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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.

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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.

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As an ideal teachers want their students to be engaged. However, it is not straightforwardly obvious what we mean by engagement. Colloquially we might say that students are engaged when they are attentive, active, involved and committed to their learning. However, a colloquial understanding of engagement does not provide a theoretical framework for developing engaging learning environments. In this seminar Dr. Iain Doherty will present a theoretical framework for understanding the component parts of student engagement. Reference will be made to who technologies can be leveraged to engage students.

Dr. Iain Doherty, Director e-learning Pedagogical Support Unit, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
Date: 14 June 2013 (Friday)
Time: 12:45 – 2:00pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building, HKU

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

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Dr Andrys Onsman@HKU
Academics in all the world’s higher education institutions are facing the twin pressures of researching and teaching but nowhere is that more evident than in the research intensive universities. One way to “kill two birds with one stone” is to do serious and publishable research about your own practice as a researcher who is passionate about teaching. By collaborating with a teacher who is passionate about researching, the best of both worlds can be brought to the table. Discipline-based education journals are slowly inching up the ranking tables – which is a win-win situation for both parties. This seminar draws on personal experience for examples of how such collaborations can be brought to successful conclusions.

Date    : June 5, 2013 (Wednesday)
Time    : 12:45pm – 2pm
Venue   : Room 322, Run Run Shaw Building
Speaker : Dr Andrys Onsman

For details and online registration, please go to http://www.cetl.hku.hk/seminar130605.

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

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

Assessment tasks are increasingly moving towards incorporating a teaching strategy. Although the formative and summative aspects of assessment are still very powerful and useful constructs, the function of encouraging students to acquire knowledge and skills as they complete an assessment task is also gaining traction. From the simple idea of allowing students to change MCQ responses in the light of answers given to later questions (and tracking those changes), to encouraging students to make deliberate mistakes in order to learn, assessment tasks are increasingly designed to allow students to gain new insights rather than simply be records of achievement. How is this expansion of assessment purpose made manifest in environments where there are increasingly larger class sizes, increasingly more demands on the time of the academic, and increasingly longer (and more transparent) institutional compliance check lists? Where can we find world’s best practice? How can we incorporate it in our own teaching?

Date : June 3, 2013 (Monday)
Time : 12:45pm – 2pm
Venue : Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building
Speaker : Dr Andrys Onsman

For details and online registration, please go to http://www.cetl.hku.hk/seminar130603.


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To celebrate the successful launching of the full Common Core (CC) Curriculum in 2012-13, a CC Forum was held on May 28, 2013 for course teachers to share experience and innovative/good practices of teaching CC courses.

The forum programme

2:00 – 2:30 pm Presentation: Review of Common Core Courses 2012 and Preparation for 2013 – Mr Gwyn Edwards


2:30 – 3:00 pm Sharing Session 1: Innovative/Good Practices of teaching/assessing Common Core Courses I
Shaping the Landscape: A Quest for Harmony between Nature and the City (CCHU9023) – Ms Vincci Mak

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3:00 – 3:30 pm Sharing Session 2: Innovative/Good Practices of teaching/assessing Common Core Courses II
Music and the Human Body (CCHU9038) – Dr Giorgio Biancorosso

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3:30 – 3:50 pm Tea/coffee Break
3:50 – 4:20 pm Sharing Session 3: Innovative/Good Practices of teaching/assessing Common Core Courses III
Protests, Rebellions and Revolutions in Modern China: From 1840 until Today (CCCH9009) – Dr Xiaojun Yan


4:20 – 4:50 pm Sharing Session 4: Innovative/Good Practices of teaching/assessing Common Core Courses IV
Media in the Age of Globalization (CCGL9011) – Professor Ying Chan
4:50 – 5:00 pm Summing Up and Way Forward – Professor Joseph Chan
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-social-network-background-with-media-iconsThrough the support of a TDG grant, the speakers experimented with social media tools to enhance students’ experiential and capstone learning. This seminar aims to present factors that support successful adoption of social media tools to optimize students’ learning (e.g., in final year projects, group projects, and internships). A wiki, Google sites, has been used to support group projects. Customized group workspaces have been set up after thorough consultation with lecturers and tailored to the assignment specification. Customized training materials have been developed for each deployment, and were made available to students and lecturers. Hands-on training workshops have been delivered to students before deployment. Students were asked to use the workspaces throughout the duration of the group project as a collaborative project management tool. For internships, students were given instruction on how to engage in the Facebook system during their internship. They were asked to write their self-reflections on their internship experience and post them to the online platform every one to two days. In addition, they were also asked to respond to their peers’ reflections at least one to two times weekly for mutual support and collaboration. Social media can facilitate collaboration, and enhance transparency in students’ learning progress and their individual contribution in group projects.

