Workshop on Success Strategies for the Common Core

Date: 18th September, 2014 (Thursday)
Time: 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm
Venue: CPD-LG.09


Who is it for?

Open for all to attend
(especially Year 1 students)

What is it about?

This playful and interactive workshop will provide students with an introduction to assessment methods in the Common Core and focus on practical advice on how best to actively participate in class and tutorials. The Director of Common Core Curriculum will demonstrate a typical learning environment and request audience participation. AAO will highlight key academic resources and explain how to find academic support.

Who will speak?

  • Prof. Gray Kochhar-Lindgren, Director of Common Core Curriculum
  • Dr. Amy Lewis, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office

How to register on-line?


Teaching Excellence Award Scheme 2014

Message from Academic Development and Quality Assurance Section of the Registry

teas2014Further to the circular from the Provost dated June 16, 2014, this is to remind colleagues and students that nominations are now invited for the University Distinguished Teaching Award (UDTA) and the Outstanding Teaching Awards (OTAs) under the Teaching Excellence Award Scheme (TEAS) in 2014.

The TEAS aims to recognise, reward and promote excellence in teaching at the University. All Faculties are encouraged to nominate colleagues who have made an outstanding contribution to the leadership and scholarship of Teaching and Learning at both Faculty and University levels for the University Distinguished Teaching Award, and colleagues who have demonstrated excellence in teaching and curriculum development for the Outstanding Teaching Awards. The Outstanding Teaching Award comprises individual and team awards, the latter is to recognise and promote collaborative effort and achievement in enhancing Teaching and Learning.

For further details, please refer to the circular at:


Nominees are encouraged to contact the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) for advice on the preparation of teaching portfolios. Two TEAS Workshops organised by CETL will be held on September 29 and November 13, 2014 to support interested staff members to prepare for their submissions. Details about the workshops are available via the following links:

September 2014 Workshop:
November 2014 Workshop:

All nominations and the supporting documents should reach Ms. Synthia Chau, Academic Development and Quality Assurance Section, by December 12, 2014. Enquiries may be directed to Ms. Chau on 2859 2440 or via email to

CETL Workshop: Teaching Excellence Award Scheme Workshop

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


This workshop is open to all teaching staff who are interested in finding out more about the Teaching Excellence Awards. Staff will be provided an overview of the award scheme, 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.

Date: 29th September, 2014 (Monday)
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building

For more information about the workshop and the award scheme, please contact Dr. Cecilia Chan from CETL at 3917 8534 or email her at


For information on registration, please contact:
Ms Ivy Lai, CETL
Phone: 3917 8996; Email:

CETL & CC Seminar: Student-Centered Teaching: Joys and Challenges of the Greatest Profession


Organized by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) and Common Core Curriculum Office (CC)

Speakers: Dr Todd Zakrajsek,
Executive Director, Academy of Educators in the School of Medicine and
Associate Professor, Department of Family Medicine, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, USA.
Date : 26th September, 2014 (Friday)
Time : 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building


Having the opportunity to mould future generations is an amazing opportunity and a daunting responsibility. Teaching well can be very challenging. There is a great deal of research demonstrating the effectiveness of student-centered and engaged learning. In this session we will explore teaching as a “profession,” and look at why teaching is exceptionally important to everyone and how research on teaching and learning can help us to be better at educating others. This session is designed to encourage participants to think about assessment, the roles of teachers and students, teaching, and learning in new and fundamentally different ways.

About the Speakers:

Dr Todd Zakrajsek is the Executive Director of the Academy of Educators in the School of Medicine and an Associate Professor in the Department of Family Medicine at UNC-Chapel Hill. He is the immediate past Executive Director of the Center for Faculty Excellence at University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. Prior to that, he was the Inaugural Director of the Faculty Center for Innovative Teaching at Central Michigan University and the founding Director of the Center for Teaching and Learning at Southern Oregon University, where he also taught in the psychology department as a tenured associate professor.

Dr Zakrajsek currently directs three National Lilly Conferences on College and University Teaching and Learning and one International Teaching Conference and also sits on two educationally related boards: Education Research Initiative for Lenovo Computer and Technology Enhanced Instruction for Microsoft.

For information on registration, please contact:
Ms Ivy Lai , CETL
Phone: 3917 8996; Email:

ITS Orientations for New Staff

Message from Information Technology Services

8619731692_2382cf2b21_cDear colleagues,

To provide new University staff and students 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. All new University members are welcome to join.

1. Use of AV/IT Equipment in Central Classrooms

To familiarize themselves with the classroom facility, teachers and class instructors are recommended to join one of the training sessions on use of AV/IT Equipment in Central Classrooms. Through this session, they will be able to learn how to use the control panel, visualizer and other AV/IT equipment in the centrally timetabled classrooms.

