News in Brief (Issue #3)

Forthcoming events and programmes

  • Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme Seminar – Cultural Exchange in Developing Teaching on Child Welfare (12:00-13:00, October 13, 2016, Thursday)
    Registration is open:
  • Mark the date: Excellence in Teaching Workshops – How Harvard Teaches and Innovates (Co-organised by Faculty of Science and CETL, December 15-16, 2016, Friday)
    Registration to be announced

Information about funding opportunities at HKU

  • Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme – a great opportunity to learn from and collaborate with overseas partners on teaching and curriculum development initiatives
    Application details:
    Deadline: 1st round – November 18, 2016, 2nd round – March 17, 2017
  • Teaching Development Grants – intended to support projects and activities that will have an impact on the strategic development and promotion of Teaching and Learning
    Application details:
    Deadline: 1st round – April 13, 2016, 2nd round – October 14, 2016 , 3rd round – December 30, 2016

Invited speeches/ keynotes related to teaching and learning by CETL staff

  • Dr. Tracy Zou delivered an invited talk on Communities of Practice – Strategies and Implementation Processes for the Professional Development of Educational Developers in La Trobe University (July 11, 2016)
  • Dr. Cecilia Chan has been invited to present on the topic of Assessment and to conduct a master class on assessing Generic Competencies at INTI International University in Malaysia, Kuala Lumpur (October 5-6, 2016)
  • Dr. Cecilia Chan will give a presentation titled “Measuring the un-measurable – assessing generic competencies through an evidence-based pedagogical driven online system” at Online & e-Learning Summit Asia 2016, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia (October 17-20, 2016)
  • Dr. Cecilia Chan will act as an invited discussant to the panel “History of Women’s Participation in Science and Engineering” at Seoul Women in Engineering & Science Conference, Sookmyung Women’s University, Korea (November 2-4, 2016)

Presence and involvement in international events

  • Presentation of research on communities of practice: Zou, T.X.P. (2016). What motivates academics to contribute knowledge to teaching-focused CoPs? Showcase presentation in 39th Annual Conference of the Higher Education Research and Development Society of Australasia (HERDSA) Conference, Fremantle, Australia, July 4-7, 2016.
  • Dr. Susan Bridges and Dr. Cecilia Chan will be representing HKU and CETL to attend the U21 Educational Innovation Conference at The University of Birmingham, UK (October 26-28, 2016)

Teaching and learning resources

  • Seven briefings on internationalisation of teaching and learning available for download
  • Photos, PowerPoints and summary for the one-day Join-the-Conversation: Aspects of Internationalisation (June 24, 2016) available for download
  • Collection of cases worldwide
    Taking advantage of the internationalisation of higher education which involves expanding volume of international activities in universities across the globe, Cecilia and her team have been conducting interviews with both local and overseas academics within the engineering, science and business disciplines to collect good practices in teaching and learning. Through Skype or face-to-face interviews, the team has conducted over 50 interviews from 31 research-intensive universities, including Harvard University, New York University, Yale University, Oxford University, University of British Columbia, Boston University, National University of Singapore, University of Sydney, Utrecht University, Korea University, Fudan University, Lund University, University of Cape Town, University of Helsinki, Hong Kong University of Science and Technology, The Chinese University of Hong Kong, and more. The case studies collected will be later made into handbooks on best teaching and assessment practices for publication. The aim is to disseminate and share the innovative teaching practices with academics and educational practitioners worldwide, so the handbooks will be freely distributed to universities around the world once they are produced. It is hoped that through the sharing of innovative practices, teachers who are using traditional teacher-centered methods can be motivated and encouraged to adopt some of the innovative teaching pedagogies practiced by other teachers from research-intensive universities around the world.

TLERG Research Group

  • TLERG – Teaching and Learning Enhancement and Research Group (TLERG) – a research group working alongside with Dr. Cecilia Chan. The main purposes are to introduce her current research, team members, publications, past and upcoming events, as well as to provide links to her Engineering, Business, Science Education and Assessment Resources websites. In particular, summaries and other information on her generic competencies projects from GRFs and UGC can be found there. There will also be open positions whenever available. So keep clicking to find out more!!!

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