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Assessment drives learning, and authentic assessment is key to producing better, deeper and more sustainable learning, said Professor Rick Glofcheski in the Authentic Assessment Symposium: The Transformation of Learning in Higher Education on May 3, 2018. In this Symposium, practitioners from various disciplines in HKU shared how they transform students’ learning experience with authentic assessments and technology.

Group photo of speakers, panel discussant and student representatives.
(From left to right) Back row: Professor Rick Glofcheski, Dr. Michael Botelho, Dr. Tim Wotherspoon, Mr. John Guest, Professor David Carless, Dr. Pamela Lee;
Middle row: Mr. David Lee, Ms. Alice Lee, Ms. Xiaotian Zhang, Ms. Tess Hogue, Ms. Vincci Mak, Ms. Tanya Kempston, Ms. Andrea Qi;
Front row: Ms. Sharon Kit-Yee Yuen, Mr. Santos Ting San Cheung, Mr. Anson Hui, Mr. Jun Seongjun Ko

What is Authentic Assessment?

An authentic assessment is one that requires real-world applications of learning. It often engages students in solving complex and ill-defined problems while taking into account the broad social context.

One of the fundamental goals of university education is to get students prepared for the challenges in the real world, and one way to facilitate their learning is to design authentic assessment tasks. As pointed out by Professor Glofcheski in his introduction, “students’ learning habits are to a large degree driven by how they will be assessed”, assessments are therefore vital in motivating students to make meaningful connections between doctrinal learning and the real world. This is where authenticity comes into play in assessment design.

Compared to conventional assessment, “[authentic assessment] produces better learning, deeper learning, and more sustainable learning”, said Professor Glofcheski.

The Use of Technology in Authentic Assessment Practices

Authentic assessment practices have been adopted across different disciplines in HKU, some of which are enabled by technology. Here are some examples:

Engaging Law Students with Reflective Media Diary

Professor Glofcheski engages his students with authentic news stories. In his tort law class, students are expected to identify and analyze news stories from a legal perspective, and create their own online news diary.

Unlike conventional examinations which often consists of hypothetical, artificial, and sometimes exaggerated problems, the reflective media diary engages students with real-world incidents. More importantly, it pushes them to exercise their own judgement in evaluating whether a news story is relevant to the subject matter. News writers normally do not use words such as “tort” or “negligence”, “this mimics how it will be in the real-world,” said Professor Glofcheski.

Facilitating Learning with Video Exemplars of Key Skills Performances in Dentistry

Dr. Michael Botelho from the Faculty of Dentistry facilitates learning and prepares students for assessment with videos. He video-recorded authentic, in-the-moment, evaluations of individual students’ performance and uploaded the videos to Moodle, an online learning management system (LMS), for all students to view. This gives students a clear idea about how they are going to be assessed and what clinical skills they are expected to develop, hence “opening the black box of stressful exams”. Since the videos are available online, students can review them multiple times before the actual assessment.

Assessing Medical Students Real-time with E-portfolio

Dr. Pamela Lee from the Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine conducts real-time assessment of her students when they are practicing with real patients on-site. She observes students’ performance in the ward, an authentic workplace, and assess their practical competences on an e-portfolio system. This is an effective way to evaluate students’ competencies in practising in the real world.

(Left) Dr. Lee assessing students’ competence in examining real patients in the ward with an iPad.
(Right) The e-portfolio system for real-time assessment.

Facilitating Peer Assessment in Teaching Drama

“In authentic assessment, feedback is very important,” said Ms. Tanya Kempston, instructor of the Common Core Course CCHU9059 Making and Appreciating Drama. In her class, students perform drama in groups and assess their peers using an online tool called TEAMMATES.

In order to “make the assessment a more authentic experience for our students”, Ms. Kempston believes that assessment should not be unidirectional and carried out only by the course lecturer. Instead, students should be given the opportunity to provide formative qualitative feedback for their peers and grade them in terms of their contributions to the group.

Highlights of the Symposium

Check out the following recordings of the Symposium for more inspiring ideas in teaching and learning!

Authentic Assessment: Introduction and Example (Reflective Media Diary)

Professor Rick Glofcheski
Professor, Faculty of Law

Download the slides here.

