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The Role of Visual Communication in Human Rights Advocacy

Date: 5 May 2015 (Thursday)
Time: 12:45 – 2:00pm
Venue: Room 2.14, 2/F, Centennial Campus

Abstract
Visual communication is one of multiple tools often used in advocacy campaigns to inform target audiences and facilitate change. Among all common forms of visual communication, such as paintings, cartoons, photographs, video and infographics, photography is conventionally the easiest and most convenient form for people to relate to. The use of photography in a range of social change campaigns, both historical and contemporary, will be reviewed in this seminar. A recent and Hong Kong-specific case study – the abuse of Indonesian domestic worker, Erwiana Sulistyaningsih – will be discussed with specific reference to the increased role of non-professional generated content. Another case study about the exploitation of migrant agricultural workers in South Korea will also be presented to illustrate how communications can be tailored to resonate with a target audience. The speaker will also share visual work and stories used in other human rights advocacy campaigns he has managed.

About the Speaker
rightsexposure_cRobert Godden is a human rights advocate with over 14 years experience. He is the founder of the Rights Exposure Project, which explores audio-visual solutions for positive social change. He is currently producing photographs for a book about the lives of migrant domestic workers in Hong Kong. Previously, he worked as Asia-Pacific Campaign Coordinator for Amnesty International with a focus on trafficking for labour exploitation and forced labour.

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Date: 17 April 2015 (Fri)
Time: 12:45 – 2:00pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building

Speaker
Steve Chung (鐘樂偉) (Assistant Lecturer of CUHK Global Studies Programme, PhD Candidate at Hallym University (韓國翰林大學), a well-known blogger on Korean affairs, author of the book
《韓瘋—讓世人瘋狂的韓國現象》)

Facilitator
Rubio Chan (Founder of Eastern Vision, a HK-based political and economic tour organiser for students and young people worldwide. Rubio has led 6 tours to North Korea over the last 2 years and have witnessed first hand the recent changes in the country)

Abstract
Ever since the incumbent leader Kim Jong-un took power, signs of reforms and opening up are becoming obvious. Through the talk, rumours or doubts about North Korea would be debunked with a new insight about the country’s recent development. There are open reforms slowly taking place with which changes may or may not be observable from outsiders. The talk will also touch upon if tourism a useful tool to engage the North Korean people, and to discuss if there are other ways or factors that may impose changes to the country.

Area of expertise
South Korea Society and Popular Culture, Politics of Inter-Korean Relations, Foreign Policy of North Korea, International Relations in Northeast Asia.

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Message from Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre

Dear all,

Professional humanitarian workers from Médecins Sans Frontières (Doctors without Borders) will come to HKU and share with you about their stories and work in the frontline where medical and humanitarian aids are imminent.

Do come and exchange with them, or join their service initiatives to contribute for the betterment of humanity. Let’s equip yourself with the skills, knowledge and mindset in planning and managing your own service projects on poverty, global development, rural health, universal education, sustainable development, and many more!

MSF Professional Humanitarian Workshop in March:
Humanitarian Response in Emergencies

Date: 2 March 2015 (Monday)
Time: 7:00pm – 8:30pm
Venue: T6, Meng Wah Complex
Speakers include: Luke Chu, Water and Sanitation Engineer (HKU Alumnus)

About the Workshop:
Experienced field workers will share how they work differently in various types of emergency response, how we adapt ourselves and work in natural disasters and for population affected by conflicts.

About the Speaker:
Luke Chu is a civil engineer. He joined MSF in 2011 and since then has worked in Afghanistan and South Sudan as a Water and Sanitation Technician.

Registration:
https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?ueid=34935 (HKU Portal Login Required)

Enquiries:
Ms. Karen Chiu (ghelc@hku.hk / 2219 4994).

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Date : 16 February 2015 (Monday)
Time : 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Venue : Room 6-12B (Conference Room), Haking Wong Building, The University of Hong Kong

About the seminar

Experiential learning and project-based learning share their pedagogic foundation, while there is insucient research on exploring their integration for enhancing student learning in real-life projects. This gap in knowledge is coupled with a paucity of sustainability pedagogy in higher education. While project-based learning and experiential learning are sometimes found to be used interchangeably both in literature as well as in practice, there are dierences between the two, particularly in the areas of construction and sustainability.

This seminar reports on a HKU Teaching Development Grants (TDG) project in which Project-Based Learning (PjBL) and Experiential Learning (EL) are integrated to enhance learning in sustainability embedded higher education. PjBL may involve real-life projects, with examples like case studies, eld trips and site visits. EL may include in-class demonstrations, eld trips, site visits and other forms of hands-on student participation as part of the learning process but may not necessarily be based on real-life projects. The project team and supporters will share the research ndings as well as the latest thinking and practice of project-based experiential learning for sustainability education across the University.

Registration of seminar

Attending this seminar is FREE, but advanced online registration is required on the first come, first served basis via https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=35322, where further information is also available. For enquiry on this seminar, please contact Dr Kelwin Wong (kelwin.wong@connect.hku.hk), or Dr. Wei Pan (wpan@hku.hk, +852 2859 2671) of the Department of Civil Engineering, The University of Hong Kong.

Deadline of registration: Thursday 12 February 2015.


