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HKU Teaching and Learning Fellows

OverviewRoles and ActivitiesExpected Deliverables2021-22 Fellows2022-23 Fellows

Overview

Under the aegis of the University Grant’s Committee’s (UGC) Virtual Teaching and Learning (VTL) initiative, The Centre for the Enhancement of Teaching and Learning (CETL) in collaboration with Faculty Associate Deans (Teaching and Learning) and the Director of the Common Core is launching an HKU Teaching and Learning Fellows programme. Over the four semesters (from September 2021 till December 2023) 9 HKU Teaching and Learning Fellows will join the CETL academic community for a whole semester to collaborate on pedagogical support and professional development initiatives in CETL.

Purpose

• Forging closer links between CETL and the faculties, ensuring greater depth and breadth of dissemination of VTL pedagogic innovations within and across disciplines;
• Enhancing academics’ leadership profiles in learning and teaching by encouraging and enabling successful applications for Senior Fellowship of Advance HE for career development.

Role and Activities

HKU Teaching and Learning Fellows will be expected to be leaders in an area of online teaching, learning or assessment within their programme and/or across programmes/ faculties.

HKU Teaching and Learning Fellows will:

  • Focus on at least ONE of our identified VTL priority areas:
    • Developing interactive, dialogic online and blended pedagogies;
    • Developing effective hybrid/dual-mode/ hyflex pedagogies;
    • Developing effective and authentic online assessment;
    • Devising discipline-specific pedagogic resources to enhance VTL;
    • Sharing and developing good practices in virtual experiential learning; and
    • Planning and implementing adaptive learning.
  • Engage in personal professional development related to teaching and learning in higher education through peer coaching and professional dialogue.
  • Disseminate excellent VTL practices as a result of their CETL secondment.

Project Roundtable in March 2022.

Where appropriate, HKU Teaching and Learning Fellows will be aligned to one of the following ongoing VTL-funded projects managed by CETL project lead(s):

  1. Supporting teachers in online and dual-mode pedagogies and assessment
  2. Virtual experiential Learning
  3. Adaptive Learning support for Virtual Teaching and Learning

Expected Deliverables

HKU Teaching and Learning Fellows who have been seconded to CETL will be expected to provide the following outputs.

  • During the secondment semester:
    • Contribute to CETL professional development events;
    • Identify and facilitate wider sharing of good practices within their respective faculties/ CC;
    • Engage in classroom observations and provide feedback; and
    • Mentor colleagues in Teaching Development Grant (TDG) incubation.
  • Following the secondment:
    • Submit a summary report to their respective FTLQC/ CCC cc’d to the PVC (teaching and Learning) and the Director of CETL in the semester following secondment;
    • Present at least one online CETL seminar sharing the work carried out in the faculty as a result of the secondment. The presentation may be conducted individually or jointly with their peer HKU Teaching and Learning Fellows;
    • Participate in at least one Advance HE Leadership in Learning and Teaching workshop in connection with Senior Fellowship. Fellows will be asked to share their reflections and evaluations on the coaching process and how it has aided the influence and impact on colleagues’ teaching practice; and
    • Apply for Advance HE Fellowship, if not already attained.

2021-22 HKU Teaching and Learning Fellows

Dr Tsang Chun On Anderson
Department of Surgery, Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

Secondment Period: September-December 2021
acotsang@hku.hk

Biography

Dr Anderson Chun-On Tsang is a neurosurgeon and Clinical Assistant Professor in the Division of Neurosurgery at The University of Hong Kong. He obtained his MBBS degree at The University of Hong Kong in 2010, after which he joined the Department of Surgery at Queen Mary Hospital where he received training in neurosurgery. His research interests focus on cerebrovascular disease and clinical neurosurgery.

Project Topics

  • Devising discipline-specific pedagogic resources to enhance VTL; and
  • Developing effective hybrid/dual-mode/ hyflex pedagogies.

Project Aims

On colleagues’ teaching practice:

  • The development of discipline-specific materials in medical virtual education will support teaching staff in teaching clinical diagnostic skills virtually with confidence.

On students’ learning experience:

  • Educate students on professional manners and unique skill-set for telemedicine consultation;
  • Open up a new dimension of online learning beyond student-tutor but also student-patient interactions; and
  • Enable inter-disciplinary learning with the help of Telehealth technologies.
Mr Mathew Pryor
Division of Landscape Architecture, Faculty of Architecture

Secondment Period: January-June 2022
matthew.pryor@hku.hk

Biography

Mathew Pryor is an Associate Professor (Teaching) within HKU’s Faculty of Architecture. He teaches Design Studio as well as technical courses in landscape ecology and sustainable technologies.

In addition to the HKU University Distinguished Teacher Award (2021), he has also received awards for teaching excellence and innovation from the Council of Educators in Landscape Architecture (USA), the University Grants Council HK, and Hong Kong University.

His pedagogical research examines the student experience in design studio, transdisciplinary learning and online learning environments. He is co-author of the award winning Curios / Digital Exhibition Space, an innovative virtual learning management system that allows students to work together to develop, visualise and discuss coursework projects through the medium of a virtual exhibition gallery.