Authentic Assessment in “Shaping the Landscape” at HKU

Ms. Vincci Mak
Senior Lecturer, Division of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Architecture

Slides unavailable for privacy concerns

Authentic Assessment of Multi-domain Competencies for Independent Professional Practice

Dr. Pamela Lee
Clinical Associate Professor, Education Coordinator, Department of Paediatrics and Adolescent Medicine, LKS Faculty of Medicine

Download the slides here.

Authentic Assessment for Clinical Higher Order Thinking and Performance Skills

Dr. Michael Botelho
Clinical Associate Professor, Faculty of Dentistry

Download the slides here.

Authentic Assessment in Making and Appreciating Drama

Ms. Tanya Kempston
Lecturer, Faculty of Education

Download the slides here.

Authentic Assessment in Business Ethics

Mr. David Lee
Senior Lecturer, Faculty of Business and Economics

Download the slides here.

Authentic Assessment in International Relations

Dr. Courtney Fung
Assistant Professor, Department of Politics and Public Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences

Download the slides here.

Authentic Assessment with Analysing Film Clips

Mr. John Guest
Assistant Lecturer, Department of Linguistics, Faculty of Arts

Download the slides here.

Photographic Portfolio in Simplifying Complexity

Dr. Tim Wotherspoon
Lecturer, Faculty of Science

Download the slides here.

Authentic Assessment with Narrative Journalism

Ms. Tess Hogue
Lecturer, Centre for Applied English Studies

Download the slides here.

A 3D approach to integrated learning and assessment

Ms. Alice Lee
Associate Dean (Academic Affairs), Associate Professor, Faculty of Law

Transforming Your own Teaching

Authentic assessments generate positive backwash effect on students’ learning experience. Contact us if you are interested in enhancing learning with authentic assessment and technology.


Promoting and Enabling Technology-Enriched Learning: Challenges and StrategiesOrganized by Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative (TELI)

Details of the event:

Date : 30 May, 2018 (Wednesday)
Time : 4:00pm – 5:30pm
Venue : CPD 2.42 CPD 2.37, The Jockey Club Tower, Centennial Campus, The University of Hong Kong
(Due to overwhelming response, the venue has been changed to CPD 2.42)
Speaker : Toru Iiyoshi, Ph.D. (Kyoto University)
Respondent : Professor Ricky Kwok (The University of Hong Kong)

Abstract
Emerging educational innovations and methods, such as MOOCs, SPOCs, OERs, Flipped/Blended Learning, Gamification, AI, VR, AR, and Analytics, are radically transforming learning and teaching in higher education. This talk addresses how we can strategically promote and enable Technology-Enhanced Learning at institution, department, and individual levels. It also reviews and examines some exemplary efforts and practices that help guide us towards inventing the “next-generation” higher education. Finally, with the participants, the session explores how we can create an ecosystem that enables us to build necessary support capacity for more personalized, flexible, and on-demand lifelong learning.

About the Speaker
Toru Iiyoshi is Deputy Vice President for Education, and Director and a professor at the Center for the Promotion of Excellence in Higher Education of Kyoto University. He also serves as Executive Director of KyotoUx. Previously, he was a senior scholar and Director of the Knowledge Media Laboratory at the Carnegie Foundation for the Advancement of Teaching, and Senior Strategist in the Office of Educational Innovation and Technology at Massachusetts Institute of Technology. Dr. Iiyoshi has served as a member of the World Economic Forum’s Global Agenda Council on Technology and Education as well as a visiting professor of the Graduate School of Interdisciplinary Information Studies at the University of Tokyo. He is a co-editor of the Carnegie Foundation book, Opening Up Education: The Collective Advancement of Education through Open Technology, Open Content, and Open Knowledge (MIT Press).

Registration

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


HKU FinTech

Trailer and sneak previews

Registration

The University of Hong Kong (HKU) presents to you Asia’s first interdisciplinary Professional Certificate Program in FinTech on edX platform starting on May 15 2018.

FinTech – short for Financial Technology – is transforming the world of finance, especially in Asia at a rate never seen before. It is essential that professionals working in finance, technology, regulation or FinTech and students studying related subjects are equipped with in-demand FinTech knowledge and skills in today’s world of finance.

The FinTech Certificate Program compiles a series of three courses providing students with the tools to understand the interaction of finance and technology across the financial system as well as insight into the major technologies involved and the emerging business models and players in the industry. The first course Introduction to FinTech commences on May 15 and will be followed by two courses, FinTech Ethics and Risks and Blockchain and FinTech: Basics, Applications and Limitations, which will open over the coming year.