For the class schedule and registration, please visit

2. Orientation Seminars

The seminar on “Introduction to Information Technology Services (ITS)” gives an introduction on the comprehensive range of central IT and network services offered by ITS. The seminar will be repeated four times.

In addition to the introductory session, different orientation sessions about teaching and learning will be arranged. Staff and students are welcome to attend seminars on “Introduction of Moodle Learning Management System and Panopto Lecture Capture System” and “About the University’s Research Support Computing Environment and the HPC/HTC Facilities” that follow the introduction session. You can also join the “Chi Wah Learning Commons Guided tour” to learn more about our learning spaces.

For the schedule of the orientation seminars, please refer to

3. Exhibition

An Exhibition will be held at Chi Wah Learning Commons G/F in the first two weeks (Sep 1 – Sep 10) of the first semester with display boards showing the core IT Services, in particular the support for teaching and learning and research with University. Staff will be there from 1-2 pm on Monday to Friday (except September 9, 2014) to introduce ITS facilities and answer questions.

For details, please refer to

Veronica Yick
User Services
Information Technology Services

CITE Seminar – Why Do Some Students Become More Engaged in Collaborative Wiki Writing?

Message from Centre for Information Technology in Education within the Faculty of Education

CITE Seminar Series 2013/2014

CITE Seminar – Why Do Some Students Become More Engaged in Collaborative Wiki Writing? The Role of Sense of Relatedness

Date: 21 August 2014
Time: 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue: Room 104, 1/F., Runme Shaw Building, The University of Hong Kong
Speaker: Dr. Michele Notari, Professor for educational Technology at the University of Teacher Education Bern Switzerland

About the Seminar
This seminar aims to investigate the role of sense of relatedness in students’ engagement in using wikis in collaborative writing.

Focus questions will address the following topics: ‘To what extent does the sense of relatedness predict students’ behavioral engagement in collaborative wiki writing?’; ‘To what extent does the sense of relatedness predict students’ emotional engagement in collaborative wiki writing?’ and ‘To what extent does the sense of relatedness predict students’ cognitive engagement in collaborative wiki writing?’

The presented research was conducted in a Hong Kong secondary school where 422 students participated in the study and answered questionnaires about their sense of relatedness and their level of engagement when using wikis for open collaborative project work. Results from the regression analyses showed that students’ sense of relatedness with their teacher and peers facilitated their engagement in the collaborative wiki writing environment. The results were also consistent with the educational psychology research findings in a traditional classroom setting. Most importantly, the result from this study showed the possible linkage between IT in education research and the educational psychology literature. Implications of psychological factors on students’ learning in technologically-enriched learning environments are discussed.

About the Speaker
Professor Dr. Michele Notari is a lecturer at the University of Teacher Education in Bern, Switzerland and was an honorary assistant professor in the Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong. He has published articles in key journals in the area of technology-enhanced learning, a book and several book chapters related to collaborative learning using participative technologies. He is guest editor of a special edition of the Journal of Educational Research and Evaluation, board member of Wikisym, the international symposium on open Collaboration, the international Conference on Mobile Learning, and International Mobile Learning Festival. He holds a PhD in education, master degree in biology and computer sciences from the University of Berne, and a master degree in educational technologies from the University of Geneva. His research focus is on using participative technologies for formative assessment and effective collaboration.

Please register at

Common Core Forum on 30 May 2014

Resources (HKU Portal Login Required)


A Common Core Forum was held on May 30, 2014 from 2:15 pm to 5:00 pm in Room 102, K.K. Leung Building.


2:15 – 2:20 pm Welcome Remarks and Introduction – Professor George Tham
2:20 – 2:40 pm Presentation: Findings of the Semester 2 Student Evaluation of Teaching and Learning (SETL) on Common Core Courses
– Mr Gwyn Edwards
2:40 – 3:20 pm Sharing Session: An exploration of the Common Core Curriculum
– Ms Miranda Legg
3:20 – 3:45 pm Tea/coffee Break
3:45 – 4:25 pm Small Group Discussion
4:25 – 5:00 pm Report Back and Way Forward – Professor George Tham & Professor Gina Marchetti

Previous Common Core Forums

CETL Programme: Introduction to Teaching and Learning @ HKU

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

Date: 18th September, 2014 (Thurs) NEW!
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Venue: Multi-purpose Zone, 3/F, HKU Main Library


This one-day ‘Introduction to Teaching and Learning @ HKU’ programme is a foundation programme in teaching and learning at the University of Hong Kong and is designed for teaching staff, regardless of previous teaching experience, who are new to teaching at HKU. The overall aim is to provide new staff with a better understanding of specific issues relating to teaching and learning context in Hong Kong and at HKU. Staff will hear from leading Senior Academics in areas of strategic importance to the University.

