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Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme Seminar – Crafting a compelling story about your teaching: Insights from teaching exchange in National University of Singapore
Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:

Date : December 13, 2017 (Wednesday)
Time : 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Dr Tracy Zou, Assistant Professor, CETL, HKU
Discussant : Prof. Chng Huang Hoon, Associate Provost (Undergraduate Education), National University of Singapore
Facilitator : Dr Luke Fryer, Associate Professor, CETL, HKU

Abstract:
What would you say if you are asked: Can you share something about your teaching? Most of us spend considerable time and effort on teaching as part of our university life, but may not have really thought about how to discuss how we teach and why we teach. Being able to craft a compelling story about our teaching in today’s higher education environment is an important means of reflecting on our practice and sharing our pedagogy and outcomes. I would like to share some insights gained from a two-week visit at the Centre for Development of Teaching and Learning in National University of Singapore (NUS). During the visit, I had lively conversations with colleagues about how to demonstrate and provide evidence for teaching excellence. The ideas that I will discuss in this seminar include the multiple aspects of teaching, the role of Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (SoTL) in enhancing practice, engaging students as partners in course design, and how these can enable us to craft a compelling teaching story. These ideas are also based on conversations with a few leading figures in academic development, including Prof. Denise Chalmers (The University of Western Australia), Prof. Peter Felten (Elon University), Prof. Dan Bernstein (The University of Kansas), Prof. Chng Huang Hoon (NUS), and Dr. Johan Geertsema (NUS), as well as insights from the first SoTL-Asia Conference held in NUS (http://nus.edu.sg/sotl-asia/). Prof. Chng will also join us as a discussant and offer her comments on this topic.

About the Speaker:
Dr. Tracy Zou is an Assistant Professor in the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning. She has been actively engaged in identifying, collecting, and promoting exemplary teaching and learning practices in HKU and beyond through a community of practice approach. Currently, she is leading a UGC-funded cross-institutional teaching and learning project on internationalisation of teaching and learning and building professional capacity. Along with her teaching work, Tracy is also deeply involved in educational research and SoTL, utilising them to inform her practices.

About the Discussant:
Prof. Chng Huang Hoon is Associate Provost (Undergraduate Education) of National University of Singapore. She is currently deeply involved in helping to transform the teaching and learning culture in NUS through SoTL. She serves on the advisory boards of the Taylor Institute (University of Calgary) and on both Teaching Learning Inquiry (TLI-The ISSOTL Journal) and the International Journal for Students as Partners (IJSaP). She also serves on the editorial boards of both the International Journal for Academic Development (IJAD) and the Asian Journal of the Scholarship of Teaching and Learning (AJSoTL). She was recently elected to the Board of Directors of ISSOTL, as Regional Vice President (Asia Pacific).

Registration

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

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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:

Date : 28 November , 2017 (Tuesday)
Time : 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Facilitator : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, HKU
Career Building: Developing Your Teaching Ideas, Insight and Action Workshop Series
Workshop I: Teaching Development GRANT (TDG) – the Outcomes, Activities, Limitations, Evidence and Budget

 

Abstract

This is part of a workshop series to help both new and experienced teachers to realise the resources available in the university, their recognition and potential in teaching, ultimately, to build their career in higher education. The “Career Building: Developing Your Teaching Ideas, Insight and Action Series” will include workshops to develop your teaching portfolio for fellowship and Teaching Excellence Awards, career planning (particularly if you are on a teaching track), research into scholarship in teaching and learning including Teaching Development Grant, chit and chatting, mix and matching on challenges, ideas and actions, as well as sharing from other teachers who have been engaging in best teaching practices.

The first workshop will be on how to write a teaching development grant, given the final round of 2017 is on Friday, 29 December, many teachers may be wondering if they should apply, and if they are qualified to apply, and what can they apply for, what kind of limitation, outcomes and initiatives are expected in a TDG, all the what and how of TDGs will be answered. I sincerely encourage you to come along if you are thinking of applying for a TDG.

