultural Groupwork in the Common Core-banner

Jointly organised by CETL and Common Core

Details of the workshop:

Date : 15 May, 2017 (Monday)
Time : 12:45pm – 2:00pm (Light refreshments will be provided.)
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Dr. Tracy Zou (CETL) and Prof. Gray Kochhar-Lindgren (Common Core)


Rated as both the ‘best and the worst learning experiences’ by both students and lecturers, groupwork is a complex matter. What, then, about intercultural groupwork? Doesn’t this complicate the matter even further? Students could, of course, potentially develop their cultural competence and gain multiple perspectives about each other and the subject matter, but the issue is how can we actually make it work its best for everyone?

During this workshop, we will explore together how we might make intercultural groupwork creative, energetic, and effective. A number of good practices identified from 15 Common Core courses, as well as those from the scholarly literature, will be shared.


Dr. Tracy Zou is an assistant professor in the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) at HKU. She has been engaging in the development and promotion of effective university teaching and learning on a number of topics, for example, groupwork, assessment, and internationalisation of teaching and learning. She has also been involved in groupwork research at both course and curriculum levels.

Prof. Gray Kochhar-Lindgren: Director, Common Core


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Dear Colleagues,

As a way to prime the pump for next year’s Proposal Process—which will be modified and streamlined—we will have an informal gathering in the CC Lounge for those interested in the possibility of developing a Common Core proposal. We will be seeking, as always, the courses that you most want to teach that are for students across all the faculties, interdisciplinary and multimodal in nature, make use of active assessments, and are organized around issues of “profound importance.” We are also seeking courses that are highly experiential, use a flipped classroom or other alternative forms of design, and that align with one of our newly formulated “clusters”.

Chat-n-Snack Session
“Curious about Teaching a Common Core Course?”

Date: October 13, 2016 (Thursday)
Time: 4:30pm – 5:30pm
Venue: Common Core Lounge, Room 150, 1/F, Main Building

Everyone is welcomed! And snacks included….

For registration, please contact Ms. Emily Chan at chiting@hku.hk. Thank you.

All best,

Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, PhD
Professor and Director: The Common Core

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The Common Core, in support of connecting student learning to the wider world and of the University of Hong Kong’s commitment to the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals, has aligned courses across all four Areas of Inquiry (AoIs) with appropriate SDGs. This will provide students who are interested with one coherent pathway through the Common Core and will prepare us for a larger discussion about clustering other types of courses or forming a minor in Common Core Interdisciplinary Studies. We are delighted to be aligning with the SDGs! For more information, please see: http://commoncore.hku.hk/sustainable-development-goals/

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