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Message from Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre

The GHELC seminar series offers faculty members valuable information on experiential learning, providing fundamentals of various key components of experiential learning, its practice and implementation. Through these seminars, the benefits for faculty members will be: intellectual stimulation; developing working relationships, especially interdisciplinary relationships; building a greater sense of intellectual community; learning new teaching and research methods; and learning about new opportunities.

The first seminar will be held with the following details:

Title: Designing and Implementing Experiential Learning Course – Mingde Project
Date: 27 February 2013 (Wednesday)
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Run Run Shaw Room321, The University of Hong Kong
Speaker: Professor L. G. Tham (Associate Dean, Faculty of Engineering, HKU)

Basic principles of experiential learning will be reviewed and perspectives on experiential learning experiences from faculty, students, and community partners will be provided. Speaker will also share his experience in setting up experiential learning courses and the specific challenges and rewards of experiential learning

About the Speaker
Professor George Tham is the Associate Dean (Teaching and Learning) of the Faculty of Engineering at the University of Hong Kong. He is also a member of the Senate, Academic Board, Curriculum Development Committee, Steering Committee on 4-Year Undergraduate Curriculum. His interests cover foundation engineering, rock engineering, slope engineering and engineering education. His outstanding achievement in teaching has been recognized in the field and he has been awarded the University Distinguished Teaching Award (Team Award) for the Mingde Projects.

Learn more about the GHELC seminar series at Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre

Registration: http://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?guest=Y&ueid=21564

For enquiries, please email to Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre at ghelc@hku.hk

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The Management Committee of the Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre invites Faculties to submit proposals for financial support for the purpose of introducing, expanding or enhancing experiential learning in their undergraduate curricula.

As this is the first year the Experiential Learning Fund is made available, a special round of application is introduced this summer to support projects / activities which have already been planned for the September term.  The three deadlines of application are:

(a) August 15, 2012 and September 28, 2012 – for projects in 2012-13
(b) May 15, 2013 – for projects in 2013-14.

Please visit this page for more information.

Assistant Professor of Architecture Mr John Lin won the prestigious international Architectural Review’s Housing Competition 2012 with his project “The Shijia House” (House for All Seasons) in Shaanxi Province, which began as an Experiential Learning workshop that focuses on Chinese lifestyles in transition.

To know more about the project, please visit the following webpages:

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Mr John Lin has been very active in projects in rural areas of China integrating local and traditional construction practices with contemporary sustainable technologies. He has a lot of experience in engaging students through Experiential Learning workshops, such as the ‘Luk Zuk Village Project’ and ‘Qinmo Village School Project’. He was the winner of the Outstanding Teaching Award in 2010.

Architect John Lin has adapted the traditional style of a rural Chinese courtyard residence to create a village house that is entirely self-sufficient.
Photo courtesy: John Lin

Lin designed the house in Shijia Village, north-eastern China, as a model that would encourage village residents to be less dependent on outside goods and services.
Photo courtesy: John Lin

Dr. Etienne Wenger-Trayner, a globally recognized thought leader in the field of social learning theory and communities of practice, commended HKU’s recent efforts to strengthen support for experiential learning in his recent blog post.

Dr. Wenger-Trayner, who visited HKU in late April for a series of events, responded very positively to the different practices in experiential learning at HKU (as showcased in this video). “The initiative organizes learning, not merely as the transmission of a formal curriculum, but as the transformative growth of full human beings as they enter a field,” he wrote.

He also called on institutions around the world to join the effort. “We hope that other institutions around the world will join this ongoing exploration of higher education and the place of the university in the 21st century.”

To maximize the potential and facilitate the implementation of experiential learning at HKU, the Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre was established in March 2012 with the generous donation from
Dr Gallant Ho Yiu Tai. To learn more about the goals and duties of the centre, please visit their website.

Dr. Etienne Wenger-Trayner, a globally recognized thought leader in the field of social learning theory and communities of practice, engaged in a dialogue entitled “Understanding Experiential Learning” with over 50 staff and students on April 25, 2012. Mr John Lin (Department of Architecture), Professor Bennett Yim (School of Business) and Professor Albert Kwan (Department of Civil Engineering) and also joined the session as panelists. The event was part of the Curriculum Reform Seminar Series jointly organized by the Steering Committee on 4-Year Undergraduate Curriculum and the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL).

Dr. Wenger-Trayner described the three video cases of experiential learning at HKU as “quite moving” because these initiatives align with the social learning theory very well. He was particularly impressed when students talked about how they were being transformed by their learning experience. In the conversation, Dr. Wenger-Trayner also drew the audience into reflecting the assumptions we make about the learner and the learning process. He challenged the audience to think about the institutional implications of bringing about a paradigm shift in our understanding of doing, knowing and learning.

In the panel discussion, the three panelists gave an affirmative response to experiential learning. They shared their insights on how this mode of teaching affords a new way of looking at knowledge and set students off on an adventure where they gradually understand their core values, form their identity, and see the relevance of their profession to the humankind.

Jointly organized by
the Experiential Learning Assessment Task Force and CETL

Speakers: Dr. Mike Bothelho, Dr. Esther Cheung, Mr. Gwyn Edwards, Prof. David Kember and Dr. Gayle Morris
Date: 30 May, 2012 (Wed)
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue: Rm 321 Run Run Shaw Building, HKU

The benefits of experiential learning are widely recognized. Many, though, find it difficult to adequately assess the many diverse outcomes which result from experiential learning.

This workshop presents an adaptable toolkit to guide the selection of assessment components for common forms of outcomes from experiential learning. Participants will be invited to discuss which forms of assessment would suit experiential learning in their discipline. Grade descriptors for forms of assessment suitable for experiential learning will be presented.

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This special seminar is open to all staff and students. Students who have been involved in experiential learning or who are interested are most welcome.

Mr. John Lin, Assistant Professor, Department of Architecture
Mr. Peter K.K. Lee, Honorary Professor, Department of Civil Engineering
Professor Bennett Yim, Professor, School of Business

Date: 25 Apr, 2012 (Wed)
Time: 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building, HKU

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Over 250 staff, students, alumni and friends of HKU attended the launch ceremony of the Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre on 19 March 2012. Dr. Gallant Ho, donor of the Centre and an HKU alumnus, and Professor Tsui Lap-chee, Vice-Chancellor and President, officiated at the event. Work done by Faculties was showcased with a video, complemented by a lively sharing session by staff and students.

To learn more about the Centre, please read this brochure or visit the website.

To read the newspaper clippings on the launch, please click here.


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