Registration

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

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Organised by Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative (TELI)

Details of the event:

Date : Nov. 7, 2017 (Tuesday)
Time : 3:00pm – 4:45pm
Venue : Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building
Speaker : Mr. Chia-Wei Wu, Director of Learning Sciences and Technologies, School of Dental Medicine (PDM), University of Pennsylvania

Abstract

Designing a successful and innovative initiative in the field of Learning and Development (L&D) is one of the most important projects for schools and organizations in the era of digital learning. It is imperative to create well-designed course materials and plan an engaging infrastructure to ensure an effective and evaluable learning experience. In this session, Mr. Chia-Wei Wu, the Director of Learning Sciences and Technologies at Penn Dental Medicine (PDM) will showcase PDM’s Online Learning Initiative and present how PDM’s Learning Technology Team (LTT) successfully developed and implemented blended learning solutions by utilizing cutting-edge learning technology tools. Moreover, you will learn how PDM LTT has harnesses the power of gamification, mobile learning and social learning to “flip” the classroom at the oldest IVY League dental school since 2013. Lastly, through an efficacy study, Mr. Wu will introduce the online learning methodologies both in synchronous and asynchronous learning scenarios with PDM’s current projects. Cecilia Tsang, the Education Development Manager from Apple, will introduce the current technology development in medical science and its influences. Different examples will be shared. This session will be of excellent value to instructional designer, online curriculum planner, or any e-learning developers whose professional focus is on finding the best use case for tomorrow’s learner.

About the Speaker

ChiaMr. Chia-Wei Wu
Director of Learning Sciences and Technologies
School of Dental Medicine (PDM),
University of Pennsylvania

Registration

Enquiries should be directed to enquiry@teli.hku.hk.

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We are surrounded by promises about a technology-enriched learning environment – for example, how online education will supplement face-to-face lectures, how artificial intelligence will provide round-the-clock assistance to students who always work until the small hours. These promises are motivating some of our teachers to bring more innovations to their classrooms. Dr. Rachel Lui, who gave a sharing session last week, is one of them.

Thanks to the Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme (TEFS), Rachel was able to visit the University of California, Los Angeles (UCLA) in the summer of 2017 to investigate a new “medium of instruction” – the “Learning Glass”. The tool is a video recording system with a transparent glass board in front of the camera. This allows teachers to maintain natural eye contact with the viewers while presenting the content. The purpose is to engage students in a constructivist process of learning. Rachel’s sharing covered the following topics:

  • what “Learning Glass” is, and how to set it up;
  • why natural eye contact is important;
  • showing the thinking process in science education;
  • how “Learning Glass” is different from PowerPoint; and
  • whether we should invest in tools like the “Learning Glass”.

As a result of her trip, Rachel produced 47 videos for SCNC1111 which are in use from this semester. Here are two samples (click on the image to access the original video):
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The informal conversations after the sharing were equally fruitful. “It was really encouraging to see that many teachers care about their courses, and are actively updating their pedagogies,” Rachel said in delight. “Some of them would like to know more about the software that I used, and some were hoping to get to know more about what can be done in the face-to-face classes after lectures are moved online.”

Rachel’s work is one example of what is possible in video lectures. As a next step, she will investigate further how to transform the entire course experience.

TEFS aims to enhance the scholarship of teaching and learning at the university through sharing of excellent pedagogical practices between HKU and other prestigious higher education institutions. Full details of TEFS can be found at http://intraweb.hku.hk/reserved_2/cdqa/doc/TEFS/TEFS_2017-18.pdf.

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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:

Date : 13 November , 2017 (Monday)
Time : 2:30pm – 3:30pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Dr. Xiaoli Tian, Assistant Professor, Department of Sociology, HKU
Facilitator : Dr. Luke Fryer, Associate Professor, CETL, HKU

Abstract

Are you satisfied with the current means of evaluating students’ learning experiences (SETL)? Are there alternative ways to evaluate performance in education? To explore these questions, Professor D. Menchik from Michigan State University (MSU) is invited to visit Department of Sociology, The University of Hong Kong under the Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme. During his visit, Professor Menchik shared insights into good practices at the Michigan State University (MSU) in general, and an innovative program (a residential college program) that he is involved in at the MSU in particular. At MSU, outcomes based evaluation system is used to evaluate how much the students have learned from the teaching and learning experience. Instead of asking them how much they liked the teacher/course, this new way of evaluating focuses instead on the differences in the students before and after a particular course or program. Therefore, evaluation from this perspective is more objective because it is based on how much the students have actually learned from the course.

