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Teaching Innovation Award
- Winner in 2016 -
Winner of Teaching Innovation Award in 2016
Teaching Innovation Award
Dr Justin ROBERTSON
Mission Statement:
Challenging students to generate creative ideas on global issues.
Dr Robertson’s students develop analytical skills through fieldwork and consulting experts. Their achievements have included original proposals on how economic tools can tackle environmental problems, letters to the editor published in global media and plays on critical issues in international relations. Dr Robertson’s classes feature real-time student feedback via technology. Graduates of his courses design their own research to bolster their knowledge, present information creatively and further engage with global issues.

Dr Robertson was sponsored by the College to attend an interactive teaching conference in Belgium to refine his teaching practices and engage further on teaching and learning with colleagues in the College.

Dr Robertson's teaching involves a process of experimentation and reflecting on student feedback. He has established a number of core teaching principles and practices that cultivate creative and critical thinking. These principles have been relined in the process of designing and leading nine courses at CityU: five core undergraduate courses, one core Master's course, two different versions of a first year college core and one GE course. His teaching approach revolves around a combination of these practices:

  • Connect students with experts in the field and then have students share their findings with the experts who have been consulted
  • Encourage students to conduct primary research, especially elite interviews
  • Foster creativity by devising novel student assignments
  • Display student work to university and community audiences
  • Promote learning through field trips linked to assignments
  • Direct a lively classroom environment featuring technology and problem-solving exercises
  • Recruit CityU graduates as mentors to current students
  • Grade student work using a double, blind evaluation system

Students learn productively in his courses with learning outcomes observable in: the quality of student projects; TLQ scores; TLQ written comments where students describe him as creative, enthusiastic, innovative and responsible; the number of students who move on to postgraduate study; and, reports from the workplace where graduates note that skills and knowledge acquired in his classes have proved beneficial. Dr Robertson’s next major teaching initiative will start in 2016 when students will be asked to present their proposals on how to apply economic approaches to produce environmental change. He is planning to publish an article on this experience.

「今朝城大事」 at Channel FM 99.7
Engaging Global Issues Through Creative Assignments, Fieldwork and Technology
By Dr Justin ROBERTSON