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Date: 6 Oct 2020 (Tue)
Time: 1130am – 1230pm

Mr. Mathew Pryor, Faculty of Architecture
Mr. Gavin Coates, Faculty of Architecture
Dr. Leon Lei, Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative
Ms. Sharon Keung, Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative
Mr. Patrick Desloge, Centre for Applied English Studies (Digital Literacy Support Services)

Online Registration (For HKU staff only)

During the current pandemic, teachers from the Faculty of Architecture have been looking for creative ways to maintain field trip experiences for students. Taking advantage of Twitch (video live streaming service), and Zoom, Mathew and Gavin from the Faculty of Architecture have been conducting virtual field trips in and around Hong Kong. Linking these real-world activities to the virtual T&L environment has helped students stay connected with their studies and to achieve authentic outcomes for their projects. The virtual field trips are also a synchronous teaching experience with the possibility to receive feedback in real time with the students. In the webinar, Mathew and Gavin will share their experiences and the techniques they use. Patrick, Leon and Sharon will share their experiences of designing, preparing and implementing virtual field trips, and discuss the range of possible applications for this approach. They will also look at the support and resources available at HKU for conducting virtual field trips.

This session will cover:

  • Experience sharing by the Faculty of Architecture in designing, preparing and implementing a virtual field trip
  • Create a virtual field trip with Google Earth
  • Support and resources at HKU in conducting a virtual field trip

Colleagues are very welcome to sign up on this workshop. Look forward to meeting you there!

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Starting from September 22, 2020, dual-mode teaching for UG and TPD courses will start. Most of the courses will be available online throughout the semester while some students may return to campus for some face-to-face classes. A key challenge in this mode of teaching is to engage both the on-campus face-to-face students and off-campus online students effectively.

Tips and Advices on Dual-mode Teaching at HKU
To help teachers to get ready for dual-mode teaching, we have prepared a set of slides with some tips and advices, including:

  • Checking the facilities of the classroom assigned for your course,
  • How to stream your lesson for off-campus online students,
  • How to engage both face-to-face and online student groups, and
  • Connecting the two groups of students with collaborative tools, etc.

Extra Resources
We have also prepared a list of resources for HKU teachers and students to get ready for this semester.

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at our Whatsapp Hotline (+852 6437-8034 / http://wa.me/85264378034)

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Message from Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President & Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching & Learning)

Dear students and colleagues,

As we embark on a new semester with a strong reliance on online teaching and learning, I am pleased to introduce the HKU E-learning Resource Hub (https://elearning-resource.hku.hk).

Developed by the University Libraries in collaboration with the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), Information Technology Services (ITS) and Technology Enhanced Learning Initiative (TeLi), the Hub provides access to a wealth of resources developed by these departments as well as others. The platform offers search and browse functions for electronic resources, online tools, guides, courses, equipment, learning spaces and departmental services in support of teaching and learning.

You are most welcome to suggest new resources either developed by HKU or other institutions for inclusion into the E-learning Resource Hub via its e-form (https://elearning-resource.hku.hk/submit-resource-2/). The Libraries will continue to develop the contents and feature useful resources on the platform to support your teaching and learning.

Best wishes, Ian

Professor Ian Holliday
Vice-President (Teaching and Learning)
The University of Hong Kong

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The new teaching arrangement of the upcoming semester will be a combination of offline and online teaching using various tools such as Zoom, MS Teams, Panopto and Moodle. Teachers that taught students in an exclusively offline setting may find the transition to online teaching daunting and foreign to them. In order to facilitate the transition, we have produced a step-by-step video for all the different tools and methods that teachers can use to conduct, record and upload their lectures.

In this video, we will demonstrate how you can conduct a dual-mode (f2f and online) teaching at HKU step-by-step. We will show you how to start an online class, how to enable video and audio sources before and during the class, how to share your screen/PowerPoint and ways to record your lecture via Zoom and Panopto. We will also explicate the steps to upload your lecture/video to Moodle and provide tips on hosting a lecture with students in class and online.

Video timestamps
1. Start an Online Class 00:10
   1.1 Join an Online Meeting via Moodle 00:10
   1.2 Check Audio and Video Sources 00:41
   1.3 Share Computer Screen / PowerPoint 01:49
2. Record Your Zoom Online Class 2:13
3. Upload Your Zoom Recording to Moodle 03:00
4. Effortless Online Class Recording and Sharing Using Panopto 03:59
5. More Ways to Engage Students in an Online Class 05:23

For details of using the MS Teams block and Zoom block in Moodle courses, please refer to the following user guides prepared by ITS:

At TELI, we work closely with teachers and students to maximize the use of e-learning tools. Please check out other resources available at the teaching and learning website. If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at our Whatsapp Hotline (+852 6437-8034 / http://wa.me/85264378034).