This seminar will also cover topics including a mentoring program for providing feedback on teaching; an incentive system for rewarding teachers who participate in teaching-related professional development; and a system that allows submission of evidence of innovative teaching in materials for annual staff evaluations or promotion reviews.

About the Speaker

Dr. Xiaoli Tian is Associate Professor in the Department of Sociology at the University of Hong Kong. She received her Ph.D. from Department of Sociology, The University of Chicago. Her research interests include how preexisting knowledge paradigms and cultural norms influence the way people respond to unexpected transformations of their everyday routines. This interest is reflected in her two main lines of research: medical knowledge as situated practices and social interaction. She has written extensively on various forms of online interactions, including emails, blogs, online literature websites in China, social media, etc. Her writings have been published in American Journal of Sociology; Modern China; Information, Communication and Society; Journal of Contemporary Ethnography; Media, Culture and Society; Studies in Media and Communications; Chinese Sociological Review, Symbolic Interaction, Journal of Social and Personal Relationships, among others.

Registration

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

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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:

Date : 12 October , 2017 (Thursday)
Time : 12:30pm – 1:30pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Dr Rachel Lui, Lecturer, Faculty of Science, HKU
Facilitator : Dr. Luke Fryer, Associate Professor, CETL, HKU

Abstract

The use of instructional videos for teaching has been becoming popular in recent years, and Camtasia can be a convenient software for such purpose. With her previous experience in using Camtasia, Dr. Lui would like to explore other tools that can offer different functionalities for making videos. With the support of Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme, she visited University of California, Los Angeles to investigate a new technology called Learning Glass, which can be used for recording lectures that allows instructors to write lecture notes while maintaining face-to-face contact with students. Unlike traditional classrooms where the instructor’s back is to the students while writing on a whiteboard, the Learning Glass allows for a more engaged, natural, relaxed, and interactive viewing experience. The instructor is recorded forward facing which allows for natural eye contact with the camera/students, gesturing and demonstrating what has been written on the glass. In this seminar, Dr. Lui would like to share her experience in using the Learning Glass to make 47 videos for a Science Foundation Course. She will highlight some of the special features about the Learning Glass and share some tips on how to make effective videos.​

About the Speaker
Dr. Lui currently works as a lecturer in the Faculty of Science. Over the past years, she has been actively involved in the teaching of Common Core courses and the Science Foundation courses. She does not think of herself as a gadget geek but she is enthusiastically engaged in e-learning technologies, such as developing a Calculus e-learning platform and a related app HKU Calculus with support from a TDG. She has been interviewed by TELI on DIY videos for flipping the classroom. Her next goal is to gamify learning. She, together with other colleagues, received the Award for Teaching Innovations in E-learning 2016-17 from the Faculty of Science as a recognition of her effort.

Registration

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

With the rerun of Hong Kong Cinema Through a Global Lens, the course team decided to bring the discussion of cinematic culture back into a cinema once again. Professor Gina Marchetti, Dr. Aaron Magnan-Park, Dr. Stacilee Ford and over 30 Hong Kong movie fanatics gathered at the Broadway Cinematheque in Yau Ma Tei on September 9, 2017 to “look at how Hong Kong is defined by world cinema and how it pushed back against those definitions.”

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Globalization is one of the most important messages that the course team wants to highlight throughout the 6-week course. Through examining Hong Kong movies, the course team would discuss the triangle relationship between Hong Kong, Hollywood and mainland China, and how Hong Kong movies are digested and defined in Europe, particularly through film festivals like Cannes or the Venice film festival. Learners can expect to learn not only about Hong Kong films, but “what global issues are involved in Hong Kong cinema.”

