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Message from Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section of the Registry

teas2015This is to remind colleagues and students that nominations are now invited for the various awards under the Teaching Excellence Award Scheme (TEAS). The TEAS aims to recognise, reward and promote excellence in teaching at the University, which comprises four categories of awards, viz. University Distinguished Teaching Award (UDTA), Outstanding Teaching Award (OTA), Teaching Innovation Award (TIA), and Early Career Teaching Award (ECTA). Besides awards to individuals, both OTA and TIA have team awards to recognise and encourage collaborative effort and achievements in enhancing teaching and learning.

Please refer to the circular of May 5, 2016 from the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) for further details:

URL: http://intranet.hku.hk:8030/web/reg/adqa/rslleung/TEAS-List-A-2016.pdf.

Nominees are encouraged to contact the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) for advice on the preparation of teaching portfolios. In addition to the TEAS workshop organised by CETL held on August 25, 2016 to support interested staff members to prepare for their submissions, another workshop will be held on September 19, 2016, details of which are available via this link: http://www.cetl.hku.hk/tea160919/

All nominations and the supporting documents should reach Ms. Synthia Chau, Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section of the Registry, by September 30, 2016. Enquiries may be directed to Ms. Chau on 2859 2440 or via email to schau@hku.hk.

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Message from Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section of the Registry

tefs-bannerApplications are now invited for the Teaching Exchange Fellowship (TEF) Scheme. 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. Applicants are expected to take a leadership role in curriculum enhancement and pedagogical innovations at the departmental/Faculty level.

Details of the Scheme and application procedures can be viewed at:
http://intraweb.hku.hk/reserved_2/cdqa/doc/TEFS/TEFS_2016-17.pdf

Interested colleagues are encouraged to attend the CETL seminars to be held in October 2016 and February 2017. Applications should be submitted to Ms. Julie Lau, Secretary, Teaching and Learning Quality Committee Sub-Group on TEF, c/o Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section of the Registry. Applications in 2016-17 will be processed in two rounds with the following deadlines:

1st round – Friday, November 18, 2016
2nd round – Friday, March 17, 2017

Enquiries may be directed to Ms. Lau (julielau@hku.hk).

Message from Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section of the Registry

teas2015This is to remind colleagues and students that nominations are now invited for the awards under the Teaching Excellence Award Scheme (TEAS) in 2016. The invitation circular dated May 5, 2016 from the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor is accessible at http://intranet.hku.hk:8030/web/reg/adqa/rslleung/TEAS-List-A-2016.pdf.

The TEAS aims to recognise, reward and promote excellence in teaching at the University. In addition to the existing three categories of awards, viz. University Distinguished Teaching Award (UDTA), Outstanding Teaching Award (OTA), and Teaching Innovation Award (TIA), the University introduces a new Early Career Teaching Award (ECTA) this year to recognise the outstanding contributions and commitment of our colleagues who are at an early stage of their teaching career. 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. Seminars/workshops will be organised by CETL 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 30, 2016. Enquiries may be directed to Ms. Chau at 2859 2440 or email to schau@hku.hk.

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One-day Join-the-Conversation: Community of Practice – Aspects of Internationalisation
Date : 24 June 2016 (Friday)
Time : 8:45 a.m. – 5:15 p.m.
Venue : CPD 3.28, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong
Keynote Speakers:
Professor Betty Leask, Pro Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning), La Trobe University
Professor Gerard Postiglione, Chair Professor in Higher Education, The University of Hong Kong
Dr. Steve Woodfield, Associate Professor, Kingston University London

Abstract

This year, the University of Hong Kong was ranked the third most international university in the world. Indeed, as part of the University’s vision for this triennium, we proclaim ourselves Asia’s Global University.

This event acts as a showcase of what we know and value about the internationalisation of teaching and learning at the University of Hong Kong, and what we can learn about trends in internationalisation globally. The programme focuses on three key aspects of internationalisation in relation to students, academic staff and the curriculum, and explores how, collectively, they help to shape an international university. As is only fitting for an event focused on internationalisation, we have invited renowned scholars from around the world to share their insights and experiences with us.

