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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, 2017-2018
Course schedule preview starts at 10am, 11 August, 2017.
Online registration starts at 10am, 18 August, 2017.

Second Semester, 2017-2018
[Course schedule to be announced in early December, 2017]

The course is a requirement for all new research postgraduate students to undertake teaching or assessment duties for their departments. The course aims to provide participants with an introduction to the principles of learning, teaching, assessment and feedback in a university context as well as to model ways how teaching can be improved. It explores how to actively engage learners in small group settings and discusses the kinds of teaching and learning activities 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. The course will subsequently show them how to plan improvements of their teaching. Participants will also learn about assessment. With constructive and actionable feedback from teacher and peers, participants will identify what went well and what needs improvement in their initial teaching practice. Teaching demonstration in the final week of the course provides opportunity for participants to demonstrate improvement from their initial teaching. 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.


Course Schedule


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