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feature-ugcRecognising the importance of teaching and learning in the UGC sector, the UGC has made available a total of $82 million additional funding to support teaching and learning related initiatives in the 2012-15 triennium. The following three types of initiatives will be considered for support on a competitive basis:

  • Theme-based Projects on Teaching and Learning
  • Collaborative Forums
  • Professional Development on Teaching and Learning

Proposals are now invited for consideration of submission to the UGC.  Please refer to the circular below for details. The due date for submission is November 25, 2013.

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Message from Information Technology Services

8619731692_2382cf2b21_cIn order to provide new University staff with useful information about the wide range of services offered by Information Technology Services (ITS), we will have a series of orientation activities running between late August and mid September:

  1. ITS Orientation Seminars
  2. ITS Orientation Trails
  3. Exhibition Booths

1. ITS Orientation Seminars

New colleagues are encouraged to join an ITS Orientation seminar on one of the following dates:

August 29, 2013 (Thu) 10:30 am – 12:45 pm
August 30, 2013 (Fri) 10:30 am – 12:45 pm
September 4, 2013 (Wed) 2:30 pm – 4:35 pm

Each seminar will include a one-hour “Introduction to Information Technology Services (ITS)” which gives an overview of the comprehensive range of central IT and network services offered by ITS.  In addition to the introductory session, a short presentation will also be given by Dr Iain Doherty about the role of the EPSU in supporting teachers who want to innovate in their courses through the use of e-learning.  Colleagues can also attend the 3 parallel sessions through which we will introduce:

– Moodle Learning Management System
– Panopto Lecture Capture System
– Research supporting environment and High Performance Computing (HPC) facilities

Please register NOW and check out the seminar details at http://www.its.hku.hk/documentation/handbook/its-guide/2013-2014/orientation-seminars-staff#schedule.

2. ITS Orientation Trails

In addition to the Orientation seminar, Orientation Trails will also be arranged during the first week of the semester (September 2-6, 2013) at the Learning Commons and centrally timetabled classrooms.  The trails will familiarize new University members with the University’s learning environments and give practical demonstrations on the use of the IT/AV facilities. Classroom facilities at the Centennial Campus and Main Campus will be introduced during the orientation trails for staff.

Chi Wah Learning Commons at 11:30 am and 2:30 pm on September 2-6, 2013  (Assembly point: Main Entrance, Ground Floor by the water feature)

The Oval on 1/F, Knowles Building at 2:30 pm on September 2-6, 2013 (Assembly point: Ground Floor reception area, Knowles Building)

Just walk-in and no registration is required for joining the trails.

3. Exhibition Booths

A joint exhibition together with the University Libraries will be held in the first two weeks of the first semester.

During the exhibition, there will be display boards showing the core IT services, in particular the support for teaching and learning, and research, in the University.  Staff will be there during designated timeslots to answer questions.

Details of the exhibition are tabulated below:

G/F, Main Library, September 2 (12:00 noon) – September 9 (5:00 pm)
G/F, Chi Wah Learning Commons, September 2 (12:00 noon) – September 13 (5:00 pm)

All new University members are welcome to join the above orientation activities.


Nominations are now invited for the University Distinguished Teaching Award and the Outstanding Teaching Awards under the Teaching Excellence Award Scheme in 2013.

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The HKUSLEQ online survey was closed on July 15, 2013. The TPgLEQ is still open.


HKU conducts institutional surveys on students’ learning experiences for undergraduates and taught postgraduates on a regular basis to yield information for analysis and renewal of curriculum and pedagogy. These analyses help ensure and enhance the quality of learning experiences.

We now invite all first and final year undergraduate students to complete the University of Hong Kong Student Learning Experience Questionnaire (HKUSLEQ), and all final year taught-postgraduate students are invited to participate in the Taught Postgraduate Experience Questionnaire (TPgLEQ). Both surveys are conducted on-line. All target students should have received an e-mail invitation, and we are pleased to announce that students can now access the on-line survey more easily by using either of the following pathways:

(1) Simply clicking the generic survey link https://www2.cetl.hku.hk/cas/survey.php.

By clicking the above link, students will be redirected to the on-line survey after successfully logging in to HKU Portal.

(2) Clicking the survey link under the “My e-learning” tab in HKU Portal.

Students could log in to HKU Portal and then go to the “My e-learning” tab, under which a survey link is available directing to the on-line survey for the students who have not yet responded to the survey.

