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

Details of the workshop:

Date : 4 December 2018 (Tuesday)
Time : 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Venue : CPD 2.75, Centennial Campus, HKU
Speaker : Mr. David Lee (Faculty of Business and Economics), Dr. Evan Pickett (Faculty of Science), and Dr. Angela Yuen (Faculty of Science)
Facilitator : Dr. Tracy Zou (CETL), Dr. Michelle Raquel (CAES), and Mr. Simon Boynton (CAES)
Organiser : Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, Centre for Applied English Studies, and the Common Core

Staff and invited guests only.

Abstract

The ability to communicate effectively has become increasingly important to our graduates in the knowledge economy. At HKU, we are committed to recognize and develop a number of Communication-intensive (CI) courses that explicitly develop students’ communication-related knowledge (understanding of communication as it relates to human interaction), skills (skills in communicating effectively with others, using language and/or other means) and attributes (the attributes of effective communicators). A number of course leaders have already started the journey towards attaining the CI certification. In this join-the-conversation event, we are pleased to have three course leaders to share with us how their courses develop students’ communication literacies (for example, oral, written, visual, and digital) as well as the experiences and insights associated with CI badging.

About the Speaker

David S. Lee is a Senior Lecturer in the Faculty of Business and Economics where he teaches broadly in the areas of ethics, law, governance, and topics related to fintech, including co-teaching a new MOOC titled Fintech Ethics and Risks. Prior to joining HKU, David worked in investment management and also has experience in investment banks and as a lawyer. David regularly participates in teaching improvement initiatives and has received a number of teaching awards and a teaching development grant. He is especially focused on improving active learning in the classroom through the use and development of case studies, the creation of flipped classroom materials, and incorporating technology to foster discussion and participation. David is heavily involved in student career development and also remains actively engaged with industry. His undergraduate business ethics course will be the first course in the Faculty of Business and Economics to be badged a Communication-intensive Course.

Evan Pickett is a Lecturer within the Faculty of Science at the University of Hong Kong. He studied wildlife demography on frogs for his PhD in Australia (University of Newcastle), and applied this this to birds in Hong Kong as a postdoc. He then shifted to a teaching role within the Faculty of Science, where he teaches ecology, statistics and mathematics. Evan co-created the Common Core course ‘War, Peace and the Natural World’ in 2016, which uses history to teach basic concepts of conservation biology. As a major component of conservation is education of the public, this course requires students to explain historical and conservation concepts to a lay-audience through short, educational videos.

Angela Yuen is a Lecturer in the Department of Chemistry, HKU. She completed her PhD degree in Chemistry at HKU on nanomaterials and optoelectronics materials. Before returning to her alma mater, Angela was working as a research officer in the Department of Health and teaching at the Open University of Hong Kong. Angela is dedicated to promoting science literacy. She has a firm belief that science knowledge cannot be taught merely through lecturing and that science teaching should not be confined to the classroom. She has received two teaching development grants and a teaching innovation grant in the area of chemistry education. With the aim of engaging science and non-science major students in their learning, Angela has created a common core course entitled The Science and Lore of Culinary Culture, aiming to illustrate the scientific principles behind daily culinary experiences. From her teaching experience, she has observed that science students tend to overuse technical jargon when they communicate. Through working toward badging this course as communication-intensive, she is creating the opportunities for students to communicate science concepts in a clear and lucid manner to different audiences including the general public.

More information about CI courses can be found here: https://cics.hku.hk/what-are-ci-badged-courses/.