This event is taking place under the aegis of CETL’s Community of Practice Project, which has resulted in collaboration with staff from across the campus with the intention of fostering a community of practice in teaching and learning – collaboration which has already resulted in a creation of a large bank of teaching and learning resources based on case studies at the University of Hong Kong and internationally.

Programme

Time Section Speaker/Panellist
08:45 – 09:10 Registration and Refreshments
09:10 – 09:15 Opening Remarks Prof. Ian Holliday
09:15 – 09:30 Overview of the Event Prof. Grahame Bilbow
09:30 – 11:00 Internationalisation of Teaching and Learning (1):
the Curriculum
Prof. Betty Leask
11:00 – 11:30 Tea Break
11:30 – 13:00 Establishing and Fostering a Community of Practice on Teaching and Learning: the HKU Community of Practice Project Prof. Grahame Bilbow,
Prof. Dai Hounsell and
Dr. Tracy Zou
13:00 – 14:00 Lunch
14:00 – 15:00 Internationalisation of Teaching and Learning (2):
Academic Staff
Prof. Gerard Postiglione
15:00 – 16:00 Internationalisation of Teaching and Learning (3):
Students
Dr. Steve Woodfield
16:00 – 16:15 Tea Break
16:15 – 17:00 Panel Discussion – Internationalisation of Teaching and Learning: Ways Forward? Discussant:
Prof. Dai Hounsell
17:00 – 17:15 Closing Dr. Tracy Zou

Registration

For information, please contact:
Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​

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We are happy to inform that the second issue of the Teaching and Learning Connections e-newsletter focusing on ‘Revisiting Assessment for Learning’ is available here http://www.cetl.hku.hk/teaching-learning-cop/issue-02/. The present issue has gathered a number of innovative assessment practices adopted by HKU colleagues across faculties, departments and units.

For enquires about the e-newsletter, please contact Dr. Tracy Zou by email tracyzou@hku.hk

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Dear colleagues, students, alumni and friends,

The Quality Assurance Council (QAC) of the University Grants Committee (UGC) has just released its Report of the second institutional Quality Audit of the University of Hong Kong. I am pleased to let you know that the Report is very positive and encouraging.

The QAC Audit Panel complimented HKU for its commitment to quality teaching and learning. The Report praises HKU for its high academic standards, for the Common Core Curriculum which has had a significant impact on the intellectual, social and ethical development of undergraduates across the University, for providing a wide range of formal and informal learning opportunities inclusive of international learning experiences, for offering a comprehensive range of student services promoting the holistic development of students, and for innovations in postgraduate education.

I wish to highlight the Report’s conclusion that “the University has a strong and widespread commitment to the quality of learning opportunities and has put in place an appropriate and comprehensive quality assurance and quality enhancement system that supports its over-arching strategic goal to be a leading international institution of higher learning. Dialogue between the Audit Panel and staff and students of the University revealed a reflective academic community committed to attaining world-class academic standards and an enhanced student experience.” The Audit did indeed provide an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the concerted effort of the entire University in upholding high academic standards and providing students with enriched and valuable learning experiences.

HKU has an established tradition of self-reflection and striving for excellence. The University will continue to build on its robust quality assurance and quality enhancement mechanisms with a view to continuously enhancing teaching and learning quality and the student learning experience. In formulating an action plan in response to the Audit Panel’s recommendations and suggestions, the University intends to reach out to relevant stakeholders for consultation. The key areas include articulation and promulgation of an overarching strategic approach to setting the academic standards of our awards, continued development of a conceptual framework to capture student achievement across the spectrum, and broadening of our strategy for internationalisation of the student learning environment. The Audit Report incorporating the University’s response is available on the Teaching and Learning website (https://tl.hku.hk/tl/quality-assurance/hku-qac-audit-2015/).

The overall success of the Audit belongs to the entire HKU family – my sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to and participated in the exercise. With the ongoing support of staff, students, alumni and friends, I am confident that we will be able to take HKU’s teaching and learning to new heights under the strategic directions of Internationalisation, Innovation, Interdisciplinarity and Impact.

