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Message from Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section of the Registry

feature-tdgapplyApplications are now invited for the Teaching Development Grants (TDGs). TDGs are intended to support projects and activities that will have an impact on the strategic development and promotion of Teaching and Learning. For priority areas and other details, please refer to Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)’s invitation circular dated March 6, 2015 (document 138/315, URL below):

http://intranet.hku.hk:8030/web/reg/adqa/rslleung/TDG-List-A-2015.pdf

Applications should be submitted to Ms. Synthia Chau, Secretary, Teaching and Learning Quality Committee, c/o Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section, Registry. TDG applications will be processed in batches according to the following cut-off dates in 2015:

1st round – Thursday, April 30, 2015
2nd round – Monday, November 16, 2015
3rd round – Monday, December 28, 2015

Enquiries may be directed to Ms. Chau (schau@hku.hk) or Ms. Julie Lau (julielau@hku.hk).

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

Dear Colleagues,

Staff Teaching Space Experience Survey – February 2015

IT Services is conducting an online Teaching Space Experience Survey on behalf of the University from today till 13th March 2015.

The purpose of this survey is to gather information about your experiences 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 of 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 will be running concurrently.

The results of both 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:

http://survey.its.hku.hk/s3/learning-environment-staffsurvey2015

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)

Message from Information Technology Services

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Dear Teachers,

We are pleased to organize Learning Management System (LMS) – Moodle and Lecture Capture Services (LCS) – Panopto hands-on workshops for you to familiar with our e-learning services available at HKU.

The following upcoming hands-on workshops in November are now open for your registration. The course details can be found at http://moodle-support.hku.hk/training/ITS-all

Please register by clicking the “Register” hyperlinks below. The number of seats is limited. After successful registration, if you cannot attend, please cancel the registration to release the reserved seat for other colleague.

Setting up a new course and grading function on Moodl

Course Code Moodle Course Title Date Time Venue Registration
MOD-001 Moodle Hands-on Workshop on Setting Up a Moodle Course Website 12 Feb, 2015 (Thu) 10:00am – 11:00am KB110 Register
MOD-003 Moodle Hands-on Workshop on Grades 12 Feb, 2015 (Thu) 11:30am – 12:30pm KB110 Register

Introduction of Lecture Capture Service in HKU

Course Code Moodle Course Title Date Time Venue Registration
PAN-001 Introduction to Lecture Capture Service using the “Panopto” system 16 Feb, 2015 (Mon) 10:00am – 11:00am CPD2.77 Register
PAN-002 Edit, Share and Output Panopto Video Recording 16 Feb, 2015 (Mon) 11:30am – 12:30pm CPD2.77 Register

Assessment tools on Moodle

Course Code Moodle Course Title Date Time Venue Registration
MOD-002 Moodle Hands-on Workshop on Assignments, Choices and Quizzes 26 Feb, 2015 (Thu) 10:00am – 11:00am KB110 Register
MOD-005 Moodle Hands-on Workshop on Turnitin and GradeMark 26 Feb, 2015 (Thu) 11:30am – 12:30pm KB110 Register

Note:
(1) KB110 = Room 110, Knowles Building
CPD2.77 = Room 2.77, Central Podium (CPD), Centennial Campus

(2) If you have taken a Moodle hands-on course offered by the ITS, we recommend you follow up with an e-learning Pedagogical Support Unit (EPSU) workshop and/or a Faculty of Education/ Centre for Information Technology in Education (CITE) seminar.

The EPSU of the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) offers pedagogically focused e-learning workshops, which leverage the central Moodle platform to enable good teaching practices. These workshops focus on teaching approaches and good teaching practices, complement the Moodle courses offered by the ITS and the Moodle seminars offered by the Faculty of Education/CITE, which tend to focus on innovative teaching practice using the new features available in Moodle.

e-learning workshops by EPSU/CETL
http://www.cetl.hku.hk/professional-learning/

e-learning seminars by the Faculty of Education/CITE
http://www.cite.hku.hk/news.php?category=upcoming

For more information and inquiry on Moodle and Panopto training and support, feel free to email: e-learningTeam@hku.hk

Best Regards,

Ada Yau
e-learning Team
Information Technology Services

Outstanding Teaching Award for
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Message from President and Vice-Chancellor

Dear Colleagues and Students,

I am very pleased to announce the winners of the Outstanding Teaching Award for 2014:

  • Dr. Michael G. Botelho, Faculty of Dentistry
  • Dr. Cheri Y.Y. Chan, Faculty of Education
  • Dr. Amy Y.M. Chow, Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Ms. Miranda G. Legg, Centre for Applied English Studies, Faculty of Arts

Many congratulations!

