Two major Objectives:
(i) a teaching development; and (ii) a language enhancement component.
were planned for Earth System Science Programme (ESSC)-major students to expedite their learning via (a) mentoring scheme; (b) modifying and implementing eLearning modules in different courses; and (c) English enhancement activities.
Activities, process and outcomes
- ESSC Peer Mentoring Scheme: a total of 26 mentors and 81 mentees participated in the scheme, each mentor was paired with 3-7 mentees for regular academic advising meetings.
- Modifying and Implementing eLearning Modules in Different Courses: 5 eLearning modules comprising (1) 5 groups of animations and 2 tutorial videos were produced for two atmospheric science modules; (2) Polishing a Minerals and Rocks Gallery; (3) 31 videos for Hong Kong Geology; and (4) 7 videos for Taiwan Geology.
- English enhancement activities: close cooperation between English Language Teaching Unit (ELTU) and ESSC to provide prompt advising to ESSC students includes: regular meetings between ELTU and ESSC, ELTU staff involving in ESSC teaching activities, ESSC staff participating in ELTU consultation session for science students and incorporating scientific papers in undergraduate course.
Deliverables and evaluation
Based on survey, student’s instant feedback and teacher’s observation, all the three aspects achieved our project goals. Students do not only gain support academically from their senior students, eLearning modules and English advising activities, they also build up a stronger bonding with students/teachers and motivate their learning. We do support further development of the above activities.
Dissemination, diffusion, impact and sharing of good practices
All the three aspects stimulate students’ self-learning motivation, help developing students’ critical thinking and enhance science students’ English presentation and writing skills. We believed that sharing our eLearning modules and further cooperation with other units would definitely strengthen both teaching and learning in this high-tech society.