Professor POON Wai Yin Isabella

Department of Statistics


Prof. Isabella Wai-yin POON is Pro-Vice-Chancellor and Professor in the Department of Statistics of The Chinese University of Hong Kong. Her research interests focus on statistical methods for educational psychology and behavioral sciences, and she has led many large‐scale teaching‐related projects. Professor Poon was one of the two professors in the higher education sector of Hong Kong who were conferred the Award for Teaching Excellence launched by The University Grants Committee of Hong Kong in the inaugural year of 2011. She is also a recipient of the CUHK Faculty of Science Exemplary Teaching Award (1999-2000), (2002-03) and (2013-14), Best Teaching Award from the Asia Pacific Institute of Business, CUHK (2005-06) and (2008-09), as well as the Vice-Chancellor’s Exemplary Teaching Award (2014).


1. The Design and Implementation of Outcome‐Based Assessment in Science

Assessment drives students’ learning. In the context of an outcome‐based curriculum, it is crucial to clearly articulate expected learning outcomes and to design assessment in a way that can facilitate students’ achievement of the outcomes. The Faculty of Science at The Chinese University of Hong Kong has implemented two teaching development projects in relation to assessment in the past few years, experience will be shared. One involves the development of user‐friendly tools to design course assessment portfolios and to generate grade descriptors. The other encompasses the use of assessments as learning activities whereby students actively participate in the design of assessment criteria and be guided to critically assess their peers and themselves.

2. Using Research Results on Student Feedback to Reflect on and Enhance Teaching and Learning

To enhance the quality of teaching and learning, it is essential for individual teachers or programmes to collect students’ feedback. Research on students’ quantitative and qualitative feedback will help identify areas for improvement, steer the way forward and prepare for future challenges.   Reflecting on the research results and targeting at specific areas that need improvement, a variety of practices can be devised. The experience on the design and implementation of effectiveness practices will be shared in this talk.