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

Common Core Sharing Session on May 12, 2021

A Common Core Sharing Session was held on May 12, 2021 from 2:30 to 4:00 pm via Zoom.

Programme

2:30 – 2:35 pm Welcome! The Common Core on the Move: Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
2:35 – 2:50 pm Common Core Updates: Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
Platforms, Projects and Recommendations
2:50 – 3:30 pm Project-Based Learning: What Most Interests You? (Zoom Breakout Rooms for Each Area of Inquiry)
QUICKLY Creating a Transdisciplinary Project for Faculty Colleagues: Topic, Methods, Outcomes
Facilitators: Professor Julian Tanner, Mr Mathew Pryor, Professor Gina Marchetti, Professor David Palmer (supported by the CC Staff)
3:30 – 4:00 pm Re-Gather, Wrap-Up, and Next Steps: Professor Ian Holliday and Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren

Resources (HKU Portal Login Required)

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Launch of the brand new SDGs@HKU website!

Message from Common Core Office

We are pleased to announce the launch of our brand new SDGs@HKU website!

https://commoncore.hku.hk/SDGsAtHKU/

The SDGs@HKU is a virtual platform that allows users to actively explore campus facilities that promote the United Nations Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) in HKU. It is a faculty-student-industry partnership – the campus map was hand drawn by a local 14-year old graphic artist and content curated by our talented HKU students.

Everyone can become a stakeholder in sustainable development across all the SDGs. In this website, you can check your knowledge about local and global sustainability strategies, learn fun ways to start a sustainable lifestyle, and download images of HKU’s initiatives and use them in your online meetings to pass the word around! You can also leave us feedback to start a dialog on sustainable development!

Please also feel free to leave us comments / questions at commoncore@hku.hk

Invitation to UGC Teaching Ambassadors Series

Message from Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Dear Colleagues,

We would like to invite you to join the UGC Teaching Ambassadors Series. Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren and his team (26 August 2020), who won the UGC Teaching Excellence Team in 2019 will share their award-winning teaching experience on Transdisciplinarity-in-Action: Creating Interactive Learning Platforms and a Culture of Attraction in the Common Core@HKU. The event is co-organized by Hong Kong Teaching Excellence Alliance (HKTEA) and Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL).

Transdisciplinarity-in-Action: Creating Interactive Learning Platforms and a Culture of Attraction in the Common Core@HKU by Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren and his team

Date: 26 August 2020 (Wednesday)
Time: 5:00 – 6:15pm HKT
Venue: via ZOOM
Registration: https://hktea.edu.hk/index.php/ugc-teaching-ambassadors-series-2019-team-awardees-hku/
Language: English

About HKTEA: http://hktea.edu.hk

Best regards,

Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Common Core Sharing Session on May 20, 2020

A Common Core Sharing Session was held on May 20, 2020 from 3:00 to 4:30 pm via Zoom.

Programme

3:00 – 3:15 pm Welcome & Updates: Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren

Unforeseen Circumstances: Learning in the Common Core 2019-2020; Critical Zones & other Undergraduate Research Options, GLADE and Global Engagements, and Recommendations from the External Examiners

3:15 – 3:45 pm Learning on the Fly: Innovative Online Student Engagement:

· Professor Keith Richburg and Ms. Mary Hsiao: Jeopardy! (CCHU9076 The Journalist: Comics, Movies, Fiction and Fact)

· Dr Cecilia Chu: Future Cities Project (CCHU9048 The City: Histories of Urbanism and the Built Environment)

3:45 – 4:10 pm AoI Group Discussions (in Breakout Rooms)

· What is the Biggest Idea that needs attention from the AoI?

· Do you see any ‘Gaps’ in the AoI’s offerings for which we could seek out new course proposals?

4:10 – 4:30 pm Re-Gather and Next Steps: Professor Ian Holliday

Resources (HKU Portal Login Required)

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Common Core Sharing Session on 6 May, 2019

A Common Core Sharing Session was held on May 6, 2019 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in Room 115, 1/F Knowles Building.

Programme

2:45 – 3:00 pm Registration and Coffee
3:00 – 3:10 pm Welcome: Intertwinings: The University, the Common Core, and the Larger World: Professor Ian Holliday
3:10 – 3:20 pm Common Core on the Move: The Large and the Small: Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
3:20 – 4:10 pm On Improving: Priority Observations & Recommendations from the External Examiners: Julian Tanner (Scientific and Technological Literacy), Mathew Pryor, (Humanities), Gina Marchetti (Global Issues), Isaac Yue (China), Gray Kochhar-Lindgren (CC Programme)
4:10– 4:50 pm Tiny Teaching Tweaks with Big Learning Implications:
· Winnie Law: Creating Games
· Cecilia Chu: Role Play and Tweeting
· Georgios Halkias: A Device-Free Classroom
· Kevin Sites: Drama as Assessment
4:50 – 5:00 pm Thank You and Next Steps: Professor Ian Holliday

Resources (HKU Portal Login Required)

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

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Dear Colleagues,

As a way to prime the pump for the coming Common Core Course Proposal Process—which has now been streamlined into a one-stage, rather than a two-stage, process—we will have an informal gathering in the CC Lounge for those interested in the possibility of developing a proposal. We will be seeking, as always, courses that are organized around topics of significance that you care deeply about, that will be appealing to students across all the faculties, be interdisciplinary and multimodal in content, and make use of active assessments (instead of relying on traditional exams). We are also seeking courses that are highly experiential or use a flipped classroom or other alternative forms of design.

Finally, we are hoping to see ideas that might add to our proposed CC Transdisciplinary Minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Difference, especially in the AoIs of Scientific and Technological Literacy and China. (Our first two Minors/Clusters are in Sustaining Cities, Cultures, and the Earth and The Universe and the Question of Meaning.)

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

Date : Thursday, October 4, 2018
Time : 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Venue : Common Core Lounge, Room 150, 1/F Main Building

Everyone is welcomed! And snacks included….

For registration, please contact Ms. Charmaine Tse at charmainetse@hku.hk.
Thank you.

All best,
Gray

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

Common Core Sharing Session on 11 May, 2018

A Common Core Sharing Session was held on May 11, 2018 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in Room 115, 1/F Knowles Building.

Programme

2:45 – 3:00 pm Registration and Coffee
3:00 – 3:20 pm Welcome: The University, the Common Core, and CLASS: China Liberal Arts Summer Sessions: Professor Ian Holliday
3:20 – 3:30 pm Highlights: Going Local/Going Global: Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
Quick Check-In
3:30 – 4:15 pm Priority Recommendations from the External Examiners: Dr Julian Tanner (STL), Mr Matthew Pryor (HUM), Professor Gina Marchetti (GLO), Dr Isaac Yue (CHI), Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren (CCC)
4:15– 4:45 pm Invitation to Transdisciplinary Collaborations: Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
Quick Check-In
4:45 – 5:00 pm Toward Common Core 2020: Professor Ian Holliday

Resources (HKU Portal Login Required)

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Student Learning Festival 2017-18 (Semester 1)

Engage, Experiment, Enjoy!

The Student Learning Festival, co-organized by the Common Core, HKU Horizons, and Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre, is held on the final day of teaching each semester. It showcases interdisciplinary and international student work from across the campus. There are posters, videos, experiments, debates, and drama performances. There are virtual reality programmes, maps of Hong Kong, student-made phones, beach projects, and rooftop gardens. There is metamorphosis and the best things in life.

The students are doing amazing work! Drop by and see it, chat with them about their projects, their interests, and their next steps.

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