Office of Education Development and Gateway Education

GE-TEACH / Active Learning Series 2009/10

| 2009/10 | 2008/09 |

Introduction

The Education Development Office (EDO) has a pivotal role to play in student learning, the professional development of academic staff, and e-learning initiatives, and has responsibility for bringing teachers and students together to develop effective pedagogy for enhancing student learning. In preparation for the implementation of the Gateway Education (GE) curriculum as part of the 4 year degree programme, the Associate Provost (Academic Planning and Undergraduate Education) and the Education Development Office (EDO) have partnered to present a series of staff development opportunities during Semester B, 2009-2010. The GE-TEACH sessions, begun last fall, will continue throughout Semester B. In addition, the EDO will be offering a series of workshops focusing on Active Learning in the Classroom, to assist in the design and development of new GE courses within the OBTL framework and to increase alignment with the recently approved desired characteristics of GE courses.

 

Intended Learning Outcomes

At the end of the programme, participants will be able to:

  • Describe the essential elements in the structure of a 4 year programme of study at CityU;
  • Outline some general principles relating to GE programmes;
  • Develop constructively aligned Intended Learning Outcomes (ILOs), Teaching and Learning Activities (TLAs) and Assessment Tasks (ATs) for their respective GE courses;
  • Experiment with new and innovative teaching activities through the deployment of e-learning;
  • Reflect and improve on their teaching practices as professionals.

 

Online Registration for the Sessions

Academic staff members and postgraduate students with teaching responsibilities are welcome to register for individual workshops or the entire programme.

Registration: in AIMS via the e-Portal.

Please follow the instructions below to complete the online registration:

  1. Login e-Portal at https://eportal.cityu.edu.hk/.
  2. Click AIMS (located at Quick Links).
  3. Click the "Staff Services" tab.
  4. Select the "Staff Development" item on the menu.
  5. Select the "On-line Application for In-house Staff Development Courses" item on the sub-menu.
  6. Click the "Apply" button corresponding to the course/workshop you want to apply.

For enquiries, please contact the EDGE by phone on 3442-5746 or via email at edge@cityu.edu.hk.

 

Programme Outline

No.

Date

Time

Topic

1.

21 January 2010

12:30-2:30pm

Guest Lecture - Creating and Assessing a Dynamic Learning Experience

2.

28 January 2010

12:30-2:30pm

Design GE Courses with the 9 PILOs

3.

2 February 2010

12:30-2:30pm

Working Session on GE Proposal Development/Revision

4.

9 March 2010

12:30-2:30pm

Assessment: The Secret Ingredient of an Effective Pedagogy

5.

16 March 2010

12:30-2:30pm

Gateway Education Science Course Development: Opportunities and Challenges

6.

23 March 2010

12:30-2:30pm

Technology Assisted Peer Assessment

7.

13 April 2010

12:30-2:30pm

Encouraging Thinking in Lectures

8.

20 April 2010

12:30-2:30pm

Transferable Skills

9.

27 April 2010

12:30-2:30pm

An Assessment of the Early Implementation of GE

Description of the Sessions

1. Guest Lecture - Creating and Assessing a Dynamic Learning Experience

Facilitator: Dr Renford Reese, Fulbright Scholar
Date: Thursday, 21 January 2010
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (A light lunch will be provided from 12:30pm - 1:00pm)
Venue: P4803

This session will focus on an array of pedagogical strategies used to make the classroom experience exciting and memorable. Professor Renford Reese is known at his home university for knowing all of his students’ names in the first 30 minutes of the first class (even 60 students). He will discuss how he develops chemistry in the classroom and how his teaching philosophy revolves around reciprocity. Dr. Reese will also discuss how to create a "breathing" syllabus. His lecture will focus on cultural, interactive, and group learning, field research, and study abroad experiences. Coupled with these topics, this lecture will examine how to examine these teaching strategies. It promises to be an engaging, insightful, and exciting presentation.

Powerpoint slides - Dr Renford Reese | Hands-out

Guest Lecture Videovideo

2. Design GE Courses with the 9 PILOs

Facilitators: Prof Reza Hoshmand, GE Programme Coordinator
                   Prof Janel Marie Curry, Fulbright Scholar
Date: Thursday, 28 January 2010
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (A light lunch will be provided from 12:30pm - 1:00pm)
Venue: P4803

This session aims at identifying common features and key implementation principles of Gateway Education Programmes (GEPs), designing learning outcomes, activities, and assessments for a GE course, and examining the role of interdisciplinarity in GEPs. The learning experiences have to align with the course goals, assessments and engagements of the students in active learning. Participants left the workshop with tools and resources to help them design new GE courses.

Powerpoint slides

3. Working Session on GE Proposal Development/Revision

Facilitator: Prof Janel Marie Curry, Fulbright Scholar
Date: Tuesday, 2 February 2010
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (A light lunch will be provided from 12:30pm - 1:00pm)
Venue: B4702

This session is designed to allow faculty members who are writing proposals for new GE courses to bring proposal ideas, or proposals in whatever stage of development for consultation with the GE Coordinator, GE Fulbright Scholar, EDGE staff, and fellow colleagues. This session is designed to assist in proposal development and to improve chances for successful approval by providing feedback in advance of the formal review process. Common challenges to GE course design will be reviewed and suggestions to overcome these challenges offered. All staff are welcome to attend, to learn about best practices in GE course design, and to provide feedback and reactions to one another. Participants are encouraged to bring several printed copies of their proposal for review and to generate a list of questions about their proposal in advance of the working session.