Contact Information
For information, please contact:
Mr. Thomas Lau , CETL
Phone: 3917 4807; Email: kanclau@hku.hk​

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

Details of the workshop:

Date : 28 Nov 2018 (Monday)
Time : 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Presenter : Prof. Anthony Smith, UCL Vice-Provost | Education and Student Affairs
Facilitator : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, HKU

Abstract
Through its 20-year strategy, UCL2034, UCL has made a strategic commitment to bring its students closer to its world-leading research to increase the intellectual stretch and challenge of their studies and to prepare them better for employment and the next step in their careers. As part of this strategy, we have committed to our students that they will be full partners in the future of UCL and we have committed to staff that we will have a system of reward and recognition that properly reflects their contribution to education leadership. The concept of the Connected Curriculum will be described which is re-framing faculty discussions about embedding research-based education. The UCL Changemakers programme of student-led research projects will also be described and how these contributed to UCL’s submission to the government’s Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) introduced in 2017. Finally, UCL’s new Academic Careers Framework will be presented.

About the Speaker
Anthony Smith was appointed Vice Provost (Education and Student Affairs) at University College London (UCL) in 2012 where he takes the strategic lead for all matters related to education at undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He is also Vice Provost responsible for UCL’s School of Laws, Arts, Social Sciences and Humanities (4 faculties, 20 departments, 1100 staff, 9000 students and £170 million turnover). He is also responsible for Student and Registry Services, UCL Careers and UCL Culture.

Prior to his appointment at UCL he was Principal and Dean of the School of Pharmacy, University of London for six years from 2006. The School of Pharmacy merged with UCL in January 2012. He graduated in pharmacy with first class honours from the University of Bath in 1983 and continued at Bath studying for his PhD on photoenzymatic repair of DNA damage in Escherichia coli. He developed his research interests in human –pathogen interactions on his move to Aston University in 1987 and continued on his return to the University of Bath in 1993.

At UCL, he is leading on re-framing the role of education within a research-institution through curricular reform, engaging students as partners and reforming recognition and reward for staff.

https://www.ucl.ac.uk/teaching-learning/education-strategy
https://www.ucl.ac.uk/teaching-learning/education-initiatives/connected-curriculum
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/changemakers
http://www.ucl.ac.uk/hr/docs/proms/UCL-Academic-Careers-Framework171017.pdf

He is a Principal Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, a Fellow of the Royal Pharmaceutical Society and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts.
He is Chair of Trustees at Pharmacy Research-UK and a Governor of the Capital City Colleges Group.

Registration

For information, please contact:
Mr. Thomas Lau, CETL
Phone: 3917 4807; Email: kanclau@hku.hk​

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

Details of the Join-the-Conversation:

Date : 5 November 2018 (Monday)
Time : 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : DMr. Patrick Leung (HKU), Ms. Melissa Megan (HKUST), Dr. Kristen Li (HKBU)
Facilitator : Dr. Tracy Zou (HKU), Dr. Beatrice Chu (HKUST), Dr. Lisa Law (HKBU)
Organiser : Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, HKU
Co-organisers : Center for Education Innovation, HKUST; Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning, HKBU; Equal Opportunity Unit, HKU

Staff and invited guests only.

Abstract

The ultimate purpose for internationalisation of the curriculum is to enhance students’ overall learning experience (Leask, 2015). This will not be achieved without taking aspects of learning, teaching and assessment into consideration. In particular, many students seem to see assessment as the sole purpose of learning and tend to focus on what will be tested. Working on assessment design, therefore, will have a significant impact on student learning. In this Join-the-Conversation event, colleagues from HKU, HKUST, and HKUST will share with us their wise practices on assessment design in internationalisation of teaching and learning. Following discussion of these wise practices, participants will identify possible approaches to adapting pedagogical strategies to meet the needs of a diverse group, and reflect on how assessment design becomes a critical step to an equal and inclusive learning environment for students at all levels.

About the Speaker

Mr. Patrick Leung is Assistant Lecturer at the Centre for Applied English Studies at HKU teaching English for academic and specific purposes courses. Over his years of teaching, he has worked with students from different cultural backgrounds and tried out different practices and strategies to help make student learning experience more international and inclusive.