Each course brings together leading experts in FinTech from a range of backgrounds, including professors, market professionals and entrepreneurs. Designed by leading academics from a range of disciplines with input from industry leaders including among others SuperCharger, the Centre for Finance, Technology and Entrepreneurship, Microsoft, PwC, the Asia Capital Markets Institute, the Standard Chartered Bank, Thompson Reuters, and other partners in financial services, FinTech startups and Techfins sectors. In each course, you will gain greater understanding of the key trends in finance, technology and regulation, to better prepare for not only the opportunities but also the risks and challenges, including to traditional financial institutions and business models and those working in them.

Details


HKU FinTech

About this course
Over the past decade emerging technologies, paired with massive changes in regulations, have driven an unprecedented transformation of finance around the world. This process is happening more rapidly in China and Asia than anywhere else. This course is designed to explore FinTech fundamentals and help make sense of this wave of change as it happens.

New players such as start-ups and technology firms are challenging traditional players in finance, bringing democratization, inclusion and disruption. Companies engaged in social media, e-commerce, and telecommunications, as well as, companies and start-ups with large customer data pools, creative energies, and technical capacities, have brought competition to the existing financial infrastructure and are remaking the industry.

These transformations have not only created challenges but also unprecedented opportunities, building synergies with new business and regulatory models, particularly in emerging markets and developing countries. To meet these changes, 21st-century professionals and students must be equipped with up-to-date knowledge of the industry and its incredible evolution. This course – designed by HKU with the support of SuperCharger and the Centre for Finance, Technology and Education – is designed to enable learners with the necessary tools to understand the complex interaction of finance, technology and regulation.

In this course, through a series of video lectures, case studies, and assessments you will explore the major areas of FinTech including, beginning with What is FinTech before turning to Money, Payment and Emerging Technologies, Digital Finance and Alternative Finance, FinTech Regulation and RegTech, Data and Security, and the Future of Data Driven Finance, as well as, the core technologies driving FinTech including Blockchain, AI and Big Data. These will set the stage for understanding the FinTech landscape and ecosystem and grappling with the potential direction of future change.

What you’ll learn

  • The major areas in FinTech, including Money and Payment, Digital Finance and Alternative Finance
  • Major technological trends, including cryptocurrencies, Blockchain, AI and Big Data
  • FinTech Regulation and RegTech
  • The fundamental role of Data and Security in data-driven finance
  • Business and regulatory implications of technology for the financial industry
  • How regulations and RegTech are applied
  • Ways to analyse and evaluate what is driving technology innovation in Finance
  • How new technology impacts economies, markets, companies, and individuals

The key instructors of the course are:

Course Director
and Chief Instructor

Douglas Arner

Kerry Holdings Professor in Law,
The University of Hong Kong

Janos Barberis

Founder
SuperCharger FinTech Accelerator

Huy Nguyen Trieu

CEO of The Disruptive Group &
Co-founder of CFTE,
Center for Finance, Technology
and Entrepreneurship

Ross Buckley

Professor of International Finance Law,
University of New South Wales

Brian Tang

Managing Director,
Asia Capital Markets Institute
(ACMI)

Henri Arslanian

FinTech & RegTech Leader,
PricewaterhouseCoopers (PwC)
- China & HK



Details

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Thank you for joining us at the HKU EdTech Day on April 26, 2018! In this event, we showcased HKU’s pioneering efforts in developing e-learning and introduced the latest (and coolest!) technology to teachers, students and visitors. We were overwhelmed by the enthusiasm of our guests!

Highlights of the day

AR Sky Lantern
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Wish upon a lantern

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Filming Station Photo-taking
Free photo taking in our mini studio
A unique souvenir to bring home!

VR Tilt Brush

Unleash your creativity – 3D painting in the air!

VR Rock Climbing

Fire up your adventurous spirit!

Our Place in the Universe

Explore the wonders of the Universe with the Armillary Sphere app
* This app will be used in our upcoming Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) Our Place in the Universe, which will be launched in June 2018. Learn more about the MOOC here. More details will be announced on Facebook.

HKU Online Learning - Courses and tools
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EdTech Tools Showcase
Experience instant online polling with Mentimeter

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imseCAVE visit

Thank you once again for joining us in this joyous occasion. Check out our Facebook, Twitter and Instagram for more photos!

Contact us if you are interested in using edtech tools in your classroom!

We hope to see you all again in our upcoming events! The next one will be the Authentic Assessment Symposium on May 3!


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