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Certificate of Teaching and Learning in Higher Education

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

First Semester, 2016-2017
Online registration for certificate course is closed.

Second Semester, 2016-2017
Online registration for certificate course is closed.

The course is a requirement for all new research postgraduate students to undertake teaching or assessment duties for their departments and aims to provide the participants with an introduction to the principles of learning, teaching, assessment and feedback in a university context and to model ways how teaching can be improved. It explores how to lead learning experiences for small group settings that actively engage the learners and discusses the kinds of learning experiences typical of tutorials and / or lab-based teaching. Participants will first learn practical teaching strategies, such as structuring and managing the tutorial, designing high impact tutorial activities and techniques for actively engaging a diverse range of students in their learning (2 weeks). With the above knowledge, participants can begin teaching (4 to 6 weeks). The course will subsequently show them how to use these initial teaching experiences to plan improvements of their teaching (2 weeks). They will use their initial teaching period to identify what went well and what needs improvement, as well as be supported by tutors observing and providing helpful feedback on this initial teaching. To incorporate this practical developmental focus to the course, the design of the course has been modified to give participants the opportunity to interact with the tutors after their first teaching, allowing them to bring the initial experiences to their next course meetings, to be discussed with tutors and be shown how to plan improvements reflectively, as well as learn about student assessment. Depending on previous teaching experience, exemptions may be granted (for details on criteria for exemption and procedure, please see ‘Guidelines for exemptions, CTLHE’).

Course learning outcomes:

At the end of the Certificate Course, participants will be able to:

  1. Describe The University of Hong Kong’s expectations in relation to teaching, learning, assessment, and the student experience, and explain how the role of tutors contributes to an overall agenda of high quality learning experiences for our students;
  2. Relate how tutors’/demonstrators’ approaches to teaching, assessment and feedback can influence students’ approaches to learning;
  3. Structure tutorials/laboratory classes to support the course intended learning outcomes and assessment;
  4. Apply a range of teaching and strategies for facilitating active learning in tutorials or lab-based settings;
  5. Demonstrate effective presentation skills for small group teaching in tutorials or lab-based settings;
  6. Provide actionable feedback to students and reflectively plan improvements using feedback of your own teaching.

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