Each questionnaire should take about 10 – 15 minutes to complete. All answers will remain anonymous and the personal information will be kept strictly confidential.

Faculties or students are welcome to contact the Survey Team at survey@cetl.hku.hk or 3917- 4787 for any technical problems. The Survey Team very much appreciates the students’ participation.

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Message from The Vice-Chancellor

Dear Colleagues, Students, Alumni and Friends,

You are cordially invited to attend the Award Presentation Ceremony for Excellence in Teaching, Research and Knowledge Exchange 2012, which will be held on Wednesday, March 27, 2013 in Loke Yew Hall at 5:00p.m.  We are privileged to have Dr The Hon David Kwok-Po Li, our Pro-Chancellor, agreeing to be our Guest of Honour on the happy occasion again this year.

This annual ceremony is a wonderful opportunity for us to honour and celebrate the outstanding teaching and research achievements of our distinguished colleagues.  It is also pleasing to note that, starting this year, we will present the Knowledge Exchange Award and Faculty Teaching Award at the Ceremony.

During the ceremony, the Outstanding Teaching Award under the Teaching Excellence Award Scheme, Faculty Teaching Award, Outstanding Research Student Supervisor Award, Outstanding Researcher Award, Outstanding Young Researcher Award, Research Output Prize, and Faculty Knowledge Exchange Award will be presented.

These honours to outstanding teachers and researchers are only bestowed sparingly, and are a tribute to the high standards of excellence that the University of Hong Kong stands for.

I do hope you will be able to join us at the ceremony, both to salute our deserving colleagues and to share the pride of being a member of the University family that includes such distinguished scholars.

Yours sincerely,

Professor Lap-Chee Tsui

The list of award recipients can be found at: http://www.hku.hk/award/award_recipients.html

For enquiries, please contact Ms Shirley Yeung (Tel: 2241-5258, Email: shirley_yeung@hku.hk).

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The Teaching and Learning Quality Committee (TLQC) invites submission of project proposals for funding support from the Teaching Development Grants (TDG). The TDG Scheme underlines the University’s commitment to furthering its mission in Teaching and Learning (T&L). The TDGs are intended to support projects and activities that will have an impact on the strategic development and promotion of T&L. Given the implementation of the reformed undergraduate curriculum in September 2012, the Committee will support initiatives beyond the exploration and development of the new 4-year undergraduate curriculum, in particular the evaluation of the impact of the new curriculum on student learning. Notwithstanding this, support will be provided to address the following areas which need further strengthening across the university: setting clear goals and standards, teacher feedback and assessment for understanding.

For details, please refer to this page.

Date : February 19, 2013 (Tuesday)
Time : 12:45pm – 2pm
Venue : Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building
Speaker : Dr Iris Vardi

The analysis of marks, grades and student satisfaction ratings often dominate the educational landscape, and are an important part of ensuring a quality education. But do they give us sufficient understanding of what students actually learnt, how we can improve that learning, and how we can express that learning to the students and others? This seminar looks behind the grade and satisfaction ratings to explore different types of learning, how (and if) they can be made visible, and how they can be identified and acted upon at the class, course and programme levels. The seminar will also share how student learning in a large newly re-constructed first year core course was examined, tracked, reported, and used to improve student achievement. In so doing, it will also explore the challenges in identifying, tracking and reporting learning.

This seminar is for academic staff who want to get to the bottom of what their students believe, know and can do, and use this information to make improvements to their course and programme outcomes.

For details and online registration, please go to http://www.cetl.hku.hk/seminar130219.

For enquiries, please contact Mr William Yieu by email wyieu@hkucc.hku.hk .

About the speaker
Dr Iris Vardi has been involved in education for over 25 years. She has worked with a variety of disciplines at the University of Western Australia, Curtin University and Edith Cowan University, and has published and presented extensively both nationally and internationally. Her research and work in different teaching methodologies, critical thinking, assessment and feedback has improved student learning outcomes and student satisfaction across a range of disciplines.

Dr Vardi is the author of the 2012 Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Guide Effective Feedback for Student Learning in Higher Education, the author of the upcoming 2013 HERDSA Guide Developing Students’ Critical thinking in Higher Education, the winner of the HERDSA 2012 Conference Creative Presentation Award, and the recipient of a 2012 HERDSA Fellowship which recognised her “important contribution to higher education at the local, national and international levels”.

