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Message from Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section of the Registry

teas2015Nominations are now invited for awards under the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award Scheme (TEAS).

This is to remind colleagues and students that nominations are now invited for awards under the Teaching Excellence Award Scheme (TEAS) in 2018. The invitation circular dated May 14, 2018 from the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) is accessible at http://intraweb.hku.hk/reserved_1/cdqa/doc/TEAS/TEAS-List-A-2018.pdf.

The TEAS aims to recognise, reward and promote excellence in teaching at the University. Under the Scheme, there are four categories of awards, viz. University Distinguished Teaching Award, Outstanding Teaching Award (OTA), Early Career Teaching Award and Teaching Innovation Award (TIA). Besides individual awards, both OTA and TIA comprise team awards to recognise and encourage collaborative effort and achievement in enhancing teaching and learning. All Faculties are encouraged to nominate colleagues who have made outstanding teaching and learning contributions for these awards. Please refer to the abovementioned circular for further details.

Nominees are encouraged to contact the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) for advice on the preparation of teaching portfolios. CETL will hold a further workshop in September 2018 to support interested staff members to prepare for their submissions.

All nominations and the supporting documents should reach Ms. Synthia Chau, Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section, by October 5, 2018. Enquiries may be directed to Ms. Chau at 2859 2440 or email to schau@hku.hk.

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The University of Hong Kong is committed to creating, promoting and maintaining an environment for staff and students which provides equality of opportunity and is free of any discrimination or harassment.

This Guideline on the Use of Inclusive Language in Academic Work aims to encourage students to be aware of the ways in which the use of language can marginalise, demean, and exclude social groups such as women, sexual minorities, ethnic groups, persons with physical or psychosocial disabilities, etc. This often occurs through unconscious bias and lack of awareness of the implications of the language we use. This guideline aims to increase awareness of these issues and to generate a more thoughtful and respectful use of language.

To further these aims, the University encourages all students to adopt the principles of inclusive language in their academic work in all languages, whether written or spoken.

Inclusive language helps to reduce discrimination by promoting a balanced and considerate engagement with social diversity. It avoids words and phrases that stereotype, marginalise and demean social groups.

General Principles:

When engaging in writing, discussing, and making oral presentations, students should bear these general principles in mind:

  • Think about the fact that you are addressing a diverse audience
  • Be mindful and considerate of others, particularly those in different life circumstances to your own
  • Question established language structures that may be discriminatory
  • Listen and adhere to an individual’s or group’s preferences on how they wish to be spoken about

Examples:
The following examples illustrate some areas in which students should think about using non-discriminatory language.

* When speaking of people generally, use person-centric language (ensure groups, especially gender groups, are not inadvertently rendered invisible):

Consider using:
‘Students must work hard if they wish to get good grades’ instead of ‘A student must work hard if he wishes to get good grades’;
‘Humans’ or ‘Humankind’ instead of ‘Man’ or ‘Mankind’;
‘Chairperson’, ‘Firefighter’ and ‘Police officer’ instead of ‘Chairman’, ‘Fireman’ and ‘Policeman’.

* When using word-pairs repeatedly, vary the word orders to avoid dominant word hierarchies. For instance:

Consider using:
both ‘Women and men’ and ‘Men and women’;
both ‘Old and young’ and ‘Young and old’.

* When it is relevant to identify a group, address all its members:

Consider using:
‘Hong Kong people speak a variety of languages’ instead of ‘Hong Kong people speak Cantonese’;
‘Busy CEOs must find time for their spouses’ instead of ‘Busy CEOs must find time for their wives’.

* When describing groups of people, use respectful terms (avoid derogatory or outdated terms):

Avoid terms such as ‘locusts’; ‘ethnics’; ‘the handicapped’; ‘maids’, etc.

* When referring to individuals and groups, use their preferred terminology:

Use a person’s preferred gender pronoun (ask if unsure) and preferred honorific (eg ‘Ms.’ or ‘Mrs’);
Use preferred surnames (note a woman may keep her surname after marriage);
Whenever possible, reproduce the spelling and cultural nuances of an individual’s given and family names accurately (e.g. ‘Ms. Pérez Rivera’ instead of ‘Ms. Perez Rivera’).

* When presenting case studies and illustrations, use a diverse range of examples relevant to your discussion and assume a diverse audience:

Portray both men and women in a variety of roles;
Discuss same-sex partnerships as well as heterosexual partnerships;
Use examples of people from a range of cultural and ethnic backgrounds.

* When referring to people with disabilities, avoid language that stigmatizes, or that defines people solely in terms of their disability:

Use ‘person with a disability’ instead of ‘handicapped person’ or ‘cripple’;
Use ‘people with a mental illness’ instead of ‘the mentally ill’;
Use ‘people with autism’ instead of ‘autistic people’;
Use ‘people with addiction’ instead of ‘addicts’.