Ms. Melissa Megan is Senior Lecturer in the Center for Language Education at HKUST where she has worked since 1999. She has taught many of the courses offered by the Center. She is currently coordinator of the two biggest courses in the Center – the Common Core English courses. Melissa grew up and started her teaching career in Australia. In the early 1990’s she was part of a taskforce for the implementation of the NSW Department of School Education’s Multicultural Education Policy, and she lectured on this policy and anti-racism education at the University of New England, NSW. She now calls Hong Kong home but also regularly visits Cambodia where she helps manage the education programmes of an NGO in Siem Reap.

Dr. Kristen Li is Lecturer and Associate Master Programme Director at HKBU. She holds PHD degree in Computer Science. Dr. Li is a professional Design Thinking facilitator. She is actively promoting Internationalisation in Education, including coordinating exchange/internship programmes and designing curriculum which enhance students’ global competitiveness.

Contact Information
Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Joza Kot by email at jozakot@hku.hk.

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

Details of the workshop:

Date : 29 Oct 2018 (Monday)
Time : 13:00pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Presenter : Prof. James Cohn, Quest University Canada
Facilitator : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, HKU

HKU staff and invited guests only.

Abstract

Most undergraduate majors offer students a paved highway with milestones to pass, and students (and parents) may happily banish their own anxiety over their education by knowing what the check-boxes are. When we trust students to tell us their concerns, however, we sometimes find that their curiosity and their drive may have little to do with the skills and content prescribed for them. When we grasp that education does not simply mean filling empty vessels (students) from full vessels (professors), we face the challenge of designing a curriculum that engages and truly addresses the learner. The curriculum at Quest University Canada may not work for all universities, but the example may prove provocative, and stimulate a conversation about the ends of undergraduate education, and about the advantages and disadvantages of an interdisciplinary approach.


About the Speaker
James Cohn is a founding faculty member of Quest University Canada, a new and innovative undergraduate institution located north of Vancouver, BC. He has served there as Coordinator of the Arts and Humanities, Chief Academic Officer, and Executive Vice President. He received his BA in French and German from Dartmouth College, and after graduation won a Fulbright award for the study of literature and society in post-war Germany. He received his doctorate from the University of Chicago, studying in the interdisciplinary Committee on Social Thought under the direction of Nobel laureate Saul Bellow. His PhD takes up the problem of the influence of the Duc de St.-Simon’s Memoirs on Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. He was a tenured “tutor” at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, before emigrating to Canada to help design and run the fledgling Quest. His guiding question is, “What are the liberal arts?”

Registration

For information, please contact:
Mr. Thomas Lau , CETL
Phone: 3917 4807; Email: kanclau@hku.hk

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

Details of the workshop:

Date : 25 Oct 2018 (Thursday)
Time : 13:00pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Presenter : Prof. James Cohn, Quest University Canada
Facilitator : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, HKU

HKU staff and invited guests only.


Abstract

An interdisciplinary curriculum is not an end in itself. Rather, it is an open approach that hopes to give better, more comprehensive answers to pressing questions, answers that no single discipline, and no single method, by itself could answer. Our deceptively simple inquiry, then, will be to explore what questions we want answered. What do we risk, and what do we gain, when we ask questions that take us beyond our familiar horizon?
In this informal chat setting, we will discuss how and why of an interdisciplinary curriculum.

About the Speaker

James Cohn is a founding faculty member of Quest University Canada, a new and innovative undergraduate institution located north of Vancouver, BC. He has served there as Coordinator of the Arts and Humanities, Chief Academic Officer, and Executive Vice President. He received his BA in French and German from Dartmouth College, and after graduation won a Fulbright award for the study of literature and society in post-war Germany. He received his doctorate from the University of Chicago, studying in the interdisciplinary Committee on Social Thought under the direction of Nobel laureate Saul Bellow. His PhD takes up the problem of the influence of the Duc de St.-Simon’s Memoirs on Proust’s Remembrance of Things Past. He was a tenured “tutor” at St. John’s College in Santa Fe, NM, before emigrating to Canada to help design and run the fledgling Quest. His guiding question is, “What are the liberal arts?”

