- The proposed project is aimed at building a CUHK community of Higher Education Academy (HEA) Fellows who will become internationally recognized professionals alongside 110,000 HEA Fellows in over 85 countries.
- The HEA Fellowship, which is a scheme of AdvanceHE of UK to recognize the professional practice of teachers in higher education, has been established by a number of research studies in terms of its impact and benefit (Beckmann, 2017; Fung and Gordon, 2016*).
- Having a group of teachers becoming teaching fellows of HEA allows our University to form a critical mass of committed teachers who are internationally recognized as teachers with strong evidence of professional practice thus demonstrating an institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching.
- HEA will be invited to CUHK to provide training support to teachers and guide them towards the application through a practical process that encourages research, reflection and development.
- With a robust CUHK community of HEA fellows, it is intended a rippling effect will result and more teachers will be motivated to engage in professional practice thus working towards teaching excellence
Beckmann, E.A. (2017). Leadership through fellowship: distributed leadership in a professional recognition scheme for university educators, Journal of Higher Education Policy and Management, 39:2, 155-168
Fung, D. and Gordon, C. (2016). Rewarding educators and education leaders in research-intensive universities. Higher Education Academy, York, UK.
The project will be completed in three stages
|Stage I - Preparation
March to April 2019
|Soliciting the assistance of HEA in conducting workshops for CUHK teachers
Promoting the workshops among CUHK teachers
Logistic support for running the workshops
|Stage II – training support
|Conduct of workshops by HEA
Providing on-the-spot technical support during the workshops
|Stage III – Follow up
April to June 2019
The proposed project is aimed at building a CUHK community of Higher Education Academy (HEA) Teaching Fellows who will become internationally recognized professionals alongside 110,000 HEA Fellows in over 85 countries. Having a group of teachers becoming teaching fellows of HEA allows our University to form a critical mass of committed teachers who are internationally recognized as teachers with strong evidence of professional practice thus demonstrating an institutional commitment to professionalism in learning and teaching.
Activities, process and outcomes
- The two six-hour parallel fellowship writing workshops organised by Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research (CLEAR) were held on 15 and 16 April 2019. CLEAR had invited Advance HE trainer, Prof Abby Carthcart to deliver the writing workshops which were well received by teachers in CUHK. With a total of 19 participants on Day 1 and 21 participants on Day 2, the workshops were welcomed by the teachers from different disciplines.
- After the workshops, participants worked on their submission for application to become teaching fellows. These reflections would be reviewed by Prof. Carthcart and comments for revision would be sent back to applicants. It is anticipated that around 20 teachers will submit the applications and these fellows will form a community of practice.
Deliverables and evaluation
- By the end of the project, CUHK will have a community of teachers who are recognized as HEA teaching fellows of different categories. These teachers will be connected to a world-renowned academic community where innovative pedagogies, creative learning activities and cutting-edged technological learning tools are shared and discussed on diverse platforms.
Dissemination, diffusion, impact and sharing of good practices
- It is planned that the community of teaching fellows within CUHK will be involved in future professional development activities for teachers and as mentors for new teachers. The teachers will share their curriculum design and teaching philosophies, exchange good practices and explore possible collaboration opportunities with the CUHK community.
- The UK Professional Standards Framework for teaching and supporting learning in higher education has been introduced to workshop participants and disseminated to CUHK teachers. The Framework serves a good reference points for effective teaching practices in higher education.