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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:

Date : 8 March, 2018 (Thursday)
Time : 12:30 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue : CPD-LG. 59, Centennial Campus
Speaker : Dawn Bennett, John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Creative Workforce Initiative with Curtin University in Australia
Facilitator : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, HKU

Abstract

The development of employability — students’ abilities to negotiate the graduate labour market — is the responsibility of educators, students and leaders; however, teachers are by far the most important and influential people in students’ higher education experience. This workshop addresses how to overcome limited time, expertise and resources to develop employability within the existing curriculum.

This workshop, delivered by leading expert Professor Dawn Bennett, positions employability development as the cognitive and social development of students as capable and informed individuals, professionals and social citizens. It draws on the Australian employABILITY initiative, which locates employability development within the existing curriculum and seeks to engage students as partners in their developmental journeys by creating a better understanding of students’ thinking as aspiring professionals. This cognitive approach aligns employABILITY development with both the purpose of higher education and the future of work.

The workshop utilises the validated Literacies for Life (L4L) measure (Figure 1), which combines six, inter-related literacies to enhance employability and inform personal and professional development.

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Figure 1: Student (plain English) version of the Literacies for Life (L4L) model

The interactive workshop engages participants in a socio-cognitive self-assessment profile and follows with resources and strategies to embed employABILITY within existing programs and courses. The workshop will suit teachers, program leaders, curricular designers, senior managers and careers advisors. No prior expertise or experience is required.

Participants will leave the workshop equipped and ready to embed employABILITY thinking and the research-enabled tool into classes. Participants will gain:

  • Access to the online self-assessment profile tool for students;
  • Resources and career stories for use with students; and
  • Examples of the SoTL and educational research that flow from students’ responses and engagement.

For more information on the initiative, visit the educator or student sites below.
Educator site: http://developingemployability.edu.au/
Student site: https://student.developingemployability.edu.au/

About the Speaker

Dawn Bennett is John Curtin Distinguished Professor of Higher Education and Director of the Creative Workforce Initiative with Curtin University in Australia. Dawn is a leading expert on the development of employability. Her research focuses on the development of employability, including identity and graduate work. Dawn is a National Senior Australian Learning and Teaching Fellow and Principal Fellow with the Higher Education Academy in the UK. She is currently leading research to embed a metacognitive model for employability with faculty and students in Australia, the UK, Europe and the US. Dawn is Vice-Chair Australia for the International Federation of National Teaching Fellows. Dawn has a discipline background in music and retains an active interest in arts-based research. Publications appear at Researchgate.

Registration

For information, please contact:
Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​

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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:

Date : 5 March, 2018 (Monday)
Time : 12:00nn – 1:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Ms Alice Lee, Associate Professor, Department of Law, HKU
Facilitator : Dr Luke Fryer, Associate Professor, CETL, HKU

Abstract

Grants for overseas reciprocal visits through ‘Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme’

To promote HKU staff to bring in new ideas and teaching methods to improve teaching through interaction with overseas university teachers, HKU will award up to $50,000 for reciprocal staff visits. This funding is provided through the “Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme”. The seminar provides an overview of this funding scheme and information on the application process. Staff will be guided on how to go about planning exchange visits to enhance the scholarship of teaching at HKU, which is the aim of the scheme. It will explain, and also showcase examples, on how this funding opportunity can be used by HKU teaching staff to share experience and to collaborate on teaching and curriculum development initiatives with overseas reputable universities through reciprocal visits.

The seminar is open to all teaching staff interested in finding out more about this Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme. Staff will be provided an overview of the scheme, how to lodge an application, the key objectives, amounts they can apply for, eligibility and advice in preparing an application. Staff who are thinking about applying are strongly encouraged to attend. Staff who attended the last seminar but found they had insufficient time to make overseas contacts, or who are thinking of planning ahead, in time for the next round (having a March 16th, 2018 closing date), would also find the seminar useful. If you are not sure whether this scheme would be relevant to teaching innovations you have in mind, or would simply like to know more about the scheme, you are welcome. The Circular on this scheme can be found at http://intraweb.hku.hk/reserved_2/cdqa/doc/TEFS/TEFS_2017-18.pdf.

