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Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme Seminar – Teaching and Learning of Multidisciplinary Science for Modern Undergraduate Students

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

Details of the workshop:
Date : July 12, 2018 (Thursday)
Time : 12:00 nn – 1:00 pm
Venue : Room 321, 3/F, Run Run Shaw Building (Main Campus), HKU
Speaker : Dr Jason C S Pun, Principal Lecturer, Department of Physics, HKU

Abstract
In the 4-year curriculum for our Bachelor of Science students, we incorporated compulsive learning modules to give students a broad view of science in terms of its nature, its history, its fundamental concepts, its methodology, and its impact on civilization and society. An integrated approach was adopted to introduce the general principles and unifying concepts to describe the diverse phenomena in the natural world and to highlight the interdisciplinary nature of science. A major challenge is to make such a learning experience relevant to an increasingly diverse student population having a wide range of career aspirations and pursuing majors in different science disciplines. In this talk, I will introduce the current status and challenges of multidisciplinary science education at HKU, and outline some student-centered learning initiatives adopted such as a large-scale peer-learning system. I will also share first-hand observations of how multidisciplinary integrated science education are conducted in the setting of a large comprehensive university (National University of Singapore) and a liberal arts college (Yale-NUS) gained from a visit supported by the Teaching Exchange Fellowship Scheme.

About the Speaker
Dr Chun Shing Jason Pun is currently Principal Lecturer at the University of Hong Kong (HKU). Since 2012, Dr Pun has served as the course coordinator for Fundamentals of Modern Science, a core science course required for all HKU science students which adopts an interdisciplinary and integrated approach to introduce the students to the broad landscape of science. Dr Pun has also been involved in multiple Teaching Development Grants, ranging from developing observational astronomy, promoting public interest in science through experimental science videos, developing first-year experience and initiating a peer-learning system for science students. He is also the recipient of the Teaching Exchange Fellowship 2017-18 to visit Yale-NUS College.

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