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Among the audience were some that had experienced the golden age of Hong Kong film industry. With vivid reminiscence of the good old times, one audience member wondered why Hong Kong movie productions of these days cannot seem to match the quality in the past. Professor Marchetti explained that over the years, the Closer Economic Partnership Arrangement (CEPA) has made it much easier for Hong Kong filmmakers, primarily producers and directors, to make films in mainland China. As a result, filmmakers found it “much more lucrative to make movies across the border.” However, Dr. Ford reminded the audience that “even if people are critiquing the film industry from an aesthetic standpoint or arguing that it has had to sell out to the mainland, as a historian these films continue to do really, really important work.”

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Let’s see what the course team shared on each week of the MOOC:
Week 1: Jackie Chan
“Wonderful example of what Jackie Chan is known around the world for: spectacular stunts, timing, Martial Arts choreography…death defying…high wire [acts]. [They are] amazing and recognized around the world.”

Week 2: Bruce Lee and the Global Kung Fu Craze
“For so long, Bruce Lee was the only non-white superstar. People who are used to seeing Hollywood action stars always being white men, they could finally see someone that was like them, not white. Even with Caucasians, they saw in Bruce Lee something as an alternative to the dominant ideologies that we were getting about masculinity.”

Week 3: Melodramas of Migrations: Mabel Cheung Yuen Ting’s An Autumn’s Tale
“There is this proud tradition of women filmmakers telling…or building on their own stories in particular ways and it opens up the conversation of US history as well as global history…. The discussion of identity is not just about politics, it is about survival, it is about storytelling, it is about history.”

Week 4: John Woo’s Heroic Bloodshed Films: Hong Kong vs. Hollywood
“The triad films of John Woo emphasize this idea of friendship, especially this kind of an unexpected friendship because John Woo’s gangster triad assassin becomes best friends with a police inspector. Technically they’re on opposite sides of the law, they should never become friends, but they share a kind of a chivalric ethos that they recognize in each other and so they bond as friends that way. The argument I make is through these triad films we have the possibility of recreating Confucian virtue in Hong Kong society from the bottom moving up. As long as Confucian friendship remains, the Confucian virtuous project and social harmony still has a chance to happen in Hong Kong.”

Week 5: Hong Kong on Postmodern Screens: Infernal Affairs
“To just give you a little idea of something else that makes the MOOC unique is the fact that we had the opportunity to talk to many of the filmmakers who actually produce these films. I was lucky enough to speak with Andrew Lau about the making of the film.”

Week 6: Hong Kong Cinema as World Cinema: In the Mood for Love
“Now when we look at In The Mood For Love, in the film, I talk quite a lot about not simply the chemistry between Maggie Cheung and Tony Leung but also about the way in which it reveals a certain understanding of Hong Kong’s position in the world, not just in the 1960s when it is set, but also in the years following the handover.”

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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:

Date : 26 October, 2017 (Thursday)
Time : 12:00nn – 1:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Chairman : Ms Alice Lee, Associate Professor, Department of Law, HKU
Facilitator : Dr. Luke Fryer, Associate Professor, CETL, HKU

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

To promote HKU staff to bring in new ideas and teaching methods to improve teaching through interaction with overseas university teachers, HKU will award up to $50,000 for reciprocal staff visits. This funding is provided through the “Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme”. The seminar provides an overview of this funding scheme and information on the application process. Staff will be guided on how to go about planning exchange visits to enhance the scholarship of teaching at HKU, which is the aim of the scheme. 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 are strongly encouraged to attend. Staff who attended the last seminar but found they had insufficient time to make overseas contacts, or who are thinking of planning ahead, in time for the next round (having a November 17th, 2017 closing date), would also find the seminar useful. If you are not sure whether this scheme would be relevant to teaching innovations you have in mind, or would simply like to know more about the scheme, you are welcome. The Circular on this scheme can be found at http://intraweb.hku.hk/reserved_2/cdqa/doc/TEFS/TEFS_2017-18.pdf.

Registration

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

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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:

Date : 23 October, 2017 (Monday)
Time : 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus)
Facilitator : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, HKU
Speaker : Professor Abby Cathcart, Head of the QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching, QUT Business School, Australia

Abstract

The UK Higher Education Academy (HEA) is an independent, charitable organisation, which promotes teaching excellence in higher education. HEA manages a fellowship scheme underpinned by the Professional Standards Framework (PSF) to benchmark success within higher education teaching. There are more than 90,000 HEA fellows worldwide, including 1500 in Australia and New Zealand.

