Workshop Series

STEP - Strategic Teaching Enhancement Programme 2006/07

STEP 2006/07

| STEP 2009/10 | STEP 2008/09 | STEP 2007/08 | STEP 2006/07 | STEP 2005/06 |


Higher education is facing unprecedented global change, and the pace of this change will continue to increase as universities and colleges adapt to the ever-changing demands of our societies. Hong Kong SAR, and City University of Hong Kong are at the forefront of these changes. The Strategic Teaching Enhancement Programme has been developed to replace the Teaching Enhancement Course and reflect recent changes to the higher education context. The adoption of outcome-based teaching and learning (OBTL), the Learning and Study Strategies Inventory (LASSI), criterion-referenced assessment, and e-learning, present staff with significant challenges and opportunities for professional development. These challenges, coupled with the education system transforming to 4 year undergraduate degrees mean that, not only are increasing numbers of students entering City University, but also that these students will remain with us for a longer period of time. It is therefore crucial that we provide an excellent educational experience for these future generations of professionals and leaders of our society by helping them to become engaged and active learners, equipped to continue as life-long learners after they leave City University. 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. EDO has developed STEP to assist new and experienced academic staff to adapt to the changing nature of the environment in which they work, and incorporates significant learning opportunities in relation to OBTL and e-learning, as well as maintaining the focus on understanding how our students learn, assessing the strengths and weaknesses in their learning strategies, and providing resources and academic support to enable students to take proactive action to better manage their own learning. STEP consists of 10 related sessions where participants are engaged in a range of interactive activities to assist them to meet the challenges outlined above.


Learning Outcomes

At the end of the programme, participants should have:

  • Discussed current issues affecting the teaching and learning environment at City University of Hong Kong;
  • Analysed the different learning skills and styles that students can have and designed appropriate activities to assist and enhance student learning;
  • Attempted to adopt the OBTL concepts with intended learning outcomes (ILOs), teaching and learning activities (TLAs), and assessment tasks constructively aligned within their programmes and courses;
  • Experimented with new and innovative teaching activities through the deployment of e-learning;
  • Reflected and improved on their teaching practices as professionals.


Programme Outline

With the principle of constructive alignment adopted in the OBTL project of the University, STEP 2007/08 aims to provide practical examples for teachers to adopt for their Teaching and Learning Activities as well as Assessment Tasks. STEP consists of 9 related sessions where participants are engaged in a range of interactive activities to explore how to create an optimal learning environment to support student self-regulating learning. Faculty members and students will be invited to share innovative practices and experiences.

Session Topic Date


Opening Session – An Update on the University Environment

25 Jan 2007 (Thur)


Sharing Innovations in Teaching and Learning – Interim Report of Teaching Development Grants (TDGs) Projects

1 Feb 2007 (Thur)


Understanding & Developing Rapport with Students

8 Feb 2007 (Thur)


Implementing OBTL – Engaging Students in Active Learning

1 Mar 2007 (Thur)


Implementing OBTL – Developing ILOs & Effective TLAs

8 Mar 2007 (Thur)


Implementing OBTL – Assessing Students for Learning

15 Mar 2007 (Thur)


Enhancing Students' Language Development - The Language Enhancement Framework

22 Mar 2007 (Thur)


Helping Students to Use e-Portfolios to Plan & to Monitor their Development at University & Beyond

29 Mar 2007 (Thur)


Addressing Plagiarism & Copyright Issues

12 Apr 2007 (Thur)


Developing Reflective Professional Practice

19 Apr 2007 (Thur)