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We are excited to share some highlights of Technology-Enriched Learning Initiative’s (TELI) involvement in HKU The Review 2017!

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TELI Vision
Online content and new technology are becoming ever more prominent in university education, creating alternatives to standard lectures such as flipped classrooms. TELI strives to help teachers explore new ways to teach. We support and promote e-learning across HKU, for example by developing games and apps with teachers and producing online learning materials. We also:

Produce courses

  • Eight Massive Open Online Courses (MOOCs) through the edX and Coursera platforms in 2016-17
  • Six on-campus Small Private Online Courses (SPOCs) that blend MOOC-style online learning with on-campus classes

Collaborate

  • A University Grants Council (UGC) funded project to produce 10 SPOCs with three local universities, namely the Chinese University of Hong Kong, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, and Hong Kong Polytechnic University. The content (general education or common core-type course) will be shared among the four universities.
  • A new mode of collaboration: a commission from Mass Transit Railway Corporation to produce videos about its operations for public consumption.

Encourage innovative teaching

  • Professor Ricky Kwok (who oversees TELI) launched a summer edition of his Common Core course, Everyday Computing and the Internet, creating an opportunity for students to experience flipped classroom in Peking University. It was a brand new experience for our students. It included three weeks online learning and two intensive weeks at Peking University with Mainland students.

Want to know more about e-learning or teaching in innovative ways? Contact us at enquiry@teli.hku.hk! Don’t forget to follow us on Facebook, Twitter and Instagram.


The UGC invites annually nominations from institutions on its UGC Teaching Award, which is established to honour staff in the UGC sector who excel in teaching. The current Scheme consists of two categories: (1) general faculty members/teams; and (2) early career faculty members (open to individuals only). Each University is invited to nominate up to three nominations in total. If three nominations are submitted, among the three at least one nomination should be in each of the two Award categories. Details are set out in the UGC’s letter dated February 14, 2017 (Appendix A).

Applications are now invited from teaching excellence award winners for these two categories of awards. For details, please refer to the circular from the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor dated February 27, 2017, which includes in its Appendix A details of the UGC Scheme. Applications should reach Ms. Synthia Chau, Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section of the Registry, by March 17, 2017.

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feature-ugcDear Colleagues,

Further to our invitation circular dated August 3, 2016
(for details see: https://tl.hku.hk/2016/09/ugc-funding-scheme-for-teaching-and-learning-related-proposals-2016-19-triennium/), we would like to invite each team preparing to submit an application through HKU for the UGC’s current T&L funding scheme to send a brief one-page outline of their proposal to Professor Grahame Bilbow, Director of the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning.

Professor Bilbow is liaising with representatives from the other universities, so as to ensure that information about project proposals is shared across the sector. It will be very helpful for him to have an early sense of the proposals that are now being developed at HKU.

If available at this stage, your outline should include the draft project title, a brief summary of the project, the names of anticipated partner institutions, and a draft budget (indicating the total budget sought, along with the anticipated contributions of each of the partner institutions). The deadline for submitting outlines to gbilbow@hku.hk is Friday 23 September 2016.

Professor Ian Holliday, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning)
Professor John Kao, Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global)

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feature-ugcThe UGC has launched a Funding Scheme for Teaching and Learning Related Proposals in the 2016-19 triennium, modelled on the 2012-15 Scheme, to incentivise UGC-funded institutions in exploring and developing further in the following sector-wide strategic areas:

(a) innovation;
(b) enhancement of student learning experience;
(c) enhancement of internationalisation and engagement with Mainland China; and
(d) language enhancement.

