Message from the Pro-Vice-Chancellor

Professor Isabella Wai-yin POON

Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Vice-President 

Professor, Department of Statistics

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

Time flies and without noticing it the Teaching and Learning Innovation Expo has come to its eleventh year since its’ first launch in the year 2007. I still remember the time when I first presented a poster in the event and the joy of meeting the like-minded and fruitful conservations we have had that resulted in new teaching and learning ideas. I also remember how the event has slowly expanded from a scale of a dozen or so posters to the much bigger size in recent years – last year we had 72 posters and 32 talks. The Expo seems to have slowly helped to cultivate a community spirit amongst our teachers when they are more and more engaged in sharing of good practices.

 

One highlight this year is that Professor Emily CHAN (Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care), and Professor Suzanne So (Department of Psychology) have been awarded the UGC Teaching Award. In the keynote speeches, they will be explaining their success stories and I look forward to learning their tips and advice.

 

Another highlight this year is a new small corner in the poster session in which a few teachers from other universities are invited to present their innovative practices. It should be a good opportunity for our teachers to learn even by making reference of practices from a wider context.

 

Please come back to this Expo website from time to time to look for updates before the event day. Apart from abstracts, presenters this year are also encouraged to upload additional short video clips to explain their innovative strategies BEFORE the event.  The abstracts and the videos will enable participants to have basic understanding of the posters and/or the talks so that interactions on the day can be even more focused and fruitful.

 

Looking forward to seeing you in the Expo.

*There will be regular updates to the Expo website.

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Welcome Messages

Message from the Vice-Chancellor

Professor Joseph J.Y. SUNG

Vice-Chancellor / President

Mok Hing Yiu Professor of Medicine

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

I would like to invite you all to the 2017 Teaching and Learning Innovation Expo, which will be held at the CUHK on 7th December.  This is where the CUHK faculty and staff showcase their recent advances in teaching and learning that have been trialed and/or implemented over the year.

All the teachers at the CUHK have a common goal and that is to maintain their teaching excellence. Indeed, from the start, we have effectively implemented many different strategies, some quite innovative in nature, to enhance the teaching and learning environment. Many of these strategies have echoed important educational concepts and beliefs, such as outcome-based, active and authentic learning methods. Our courses are therefore designed and conducted in such a way that students can gain the essential learning outcomes by engaging in learning processes that require critical thinking and the accomplishment of authentic tasks.

Recent advances in technology have certainly initiated new possibilities for the enhancement of teaching and learning strategies. The fact that for many subjects, basic knowledge can be self-learnt by the students through the provision of quality multi-media learning packages, has given us a chance to rethink whether class time could be spent more wisely. For example, teachers might use this time to focus on more challenging concepts or conduct activities that engage students in discussions, interactive activities and the application of knowledge on tasks of variable complexity.

We know that to take full advantage of any new pedagogical activities and technological breakthroughs that occur, new skills are required. Thus, practitioners can benefit from learning from each other’s experiences and wisdom. The Expo this year will certainly serve as a platform for such a mode for sharing. See you all on the day.

Message from the Provost

Professor Benjamin W. WAH

Provost

Wei Lun Professor of Computer Science and Engineering

The Chinese University of Hong Kong

The Teaching and Learning Innovation Expo has always been an extremely valuable event at the CUHK, as it provides an excellent opportunity for teachers to share their effective teaching and learning practices.

It is great news that two of our teachers, Professor Emily CHAN in the Jockey Club School of Public Health and Primary Care, and Professor Suzanne So in the Department of Psychology, have been awarded the UGC Teaching Award this year.  They will share their secrets of good teaching in the keynote address sessions.

The Student Voice session this year continues to focus on the use of technology (and in particular the use of videos) for self-learning, as well as the re-design of classroom time for engaged learning following practices advocated in the Flipped Classroom approach. In recent years, this concept has aroused a great deal of interest in many institutions worldwide.

The Poster session and the Parallel Talks will continue to showcase a lot of the achievements of our teachers, such as the making of Micro-Module Courseware as well as the implementation of many innovative teaching and learning strategies in and outside classroom.