During this programme, participants will be able to gain knowledge and to engage in discussions relating to issues relevant to teaching and learning at HKU. These will include the overview of the 4-year undergraduate curriculum reform delivered by Professor George Tham, Associate Vice-President of HKU, the demography and culture of HKU students, English as a medium of instruction, the common core curriculum, the role and nature of academic advising and about e-learning at HKU. Participants will also have the opportunity to talk in small groups to Outstanding Teaching Award (OTA) winners at HKU and learn about the diverse ways that have made HKU teaching more outcomes-based and how these have enhanced the learning effectiveness of their teaching.

Online Registration

Registration will close on 10th Sept (Wed) at 3:30pm.

For information on registration, please contact:
Ms. Ivy Lai, CETL
Phone: 3917 8996; Email:

Distinguished Lecture on The World Bank Group Twin Goals and Implications for Policy Making by Professor Kaushik Basu

Message from Faculty of Business and Economics

Dear All,

The Faculty of Business and Economics and Institute for China and Global Development present a Distinguished Lecture entitled “The World Bank Group Twin Goals and Implications for Policy-Making” by Professor Kaushik Basu, Chief Economist and Senior Vice President of The World Bank.

Date: June 30, 2014 (Monday)
Time: 02:15pm – 03:45pm
Venue: Room 315, 3/F, K.K. Leung Building, HKU

About the lecture: The World Bank Group recently adopted two overarching goals – the end of extreme, chronic poverty in the world by 2030 and the promotion of shared prosperity in every society. The lecture will review past trends on poverty, the strengths and weaknesses of the goals, and their implications for policy making, especially in the presence of globalization. Join Professor Kaushik Basu, The World Bank’s Chief Economist and Senior Vice President for a discussion of the age-old debate on growth versus direct welfare interventions as instruments for countering poverty.


For enquiries, please contact us at or 3917-8133.

Best regards,
Communications Team
Faculty of Business and Economics
Room 502, K.K. Leung Building
The University of Hong Kong







SoL-SRT & CITE Joint Seminar: A computer science perspective on collaborative learning and knowledge building

Message from Sciences of Learning Strategic Research Theme

Seminar: A computer science perspective on collaborative learning and knowledge building

Speaker: Professor H. Ulrich Hoppe, the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany
Date: June 20, 2013
Time: 12:45-14:00
Venue: Runme Shaw 101, HKU

The Collide research group (”Collaborative Learning in Intelligent Distributed Environments”, link: at the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) forms part of the Department of Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Science within the Faculty of Engineering. First, the talk will briefly address the interdisciplinary composition of the department and its impact on teaching and advanced student projects. Then it will focus on two example project areas.

(A) Technical support for collaborative inquiry learning:The EU project COLDEX (“Collaborative Learning and Distributed Experimentation”, 2002-05), led by the Collide group, developed and tested collaborative modelling tools for various areas of science learning together with a globally accessible repository of learner-created models. Learning by sharing such “emerging learning objects” was a main theme of COLDEX. This idea has been taken up in a later EU project (SCY – “Science Created by You”, 2008-12), coordinated by the Univ. of Twente (NL), by facilitating learner experience through larger “missions” in the SCY-Lab environment. The on-going EU project Go-Lab (2012-16) focuses on providing uniform access to a variety of remote laboratories, both virtual and physical. It particularly features customisable web-based learning environments and learning analytics components.

(B) Applying network analysis techniques to learning and knowledge building communities:In the context of the European “Science in Society” project SISOB (2011-13), Collide has developed a flexible workbench for network analysis of knowledge building communities. Whereas SISOB studied the social impact of science and research in general, these tools have also been applied in a “Learning Analytics” context, e.g. to analyse the evolution of ideas in the Wikiversity community. A recent application addresses patterns of resource usage in a blended learning course.

About the speaker

H. Ulrich Hoppe holds a full professorship for “Cooperative and Learning Support Systems” in the Department of Computer Science and Applied Cognitive Science (Engineering Faculty) at the University of Duisburg-Essen, Germany. With an original background in mathematics and physics, followed by a PhD in educational technology (Tuebingen University, 1984), Ulrich Hoppe has been working for more than ten years in the area of Intelligent User Interfaces and Cognitive User Models (1984-95), before he re-focused his research on Technology-Enhanced Learning and Knowledge Management. He joined the University of Duisburg as a professor in 1995 and founded the research group COLLIDE on Collaborative Learning in Intelligent Distributed Environments (COLLIDE) in the same year. With the COLLIDE group, Ulrich Hoppe has been engaged in more than 10 European projects in the area of advanced computational technologies for learning and and knowledge management. Ulrich Hoppe has been programme co-chair of CSCL 2003 in Bergen (Norway), AIED 2003 in Sydney (Australia), ICCE 2007 in Hiroshima (Japan), and CRIWG 2012 in Raesfeld (Germany).

His current research interests are:

  • Interactive and collaborative media for learning and knowledge construction
  • Analysis, modelling, and intelligent support of interactive and collaborative learning processes
  • Social network analysis and community support

For registration, go to