Powerpoint slides

Guest Lecture Videoecho360

4. Assessment: The Secret Ingredient of an Effective Pedagogy

Facilitator: Dr Ahmar Mahboob
                  Visiting Fellow (EDGE)
                  Senior Lecturer (Department of Linguistics, University of Sydney)
Date: Tuesday, 9 March 2010
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (A light lunch will be provided from 12:30pm - 1:00pm)
Venue: B4702

Assessment is often seen as a painful experience - both by students and teachers. Students fear assessment because of the power that it carries. Teachers dislike it because of all the marking and grading that it requires and because assessment is seen as something that one does after teaching. In this presentation, we will question these assumptions and argue that assessment is in fact the secret ingredient of an effective pedagogy. Assessment, as we will discover, is one of the most powerful tools that we teachers have to encourage positive learning outcomes. As such, we need to carefully design and support assessment tasks. In this presentation, we will first consider some key theoretical dimension of assessment in higher education and then critically evaluate authentic assessment tasks. Geared with this theoretical and critical understanding of assessment, participants will develop ideas for assessing students in their own courses.

Hands-out 1 | Hands-out 2 | Hands-out 3 | Hands-out 4 | Hands-out 5

Workshop Videovideo

5. Gateway Education Science Course Development: Opportunities and Challenges

Facilitators: Professor Janel Curry, GE Fulbright Scholar
                   Professor Hedley Freake, GE Fulbright Scholar, HK Polytechnic University
Date: Tuesday, 16 March 2010
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (A light lunch will be provided from 12:30pm - 1:00pm)
Venue: B4702

How do we engage students in science while at the same time ensuring they become familiar with central ideas? This workshop will encourage and aid faculty in the development of ideas and approaches to GE science courses. We ask the question: are there ideas common to all GE science courses that we should promulgate? Come with your list of course aims and your thoughts on this question.

Presentation

Guest Lecture Videoecho360

6. Technology Assisted Peer Assessment

Facilitators: Dr Crusher Wong (OCIO)
                   Ms Hokling Cheung (EDGE)
Date: Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (A light lunch will be provided from 12:30pm - 1:00pm)
Venue: B4702

Use the examples used in SG8001 “Teaching Students: First Steps” to illustrate how technology can help better management peer assessment and provide appropriate feedback to students to improve their peer assessment techniques.

Presentation | Worksheet

7. Encouraging Thinking in Lectures

Facilitator: Prof Janel Marie Curry, Fulbright Scholar
Date: Tuesday, 13 April 2010
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (A light lunch will be provided from 12:30pm - 1:00pm)
Venue: B4702

Lectures, as a method of teaching and learning, have been criticised for encouraging students to be passive and surface learners; however, this need not be the case. This workshop will explore ways in which a teacher can design and manage elements of class interaction and student engagement with the lecture content in an otherwise 'traditional lecture'.

 

8. Transferable Skills

Facilitator: David Santandreu Calonge (EDGE)
Date: Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (A light lunch will be provided from 12:30pm - 1:00pm)
Venue: B4702

"Employability skills are best learned when they are included among instructional goals and explicitly taught."
Graham, Vitale, and Schenk 1991

More than ever before, universities and colleges are accountable for meeting students and industry needs and producing ideal graduates with transferable skills.

Problem-solving skills, strong analytical and presentation skills have become a very important issue for many institutions and corporations, and the ability to successfully work in a team is often considered of paramount importance for employers: the increased pressure on professionals to perform their tasks with fewer employees, at faster speeds, and with more quality and customer responsiveness creates the need for it.

Special Value of This Workshop

This hands-on workshop will help participants identify and describe the transferable skills most sought after by employers, and discussions will generate ideas and a concrete plan to audit your programme and integrate skills into your curriculum.

Presentation

Hands-out 1 | Hands-out 2 | Hands-out 3 | Hands-out 4

Workshop Videovideo

 

9. An Assessment of the Early Implementation of GE

Facilitators: Prof Lilian VRIJMOED
                   Dr Xiaoyan WANG
                   Mr Ivan CHIU
Date: Tuesday, 27 April 2010
Time: 12:30pm - 2:30pm (A light lunch will be provided from 12:30pm - 1:00pm)
Venue: B4702

A Teaching Development Grants Project has been undertaken to gauge the perceptions of both students and teaching staff on different aspects of the GE programme before and after course delivery in the early phase of implementation of the GE programme. These aspects include (a) importance and achievement of intended learning outcomes, (b)pedagogies utilized, and (c) cognitive skills and personal growth of students developed. This seminar will report the preliminary findings based on data collected on 13 courses in Semester A 2009/2010. These data are extracted from online completion of pre-course and post-course questionnaire. Preliminary analyses reveal that a gap existed between teaching staff and students in their perceived achievement of learning outcomes and in the pedagogy utilized in GE courses to achieve the outcomes. The seminar can provide an opportunity to discuss these results and suggest possible strategies to close the gap.

Presentation