1. Recent initiatives in Teaching and Learning
Recent initiatives in Teaching and Learning
Many initiatives in teaching and learning have been explored and put forward by frontline teachers of the Faculty of Science. A total of 3 faculty-level and 4 programme-level Teaching Development Grant projects have been completed in the years 2005 to 2009 in the Faculty, and many other initiatives have been implemented. The brochure “Recent Initiatives in Teaching and Learning: Faculty of Science 2010” was published by the Centre for Promoting Science Education. The brochure provides an overview of some of the many teaching development projects that have been implemented in the Faculty in the recent years. More details are available in the following website: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/sci/ritl/
Teaching Quality Assurance
The quality assurance system of The Chinese University of Hong Kong (CUHK) has changed over time - from subject knowledge as central focus of a university curriculum to an outcomes-based approach (OBA) in teaching and learning. CUHK aspires to produce graduates who have depth in a specialty, breadth in general knowledge, bilingual proficiency, a basket of learning skills, and personal attributes including honesty and integrity. It is against this background that the Science Faculty has produced the fourth edition of the Staff Handbook on Teaching Quality Assurance. The Handbook consists of 15 chapters, describing various positive measures to ensure the delivery of excellence.
Revised OBA Roadmap (31 October 2008)
DRAFT OBA Roadmap (May 2008)
The fundamental concepts of the Outcomes-Based Approach (OBA) have long been entrenched in the teaching practices in the Faculty, and all programmes have initiated their efforts to take ownership in adopting OBA in a more explicit manner. A faculty-wide project “Promoting the Use of the Outcomes-based Approach in Science Programmes: Development of Learning Outcome Statements and Measurement Instruments” that involves a series of promotion and dissemination activities is undergoing.
The Teaching Development Grant (TDG) Project “Using Clickers to Enhance Teaching and Learning: Pilot Case Studies in Science Programmes” was launched in December 2008. A group of motivated teachers of the Faculty have taken the initiatives to spearhead the use of this student response system in their courses.
Engaging Science Students in the Design & Enactment of Assessment
The Teaching Development Grant (TDG) project “Engaging Science Students in the Design & Enactment of Assessment” promotes the use of assessment as a learning activity, which in turn fosters the development of learning outcomes. It encourages students’ participation and interaction by involving students in the design and enactment of assessment.
Seminar: The Use of Clickers in Science Teaching
The workshop aims to promote and foster the use of clickers and other e-learning tools to enhance teaching. Teachers, particularly those who had used clickers, reflected on their experiences during the workshop.
An overview on Teaching and Learning Activities and Quality Assurance
Seminar : Good Practices on Teaching and Learning in Science Programme
Nine speakers made presentations to disseminate teaching development grant project results and to share good practice on teaching and learning in their department/school.
Expo: Excellence Online
Seven science teaching development projects presented posters in the "e-Learning EXPO: Excellence Online" that was organized by the Information Technology Services Centre (ITSC) and CLEAR. The posters were then displayed in the Science Faculty for one week.
More details of the event is located at: http://www.cuhk.edu.hk/eLearning/expo/
A workshop was organized to share experiences on Programme Review and good practices that were developed by various programmes in teaching and learning.
A workshop was organized to share experience on engaging students in the design and enactment of assessment.
A seminar was organized to disseminate innovative assessment approaches, and to formulate strategies to make use of assessment as learning activity in teaching and learning science.
A seminar was organized to further disseminate the "Integrated Framework on Programme Development and Review", and to share views on teaching and learning.
Centre for Learning Enhancement And Research at CUHK