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Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​

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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:

Date : February 13, 2018 (Tuesday)
Time : 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, HKU

Abstract

This workshop focuses on how to prepare the learning outcome assessment plan and report based on the University’s expected guidelines. Academics and administrators are highly recommended to attend this workshop in light of the recent changes in the expectation of quality assurance and quality enhancement provision. We will explore some challenges and actions together in this workshop.

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Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​

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Details of the workshop:

Date : February 28, 2018 (Wednesday)
Time : 12:45 pm – 2:00 pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Dr Lily Min Zeng, Assistant Professor, CETL, HKU
Facilitator : Dr Luke Fryer, Associate Professor, CETL, HKU

Abstract

For flipped classrooms, how can we ensure students would do the pre-class preparation task before they come to the classroom? This seminar will share with you an exchange journey inspired by this question, which was raised by a participant in the presenter’s previous workshop on flipped learning. Seeing the potential of adaptive learning in enhancing students’ engagement in pre-class preparation, the presenter made a trip to The University of New South Wales, who had the world’s first e-learning platform for adaptive learning. Drawing on the observations of classes, meetings with teachers and educational developers form different disciplines, and the actual experiences with the adaptive learning platform, this seminar will demonstrate the ways adaptive learning could be utilized to encourage students’ engagement in pre-class preparation. In particular, how adaptive learning may contribute to the implementation of two flipped classroom models introduced in the previous workshop.

About the Speaker

Lily Min Zeng has 18 years’ teaching experience in higher education institutions in Hong Kong, New Zealand and Mainland China. She earned her PhD degree in the area of educational psychology from The Faculty of Education at The University of Hong Kong (HKU). She has played leading role in coordinating and delivering effective tertiary-level professional development programmes in different universities and had been Acting Head of Programmes at the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) at HKU. Her current role at CETL involves teaching a required programme for new academic staff, developing e-learning resources for the professional development of university teachers, working with multiple units and faculties across the university to develop an e-learning package on experiential learning for undergraduate students, supporting other units at HKU for teaching and learning initiatives, conducting high quality TDG and research projects to support evidence-based teaching development at HKU, and providing pedagogical consultation for faculty within and outside HKU regarding learning diversity, assessment, feedback, peer review of teaching, and teaching portfolios. The MOOC she designed on University Teaching was launched in May 2017. It has received very good ratings and reviews among colleagues internationally.

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Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​

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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the Join-the-Conversation:

Date : 6 Feb 2018 (Tuesday)
Time : 12:00nn – 2:30pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Dr. Chun Kit Chui (HKU), Mr. Patrick Desloge (HKU), Prof. Gray Kochhar-Lindgren (HKU), Prof. May-yi Shaw (HKUST), Dr. Lucia Fung (HKBU)
Discussant : Prof. Grahame Bilbow (HKU), Prof. Chih-Chen Chang (HKUST), Dr. Eva Wong (HKBU)
Facilitator : Dr. Tracy Zou (HKU), Dr. Beatrice Chu (HKUST), Dr. Lisa Law (HKBU)
Organiser : Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning, HKU
Co-organisers : Center for Education Innovation, HKUST, Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning, HKBU

Abstract

Internationalisation of teaching and learning is a timely and significant issue for higher education in Hong Kong. This cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional project funded by the UGC has brought together professionals and enthusiasts, like us, to explore good approaches and practices of internationalisation of teaching and learning through CoP – ITL. This inaugural Join-the-Conversation aims to honour a number of emerging practices and development in three universities in Hong Kong and to bring participants into fruitful conversation with one another.

We are honoured to have speakers from HKU, HKUST and HKBU to share their practices as well as directors of teaching and learning centres in the three respective universities to give us valuable insights into the facilitation of internationalisation. Some findings obtained from the groundwork underpinning our project development will also be presented. Towards the end of the event, there will be a sneak peek at the funding opportunities for our CoP – ITL’s members who want to explore and put innovative approaches to internationalisation of teaching and learning into real practice.

To enrich our discussion, we invite you to complete a survey that helps reflect on your practices in relation to internationalisation of teaching and learning. Selected results will be shared and discussed with audiences. All data will be made anonymously. Please kindly complete the survey on or before 1 February 2018 so that we can include your response for discussion at the event. Come along and be part of this community.