Written by Ms Hanah Fjelddahl and Mr Sunny Kong


As teachers have different teaching needs, some of you may want to explore and use other teleconferencing tools besides Zoom for conducting your online lessons. The University of Hong Kong (HKU) has acquired campus licenses for both Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

To help teachers in choosing a teleconferencing tool that best fits their needs, we have prepared the following table comparing the features of Zoom and Microsoft Teams.

Feature Comparison: Zoom and Teams

Feature Microsoft Teams Zoom
No. of Participants Up to 300 participants Up to 300 participants
Meeting Duration Unlimited Unlimited
Authority to Join Join via a meeting link /Admitted by Host Can be password protected
A fixed URL for meeting every time No Yes
Calendar Integrations Yes, MS Outlook Yes
Host Set by Meeting Organizer Host  and co-host
Video Spotlight No Pinned by Host
Silence Others Host Host
Remove Participant Host Host
Waiting Room Yes Yes
Screen Sharing One at a time One at a time
Who can share screen Host (can be more than one) Controlled by Host
Annotation No Yes
Whiteboard Yes Yes
Screen sharing using iOS/Android devices Yes Yes
Chat Yes Yes
Raise Hand No Yes
Integration with HKU Moodle Yes Yes
Polling No, recommend to create polling using MS Forms and share the link to participants on MS Teams Yes
Record Meeting Yes, cloud recording and saved on MS Stream Yes, cloud recording or local recording
Breakout Rooms No Yes

Reference: Esor Huang; With the permission to translate, edit and share in an English version

How-to Videos on Microsoft Teams and Zoom
We have also prepared step-by-step videos guiding HKU Staff and Students in using the two tools.

Videos on Microsoft Teams: https://hku.to/UseTeams
Videos on Zoom: https://hku.to/UseZoom

If you have questions, please feel free to contact us at our Whatsapp Hotline (+852 6437-8034 / http://wa.me/85264378034).

Message from Academic Advising Office of the Registry

Dear Academic Advisers and Colleagues,

The COVID-19 pandemic and the online mode of teaching and learning have brought significant challenges to everyone of us. To support online teaching, AAO has recently developed some tools and tips to strengthen your connection with students and make your virtual classes more effective:

10 Advising Tips for Faculty Academic Advisers During Online Teaching & Learning
Based on our observation and the feedback we collected from teachers and students, a list of practical tips has been compiled for spicing up your advising work during online teaching and learning period. We hope you will find them useful and helpful, particularly when you need to advise first year students.

Simple Guide of Using Instant Messages in ZOOM and Microsoft Teams
We understand that many teachers would like to make good use of the popular mobile instant messaging function to create a conducive environment for effective advising relationship, but have concern over the use of personal account. In this connection, we have created a simple guide on how to use individual and group instant messaging functions in ZOOM and Microsoft Teams to connect with individual advisee and/or group of advisees. The steps are very simple. Let’s give it a try today!

Advising Service as Usual
AAO continues to provide one-on-one advising to students during the COVID-19 via TELEPHONE, WHATSAPP PHONE and ZOOM. Students can make appointment with us at https://booking.aao.hku.hk/. For enquiries and quick questions, apart from emails, students can also WhatsApp us at 852-5413 6321. Please refer your students to us if deemed appropriate.

We have recently revamped our website (https://aao.hku.hk) which has adopted a more effective design to make navigation easier and information search faster. Please check out our range of online advising resources there and stay tuned to our emails on more resources! For enquiries, please contact us at aaoffice@hku.hk / 852-3917 0128.

Best regards,
Academic Advising Office

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Why are we creating an online course about gender? More specifically, why does gender matter?
As you will be aware of from recent media coverage, gender is everywhere in society. Our daily lives are embedded in gender. From our social roles, to our attitudes and behaviours, to our interactions with others, and in our work, gender is ever present. Now with the call for gender equality gaining public prominence, we hope to give you the tools and lens for understanding what exactly is gender – moreover, to be aware of certain gender stereotypes and unconscious biases that are ever present.

Taught by over 20 HKU and industry instructors.

Let’s take this 6-week journey to unveil myths, taboos, and knowledge about gender together, navigating cross-culturally, historically, philosophically and sociologically. Some of the questions we’ll explore include: How do we define gender? What assumptions and biases emerge in our relationships within the family, work and politics? How does the media construct gender? How should we interpret the recent #metoo campaign? Sexual harassment, discrimination, sexual violence are gender relevant social issues that we will take you through.


What to expect after taking this course?
After six weeks, we guarantee that you will become an expert on gender issues, and be able to have your own critical perspectives about them to evaluate current events. Even more, to start having these conversations with your friends and family and make an impact!

