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


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 Thank you.

All best,

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

The United Nation’s Sustainable Development Goals in the Common Core


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:

Common Core Sharing Session on 13 May 2016


A Common Core Sharing Session was held on May 13, 2016 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm.


3:00 – 3:05 pm Welcome – Professor Joseph Chan
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, Dr Esther Yau, Dr Peter Cheung, Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
3:50 – 4:00 pm Tea/Coffee Break
4:00 – 4:30 pm Sharing of Best Practices on Lecture Attendance and Participation – Professor Timothy O’Leary, Dr Brenda Alegre, Dr Aihe Wang
4:30 – 4:45 pm Creating CC Clusters and/or Minors – Professor Ian Holliday
4:15 – 5:00 pm Next Steps – Professors Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Joseph Chan and Ian Holliday




Resources (HKU Portal Login Required)

Previous Common Core Forums

The First Annual Common Core and Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Student Festival [Event video]

At the first annual Common Core and Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Student Festival held on Apr 27, 2016, students blended their creativity into a huge showcase of talent. Teachers and students displayed and talked about their work and ventures, through which they have demonstrated their interdisciplinary innovation and prowess.

Thank you all for your excellent work and participation. See you again in the Student Festival next year!