Applications are now invited for bidding under the Funding Scheme. Please refer to the invitation circular of August 3, 2016 (document 108/816) jointly issued by the Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Teaching and Learning) and Vice-President and Pro-Vice-Chancellor (Global) for further details.

http://intraweb.hku.hk/reserved_2/cdqa/doc/UGC_FS/UGC_Funding_on_TL_2016_19.pdf

Submissions, in hard and soft copies, should reach Ms. Synthia Chau, Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance (CDQA) Section of the Registry in accordance with the internal deadlines specified in paragraph 5 of the circular, essentially,

(a) November 11, 2016 for proposals crossing many or all Faculties, where matching funds support from a central pool contributed by Faculties will be considered; and

(b) December 8, 2016 for proposals that are discipline-specific or cover no more than a small number of disciplines, where the matching funds will come from Faculties/Departments. Prior approval should be obtained from Faculties/Departments on the source of matching funds before submission to CDQA.

Enquiries may be directed to Ms. Chau (tel: 2859 2440; email: schau@hku.hk) or Ms. Julie Lau (tel: 2219 4997; email: julielau@hku.hk) of CDQA.

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Dear colleagues, students, alumni and friends,

The Quality Assurance Council (QAC) of the University Grants Committee (UGC) has just released its Report of the second institutional Quality Audit of the University of Hong Kong. I am pleased to let you know that the Report is very positive and encouraging.

The QAC Audit Panel complimented HKU for its commitment to quality teaching and learning. The Report praises HKU for its high academic standards, for the Common Core Curriculum which has had a significant impact on the intellectual, social and ethical development of undergraduates across the University, for providing a wide range of formal and informal learning opportunities inclusive of international learning experiences, for offering a comprehensive range of student services promoting the holistic development of students, and for innovations in postgraduate education.

I wish to highlight the Report’s conclusion that “the University has a strong and widespread commitment to the quality of learning opportunities and has put in place an appropriate and comprehensive quality assurance and quality enhancement system that supports its over-arching strategic goal to be a leading international institution of higher learning. Dialogue between the Audit Panel and staff and students of the University revealed a reflective academic community committed to attaining world-class academic standards and an enhanced student experience.” The Audit did indeed provide an excellent opportunity for us to showcase the concerted effort of the entire University in upholding high academic standards and providing students with enriched and valuable learning experiences.

HKU has an established tradition of self-reflection and striving for excellence. The University will continue to build on its robust quality assurance and quality enhancement mechanisms with a view to continuously enhancing teaching and learning quality and the student learning experience. In formulating an action plan in response to the Audit Panel’s recommendations and suggestions, the University intends to reach out to relevant stakeholders for consultation. The key areas include articulation and promulgation of an overarching strategic approach to setting the academic standards of our awards, continued development of a conceptual framework to capture student achievement across the spectrum, and broadening of our strategy for internationalisation of the student learning environment. The Audit Report incorporating the University’s response is available on the Teaching and Learning website (https://tl.hku.hk/tl/quality-assurance/hku-qac-audit-2015/).

The overall success of the Audit belongs to the entire HKU family – my sincere thanks to everyone who contributed to and participated in the exercise. With the ongoing support of staff, students, alumni and friends, I am confident that we will be able to take HKU’s teaching and learning to new heights under the strategic directions of Internationalisation, Innovation, Interdisciplinarity and Impact.

Professor Peter Mathieson
President and Vice-Chancellor


The University Grants Committee (UGC) introduced in 2011 a new UGC Teaching Award to honour staff in the UGC sector who excel in teaching and to signal the importance attached by the UGC to quality teaching and learning. The latest structure of the UGC Teaching Award consists of two categories: (1) general Faculty members/teams; and (2) early career Faculty members (open to individuals only). The University is invited to nominate up to three individuals/teams, including up to two nominations for the category of general Faculty members/teams and no more than one nomination for the category of early career Faculty members.

Applications are now invited from teaching excellence award winners for the category of general Faculty members/teams, and from outstanding young teachers for the category of early career Faculty members. For details, please refer to the respective circulars below. Submissions should reach Ms. Synthia Chau, Curriculum Development and Quality Assurance Section of the Registry, by April 1, 2016.