Survey link: https://www.surveymonkey.com/r/CoP_Internationalisation

About the Speaker

Dr. Chun Kit Chui is Director of the Engineering Innovation Wing and Lecturer in the Department of Computer Science at HKU. He is interested in database and data mining research as well as pedagogical research in computing education. He was selected for the University Outstanding Teaching Award (Individual Award) of the University of Hong Kong in 2015-16, and the Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award (Individual Award) of the Faculty of Engineering in 2012-13. He has also received the Teaching Excellence Award in the Department of Computer Science in 2011-12, 2012-13, 2013-14, 2014-15 and 2015-16.

Mr. Patrick Desloge is Senior Lecturer in the Centre for Applied English Studies at HKU where he has been working in the area of education technology for nearly two decades. In recent years he has taken on two large projects: As the Director of the Nurturing Global Leaders (NGL) programme, a programme funded by grant from the Hong Kong Jockey Club, he oversees more than a hundred HKU and local youth who engage with marginalized youth in Thailand, Myanmar and Cambodia (and Mainland China in 2018) by working as volunteer interns teaching English as a Second Language. This project intersects with his second area of interest, digital literacies, where he is investigating the potential of digital media as a mechanism to assess experiential learning.

Prof. Gray Kochhar-Lindgren is Professor and Director of the Common Core at HKU. He holds a PhD in Interdisciplinary Studies from Emory University; has taught in the United States, Switzerland, and Germany; and is currently writing on both the global university and on the relationship between philosophy and the city.

Prof. May-yi Shaw is Assistant Professor of Humanities Education at HKUST. She received her BA degree in Political Science and East Asian Studies at the University of Pennsylvania, and her PhD degree in East Asian Languages and Civilizations at Harvard University. At HKUST, Prof. Shaw has served as the Associate Director for the BSc Global China Studies Programme and MA in Humanities and China Studies Programme, and the Director for the SHSS PG Student Services Programme. She is currently the Director for the MA in Chinese Culture Programme and the Faculty Leader for the HeadStart@HKUST Programme, an early career enhancement programme for first- and second-year students.

Dr. Lucia Fung is Lecturer and the BBA (Hons) Associate Programme Director at HKBU. She completed her Ph.D. in Psychology at the University of Western Australia. Her current research interests lie in the area of behavioral finance and she has been actively contributing to scholarly work in pedagogical development. She is currently a co-leader of a UGC Teaching and Learning project in promoting reflective learning and knowledge transfer between internships and classroom learning.

About the Discussants
Prof. Grahame Bilbow is Director of the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at HKU.
Prof. Chih-Chen Chang is Professor and Director of the Centre for Education Innovation at HKUST.
Dr. Eva Wong is Director of the Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning at HKBU.

About the Facilitators
Dr. Tracy Zou is Assistant Professor in the Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning at HKU.
Dr. Beatrice Chu is Head of Professional Development in the Centre for Education Innovation at HKUST.
Dr. Lisa Law is Senior Teaching and Learning Officer in the Centre for Holistic Teaching and Learning at HKBU.

Registration

For information, please contact:
Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​

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Details of the workshop:

Date : 12 Jan 2018 (Friday)
Time : 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Professor Geoffrey Crisp, Pro-Vice Chancellor (Education) University New South Wales
Facilitator : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, HKU

Abstract

This session will explore the 21st century skills and capabilities that our students will need as they live and work in a world dominated by ubiquitous technology, increasing uncertainty and complexity. Our assessment practices will need to change; we cannot continue to give students static content-based assessment tasks that ignore the contextual consequences of working in a complex environment with many stakeholders. We will need to expand our repertoire of assessment tasks to include a more sophisticated use of physical and virtual spaces that allow students to construct their responses with access to whatever resources they require in order to make a meaningful response to a meaningful task. We should be able to identify students’ decision making processes when they propose a solution to a real life problem. Students will need to be provided with more engaging tasks that will enable them to use the full range of capabilities they have developed during their learning. We will examine some of the implications of this new educational environment and reflect on our current assessment practices in relation to the requirements of this brave new world.