Useful references:
American Psychological Association – General Guidelines for Reducing Bias
http://supp.apa.org/style/pubman-ch03.00.pdf

American Philosophical Association – Guidelines for Non-Sexist Use of Language
http://www.apaonline.org/?page=nonsexist

Princeton University – Utilizing gender inclusive language
https://www.princeton.edu/hr/progserv/communications/inclusivelanguage.pdf

Massachusetts Institute of Technology
http://web.mit.edu/comdor/editguide/style-matters/gender_neutral.html

University of Pittsburgh Gender – Inclusive Guidelines
http://www.wstudies.pitt.edu/node/1432

University College London – Guide to Non-Discriminatory Language
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/staff/resources/non-discrim-lang/

University of Leicester – Inclusive writing
https://www2.le.ac.uk/offices/ld/resources/writing/writing-resources/inclusive

The UK Government – Inclusive language
https://www.gov.uk/government/publications/inclusive-communication/inclusive-language-words-to-use-and-avoid-when-writing-about-disability

March 2018
Amended May 2018

Note: This draft is adapted from the Guidelines developed by the School of Humanities in April 2017.

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

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Dear Colleagues,

Staff Teaching Space Experience Survey – 2018

IT Services will be conducting an online Teaching Space Experience Survey on behalf of the University for three weeks, commencing on Wednesday 2nd May and closing at 5pm on Friday 25th May 2018.

The purpose of this survey is to gather information about your experience and perceptions of the classroom environments that you use to deliver your lectures and seminars etc. in order to find out what you think is important and any issues to be addressed.

Your opinions are valuable to us and this information will help us understand how we can provide better facilities to support your teaching. A separate survey investigating the student learning environment experience has been undertaken.

The results of this survey will be used to inform the University Strategy for future development of Teaching and Learning Spaces over the coming planning period (2-3 years) to ensure that space provided for teaching and learning is fit for purpose and of good quality in order to enhance the student learning experience.

You can access the survey through this link:

https://esurvey.hku.hk/s3/Staff-Survey-2018

If you have any questions or queries about this survey please contact Mrs Toni Kelly, Associate Director (Learning Environments), at tkelly@hku.hk.

With best wishes

Professor Ian Holliday
Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President (Teaching & Learning)

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Message from President and Vice-Chancellor

Dear Colleagues and Students,

I am very pleased to announce the award recipients of the University’s Teaching Excellence Awards this year. The Selection Panel was deeply impressed with the awardees’ dedication to teaching, their tireless and creative efforts to make learning enjoyable and challenging, and the impact that they have made on their students’ learning. Awardees this year fall into three categories of award, viz. Outstanding Teaching Award, Early Career Teaching Award and Teaching Innovation Award.

Outstanding Teaching Award

Dr. Shahla Ali, Department of Law, Faculty of Law
Dr. Alex W.H. Chan, Faculty of Business and Economics
Dr. Rujing Meng, Faculty of Business and Economics
Dr. Gavin W. Porter, Faculty of Science

Early Career Teaching Award

Dr. Kennedy K.H. Chan, Faculty of Education
Mrs. Chan Pun Kit Ling, Faculty of Education
Mr. Kelvin H.F. Kwok, Department of Law, Faculty of Law

Teaching Innovation Award

Dr. Eva N.S. Ng, School of Chinese, Faculty of Arts

The awardees will be honoured at a presentation ceremony on Monday March 26, 2018. Please join that event if you can.

I would like to thank our external assessor Professor Huang Hoon Chng (Associate Provost (Undergraduate Education) of the National University of Singapore) for providing us with expert advice in situ during the final selection process. I would also like to thank the other Panel members, Professor Ian Holliday, Professor Grahame Bilbow, Professor David Carless and Mr. Aaron H.L. Chan (student representative), for their assistance in this important exercise.

Many congratulations to all the awardees – I hope colleagues from across the campus will attend the presentation ceremony!

Professor Peter Mathieson, President
Chairman
Selection Panel for Teaching Excellence Awards 2017

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

Dear colleagues and students

First of all, I’d like to extend a very warm welcome to all incoming students to HKU. I wish you a most wonderful and enjoyable academic year ahead!

Over the summer, I’ve been chairing a Review Panel on Residential Hall Education and Culture. The panel’s membership, terms of reference and scope are provided at the bottom of this message. In the past few weeks we’ve organized a series of town-hall meetings to engage with key stakeholders, and I’m writing now to invite you to attend sessions to be held on campus for all staff and students, whether or not you’ve had hall experience at HKU. You can register for these events through the HKU Event Management System (HKUEMS).

