Professor Tsui Lik-hang
Assistant Professor, Department of Chinese and History
University Grants Committee Teaching Award (Early Career Faculty Members)
“I believe history is important to developing civically-oriented and reflective individuals.”
Professor Tsui Lik-hang, from the Department of Chinese and History, joined CityU in 2019. In just four years, he has enhanced the traditional ways of teaching Chinese history by inspiring students to reimagine history through technology and digital tools. His new approach earned him the 2023 University Grants Committee Teaching Award (Early Career Faculty Members) and CityU’s Teaching Excellence Award in 2022/23.
“I chose to become a history teacher because I believe history is important to developing civically-oriented and reflective individuals,” said Professor Tsui. “By embedding digital elements, we could make the learning of Chinese history more engaging for this generation of digital natives growing up with machines.”
Professor Tsui’s emphasis on engaging with original historical texts and narratives through an integrated learning environment fosters an active understanding of historical issues, allowing students to make meaningful connections to their own contexts. He integrates existing online datasets with handpicked digital tools for mapping historical locations, drawing timelines, annotating historical texts, and looking up digital biographies from Chinese history. He utilises these digital tools to instil a “discovery” element and implement a student-centred approach in his classes.
His teaching fosters students' willingness to actively engage in historical learning, encouraging them to enthusiastically analyse, judge and construct meaning from historical texts and participate more fully as “researchers” when tackling academic questions. Professor Tsui’s students have often praised his interactive and inspiring classes.
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