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I am very pleased to announce the winners of the Outstanding Teaching Award (OTA) of the Teaching Excellence Award Scheme for 2012:

Individual Award
  • Dr CHAN Lap Ki, Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education & Department of Anatomy, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine
  • Dr Gary James HARFITT, Faculty of Education
  • Dr LAM Shui Fong, Department of Psychology, Faculty of Social Sciences
  • Miss Alice LEE Suet Ching, Department of Law, Faculty of Law
  • Dr Robert Shannan PECKHAM, School of Humanities (History), Faculty of Arts
  • Mr Mathew Robert PRYOR, Department of Architecture, Faculty of Architecture
Team Award
  • Dr Susan Margaret BRIDGES (Leader), Professor Cynthia YIU Kar Yung, Dr Michael George BOTELHO, :Professor Edward LO Chin Man, Dr Peter TSANG Chiu Shun, Dr Rory Munro WATT, Dr YANG Yanqi and Miss Jessica WONG Wai of the Faculty of Dentistry for the PBL 2.0: E-learning for problem-based learning (PBL) at the Faculty of Dentistry
  • Dr Hayden SO Kwok Hay (Leader), Dr Edmund LAM Yin Mun and Dr Kenneth WONG Kin Yip of the Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering, Faculty of Engineering for the Design Thinking, Problem Solving, and Team Building: Reshaping the First Course in the EEE Curriculum

The Selection Panel was deeply impressed by the awardees’ dedication to their students, 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 for excellence in teaching, research and knowledge exchange, which has been scheduled for Wednesday, March 27, 2013; and their names will be posted for a period of five years on the Teaching Excellence Awards Honour Board in the Main Library. Many congratulations!

I would like to thank our external assessor Professor Michele D. Marincovich (Associate Vice Provost for Undergraduate Education and Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Stanford University) providing us with her expert advice in situ during the final selection process. I would also like to thank Professor Amy B.M. Tsui (Pro Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President, Teaching and Learning), Professor George Tham, Dr. Gayle E. Morris and Mr. Ernest C.H. Cheung (student representative) for their assistance in this important exercise.

Last but not least, I wish to express my deep appreciation and gratitude to all the other nominees for the teaching excellence awards for their devotion and sustained contribution to promoting excellence in teaching at this University.

I look forward to seeing you all at the ceremony on March 27, 2013.

Professor Lap-Chee Tsui, Vice-Chancellor
Chairman, Selection Panel for Teaching Excellence Awards 2012
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Message from Information Technology Services

Dear colleagues and students,

As the Second Semester is fast approaching, we are arranging the following orientation seminars for new University members to help them familiarize with the use of the central IT services and facilities.

Introduction to Information Technology Services 18 January 2013
2:00 pm – 3:00 pm RR-201, Run Run Shaw Building Course Description and Registration
Introduction to Information Technology Services 23 January 2013
1:00 pm – 2:00 pm RR-201, Run Run Shaw Building Course Description and Registration

You are welcome to attend either one of above seminars.  Please register your attendance through the HKU Event Management System at the links provided above.

For any question on the above, please feel free to contact us at ithelp@hku.hk.

Veronica Yick
User Services
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.

The 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.

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 Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme Workshop at January 25, 2013, which will provide an overview of the Scheme and advice on the preparation of the application. All applications and supporting documents should reach Ms. Synthia Chau, Secretary of the Teaching and Learning Quality Committee (c/o Academic Development and Quality Assurance Section of Registry) on or before March 15, 2013. Enquires may be directed to Ms. Synthia Chau at 2859 2440 or via email to schau@hku.hk.

Applicants will be notified of the results in April/May 2013.

For more details, please read the circular below.
Announcement circular from the Chairman of TLQC (document 139/1112) (HKU Portal login required)

Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme Workshop
Organized by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
Facilitator: Dr. Gayle Morris, CETL, The University of Hong Kong
Date: 25 Jan, 2013 (Fri)
Time: 1.00pm – 2.00pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building

This workshop provides an overview of “Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme.” This workshop is open to all teaching staff who are interested in finding out more about the Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme. Staff will be provided an overview of the scheme, the key objectives, eligibility and advice in preparing an application. Staff who are thinking about applying in the next round are strongly encouraged to attend. Staff who are not sure, or would simply like to know more about the scheme, are most welcome.


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


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