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A Common Core Sharing Session was held on May 11, 2018 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in Room 115, 1/F Knowles Building.


2:45 – 3:00 pm Registration and Coffee
3:00 – 3:20 pm Welcome: The University, the Common Core, and CLASS: China Liberal Arts Summer Sessions: Professor Ian Holliday
3:20 – 3:30 pm Highlights: Going Local/Going Global: Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
Quick Check-In
3:30 – 4:15 pm Priority Recommendations from the External Examiners: Dr Julian Tanner (STL), Mr Matthew Pryor (HUM), Professor Gina Marchetti (GLO), Dr Isaac Yue (CHI), Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren (CCC)
4:15– 4:45 pm Invitation to Transdisciplinary Collaborations: Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
Quick Check-In
4:45 – 5:00 pm Toward Common Core 2020: Professor Ian Holliday

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CC Summer Course

Message from Common Core Office

Dear Students,

The Common Core (CC) is pleased to announce that three CC courses will be offered this summer:

‘Nature in the City: Beyond the Concrete Jungle’ (CCHU9058),

‘The Evolution of Civilization’ (CCGL9042),

‘Will the ‘Real’ China Please Stand Up?: Interpreting Chinese Civilization’ (CCCH9047),

‘Everyday Computing and the Internet’ (CCST9003), and

‘Responding to Natural Disasters’ (CCST9053).

A summary of the course details of the courses is available from the CC website (https://commoncore.hku.hk/2018/03/three-common-core-courses-on-offer-in-the-2018-summer-semester/).


WHO should take CC courses in the summer?

Taking CC courses in the summer would be ideal for you if you wish to get some relief from your heavy workload during the regular semesters, have a compressed format, and are interested in meeting new friends from different parts of the world.

Since the summer semester is optional, you can enroll for CC courses in the summer even if you have already successfully completed 24 credits of CC courses during the first and second semesters this year.  Please note, however, that (i) the UG5 graduation requirement to successfully complete 36 credits of courses in the CC comprising at least one and not more than two courses from each AoI still applies; and (ii) CC courses cannot be taken as free electives.

[Note: If you have been granted Advanced Standing and/or Credit Transfer for CC credits and are in doubt as to how many CC credits or courses from which AoI(s) you are required to complete for fulfilling the graduation requirement on the CC, please consult your home Faculty.]


HOW to select courses on offer in the summer?

As with the regular semesters, CC courses are selected online through the Student Information System (SIS).  The SIS will be opened for course selection during June 11 – 19, 2018 (please see http://aao.hku.hk/faculty-staff/cur-reg-date/aca-dates/ for details), and the course approval method is by auto-ballot.

* IMPORTANT: Courses with enrollments below 20 by the end of the course selection period will be cancelled.  Students enrolled on a discontinued course will be notified through their HKU email soon after the course selection ends. Be sure to check your email!


Since the official SIS course selection for summer courses will not take place until June, to facilitate preparation, we would like to invite you to indicate your interest in taking CC courses in the summer by registering through the HKU Summer Institute (https://www.summerals.hku.hk/application/auth/register).

* IMPORTANTRegistration through the Summer Institute does NOT guarantee course enrollment places.  You will still need to enroll for the course(s) in the SIS and be selected by auto-ballot.

Make the Common Core your own and have a great summer!


Jointly organised by Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative (TELI) and Division of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Architecture

Flipped Classroom Learning Symposium banner

Details of the event:

Date : 10 April, 2018 (Tues)
Time : 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 622, 6/F, Knowles Building
Speaker: Mr. Mathew Pryor, Associate Professor (Teaching), Faculty of Architecture

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Student engagement – “the degree of attention, curiosity, interest, optimism and passion that students show when they are learning or being taught, which extends to the level of motivation they have to learn and progress in their education.” (From the ‘Glossary of Education Reform’, Great Schools Partnership, http://edglossary.org/student-engagement/)

Persistent low levels of student engagement in his Common Core course CCHU9001 inspired Mathew to re-design the course using a flipped classroom approach, in which students participate in both pre-class and in-class learning activities. Overall student response was highly positive, with students feeling that they had been ‘activated’ and considered that their time had been invested in a worthwhile educational experience.

In this seminar, Mathew looks at the determinants of student engagement in both pre-class and in-class settings and reflects on how learning activities might be designed to promote engagement.

*A light lunch will be provided.

For enquiries, please direct your messages to enquiry@teli.hku.hk.

Engage, Experiment, Enjoy!

The Student Learning Festival, co-organized by the Common Core, HKU Horizons, and Gallant Ho Experiential Learning Centre, is held on the final day of teaching each semester. It showcases interdisciplinary and international student work from across the campus. There are posters, videos, experiments, debates, and drama performances. There are virtual reality programmes, maps of Hong Kong, student-made phones, beach projects, and rooftop gardens. There is metamorphosis and the best things in life.

The students are doing amazing work! Drop by and see it, chat with them about their projects, their interests, and their next steps.


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A Common Core Sharing Session was held on May 12, 2017 from 3:00 to 5:00 pm in Room 115, 1/F Knowles Building.


3:00 – 3:05 pm Welcome – Professor Ian Holliday
3:05 – 3:10 pm Highlights of the Year – Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
3:10 – 3:50 pm External Examiners’ Reports and Responses – Professor George Tham, Mr Matthew Pryor, Professor Gina Marchetti, Dr Isaac Yue, Professor Gray Kochhar-Lindgren
3:50 – 4:05 pm Sharing Session: “Like we are aliens from another planet”: The need for inclusive collaboration across cultures in group work
4:05 – 4:35 pm Small Group Discussion and Tea/Coffee Break
4:35 – 5:00 pm Report Back and Next Steps – Professors Ian Holliday, Gina Marchetti, and Gray Kochhar-Lindgren

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What Works? Intercultural Groupwork in the Common Core-banner

Jointly organised by CETL and Common Core

Details of the workshop:

Date : 15 May, 2017 (Monday)
Time : 12:45pm – 2:00pm (Light refreshments will be provided.)
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Dr. Tracy Zou (CETL) and Prof. Gray Kochhar-Lindgren (Common Core)


Rated as both the ‘best and the worst learning experiences’ by both students and lecturers, groupwork is a complex matter. What, then, about intercultural groupwork? Doesn’t this complicate the matter even further? Students could, of course, potentially develop their cultural competence and gain multiple perspectives about each other and the subject matter, but the issue is how can we actually make it work its best for everyone?

During this workshop, we will explore together how we might make intercultural groupwork creative, energetic, and effective. A number of good practices identified from 15 Common Core courses, as well as those from the scholarly literature, will be shared.


Dr. Tracy Zou is an assistant professor in the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) at HKU. She has been engaging in the development and promotion of effective university teaching and learning on a number of topics, for example, groupwork, assessment, and internationalisation of teaching and learning. She has also been involved in groupwork research at both course and curriculum levels.

Prof. Gray Kochhar-Lindgren: Director, Common Core


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