A bit more about us…
‘Doing Gender and Why it Matters?’ is MOOC course offered by the University of Hong Kong. Led by Prof. Karen Joe Laidler from Department of Sociology, in collaboration with the Women Study’s Research Centre (WSRC), this course is a joint effort of scholars from different discipline such as law, history, culture, sexuality, who feel strongly about gender issues in Hong Kong, and wider globe.

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Date: 7 August 2020 (Fri)
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm

  • Speaker from Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative:
    Wincy Chan, Instructional Designer & Lecturer
  • Guest Speaker from Faculty of Architecture, HKU:
    Matthew Pryor, Head of the Division of Landscape Architecture & Associate Professor (Teaching)

Registration (For HKU staff only)

This will be the last session of the Virtual Flipped Classroom Design seminar series. To further elicit the possibilities with online teaching and learning, the speakers in this session will share insights on “Where to start” and “How to start”. This session will cover:

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • How to reframe the instructional design of an existing course while preserving the course outline
  • What to expect in the journey to a new online tool 
  • How to prepare ourselves to transit from in-class to online and back again
Upon completing of this workshop, participants will be able to:
  • Review and revise course delivery from classroom to remote teaching 
  • Identify and experiment online tools that suit their teaching needs
  • Construct an action plan in response to unforeseeable changes that may take place in their teaching practices 

For enquiries, please contact us at enquiry@teli.hku.hk.

Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative (TELI)

Designing courses is a creative process. At HKU, the majority of our courses are face-to-face (f2f) with a blended or technology-enhanced approach. As we move into the 2020-21 academic year, how can we learn from last year’s ‘emergency remote teaching’ and online learning models to re-design our courses to accommodate the variety of scenarios that may arise?

This Sandbox Series is designed to help Course Coordinators to work on rethinking course outlines and sharing ideas for ‘pandemic-proofing’ course re-designs. The goal is to share work-in-progress on course-level re-designs to support:

a. achieving Course Learning Outcomes (CLOs);
b. students’ cognitive and social engagement in online and flexible designs; and
c. reducing Course Coordinator stress and teacher workloads.

Four hands-on sessions will be offered to allow space for creative thinking and expert feedback and time to workshop your iterative re-designs. In each session, after a brief (20minute) presentation of a range of approaches to course design, Course Coordinators will join discipline-based breakout rooms to workshop their planned redesigns with a creative learning community of peers including fellow Coordinators, CETL academics, TELi instructional designers, and disciplinary experts.

We strongly encourage participants to join all four sessions. Coordinators are required to bring their current course templates and ideas for planning for 2020-21!

(HKU Staff and invited guests only.
The Zoom link and password will be sent to registrants prior to the event.)

For information, please contact:
Mr. Thomas Lau , CETL
Phone: 3917 4807; Email: kanclau@hku.hk​

Session 1 : Designing for aligned online assessment: A focus on backward design
Date : 29 July 2020 (Wed)
Time : 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Venue : Zoom
Speaker and facilitator : Dr. Lily Zeng, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, The University of Hong Kong

Based on HKU’s OBASL approach to course design, how do we keep our assessment aligned with CLOs when we have to move courses online? How could we ensure students’ assessment experience are equitable when experiencing the course through different modes of delivery? This first session of CETL’s Summer Sandbox Series aims at helping the participants achieve two learning outcomes: 1) apply Backward Design to the revision of the assessment for the flexible delivery of a course under unexpected circumstances; and 2) identify different options for online assessment, their features, challenges involved, and potential adaptions that could help overcome the challenges while staying aligned with CLOs.

About the speaker and facilitator

Dr. Lily Zeng is currently the Programme Leader of Professional Certificate in Teaching and Learning in Higher Education and is responsible for the Senior Fellow Scheme of the HKU Advance HE Fellowship Scheme at HKU. In addition to these roles, she also provides pedagogical consultations for colleagues in various areas and teaches in the Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education. She has worked in higher education for more than 20 years and worked on various fields of teaching and learning during her 12-year experience in the central teaching and learning units. She is now particularly focusing on adaptive learning, student engagement, assessment, and conceptual change. She had published in high-impact journals and been invited to give talks on learning and teaching to universities in Hong Kong, New Zealand, Australia, Macau, and Mainland China.

Session 2 : Taking inquiry-based courses online using scenario-based and case-based designs
Date : 31 July 2020 (Fri)
Time : 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Venue : Zoom
Speaker and facilitator : Dr Susan Bridges, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, The University of Hong Kong


Course designs often follow a pattern of presentation of content followed by active learning approaches. In this session, we will explore two inquiry-based alternatives. First, I will share my teaching team’s experience of adopting design principles from problem-based learning to devise and deliver a fully online asynchronous Certificate course with the LKS Faculty of Medicine. Second, I will share my 2019-21 Masters level course in the Faculty of Education designed using the principles of case-based learning and workshop my ideas for re-designing this as a fully online course.