QUT is a recognised leader in teaching quality, with more Australian Awards for University Teaching than any other University in the sector over the past ten years. QUT became a Global Strategic Partner of the HEA in 2016 and since then more than 400 staff members have successfully been recognised as HEA Fellows. This short seminar presentation will share QUT’s strategy for building a community of fellows and reflect on the impact of professional recognition on individuals, schools and the wider community. It will also outline a new project, supported by Trade & Investment Queensland and the HEA, which provides opportunities for educators in Hong King and China to participate in knowledge exchange and research collaborations framed by the PSF, with award-winning Senior Fellows from Queensland Universities.

About the Speaker
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Dr Abby Cathcart is a Professor of Work and Organisation in QUT Business School and the Head of the QUT Academy of Learning and Teaching. Professor Cathcart led the accreditation of a range of pathways to fellowship, benchmarked against the UK HEA’s Professional Standards Framework. With the support of her team, more than 400 QUT staff members have achieved professional recognition over the last two years. In 2014 Abby received QUT’s inaugural David Gardiner Teacher of the Year Medal.

Abby’s research encompasses two distinct areas. The first is on employee involvement and voice and includes articles on the John Lewis Partnership Model, flexible work arrangements, and democratic decision-making. Her second research focus area stems from the scholarship of teaching and incorporates research on assessment, feedback, student engagement and early career academic voice.

Abby is a Principal Fellow of the UK Higher Education Academy and an international accreditor for the UK Higher Education Academy. This role includes mentoring staff members and working with overseas institutions to design professional development programs and benchmark them against the Professional Standards Framework. Abby is the recipient of three national Australian Awards for University Teaching (Citation, Teaching Excellence Award, and Program Award). She co-designed and directs the Teaching Advantage Global Program for doctoral candidates and early career academics at QUT and beyond. This won the International Education Association of Australia’s Best Practice Award in 2015. She is a visiting fellow in the Centre for Higher Education Learning and Teaching at Australian National University.

Research Projects
Abby’s projects include:

  • Global Partnerships for Academic Teaching Excellence, leading a consortium of all Queensland Universities, funded by Trade and Investment Queensland, International Education and Training Partnerships Fund and the UK Higher Education Academy
  • International perspectives on the impact of professional recognition, with Smart (Edinburgh Napier), Floyd & Davies (Ulster) Carkett (Bath), Dransfield (York St John) & Davies (University College London)
  • Enhancing management students’ professional presentation skills through self and peer assessment: Calibrating judgment using the 3D presentation framework, with Grant-Smith & Williams, QUT, funded by the Australia & New Zealand Academy of Management. http://doctoralteaching.org/professional-presentations-toolkit/
  • Improving assessment and marking in Higher Education, with Neale (QUT), funded by QUT

Selected Recent Publications

  • Greer, D., Cathcart, A., and Neale, L. (2016). Helping doctoral students teach: Transitioning to early career academia through cognitive apprenticeship. Higher Education Research and Development. 35(4), 712–726.
  • Cathcart, A., Greer, D., and Neale, L. (2014). Learner-Focused Evaluation Cycles: Facilitating learning using feedforward, concurrent and feedback evaluation. Assessment & Evaluation in Higher Education. 39 (7), 790-802

Registration

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

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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:

Date : 22, September, 2017 (Friday)
Time : 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Facilitator : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, HKU
CETL Presenters Sharing : Dr Courtney Fung, HKU Early Career Teaching Award Winner;
Dr Julie CHEN Yun, Outstanding Teaching Award Winner

Abstract

This workshop is open to all teaching staff who are interested in finding out more about the different Teaching Excellence Awards. Staff will be provided an overview of the award schemes, the key selection criteria and advice in preparing an evidence-based teaching portfolio. Two previous winners will be there to share their experience on their journeys of applying the TEA. 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.

Registration

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

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