About the Speaker

Geoff completed his BSc (Honours, First Class) at the University of Queensland in 1977 and his PhD in Chemistry at the Research School of Chemistry, Australian National University in 1981. After a Humboldt Fellowship completed at the Max Planck Institute in Mulheim an der Ruhr and postdoctoral positions at Colorado State University and the Australian National University, Geoff began his first academic appointment in 1985 in the Chemistry Department at the University of Melbourne. In 1988 he moved to the Chemistry Department at the University of Adelaide and continued discipline research and teaching until 2001. Geoff developed his passion for learning and teaching as well as continuing his work in chemistry during this time, being Associate Dean for Learning and Teaching for the Faculty of Science from 1999-2001. He was actively involved in the development of online learning and was appointed the Director of the Online Learning and Teaching Unit in 2001 to oversee the implementation of the university online system (MyUni). Geoff was the Director of the Centre for Learning and Professional Development at the University of Adelaide from 2002-2011 and was the Dean, Learning and Teaching at RMIT University in Melbourne from 2012-2015. Geoff received the University of Adelaide’s Stephen Cole the Elder Prize (Excellence in Teaching) in 1999; the Royal Australian Chemical Institute Stranks Medal for Chemical Education in 2003 and Australian Learning and Teaching Council Fellowships in 2006 and 2009. Geoff is a HERDSA Fellow and a Principal Fellow of the HEA.

Recent Publications

  1. Assessment in Virtual Learning Spaces. Geoffrey Crisp. In Physical and Virtual Learning Spaces in Higher Education: Concepts for the Modern Learning Environment. (Eds) Mike Keppell, Kay Souter and Matthew Riddle. 199-218 pp. 2012.
  2. Learning, Teaching, and Assessment Using Technology. Geoffrey Crisp, In Handbook of College and University Teaching. A Global Perspective. (Ed) James E. Groccia, Mohammed A. Al-Sudairy and William Buskist. Chapter 31, 2012
  3. Assessment in Next Generation Learning Spaces. Geoffrey Crisp Ch5 in Kym Fraser (2014), The Future of Learning and Teaching in Next Generation Learning Spaces, in Kym Fraser (ed.) (International Perspectives on Higher Education Research, Volume 12), Emerald Group Publishing Limited, pp. 85 – 100

Registration

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Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​

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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:

Date : 28 November , 2017 (Tuesday)
Time : 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Facilitator : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, HKU
Career Building: Developing Your Teaching Ideas, Insight and Action Workshop Series
Workshop I: Teaching Development GRANT (TDG) – the Outcomes, Activities, Limitations, Evidence and Budget

 

Abstract

This is part of a workshop series to help both new and experienced teachers to realise the resources available in the university, their recognition and potential in teaching, ultimately, to build their career in higher education. The “Career Building: Developing Your Teaching Ideas, Insight and Action Series” will include workshops to develop your teaching portfolio for fellowship and Teaching Excellence Awards, career planning (particularly if you are on a teaching track), research into scholarship in teaching and learning including Teaching Development Grant, chit and chatting, mix and matching on challenges, ideas and actions, as well as sharing from other teachers who have been engaging in best teaching practices.

The first workshop will be on how to write a teaching development grant, given the final round of 2017 is on Friday, 29 December, many teachers may be wondering if they should apply, and if they are qualified to apply, and what can they apply for, what kind of limitation, outcomes and initiatives are expected in a TDG, all the what and how of TDGs will be answered. I sincerely encourage you to come along if you are thinking of applying for a TDG.

Registration

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Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​

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By the courtesy of the Teaching Innovation Unit at the Centre for Teaching and Learning Development of the National Taiwan University (NTU), TELI participated in a professional development programme entitled “eProfessor” that was held on April 29-30, 2017 – the Labour Day long weekend. We have heard about the magic of this bootcamp from Professor Benson Yeh (former Director of the MOOC Project in NTU) for a couple of years – but seeing is believing.

Success factors of NTU’s e-learning professional development programmes

  • Blended with a Facebook closed group for pre-event communication and community building
  • Intensive face-to-face sessions focusing on participatory learning
  • Genuine sharing of successful and failing experiences by both invited speakers and participants
  • Real-time support from organizing team: from video production to instructional design – prompt follow-up on the spot

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Some 30 teachers showed up at the training. Before the face-to-face programme began, they were asked to prepare a Facebook post with a short smartphone-quality clip telling their fellow bootcamp members two things about themselves: one that is true, one that is false. The purpose is twofold: to get some experience about video-taking, and to break the ice in the group. As Rick Levin said, watching yourself on a screen could be horrifying for first-timers – so this pre-event assignment seemed to be a good warm-up exercise for everybody.
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The highly participatory bootcamp features hands-on exercises, group work with peer-feedback, workshops and experience sharing. The topics included:

