AAO Workshop: All you need to know about Common Core


Date: 12 Sept 2013 (Thursday)
Time: 5:45 pm to 7:00 pm
Venue: Meng Wah Complex, T3

Who is it for?

Open to all students.

What is it about?

This workshop will provide students with practical advice on understanding the common core curriculum requirement and how to prepare for these types of courses. Each area of inquiry will be highlighted. Current common core faculty and the director of common core will address typical questions from first year students and take questions from the audience.

Who will speak?

  • Mr. Gwyn Edwards, Director of the Common Core Curriculum
  • Dr. Amy Lewis, Academic Adviser, Academic Advising Office
  • Representatives from the four Areas of Inquiry:

Dr. David Pomfret Convenor of the Humanities AoI and course co-ordinator for “Making History: Engaging with the Powerful Past” (CCHU9003)

Scientific and Technological Literacy:

Professor L.C. Chan Leader for the AoI and course co-ordinator for “Blood, Beliefs, Biology” (CCST9024)

Global Issues

Dr. Gina Marchetti Convenor for the AoI and involved in the teaching of “Hong Kong Cinema through a Global Lens” (CCGL9001) and “Hong Kong Culture in the Context of Globalization”(CCGL9002)

China Culture, State and Society

Dr. Xianjun Yan Course co-ordinator of “Protests, Rebellions and Revolutions in Modern China: From 1840 until Today” (CCCH9009)

How to register?

Click here to register!


Telephone: 2219 4686
Email: aaoffice@hku.hk

EPSU Moodle Workshops: 11 – 13 Sep

feature-moodleITS and the e-learning Pedagogical Support Unit are offering a series of 3 workshops on enhancing teaching and learning through the use of Moodle. The first part of each workshop will be presented by ITS and will cover the “how to” of the core Moodle features and techniques that will be featured in the pedagogically focused second part of the workshop. There will be time for hands on in the final part of each workshop. The workshops are as follows:

  1. Moodle and Course Content. This workshop will cover uploading files and videos, presentational techniques and how to use Moodle Page and Book
  2. Moodle for Supporting Student Learning. This workshop will cover the Moodle features Choice, Quiz, Lesson and Assignment
  3. Moodle for Creating Interaction. This workshop will cover the Moodle features Forum, Glossary and Wiki

The workshops are scheduled to run for one and half hours will focus first on technology (half an hour) and then on pedagogy (half an hour). There will be time to get hands on with Moodle in the final half hour of each session.

Whilst the workshops have been designed to build on one another, it is not necessary to attend all three workshops.

Workshop Date Session A Session B Venue
Moodle and Course Content 11 Sept 2013 (Wednesday) 9:30 – 11:00am or 11:30am – 1:00pm Rm 201, Run Run Shaw
Moodle for Supporting Student Learning 12 Sept 2013 (Thursday) 9:30 – 11:00am or 11:30am – 1:00pm Rm 201, Run Run Shaw
Moodle for Creating Interaction 13 Sept 2013 (Friday) 9:30 – 11:00am or 11:30am – 1:00pm Rm 201, Run Run Shaw

Online Registration

For information on registration, please contact:
Ms Ivy Lai, CETL
Tel: 3917 8996
Email: laichun2@hku.hk

CETL Workshop: Improving assessment to enhance the quality and productivity of higher education

This workshop helps participants explore how to improve assessment and the quality and productivity of higher education.

Date: Sept 23, 2013 (Mon)
Time: 12:45pm – 2pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building
Facilitator: Dr Hamish Coates

To begin, I review underpinning contexts and concepts, then analyse two case studies that expose key methods and opportunities. To conclude this first portion of the workshop I present a model that institutions and academics can use to implement structured assessment partnerships.

Next, participants are invited to reflect broadly on how they would use the model to improve assessment, to identify the best single change they could make, and to detail what would be required to make this change work.

The workshop concludes by drawing together participants’ proposals, evaluating the value and feasibility of each, and drawing broader conclusions about how such effort can improve higher education.

Concluding remarks focus on work underway to impel change in this area, such as international transparency initiatives, the development of assessment resources and services, and building professional capacity and community.

For details and online registration, please go to http://www.cetl.hku.hk/workshop130923.

CETL Seminar: Using learning technologies to engage students in campus-based higher education


This seminar discusses rationales and approaches for using learning technologies on campus to engineer an engaged student experience. It begins by exploring contemporary forces shaping campus-based higher education, looking in particular at the influence of learning technologies. I then unpack the concept of student engagement, drawing on theories and findings from a decade of large-scale research in Australia and abroad. I conclude with suggestions for how academic and support staff can use learning technologies to enhance students’ engagement in campus-based higher education.