The Selection Panel was deeply impressed by 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.

The awardees will be honoured at the upcoming award presentation ceremony on Monday, March 30, 2015; and their names will be posted for a period of five years on the Teaching Excellence Awards Honour Board in the Main Library.

I would like to thank our external assessor Professor Dai Hounsell (Professor Emeritus, Former Vice-Principal, University of Edinburgh) in providing us with his expert advice in situ during the final selection process. I would also like to thank the other Panel members, Professor Ian M. Holliday, Professor Grahame T. Bilbow, Dr. David M. Pomfret and Mr. Brenton W.Y. Ng (student representative), for their assistance in this important exercise.

I look forward to seeing you all at the ceremony.

Professor Peter Mathieson, President
Chairman
Selection Panel for Teaching Excellence Awards 2014

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Take your first step to HKU through the admissions talks, faculty talks, consultation sessions, and faculty information booths at 2015 Pathway to HKU (24 February).

港大將於2015年2月24日為高中生舉辦“走向港大——入學資訊日及校園游”活動。屆時港大招生主任將為來訪的學生及家長安排招生講座,學院代表將為大家介紹學院及課程信息,同時還將有校園參觀、入學諮詢等活動。

Admissions Talks and Faculty Talks 入學講座和學院講座

Please click here to register. 請點擊此按鈕註冊參加入學講座和學院講座。

Consultation Sessions 入學諮詢

Time 時間:12:00-15:00
Venue 會場:CPD LG.59, Centennial Campus 香港大學百周年校園
*No registration required. 無需註冊。

Faculty Information Booths 學院資訊站

Time 時間:12:00-15:00
Venue 會場:Foyer of Lee Shau Kee Lecture Centre, Centennial Campus 百周年校園李兆基會議中心大堂
*No registration required. 無需註冊。

For further information, please visit:
http://www.als.hku.hk/pathwaytohku/

Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Information Sessions and Campus Tours 2015 Pathway to HKU by email at prcua@hku.hk

Message from Scholarships Office of the Registry

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January 2015 Issue (Part II)


Call for Applications

The following scholarship schemes are now open for application. You may click the scheme titles for the eligibility conditions and the application forms are available at the Scholarships website.

Please submit your application to: awards@hku.hk
Deadline: 12:00 noon, February 18, 2015

For full-time Undergraduate students
(scholarship award ranges from HK$10,000-20,000.)

For full-time Research Postgraduate students
(scholarship award ranges from HK$7,000-100,000.)

For both full-time Undergraduate and Postgraduate students

We wish you every success in your application!

Best,
Kitty Wong
Director
Scholarships Office, The Registry
Please check out for more information on scholarship opportunities, background and sharing stories at HKU Scholarships website.

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Message from Information Technology Services

Dear Colleagues,

Please note that all courses registered in SIS (Student Information System) have the correspondent electronic courses created in Moodle. Teachers, whose names are recorded in the Class Staff Information System (CSI) of SIS, can start uploading course materials. (Teachers can ask the Faculty contact point to add your name to CIS – details in http://moodle-support.hku.hk/contact/CSI) Teachers can enable students’ access to a Moodle course by clicking the “Enable for student access” link of the course in the “My e-learning” tab of HKU Portal.

Also, new services are rolled out on January 15:

(A) Two quick-start Moodle tips for teachers to set up e-Courses easily:

Quick Moodle course start-up video tutorials
Change the layout for new courses – using weekly layout instead of the default topic-based layout

(Details at http://moodle-support.hku.hk/moodle-tips-new-semester)

(B) Two new features in the one-stop e-learning hub under the “My e-learning tab” of HKU Portal

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The link “Library reserve materials” allows easy access by both teachers and students to the reserve materials of a particular course, if there is any hosted in the Library system.

The link “Moodle and Panopto usage report” allows teachers to quickly access to the students’ usage statistics of Moodle features and Panopto lecture capture service (LCS) of a course. (Details in http://moodle-support.hku.hk/moodle-and-panopto-usage-report)

Besides the above,

http://moodle-support.hku.hk hosts the online tutorials, user guides and FAQ and other Moodle and LCS support information.