About the speaker and facilitator

Dr. Susan Bridges is the Director the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) and former Assistant Dean (Learning and Teaching/ Curriculum Innovation) in the Faculties of Education and Dentistry at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). Her higher education initiatives focus on curriculum and faculty development projects in professional education most recently chairing the reform of the HKU Postgraduate Diploma in Education (Bridges et al, 2018). She is particularly interested in integrated curriculum designs and inquiry-based learning and how educational technologies can support and enhance these (see QS Wharton Awards). In 2016, she was invited to join the Universitas21 (U21) Steering Group for the Educational Innovation Cluster to support network-wide initiatives (Bridges, Armour et al, 2019). Her HKSAR RGC and internationally-funded research demonstrates a core interest in human interactions exploring the ‘how’ of effective pedagogies and designs through ethnographic approaches. She serves on the Editorial Board for the Interdisciplinary Journal of Problem-based Learning. Since 2017, she has served as a finalist judge for the QS Wharton Reimagine Education Awards. In 2020, she was elected as Chair of the Problem-based Education SIG of the American Educational Research Association (AERA) and will publish her next co-edited volume (with Rintaro Imafuku) on “Interactional Research into Problem-based Learning” with Purdue University Press.

Session 3 : Designing for online collaboration and engagement
Date : 4 August 2020 (Tue)
Time : 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Venue : Zoom
Speaker and facilitator : Dr Jannie Roed, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, The University of Hong Kong


In May 2020, more that 4,500 members of staff at 1,500 higher education institutions in the US were surveyed about their experience of making the shift from face-to-face to online teaching[1]. According to this survey, two of the biggest challenges encountered by academics were maintaining students’ motivation and designing effective collaborative tasks online. This workshop will explore strategies for enhancing students’ cognitive as well as social online presence with the aim of maintaining students’ motivation throughout your course.
[1] Delivering High-Quality Instruction Online in Response to COVID-19

About the speaker and facilitator

Dr Jannie Roed is a Senior Lecturer in the Centre for the Enhancement of Learning and Teaching. For more than 20 years, she has supported academics in designing and developing courses. Jannie worked as an academic (Scandinavian Language and Literature) at University College London before moving into academic development. She has worked at University of Sussex, Coventry University and University of West London. She has been leading the development of several courses for academics new to teaching in higher education as well as institutional fellowship schemes, including the HKU Advance HE Fellowship Scheme.

Session 4 : Designing for inclusivity and compassion online – Universal Design for Learning (UDL)
Date : 6 Aug 2020 (Thu)
Time : 2:30pm – 4:30pm
Venue : Zoom
Speaker and facilitator : Dr Tracy Zou, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, The University of Hong Kong


In challenging times like now, inclusivity and compassion are becoming more important than ever. It is essential to acknowledge that our learners are from diverse backgrounds with different needs and degrees of access to the Internet and learning resources. In Sandbox 4 of the series, we will introduce Universal Design for Learning (UDL) as a course design strategy that supports maximum accessibility and benefits all students. In this session, course coordinators will firstly view the UDL framework and then discuss and evaluate how some of the principles have been used to enhance equity, inclusivity, and compassion in their courses. Discussions will also be held around how to (re)design our courses that incorporate UDL in order to provide inclusive and compassionate online learning experiences for all students.

About the speaker and facilitator

Dr. Tracy Zou is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). She has been actively engaged in identifying, collecting, and promoting exemplary teaching and learning practices in HKU and beyond through a community of practice approach. Tracy is leading a number of teaching and learning initiatives targeting at promoting internationalisation, intercultural learning, and inclusivity. One of such initiatives is a UGC-funded, cross-institutional project involving four institutions and 112 members (https://www.cetl.hku.hk/cop-itl/).

TELi instructional designers and disciplinary experts for the breakout room discussions:
(To be updated)

Date: 31 July 2020 (Fri)
Time: 11:30am – 12:30pm
Speakers: Dr Leon Lei, Ms Sharon Keung

Registration (For HKU staff only)

In the past decade, course assessment has been digitized extensively. Apart from multiple-choice question banks, different technology solutions have been introduced in online learning. With some classes being shifted online, there is a pressing need for teachers to evaluate students’ performance within and beyond the campus. However, teachers may worry that conducting online assessment requires high digital literacy skills while some are concerned about the risk of academic misconduct behaviour in online assessment. This seminar will cover some good practices and design considerations in conducting online assessment.

Upon completion of this workshop, participants will be able to:

  • Understand the potential and affordances of online assessment
  • Understand tactics that can promote academic integrity
  • Design low-stakes and high-stakes online assessment
  • Design open book examination questions
  • Design assessment on Moodle

For enquiries, please contact us at enquiry@teli.hku.hk.

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