  • Flipped classroom and peer-to-peer learning
  • Practical lessons from pioneers of flipped classroom teaching and learning
  • Instructional design for problem-based learning
  • Pedagogical skills in an e-learning environment
  • Tools to facilitate the visualization of teaching and learning materials (e.g., DIY video making software)

The intensive face-to-face sessions might look demanding, but they equipped members with the necessary skills and supporting network to jumpstart a forward change in technology-enriched pedagogical practices. In his sharing of flipping a civil engineering course, Professor Huang Yin-nan said it is important to have partners in an e-learning journey. Collaboration and interaction facilitate reflective practice, and provides an emotional safety net when teachers are in doubts and encounter frustrations. “We share both successful and failing experiences. In fact, very often we learn more from the latter,” he told the participants.

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Throughout the “eProfessor” initiative, challenges are matched by support. The 10-people strong Teaching Innovation Unit at the Centre for Teaching and Learning Development provided comprehensive support on-the-spot: from setting up closed groups on Facebook for your course, to getting filming equipment ready for lecture recording. They have also produced excellent tutorials for teachers’ self-learning. Here is a sample on proper lighting for video-taking:
https://youtu.be/V3pevaUNle0

Thank you NTU, we have so much to learn from you!

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Details of the workshop:

Date : 25 Jan 2018 (Thursday)
Time : 12:00nn – 2:00pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Fun Man Fung, NUS
Facilitator : Dr. Cecilia Chan, Head of Professional Development, Associate Professor, HKU

Abstract

What inspires us to learn? How do we create an atmosphere of lifelong learning? How can we apply our creativity in our work as educators and inspire our students? In this seminar, Fun Man FUNG share his personal learning journey in making flipped classroom livelier, adopting educational technology to make instructional videos more realistic. From wearing the GoPro cameras and Google Glass to adopting the Lightboard, Fun Man has experimented with a number of filming devices that suits the blended learning model. He believes that this is one excellent way that excites our undergraduates, encourages them to learn better and cultivates intrinsic motivations, and that educators are in charge in ensuring students acquire a Technology-Enabled Blending Learning Experience (TEBLE) in the 21st century.

In particular, Fun Man will discuss his project that implemented the use of Lightboard videos in a large Chemistry course for 456 student, which is a first in Singapore. The Lightboard, pioneered by Michael Peshkin from Northwestern University, allows users to record lecture videos while they teach on a glass board facing the audience, without the need to write backwards or the need for post processing. The lightboard project has been extremely well-received by students—they are easily digested by students compared to traditional screencast lectures, and allow class time to be effectively utilized for more productive learning activities. Lightboard videos has resulted in a significant improvement in overall student performance.

About the Speaker

Fun Man FUNG is a core faculty (Education) at the Institute for Application of Learning Science and Educational Technology (ALSET) at the National University of Singapore (NUS). He has a joint appointment as an IT-for-Teaching Chemistry Instructor at the Department of Chemistry. Fun Man serves as an elected member of the International Chemistry Olympiad Steering Committee. He leads the Faculty of Science Laboratory-Video IT Taskforce and trail blazes novel filming methods using social media and 360-video. He won the prestigious University Annual Teaching Excellence Award in 2017 and Faculty Teaching Excellence Award 2016. Fun Man is the first educator in Singapore to craft the Lightboard videos for his flipped classroom and also trail-blazes the filming of lab- instructional videos using the unique Instructor’s Point of View (IPOV) technique, engages with his YouTube Channel Fun Man FUNG followed by 2680 learners. Since 2015, he has written six articles for the university and contributed four peer-reviewed journal articles, including four in the Journal of Chemical Education, the highly recognized ACS Publications.

Registration

For information, please contact:
Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​

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Organised by Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL)

Details of the workshop:

Date : July 8 (Friday), 2016
Time : 12:30 p.m. – 13:30 p.m.
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speakers:

  • Professor Gavin T. L. Brown, Director, Quantitative Data Analysis and Research Unit, Faculty of Education and Social Work, University of Auckland;
  • Dr. Tanja Sobko, Assistant Professor, School of Biological Sciences, Faculty of Science, The University of Hong Kong.

Facilitator:

  • Dr. Susan Bridges, Associate Professor, CETL, The University of Hong Kong

Sandwiches will be served with coffee and tea.