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Message from the President and Vice-Chancellor

Dear Colleagues, Students and Alumni,

As you might already have heard, we have some terrific news: Dr. Michael Botelho, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Dentistry, has been honoured with the 2015 UGC Teaching Award. Please join me in extending to him our warmest congratulations! The Award was launched by the UGC in 2011 to honour academics in the UGC-funded institutions for their outstanding teaching performance and achievements, as well as their leadership in and scholarly contribution to teaching and learning. Only 2-3 awards are made each year.

Dr. Michael Botelho has taught at the University for nearly twenty years. During this period, he has built an enviable reputation as a committed, compassionate and diligent teacher and colleague, and an influential advocate of problem based learning both within and beyond his Faculty. According to Dr. Botelho, university education should be based on meaningful dialogue with and between students. There is ample evidence that he is adept at creating the conditions for successful learning within the problem based learning curriculum. His approach is one of engaging students, even in large groups, in dialogue through sophisticated use of questioning. In recognition of his outstanding contributions in enhancing student learning, he was awarded the University’s 2014 Outstanding Teaching Award.

It is most encouraging to note that four of our colleagues have been conferred this prestigious Award in the past five exercises, which is clear evidence of the University’s excellence in teaching and learning.

Professor Peter Mathieson
President and Vice-Chancellor

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Professor Sir Eric Thomas, Vice-Chancellor of the University of Bristol (UoB), shared his vision of MOOCs during the public lecture entitled “What Defines a Global University” on 12 January 2015, which brought together members of the Heads of Universities Committee (HUCOM), UGC, HKU students, staff, alumni and friends.

“A global university will have global distribution of its educational materials and programmes,” Sir Thomas said. Citing “Cracking Mechanics: Further Maths for Engineers” at UoB as an example, he told the audience that the course has attracted 12,000 enrollees to date – 6 times of the Engineering student population at Bristol – creating a much greater impact than achieved in the past.

Not only are MOOCs giving institutions many opportunities to advertise their excellence, they are also helping teachers to reverse-engineer the existing curriculum and enrich pedagogies.

In the Q&A, Sir Thomas emphasized that proper resourcing ought to top the agenda for aspiring universities. “I think they need to invest in [MOOC], this is about something that is central to your education provision in the same way as quality assurance is, assessment is, and curriculum design is,” he continued, “so that the faculty don’t believe that they’re having to do it for free. They are doing it as part of their work as a faculty member, for which they will receive the appropriate reward – in promotion as well as anything else.”

It was a stirring experience to hear from Sir Thomas on how much potential in MOOCs was yet to be tapped. We are just on the beginning of a learning curve.

Video (highlights): http://uvision.hku.hk/playvideo.php?mid=18951

Video (full lecture): http://uvision.hku.hk/playvideo.php?mid=18950

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Message from the President and Vice-Chancellor

Dear Colleagues, Students and Alumni,

As you might already have heard, we have some terrific news: Mr. John C.H. Lin, Associate Professor of the Faculty of Architecture, has been honoured with the 2014 UGC Teaching Award. Please join me in extending to him our warmest congratulations! The Award was launched by the UGC in 2011 to honour academics in the UGC-funded institutions for their outstanding teaching performance and achievements, as well as their leadership in and scholarly contribution to teaching and learning. Only 2-3 awards are made each year.

Since joining the University in 2006, Mr. Lin has distinguished himself as a first-rate teacher and researcher in architecture, and as a pioneer of experiential learning, both within his discipline and across disciplines. Mr. Lin’s portfolio demonstrates sustained commitment to experiential learning in his own teaching, as well as leadership in experiential learning as an institutional strategic priority. In recognition of his outstanding contributions in enhancing student learning, he was awarded the University’s 2010 Outstanding Teaching Award.

It is most encouraging to note that three of our colleagues have been conferred this prestigious Award in the past four exercises, which is clear evidence of the University’s excellence in teaching and learning.

Professor Peter Mathieson
President and Vice-Chancellor

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All recipients of the HKU University Distinguished Teaching Award and the Outstanding Teaching Award are now invited to apply for the 2014 UGC Teaching Award. For details, please refer to the circular posted on this page. Submissions are due March 28, 2014.

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