Registration

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

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Dear Colleagues,

As a way to prime the pump for the coming Common Core Course Proposal Process—which has now been streamlined into a one-stage, rather than a two-stage, process—we will have an informal gathering in the CC Lounge for those interested in the possibility of developing a proposal. We will be seeking, as always, courses that are organized around topics of significance that you care deeply about, that will be appealing to students across all the faculties, be interdisciplinary and multimodal in content, and make use of active assessments (instead of relying on traditional exams). We are also seeking courses that are highly experiential or use a flipped classroom or other alternative forms of design.

Finally, we are hoping to see ideas that might add to our proposed CC Transdisciplinary Minor in Gender, Sexuality, and Difference, especially in the AoIs of Scientific and Technological Literacy and China. (Our first two Minors/Clusters are in Sustaining Cities, Cultures, and the Earth and The Universe and the Question of Meaning.)

Chat-n-Snack Session
“Curious about Creating a Common Core Course?”

Date : Thursday, October 4, 2018
Time : 4.00pm – 5.30pm
Venue : Common Core Lounge, Room 150, 1/F Main Building

Everyone is welcomed! And snacks included….

For registration, please contact Ms. Charmaine Tse at charmainetse@hku.hk.
Thank you.

All best,
Gray

Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, PhD
Professor and Director: The Common Core

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

Details of the workshop:

Date : 27 Sep 2018 (Thursday)
Time : 1:00pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, HKU

Career Building: Developing Your Teaching Ideas, Insight and Action Workshop Series

Workshop I: Teaching Excellence Awards Workshop – Understanding the criteria and Preparing your Portfolio
Abstract

This workshop is open to all teaching staff who are preparing their teaching portfolio particularly for the TEA scheme. Staff will be provided an overview of the award schemes, the key selection criteria and advice in preparing an evidence-based teaching portfolio. 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.

HKU staff and invited guests only.

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 : 3 Oct 2018 (Wednesday)
Time : 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Presenter : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, HKU

Abstract

In this workshop, we will discuss how to turn a traditional lecture classroom into a fun, rewarding and challenging environment with minimum efforts, how to increase interactions between students and teachers, and students and students. This is a practical workshop, be ready to have fun with me! Examples and methods will be shared and demonstrated to motivate students in a classroom.

HKU staff and invited guests only.

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 : 24 October, 2018 (Wednesday)
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

Details and Online registration: https://www.cetl.hku.hk/tef181024/

Abstract

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 16, 2018 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_2018-19.pdf.

Registration

For enquiries, please contact:
Miss Noranda Zhang by email noranda@hku.hk

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About this course
“If history is our guide, we can assume that the battle between the intellect and will of the human species and the extraordinary adaptability of microbes will be never-ending.” (1)

Despite all the remarkable technological breakthroughs that we have made over the past few decades, the threat from infectious diseases has significantly accelerated. In this course, we will learn why this is the case by looking at the fundamental scientific principles underlying epidemics and the public health actions behind their prevention and control in the 21st century.

This course covers the following four topics:

  1. Origins of novel pathogens;
  2. Analysis of the spread of infectious diseases;
  3. Medical and public health countermeasures to prevent and control epidemics; and
  4. Panel discussions involving leading public health experts with deep frontline experiences to share their views on risk communication, crisis management, ethics and public trust in the context of infectious disease control.

In addition to the original introductory sessions on epidemics, we revamped the course by adding:

  1. new panel discussions with world-leading experts; and
  2. supplementary modules on next generation informatics for combating epidemics.

You will learn:

  1. the origins, spread and control of infectious disease epidemics;
  2. the importance of effective communication about epidemics; and
  3. key contemporary issues relating to epidemics from a global perspective.

Who is this class for
This is an introductory course suitable for all learners, with no prerequisite required.

Join the fight against epidemics now.

Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook for more updates!

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(1) Fauci AS, Touchette NA, Folkers GK. Emerging Infectious Diseases: a 10-Year Perspective from the National Institute of Allergy and Infectious Diseases. Emerg Infect Dis 2005 Apr; 11(4):519-25.

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