Training workshops on Moodle and LCS using Panopto are scheduled on 19 and 28 January 2015. You can find the details and register to attend at http://moodle-support.hku.hk/training/schedule.

If you have any questions or want more information about Moodle, Panopto and training courses, please feel free to email us at elearningteam@hku.hk.

Best Regards,

C.P. Lau
e-learning team

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Professor Eric Thomas

Public Lecture by Professor Sir Eric Thomas
Vice-Chancellor, University of Bristol, UK
UK Education Champion, since 2013
President of Universities UK, 2011-13

Date : January 12, 2015 (Monday)
Time : 5:30pm Tea Reception
6:00pm Lecture by Professor Sir Eric Thomas
Venue : Conference Room, 11/F, Cheng Yu Tung Tower, Centennial Campus, HKU
Enquiries : 2219 4892

For registration details, please click here.

Lecture abstract

The words “world class”, “global” and “international” are used with undisciplined frequency by huge numbers of universities in their public relations, marketing and student and staff recruitment. In many respects such use has so undermined the very description that external observers attach little importance to it. There are, however, universities that do transcend their location and their activity and that would be agreed by most observers to be world class and globalised.

This lecture will look at the criteria that could be used to construct these definitions and analyse their strengths and weaknesses. It will ask the question as to whether there are only a tiny number of universities that should responsibly use these epithets or whether many universities have so many of the characteristics that it is fair that they describe themselves in this manner. It will also look at the factors and events that have shaped our major universities into thinking and planning in a global manner rather than the more parochial normality of twenty years ago.

Speaker’s profile

Professor Sir Eric Thomas is Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol, a position he has held since September 2001. He was awarded a Knighthood in the Queen’s Birthday Honours 2013 for services to Higher Education.

He graduated in Medicine from the University of Newcastle upon Tyne in 1976 and proceeded to obtain his MD by thesis in research into endometriosis in 1987. He trained as an Obstetrician and Gynaecologist and worked at both the universities of Sheffield and Newcastle. In 1991 he was appointed Professor of Obstetrics and Gynaecology at the University of Southampton and then became Head of the School of Medicine there in 1995 and Dean of the Faculty of Medicine, Health and Biological Sciences in 1998. He was a Consultant Gynaecologist from 1987 to 2001.

In July 2013, Sir Eric was appointed as the new UK Education Champion by the Government as part of its strategy to promote the UK education sector internationally. Sir Eric will also co-chair the new International Education Council alongside the Universities and Science Minister, David Willetts.

From 2011-2013, Sir Eric was President of Universities UK. He was previously Vice-President of UUK, Chair of its England and Northern Ireland Council and Chair of the Research Policy Committee. He was a Trustee and then Chair of CASE Europe from 2007-2014 and a member of the CASE Board in North America from 2010-2014.

Sir Eric is a Trustee of IntoUniversity and a Lay Trustee of the Royal College of Obstetricians and Gynaecologists. He chaired the government Taskforce into Increasing Voluntary Giving in Higher Education, which reported in 2004. He was Chair of the Worldwide Universities Network (WUN) from 2003-2007 and was a member of the Board of the South-West Regional Development Agency from 2002 to 2008.

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Message from Information Technology Services

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Dear Teachers,

We are pleased to organize Learning Management System (LMS) – Moodle and Lecture Capture Services (LCS) – Panopto hands-on workshops for you to familiar with our e-learning services available at HKU.

The following upcoming hands-on workshops in November are now open for your registration. The course details can be found at http://moodle-support.hku.hk/training/ITS-all

Please register by clicking the “Register” hyperlinks below. The number of seats is limited. After successful registration, if you cannot attend, please cancel the registration to release the reserved seat for other colleague.