Town-hall meeting with staff
Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Time: 5:30 p.m. – 7:30 p.m.
Venue: CPD 2.19
Registration: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?UEID=51682

Town-hall meeting with students (1)
Date: Wednesday, September 6, 2017
Time: 10:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m.
Venue: CBC, LG1/F, Chow Yei Ching Building
Registration: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?UEID=51683

Town-hall meeting with students (2)
Date: Friday, September 8, 2017
Time: 3:30 p.m. – 5:30 p.m.
Venue: CPD LG08
Registration: https://hkuems1.hku.hk/hkuems/ec_hdetail.aspx?UEID=51684

Members of the review panel
• Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) (Chairman)
• Dr. Eugenie Leung, Dean of Student Affairs
• Dr. Henry Y.K. Lau, Warden of University Hall
• Mr. Chan Hei Long Aaron, Vice-President (Internal) of the Hong Kong University Students’ Union (HKUSU), Session 2017-2018
• Mr. Ho Kin Tung Tony, Chairperson of R.C. Lee Hall Students’ Association, HKUSU, Session 2017-2018
• Miss Judith Ng, Assistant Registrar, Registry

Terms of reference
To examine residential hall education and culture in the light of the mission, vision and core values of the University, with a view to recommending changes that may be necessary (including to existing rules and regulations, management structures and operational models) to enable the halls of residence to contribute as fully as possible to the achievement of the University’s educational aims.

Scope of the review
To explore the contribution of the residential halls to four key HKU values, each of which maps onto one or more of the six UEAs for undergraduate students:
I Supportive of academic excellence (UEA 1)
II Nurturing of responsibility, responsiveness and leadership capacities (UEAs 2/6)
III Positive about difference, diversity, inclusion and integration (UEAs 3/4)
IV Affirmative of working constructively with others (UEA 5)

We look forward to meeting with you and hearing your views.

Professor Ian Holliday
Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor
(Teaching and Learning)

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Message from Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section of the Registry

teas2015Nominations are now invited for awards under the 2017 Teaching Excellence Award Scheme (TEAS).

The TEAS aims to recognise, reward and promote excellence in teaching at the University. Under the Scheme, there are four categories of awards, viz. University Distinguished Teaching Award, Outstanding Teaching Award (OTA), Early Career Teaching Award and Teaching Innovation Award (TIA). Besides individual awards, both OTA and TIA comprise team awards to recognise and encourage collaborative effort and achievement in enhancing teaching and learning. All Faculties are encouraged to nominate colleagues who have made outstanding teaching and learning contributions for these awards.

For further details, please refer to the circular from the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) at:
URL: http://intraweb.hku.hk/reserved_1/cdqa/doc/TEAS/TEAS-List-A-2017.pdf.

Nominees are encouraged to contact the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) for advice on the preparation of teaching portfolios. Seminars/workshops will be organised by CETL in June and September 2017 to support interested staff members to prepare for their submissions.

All nominations and the supporting documents should reach Ms. Synthia Chau, Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section, by September 29, 2017. Enquiries may be directed to Ms. Chau at 2859 2440 or email to schau@hku.hk.

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The Teaching Feedback Award: an opportunity for students to share and celebrate their experiences of receiving excellent feedback from their teachers.

I’m delighted that the student-led Teaching Feedback Award has been launched, and I pledge my wholehearted support. I firmly believe that effective learning depends on students receiving timely, clear and constructive feedback from their teachers. Students have an innate understanding of what good feedback is. This new award will enable them to share this understanding and reward teachers whose feedback they find exemplary.
Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)
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The purpose of the Teaching Feedback Award (TFA) is to celebrate excellent feedback and encourage debate about feedback among teachers and students.

Nomination
The nomination process is open to all students registered on HKU undergraduate programmes. Teachers will be nominated by their students between May and June 2017, using a nomination form distributed by the HKUSU. Nomination forms should be submitted directly to the HKUSU Office on or before 16 June 2017.

Shortlisting
Nominations will be shortlisted at Faculty-level in late June 2017 by small committees of students appointed from student associations and societies. Each of the 10 committees will select the three nominations they judge to be the most outstanding in their Faculty.

Selection
The 30 shortlisted nominations will be considered by a Selection Panel in September 2017, and one teacher will be chosen from each Faculty to receive the TFA. The Selection Panel will consist of the HKUSU President, three student representatives from Faculties, the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) and the Director of the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. Each TFA will carry a monetary award of HK$10,000.

Here is a chance for you to explore the endless possibilities of interactive online learning with us. HKU will be launching an open online course on the basics of e-learning and blended learning for students, teachers and staffs of all sectors on May 5. This 15-day course will lead you through design considerations and implementation skills for e-learning at three different scales. You will:
  • ​​​​Convert lecturing portions of traditional face-to-face course into video-lectures and design assessment components
  • Plan “face time”/active learning activities in blended learning to enhance achievement of intended learning outcomes
  • Describe the utilities of learning analytics in enhancing learning effectiveness
Date Session Topics
5 May Online Session 0
Online Session 1
E-learning Ecosystem: Setting the Scene
Interactive Online Learning: Getting Started
12 May Face-to-Face Session A
(12pm – 2pm at HKU)
Creating Your Lecture Video
12 May Online Session 2 Blended Learning: Teaching On-Campus
15 May Online Session 3 Learning Analytics: Using Learner’s Data to Improve Teaching
19 May Face-to-Face Session B
(12pm – 2pm at HKU)
Analyzing Your Video
Embark your e-learning journey with us now!

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Living conditions on a Sri Lankan tea plantation were the focus of an experiential learning project for 11 Social Sciences and Comparative Literature students, whose output supported the work of the Save the Children organisation.

Read more on Bulletin March 2017 (Vol. 18 No.2)

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