E-ngaging, E-ffective and E-fficient: Pedagogy with technology for large class teaching

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

Facilitator: Dr Cathy Gunn, Head of e-learning Group,Centre for Academic Development, The University of Auckland
Date: Jan 17, 2012 (Tue)
Time: 12:45pm – 2:00pm
Venue: Room 321, Run Run Shaw Building, HKU


It can be hard to distinguish the hype about new technologies from evidence of their educational merit. University teachers and senior managers need such evidence to inform decisions about what technologies to adopt, and when and why to use them to support good pedagogy in different teaching contexts. One stream of evidence shows how student learning in large classes is being transformed by creative, technology-dependent teaching strategies that can successfully engage each individual learner in the mass scale and diverse contexts that are common in undergraduate classes.

Participants are invited to review a range of technology enabled teaching, learning and assessment strategies used in large classes, and to critique evidence that suggests they are becoming essential to engage learners, achieve high success rates and keep teaching workloads manageable in the current university context.

About the Facilitator

Dr Cathy Gunn has played key roles in Australasia’s tertiary education sector during sixteen years with the University of Auckland’s Centre for Academic Development. She has worked collaboratively across the disciplines in New Zealand’s leading research university to design and deliver a range of courses, including school and university teacher education and professional development programmes. She has developed and implemented strategies to support organizational change driven by new pedagogies and technology, and to promote sustainable innovations. Cathy’s research investigates contemporary issues in elearning, educational leadership, sustainable innovation and organizational change. She has more than twenty years work experience in tertiary institutions, mainly in Scotland and New Zealand, but also Hong Kong and Australia.

In her current role, Cathy leads and manages a multi-skilled professional elearning team in a central service unit that promotes the institutional strategic objective of excellence in teaching and learning. She made a significant contribution to the international research community as an Executive Member (1999 – 2001), Vice President (2002 – 2003), and President (2004 – 2008) of Ascilite, Australasia’s leading professional society for elearning researchers and practitioners. In the past few years, she has contributed to six Australian Teaching and Learning Council (ALTC) initiatives on learning innovation and educational leadership capacity development.

Before moving to New Zealand in 1995, Cathy was a Research Associate in Educational Technology at Heriot-Watt University in Edinburgh, where she completed a Masters degree in Human Computer Interaction and a PhD in Computer Based Learning Research. Earlier employment as an Economics Researcher / Writer for Lloyds of London Press Ltd. provides complementary experience from the commercial sector. A portfolio of more than 100 scholarly publications, visiting scholarships, keynote addresses and technical reports, reflects the breadth of her interests and experience.

For information on registration, please contact:
Ms Ivy Lai, CETL
Phone: 2859 8996; Email: laichun2@hku.hk.

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