Date: Sept 24, 2013 (Tue)
Time: 12:45pm – 2pm
Venue: Room 322, Run Run Shaw Building
Speaker: Dr Hamish Coates

For details and online registration, please go to http://www.cetl.hku.hk/seminar130924

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

Please click on the following link for a short biography of Dr Hamish Coates:

ITS: Moodle and Panopto training courses for teachers

homepage-slide-1Message from Information Technology Services

ITS is pleased to organize Moodle and Panopto training courses for you to familiarize with our e-learning services available at HKU.

Moodle is the centrally managed Learning Management System (LMS) supporting e-Courses.

Panopto is the centrally supported lecture capture solution in HKU. It supports recording of audio and video input of your Windows/Macintosh laptop, synchronized with Microsoft PowerPoint presentation and desktop screencast.

The following upcoming hands-on training courses are now open for your registration. The course details can be found at http://moodle-support.hku.hk/cms/?q=training/cc and http://moodle-support.hku.hk/cms/?q=training/panopto

Please register by clicking the “Register” hyperlinks below. The number of seats is limited. After successful registration, if you cannot attend, please cancel the registration to release the reserved seat for other colleague. Thank you.

Moodle Training Courses

Course Code Moodle Course Title Date Time Venue Registation
MOD-001 Setting up Moodle Course Website 5 Sep, 2013 (Thu) 10:00am – 11:00am RRS-201 Register
MOD-002 Assignments, Choices and Quizzes 5 Sep, 2013 (Thu) 11:30am – 12:30pm RRS-201 Register
MOD-001 Setting up Moodle Course Website 9 Sep, 2013 (Mon) 10:00am – 11:00am RRS-201 Register
MOD-005 Turnitin and GradeMark 9 Sep, 2013 (Mon) 11:30am – 12:30pm RRS-201 Register

Panopto Training Courses

Course Code Panopto Course Title Date Time Venue Registration
PAN-001 Introduction of Panopto Lecture Video Capturing Solution 16 Sep, 2013 (Mon) 10:00am – 11:00am RRS-201 Register
PAN-002 Edit, Share and Output Panopto Video Recording 16 Sep, 2013 (Mon) 11:30am – 12:30pm RRS-201 Register
PAN-001 Introduction of Panopto Lecture Video Capturing Solution 25 Sep, 2013 (Wed) 3:00pm – 4:00pm CPD-1.21 Register
PAN-002 Edit, Share and Output Panopto Video Recording 25 Sep, 2013 (Wed) 4:30pm – 5:30pm CPD-1.21 Register
  • OLB-135 = Room 135, Old Library Building
    RRS-201 = Room 201, Run Run Shaw Building
    CPD-1.21, Central Podium (CPD), Centennial Campus
  • If you have taken a Moodle hands-oncourse offered by the ITS, we recommend you follow up with an e-learning Pedagogical Support Unit (EPSU) workshop and/or a Faculty of Education/ Centre for Information Technology in Education (CITE) seminar.
The EPSU of the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) offers pedagogically focused e-learning workshops, which leverage the central Moodle platform to enable good teaching practices. These workshops focus on teaching approaches and good teaching practices, complement the Moodle courses offered by the ITS and the Moodle seminars offered by the Faculty of Education/CITE, which tend to focus on innovative teaching practice using the new features available in Moodle.

e-learning workshops by EPSU/CETL

e-learning seminars by the Faculty of Education/CITE

For Orientation information on other ITS services including the AV/IT equipment in classrooms, especially the Orientation Trails from 2-6 September, please see – http://www.its.hku.hk/documentation/handbook/its-guide/2013-2014/orientation-seminars

For more information and inquiry on Panopto and Moodle training and support, please feel free to email: e-learningTeam@hku.hk

ITS Orientations for New Staff

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.

EPSU Seminar: Google Applications for Education (GAFE): Giving Students an e-learning Space

30jul2013_s-268x300Many colleagues will know that Moodle is the University’s Learning Management System of choice. Moodle is a potentially powerful tool for teachers to create rich, rewarding and engaging e-learning experiences. However, Moodle does not do so quite well when we begin to think of students as authors and architects of their learning.

In this seminar we will present Google Applications for Education (GAFE) and discuss the potential of GAFE for giving students spaces engage in learning on their terms and in an environment over which they have control. The seminar will consist of two parts. In part one Iain Doherty will provide an overview of GAFE and present a theoretical perspective on the importance of students having control over their learning. In part two Nicky Ng will provide practical examples of how GAFE might be used in teaching and learning.