Mathew is a Registered Landscape Architect in Hong Kong and the UK, and a Fellow of the HKILA.

Project Topics

Project to develop a mechanism for peer observation of teaching in design-based studio courses.

Key words: evaluation of teaching performance, peer observation, teaching development, teaching mentorship, design studio.

Project Aims

Project to create a structured mechanism for peer observation for design studio courses in the Faculty of Architecture, which could:

  • support teaching development and recognize achievement in teaching and learning in design
  • engage colleagues in teaching discussions relevant to the built environment disciplines (incl. architecture, planning, surveying, landscape, urban design, heritage conservation etc.), especially around best teaching practices, relevant educational theory, and the need for sharing and reflection.
Dr Kelvin Kwok
Department of Law, Faculty of Law

Secondment Period: January-June 2022
khfkwok@hku.hk

Biography

Dr Kelvin Kwok is an Associate Professor and Associate Dean (Academic Affairs) at the Faculty of Law. Together with three other colleagues, he convenes the T&L Interest Group in the Faculty. He is a Fellow of AdvanceHE (FHEA) and has mentored and evaluated applicants under the HKU AdvanceHE scheme. He has received the Faculty Outstanding Teaching Award in 2016 and the University Early Career Teaching Award in 2017. He has assumed significant leadership roles in teaching and learning over the years, including serving as a Co-Director of the BBA(Law)&LLB double-degree programme and the Director of International Mooting. He has been active in promoting experiential learning through mooting, coaching student teams for two international mooting competitions and winning championship on 3 occasions.

Project Topics

Exploring VTL platforms such as the HKU e-Portfolio System.

Project Aims

To enhance colleagues’ teaching practice and students’ learning experience in law courses through VTL.

Dr Rachel Ka Wai Lui
Faculty of Science

Secondment Period: January-June 2022
lui2012@hku.hk

Biography

Dr Rachel Lui was recruited as a Lecturer in the Faculty of Science in 2012. She actively experimented with different teaching tools such as flipping the classroom and gamification, and has received numerous Teaching Development Grants. Supported by the Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme, she collaborated with colleagues in UCLA to develop teaching materials using a new technology called Learning Glass. Recently she proposed a Common Core Course Artificial Intelligence: Utopia or Dystopia?  and it is well received by her students. She, together with her colleagues, received the Faculty Award for Teaching Innovations in E-Learning in 2016, and the Faculty Knowledge Exchange Award in 2014. In 2019, she achieved the status of Senior Fellow of The Higher Education Academy (SFHEA) in recognition of attaining proficiency in the knowledge and professional values set out in  the UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and learning support in higher education. She also received the Award for Teaching Excellence in the Faculty of Science in 2020-21.

Project Topics

Developing effective and authentic online assessment

Project Aims

On colleagues’ teaching practice:

  • Develop innovative authentic online assessments;
  • Help to uphold academic integrity; and
  • Enhance engagement in a quality online environment.

On students’ learning experience:

  • Engage the course content at a deeper level;
  • Improve the quality of the work; and
  • Measure all-round student competencies.
Dr Binbin Zheng
Bau Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education (BIMHSE), Li Ka Shing Faculty of Medicine

Secondment Period: January-June 2022
binbinz@hku.hk

Biography

Dr Binbin Zheng is currently an associate professor in the Bau Institute of Medical and Health Sciences Education (BIMHSE) in the LKS Faculty of Medicine. Her training background is in Education Technology and her current research focuses on examining the effectiveness of online teaching and learning in medical education.

Project Topics

  • Develop a near-peer teaching program in Faculty of Medicine;
  • Develop an online teaching certificate program for near-peer tutors; and
  • Develop a formative assessment model to evaluate the effectiveness of the near-peer teaching program.

Project Aims

  • Promote the “students as partners” initiative;
  • Increase student agency by encouraging them to get involved in the curriculum design, decision-making, implementation, and assessment in the formal curriculum;
  • Provide teaching opportunities for medical students to better prepare them for future career;
  • Strengthen students’ professional identity development;
  • Establish a training model for near-peer tutors in different disciplines;
  • Provide best practices for implementing near-peer teaching programs in formal curriculum; and
  • Develop an observation protocol to observe near-peer tutors’ teaching and facilitating skills.

2022-23 HKU Teaching and Learning Fellows

Dr Chan Celia Hoi Yan
Department of Social Work and Social Administration, Faculty of Social Sciences

Secondment Period: September-December 2022
chancelia@hku.hk

Biography

As a social work researcher and practitioner working in healthcare settings, Celia works closely with different professionals and integrates best research evidence with interdisciplinary and clinical experience by applying the Integrative Body-Mind-Spirit Intervention Model, an empirically-based approach to assessment and treatment which connects Western therapeutic techniques with Eastern philosophies and practices.

Her major areas of research and training: Research and practice on fertility and infertility counselling; Interdisciplinary Medical Social Work: Psychodermatology, gynaecologic oncology and paediatric psychology; Family-based research and practice; Evidence based social work practice: Integrative Body-mind-spirit Intervention Model.