Seminar rundown

12:15 – 12:30noon Registration
12:30 – 12:35 Welcome Remarks
Prof S C Wong, Head of Department of Civil Engineering, HKU
12:35 – 12:40 Introduction
Dr Wei Pan, Department of Civil Engineering, HKU
12:40 – 12:45 Overview of Project-Based Experiential Learning in The Common Core Courses at HKU
Prof Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Director of The Common Core Course Programme, HKU
12:45 – 12:50 Project-Based Experiential Learning for Sustainability Embedded Higher Education: The Perspective of CETL
Dr Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL), HKU
12:50 – 1:10pm Project-Based Experiential Learning for Sustainability Embedded Higher Education
Dr Wei Pan and Dr Kelwin Wong, Department of Civil Engineering, HKU
1:10 – 1:25 Q & A
All participants
1:25 – 1:30pm Closing Remarks
Dr Wei Pan, Department of Civil Engineering, HKU

Project team members and supporters

The project underlying this seminar is carried out and supported by a
University-wide team including:

  • Faculty of Engineering
  • Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
  • University Common Core Course Programme
  • Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre
  • Estates Office

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In this final version of the e-newsletter in Year 2014, we would like to share with you the GHELC Roundtable in “Ethics in Experiential Learning”. During the event, frontline experiential learning teachers from Faculty of Law, Social Sciences and Engineering as well as students and Non Governmental Organisations gathered together to explore the ethical terrain of experiential learning.

We wish you a Merry Christmas and Happy New Year, with many fruitful rewards!

Best regards,

Dr. Albert Ko
Director
Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre
The University of Hong Kong

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In this issue of e-newsletter we would like to highlight the effort of a group of students, turning a student volunteering project to a structured credit bearing experiential learning opportunity. Let’s get inspired and explore on how you can transform your ideas and projects into another experiential learning experience!

Best regards,

Dr. Albert Ko
Director
Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre
The University of Hong Kong

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Date: 3 December 2014 (Wednesday)
Time: 12:15pm – 2:00pm
Venue: Room 113, Knowles Building
Speakers:
Ms. Lucia Choi
Founder of “STIR” Student Take Initiative Rally; BSSc (Year 3) student, majoring in Psychology and minor in Social Policy & Community Building
Ms. Mak Wing Yan
Head of Children in Ministry, World Vision China
Dr. George Wong
Lecturer, Department of Civil Engineering
Ms. Lindsay Ernst
Honorary Lecturer, Centre for Comparative and Public Law, Faculty of Law
Ms. Jessie Chow
Assistant Director, Experiential Learning, Faculty of Social Sciences

About the Seminar

This seminar will explore the ethical terrain of experiential learning activities. Experiential learning is a creative and powerful pedagogical method which takes students out of the classroom to tackle real-life problems by drawing on theoretical knowledge. It involves students interacting with various stakeholder groups, where ethical concerns arise. In this seminar, experienced experiential learning teachers, NGO representative and student will share their insights in ethical issues arise from their experiences. We hope it is the first step to formulate guiding questions for educators to identify and address ethical issues in designing experiential activities

Join us in the roundtable discussion, to explore and interact with our scholars, students as well as representative in NGO on ethical dilemmas and concerns in Experiential Learning.

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

We would like to share with you the “GOODPOINT”, which is a revitalized building housing multiple social enterprises managed by the Hong Kong Council of Social Service (HKCSS) . This initiative by the HKCSS could be a potential experiential learning opportunity ready to be explored.

Happy reading!

Best regards,

Dr. Albert Ko
Director
Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre
The University of Hong Kong

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Date: 24 November 2014 (Monday)
Time: 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Venue: RR321, Run Run Shaw Buiding
Speaker: Professor Gary Cheung, Faculty of Dentistry, HKU

About the Seminar

This lunchtime seminar will present the experiential learning component in the course, International Capstone Experience (DENT 5031) in the Faculty of Dentistry. The course is offered to final year dental students to gain experience in outreach dental service to needy or rural overseas region. It is an integrative project that forms a capstone experience in the professional core of the curriculum in a global environment. With the support of the Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Fund, eight students were sent to a dental school in India in Feb 2014 to learn about the dental outreach situation in India. Students were assessed on (1) quality of participation, communication and professionalism during organisation of the trip, actual visit and/or fieldwork; (2) professionalism and quality of clinical work during outreach dental service; (3) presentation of the project; (4) quality of documentation and self-reflection of learning in individual report; and (5) performance in oral examination.

About the Speakers

Professor Gary Cheung is a Clinical Professor in Endodontics at the Faculty of Dentistry, HKU. His research areas include: (1) Endodontic root canal instruments and related materials science, (2) Survival analysis of endodontic therapies, (3) Bonding in root canal-treated teeth, (4) Endodontic materials and applications, and (5) Regenerative endodontics. He is current in charge of the BDS curriculum as the Associate Dean (Undergraduate Education) as well as a member of the Dental Council of Hong Kong.

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Dear Friends and Colleagues,

In this issue of our e-Newsletter we would like to showcase the experiential learning in Comparative Literature, which is insightful for the HKU community, especially for those who would like to include experiential learning component in your course.

Best regards,

Dr. Albert Ko
Director
Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre
The University of Hong Kong

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