Speakers: Dr. Iain Doherty and Mr. Nicky Ng, e-learning Pedagogical Support Unit
Date: 30 July 2013 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:45 – 2:00pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building, HKU

Online Registration

Add to your Google Calendar

For information on registration, please contact:
Ms Ivy Lai, CETL
Tel: 3917 8996
Email: laichun2@hku.hk

Common Core Staff Seminar: Reimagining the General Education Core


Speaker: Dr Gary Scudder, Professor of History, Champlain College, Vermont
Date: July 5, 2013 (Friday)
Time: 2 pm – 3:15 pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building, HKU


Dr Gary Scudder will discuss opportunities and challenges in implementing a General Education curriculum, focusing on his role as Assistant Dean of Global Engagement in initiating the innovative Global Modules program at Champlain College and as Assistant Dean of Curriculum in heading up the transformation of the Global Appreciation sequence at Zayed University.

About the Speaker

Gary Scudder received his doctorate from the University of Cincinnati and wrote his dissertation on Tudor national security. He has received numerous teaching awards, including the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching Vermont Professor of the Year and the Institute for International Education Community Award. Over the years he’s held several administrative posts, including Assistant Dean of Global Engagement at Champlain College, Assistant Dean of Curriculum at Zayed University, and Interdisciplinary Studies Coordinator at Georgia Perimeter College.


Enquiries can be made with Miss Scarlet Poon (tel: 2219 4957; email: scarletws@hku.hk).

CETL Required Programme: Intoduction to Teaching and Learning @ HKU

5This 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 engage in discussion and hands on activities 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 Amy B.M. Tsui, the PVC of HKU, the demography and culture of HKU students, English as a medium of instruction, the common core curriculum and e-learning at HKU. Participants will also learn about the many forms of and uses for the evaluation of teaching and learning at HKU and about the opportunities for teaching development grants and teaching awards at HKU.

Date: 10 Sept 2013 (Tue)
Time: 9:30am – 3:30pm
Venue: Multi-purpose Zone, 3/F, HKU Main Library

Learning Outcomes

Upon completion of the programme, participants will be expected to have:

  1. Discussed the implications for teaching and learning in relation to current changes in the HK education system and at HKU
  2. Engaged in active discussions on demographic, cultural and language issues relevant to teaching and learning from the perspectives of the students and the teachers
  3. Participated in activities demonstrating the use of student evaluation of teaching and learning at HKU
  4. Identified different teaching-related opportunities and activities to motivate and enhance student learning available at HKU
  5. Identified opportunities to pursue the scholarship of teaching and learning

The ‘Introduction to Teaching and Learning @ HKU’ is a required programme for all new academic and academic-related staff with full-time teaching responsibilities commencing on or after September 1, 2011, and should be taken within the first year of service and there are no exemptions. If you are unclear as to whether this applies to you, please do not hesitate to contact Dr. Gayle Morris, the Director of Academic Programmes.

Early registration is encouraged as enrollment is limited.

In the event of full registration, priority will be given to new academic and academic-related staff with full-time teaching responsibilities commencing on or after September 1, 2011.

Registration and Programme

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

CETL Seminar: Using Mobile Phones for Interactive Teaching and Learning and for Assessment – iClass Experience Sharing


Prof. Ying Chan, Director, Journalism and Media Studies Centre
Dr. Wilton Fok, Director, e-Learning Technology Development Laboratory, Department of Electrical and Electronic Engineering
Dr. Cecilia Chan, Assistant Professor, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning

Date: 17 June, 2013 (Mon)
Time: 12:30pm – 2:00pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building, HKU

iClass is an interactive mobile learning system supported by the University Teaching Development Grant. Teachers and students can use their iPhones, iPads, Android smartphones and laptops, or any mobile devices to share ideas, conduct assessment and analyze the result in a class in real-time. It had been used in some courses in the Faculty of Engineering, Social Science, Medicine and Dentistry. iClass has shown effectiveness in engaging and providing opportunities for students to students; teachers to students interactions. In this workshop, Prof. Ying Chan will share the good practice of using iClass in her common core course for in-class assessment and interactive discussion. Dr. Wilton Fok will introduce the new features of iClass and demonstrate its operation.

In the workshop, you will learn:

  • How to share graphics and drawings in class?
  • How to share text based ideas and organized in different dimensions?
  • How to create different types of quiz: MC, fill-in-the-blank, matching and numerical answer?
  • How to use the built-in statistic tools to analyze the performance in question level, student level and class level?
  • How to collect and share audio? E.g. for oral presentation or debate.

Please bring your own devices: any laptop/smartphone/tablet PC run in iOS, Android/ Window.


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