Reuse old course materials on Moodle

Course Code Moodle Course Title Date Time Venue Registration
MOD-006 Moodle Hands-on Workshop on How to Re-use a Course and Its Materials 8 Jan, 2014 (Thu) 10:00am – 11:00am KB110 Register
MOD-001 Moodle Hands-on Workshop on Setting Up a Moodle Course Website 8 Jan, 2014 (Thu) 11:30am – 12:30pm KB110 Register

Introduction of e-learning Services in HKU

Course Code Moodle Course Title Date Time Venue Registration
MOD-001 Moodle Hands-on Workshop on Setting Up a Moodle Course Website 19 Jan, 2014 (Mon) 10:00am – 11:00am LG20 Register
PAN-001 Introduction to Lecture Capture Service using the “Panopto” system 19 Jan, 2014 (Mon) 11:30am – 12:30pm LG20 Register

Setting up a new Moodle course

Course Code Moodle Course Title Date Time Venue Registration
MOD-001 Moodle Hands-on Workshop on Setting Up a Moodle Course Website 28 Jan, 2014 (Wed) 10:00am – 11:00am KB110 Register
MOD-002 Moodle Hands-on Workshop on Assignments, Choices and Quizzes 28 Jan, 2014 (Wed) 11:30am – 12:30pm KB110 Register

Note:
(1) KB110 = Room 110, Knowles Building
LG20 = Room CPD-LG20, Central Podium (CPD), Centennial Campus

(2) If you have taken a Moodle hands-on course offered by the ITS, we recommend you follow up with an e-learning Pedagogical Support Unit (EPSU) workshop and/or a Faculty of Education/ Centre for Information Technology in Education (CITE) seminar.

The EPSU of the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) offers pedagogically focused e-learning workshops, which leverage the central Moodle platform to enable good teaching practices. These workshops focus on teaching approaches and good teaching practices, complement the Moodle courses offered by the ITS and the Moodle seminars offered by the Faculty of Education/CITE, which tend to focus on innovative teaching practice using the new features available in Moodle.

e-learning workshops by EPSU/CETL
http://www.cetl.hku.hk/professional-learning/

e-learning seminars by the Faculty of Education/CITE
http://www.cite.hku.hk/news.php?category=upcoming

For more information and inquiry on Moodle and Panopto training and support, feel free to email: e-learningTeam@hku.hk

Best Regards,

Ada Yau
e-learning Team
Information Technology Services

Applications are invited for the Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme, which was introduced by the Teaching and Learning Quality Committee in 2010-11.

Objectives
tefs2The Scheme aims to enhance the scholarship of teaching at the University through enabling academic staff members to share experience and to collaborate on teaching and curriculum development initiatives at reputable universities where excellent pedagogical practices or curriculum innovation are being implemented, and to facilitate reciprocal visits to the University by academic staff of these institutions. The Scheme is a measure also to ensure that our curriculum and pedagogy are benchmarked against international best practice.

Eligibility

All full-time teaching staff with a minimum of two years of service at the University are eligible to apply.

Deadline for Application

Interested colleagues are encouraged to attend the CETL seminars in January/February 2015, which will provide an overview of the Scheme and advice on the preparation of the application. All applications and supporting documents should reach Ms. Julie Lau, Secretary of the TLQC Sub-Group on Teaching Exchange Fellowship (c/o Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section of Registry) on or before April 17, 2015. Enquires may be directed to Ms. Lau at 2219 4997 or via email to julielau@hku.hk.

Applicants will be notified of the results in May/June 2015.


For more details, please read the circular below.
Announcement circular from the Acting Chairman of TLQC (document 192/1214) (HKU Portal login required)

Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme Seminar
Organized by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
Coordinator: Dr Suki Ekaratne, CETL, The University of Hong Kong
Date: 13 February, 2015 (Friday)
Time: 12:45pm – 1:45pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building

Abstract

Grants for overseas reciprocal visits through ‘Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme’

This seminar provides information and an overview of the “Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme” which aims to enhance the scholarship of teaching at HKU through grants for exchange visits. It will explain, and also showcase examples, on how this funding opportunity can be used by HKU teaching staff to share experience and to collaborate on teaching and curriculum development initiatives with overseas reputable universities through reciprocal visits.

The seminar is open to all teaching staff interested in finding out more about this Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme. Staff will be provided an overview of the scheme, how to lodge an application, the key objectives, amounts they can apply for, eligibility and advice in preparing an application. Staff who are thinking about applying in the next round (having a 17th April closing date) are strongly encouraged to attend. Staff who are not sure, or would simply like to know more about the scheme, are also welcome.

Online Registration

For registration, please contact:
Ms Ivy Lai , CETL Phone: 3917 8996; Email: laichun2@hku.hk.

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