Project Topics

  • Sharing and developing good practices in virtual experiential learning; and
  • Devising discipline-specific pedagogic resources to enhance VTL.

Project Aims

On colleagues’ teaching practice:

  • Share this learning experience with colleagues in the Department through curriculum and courses review; and
  • Devise new teaching and learning activities.

On students’ learning experience:

  • New teaching and learning devises can help in the integration of both classroom and fieldwork learning experience of the students.
Dr Chen Hui Amy
Faculty of Dentistry

Secondment Period: September-December 2022
amyhchen@hku.hk

Biography

Dr. Chen Hui obtained the Bachelor-Master Integrated Degree in Dentistry from Shanghai Jiao Tong University in 2013, PhD and Doctor of Clinical Dentistry in Prosthodontics from the University of Sydney in 2017 and 2020, respectively, and the Membership of Royal Australasian College of Dental Surgeons (RACDS) in Prosthodontics in 2020. She is the member of Australian Prosthodontic Society, International College of Prosthodontists, and International Team of Implantology. Dr. Chen is passionate about teaching and has been actively involved in undergraduate and postgraduate teaching since she joined the faculty. She also gives lectures to dentists both locally and internationally.

Project Topics

Create a series of Vicarious Learning Dialogue videos (VLDV) for Removable Partial Denture course, with the focus on the following VTL priority areas:

  • Developing interactive, dialogic online and blended pedagogies; and
  • Developing effective hybrid/dual-mode/ hyflex pedagogies.

Project Aims

On colleagues’ teaching practice:

  • The VLDV aims to fill the knowledge and transition gap between managing a simulation scenario and a real-life case; and
  • Help teachers save the time of repetitively answering similar questions.

On students’ learning experience:

  • Prepare junior dental students with real-life clinical experience; and
  • Help students achieve better understanding of knowledge.
Miss Nicole Judith Tavares
Faculty of Education

Secondment Period: January-June 2023
tavaresn@hku.hk

Biography

Nicole Tavares (FHEA) is Senior Lecturer in the academic unit of Teacher Education and Learning Leadership at the Faculty of Education. She teaches on BA&BEd, PGDE, MEd and MA programmes, specialising in English language teaching (ELT) methodology and Content and Language Integrated Learning (CLIL). She is currently MA(TESOL) Programme Director and Coordinator of her Faculty’s English Language Proficiency Tests, a graduation requirement for all BA&BEd(LangEd)s.

Nicole has published in the areas of online teaching and learning, 21st century skills, using educational technologies in promoting teacher development, good ELT and CLIL practices, and Interactive Assessment.

Nicole has received multiple teaching awards, notably the HKU Teaching Innovation Award (2020), her Faculty’s Emergency Remote Teaching Award (2020), and HKU Outstanding Teaching Award (2015). She is keen on experimenting with innovative pedagogies and acknowledged for her creative design of collaborative activities that maximise student voice. She enjoys professional dialogues with educators on how research informs practice and has initiated several professional development activities within her Faculty and beyond.

Project Topics

Developing interactive, dialogic online and blended pedagogies.

Project Aims

To advance teaching and learning across the University and ensure that students’ learning experiences are not compromised despite the challenges known globally about online, hybrid and dual teaching modes through working closely with CETL colleagues and T&L Fellows to:

  • Cultivate a warm and supportive campus environment for like-minded colleagues to come together to share teaching experiences and good practices, engage in collaborative 󠆮(action) research and broaden our repertoire of effective T&L strategies; and
  • Enrich teachers’ pedagogic, assessment and feedback practices in promoting learner engagement, capitalising upon individual differences and maximising student voice both in and out of the virtual and physical classroom.
Dr Tim Gruenewald
School of Modern Languages and Cultures, Faculty of Arts

Secondment Period: January-June 2023
tgruene@hku.hk

Biography

Tim Gruenewald researches and teaches US cultural and visual studies with a focus on popular culture, including virtual reality, film, television, graphic narrative, and museum exhibitions. His research investigates how narrative construction of contested pasts intersects with the imagination of collective identities in the present. He is currently working on a UGC funded research project on virtual reality film. Prior to joining the University of Hong Kong, he taught at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign and at the University of Washington in Seattle. He has served as the Director of the American Studies Programme since 2014.

Project Topics

Develop pedagogies designed to take advantage of selected affordances of the metaverse for teaching and learning, with the focus on the following VTL priority areas:

  • Devising discipline-specific pedagogic resources to enhance VTL;
  • Developing interactive, dialogic online and blended pedagogies; and
  • Sharing and developing good practices in virtual experiential learning.

Project Aims

On colleagues’ teaching practice:

  • Provide an introduction and specific advice on how to make use of Virtual Reality and Web3 applications for teaching.

On students’ learning experience:

  • Motivate students’ learning;
  • Afford a multitude of experiential Web3 learning activities;
  • Enhance student interactivity; and
  • Teach technologies that will be essential for students’ future careers and lives.