Date: 26 April 2013 (Friday)
Time: 12:00 noon – 1:30 pm
Venue: Room 101, 1/F., Runme Shaw Building, The University of Hong Kong
Dr Sam Chu, Associate Professor, Faculty of Education, The University of Hong Kong
Dr Katherine Chen, Assistant Professor, School of English, The University of Hong Kong

About the Speakers
Dr. Samuel Kai Wah Chu is an Associate Professor (Division of Information & Technology Studies) and the Deputy Director (Centre for Information Technology in Education) in the Faculty of Education, the University of Hong Kong. He is also the Program Director for MSc [Library & Information Management].

Dr. Katherine Chen is an assistant professor at the School of English, the University of Hong Kong. She is a sociolinguist and linguistic anthropologist specializing in language ideologies and identities, multilingualism, transnationalism, language and gender, ethnography and video sociolinguistics. For more details about the seminar and online registration, please visit

For more details about the seminar and online registration, please visit

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3may2013Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) are arguably the most talked about phenomenon in today’s educational landscape. Their potential for changing our understanding of the way in which teaching is delivered is, well, massive. However, a lot of questions remain. What exactly are MOOCs? Are there different types of MOOCs? Why are universities jumping into the MOOC arena? How should a MOOC be organized in order to ensure a quality learning experience for students? Iain Doherty will answer these questions and more in this seminar.

Speaker: Dr. Iain Doherty, Director e-learning Pedagogical Support Unit, Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning
Date: 3 May 2013 (Friday)
Time: 12:45 – 2:00pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building, HKU

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

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Politics and International Relations Professor David Held, whose work has been hugely influential in the areas of political theory, globalization and governance, shared with nearly 200 students, staff, and alumni on the underlying reasons for failures in global cooperation in the 21st century in his lecture “Gridlock: Why global cooperation is failing when we need it most”, which was held on March 19, 2013 in the Rayson Huang Theatre.

Professor Held pointed out that failure in global cooperation could be explained by a number of underlying factors coming together, and he called this situation “the gridlock”. Getting out of the gridlock is inherently difficult, not only because agreement on global policy is difficult, but that the previous phases of successful globalization had made many states increasingly inward-looking, which further exacerbated the mechanisms of the gridlock.

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The Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre (GHELC) seminar series offers faculty members valuable information on experiential learning, providing fundamentals of various key components of experiential learning, its practice and implementation. Through these seminars, the benefits for faculty members will be: intellectual stimulation; developing working relationships, especially interdisciplinary relationships; building a greater sense of intellectual community; learning new teaching and research methods; and learning about new opportunities.

Title: Academic-Community Partnership in Supervising Student Learning
Date: 14 May 2013 (Tuesday)
Time: 12:30 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.
Venue: Run Run Shaw Building Room321, The University of Hong Kong
Speaker: Mr. John Lin (Faculty of Architecture, HKU)

Experiential learning involves collaborative, reflective investigation of real-world issues from a variety of personal, social and disciplinary perspectives. Discussion will focus on the problem-solving strategies, and determine how to deal with challenges that arise when using experiential learning as a teaching and learning pedagogy. The seminar will introduce the Design Studio for Year 1 Architecture undergraduate students, which involves the design of a public space culminating in a one-week construction project in Conghua Village in Guangdong, China.

About the Speaker
John Lin is an architect based in Hong Kong and currently an Assistant Professor at The University of Hong Kong. He was born in Taiwan and immigrated to the US. After studying in both the Art and Engineering programs at The Cooper Union in New York City, he received a professional degree in Architecture in 2002. His current research concerns the process of urbanization in rural China with a focus on the sustainable development of Chinese villages. His current projects include the design of several school buildings, a village community center, a hospital and a sustainable house prototype in China. Located in rural areas of Shaanxi, Jiangxi, Guizhou, Hainan, Hunan and Guangdong provinces they integrate local and traditional construction practices with contemporary sustainable technologies. The projects coordinate between Chinese and Hong Kong universities, education bureaus, ministries of construction, and local governments along with NGO’s and charity organizations. His research and work has been published widely and exhibited in various places including the Architecture Park (Kolonihaven) at the Louisiana Museum of Modern Art in Copenhagen 2004, the Hong Kong & Shenzhen Bi-City Biennale of Architecture and Urbanism 2007 and 2009, the Beijing Architecture Biennale 2008 and at the Venice Biennale of Architecture 2008 and 2010. He has received two AR Awards for Emerging Architecture in 2009 and 2010 for his Qinmo Village School and Taiping Bridge Renovation projects. He has taught previously at the Royal Danish Academy of Fine Arts, School of Architecture and The Chinese University of Hong Kong. He is the 2010 recipient of the Outstanding Teaching Award at The University of Hong Kong.


Should you have any enquiries, please feel free to contact Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre by email at ghelc@hku.hk

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