Professor Peter Mathieson
President and Vice-Chancellor

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Here is a chance for you to explore the endless possibilities of e-learning with us. HKU will be launching an open online course on the basics of e-learning for teachers of all sectors on Apr 14. This course will teach you how to create educational videos, flip your classroom and improve your teaching through analyzing students’ online behaviour. You will also gain exposure to the latest EdTech used in both on-campus teaching and Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs). You will have a chance to create your own videos with our e-learning technologists at HKU.
This course, entitled “Scale Out Teaching; Scale Up Learning”, includes both interactive online lectures and face-to-face video-making workshops. The course schedule is as follows:
Date Session Topics
14 Apr Online Session 0
Online Session 1
E-learning Ecosystem: Setting the Scene
Interactive Online Learning: Getting Started
22 Apr Face-to-Face Session A Creating Your Online Video
28 Apr Online Session 2 Blended Learning: Teaching On-Campus
5 May Online Session 3 MOOC: Teaching The World
12 May Online Session 4 Learning Analytics: Using Learner’s Data To Improve Teaching
20 May Face-to-Face Session B Show and Tell
boltThe course is part of the Blended & Online Learning & Teaching (BOLT) Project, which aims at supporting professional development of teachers’ skills in online and blended teaching. The project is a collaborative effort of five institutions – PolyU, HKIEd, HKBU, HKU and HKUST. All teachers are welcome to join this vibrant learning community.
Embark your e-learning journey with us now!
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We all know that nuclear accident is a dreadful disaster. But do you know what actions should be taken if such a disaster strikes today? Learn how to respond to nuclear emergencies in our new online course, Radiation Emergencies. This online course will take you on a journey to explore the fundamentals of radiation and Chemical Biological Radiation Nuclear (CBRN) emergencies. You will learn the proper ways to detect radiation and develop an in-depth understanding of the effects caused by acute exposure to radiation. Enriched by a wide range of learning resources, including videos of clinical demonstration on how to don and remove protective equipment, as well as survey and decontaminate nuclear victims, this course will teach you how to protect yourself from radiation and help nuclear victims. Clinical demonstration on radioactive measurement and decontamination.

This self-paced free online course is suitable for first responders to radiation emergencies and members of the general public interested in the topic. Jointly developed by the Emergency Care Unit of HKU and the Hong Kong Jockey Club Disaster Preparedness and Response Institute, it is the first in our series of e-learning modules on CBRN emergencies. Join us now and earn a certificate!

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

Staff Teaching Space Experience Survey - 2016

Dear Colleagues,

Staff Teaching Space Experience Survey – 2016

IT Services will be conducting an online Teaching Space Experience Survey on behalf of the University for a 3 week, commencing on Monday 14th March and closing at 5pm on Friday 1st April 2016.

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 was closed on Friday 11th March 2016.

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/classroom-experience-staffsurvey2016

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 2015. There are now three categories of award. Alongside the established University Distinguished Teaching Award and Outstanding Teaching Award, we introduced a Teaching Innovation Award 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. Because of the eminent achievements of two candidates for the University Distinguished Teaching Award, the Panel decided unanimously to honour both of them.

University Distinguished Teaching Award

Professor Joseph C.W. Chan, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences
Professor Rick A. Glofcheski, Department of Law, Faculty of Law

Outstanding Teaching Award

Dr. Chun-kit Chui, Department of Computer Science, Faculty of Engineering
Ms. Katherine L. Lynch, Department of Law, Faculty of Law
Dr. Julian A. Tanner, School of Biomedical Sciences, Faculty of Medicine
Miss Nicole J. Tavares, Faculty of Education
Dr. Marco M.H. Wan, Department of Law, Faculty of Law

Teaching Innovation Award

Dr. Michael G. Botelho, Faculty of Dentistry

The awardees will be honoured at a presentation ceremony on Monday May 9, 2016. Please do join us for that if you can. Their names will be posted on the Teaching Excellence Awards Honour Board.

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, Mr. Matthew Pryor and Miss Arika Ho (student representative), for their assistance in this important exercise.

Many congratulations to all the awardees – I look forward to seeing you all at the presentation ceremony!

Professor Peter Mathieson, President
Chairman
Selection Panel for Teaching Excellence Awards 2015

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