Abstract

Focusing on what you value: A considered approach to assessing ePortfolios
ePortfolio creation, using any of a number of digital tools, is an opportunity for students to assemble work that shows not only high quality products and performances, but also to show development over time, focus on speciality, and demonstration of breadth. These highly valued characteristics of engaged learning make adoption of eportfolio as a basis for assessment very attractive. In addition, policy pressure encourages academia to keep up with innovations in educational technology related to learning and assessment. Demonstrating entry-level competence in a number of professions (e.g., teaching) is often achieved by assembly of an ePortfolio.

However, enthusiasm for ePortfolios often overlooks the challenges facing the assessment of the completed ePortfolio, especially around both the feasibility and validity of rankings, scores, judgements, and/or feedback. A number of approaches to assessment exist (e.g., checklist completion, quantification of components, rubric-based judgement, and professional intuition). This seminar will emphasise the importance of defining clearly the curricular goals targeted by the ePortfolio and overview the pros and cons of the various approaches. Using insights from psychometrics and recent research into the experience of students in ePortfolio usage, the seminar will help participants work towards defensible practices that lead to valid interpretations and decisions about student learning embodied in an ePortfolio.

ePortfolio in higher education in Hong Kong–Applicability of an ePortfolio, through online reflection/feedback of using wearable technology.
The interactions between human beings and the wearable technology can be linked to learning concepts/instructional methods like knowledge building, situated, self-regulated and active learning. They may also be linked to development of new literacies, such as eHealth. To understand this process in higher education in Hong Kong, a multiple case study including 30 students from an undergraduate course, BSc Exercise and Health has been conducted. Each student used a wearable device (activity tracker) over a period of five months, reflected weekly on emerging personal data, documents their thinking and action in the ePortfolio, and engaged in an online forum. The participants entered their experiences with the biometric data, lifestyle adaptations (e.g. more sleep), special situations (e.g. hike, HR changes during activity) and how these experiences led to specific searches and actions on the web and/or in their real social network. The ePortfolio allowed the students to critically reflect on their progress and for the researchers to intervene at any time on the issues related to the participants’ postings. Evidence regarding change in eHealth at the beginning and end of the intervention were collected with a well-established questionnaire. By documenting the activity tracker in their own ePortfolio, the students continuously learned to search and to critically assess personal and available online information, organize it and present for peers/tutor. This in turn was expected to enhance their critical thinking, raise questions about health related topics, stimulate further inquiry – make the ePortfolio a tool for reflective and autonomous learning.

About the Speakers:

Professor Gavin T. L. Brown, PhD is the Director of the Quantitative Data Analysis and Research Unit in the Faculty of Education and Social Work at the University of Auckland, New Zealand. After 13 years a teacher, Prof Brown was a standardised test developer for 9 years working on diagnostic educational testing, including the computer-assisted asTTle system. His research focuses on testing, assessing, and measuring student achievement and analysing the human and social factors that help and hinder greater learning outcomes. Gavin is the lead editor of the Routledge Handbook of Human and Social Factors in Assessment (2016) in which insights gleaned from educational psychology and policy research are applied to large-scale testing programs and classroom assessment. Methodologically, Prof Brown has extensive experience with classical test and item response theory, exploratory and confirmatory factor analysis, and multivariate statistical analysis.
Dr. Tanja Sobko has multidisciplinary expertise in nutrition, healthy lifestyle interventions (PhD, 2006, Karolinska Institutet, Sweden) and recently Physical Activity and Sports Nutrition (HKU). She contributed early-nutrition work for WHO, Programme for Nutrition, Physical Activity and Obesity. Her recent research focuses on lifestyle modifications for families with pre-schoolers for better health. Dr Sobko is a PI for the projects “Targeting Early Obesity” (Macau), and “Play and Grow” (Hong Kong) – both aim, through exposing the families to nature, to influence daily habits and routines early in life. She teaches courses “Physical Activity and Health”, “Sports Nutrition” and has been engaged in Teaching and Learning Development, focusing on ePortfolio and its applicability in the context of undergraduate education at HKU. When she doesn’t research, she actively practices Aikido and hikes around HK and other exciting countries.

Registration

For information, please contact:
Ms. Noranda Zhang , CETL
Phone: 3917 4729; Email: noranda@hku.hk​

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